CHICAGO BULLS PLAYMAKER Derrick Rose underwent successful right knee surgery this morning to repair a torn medial meniscus and will miss the remainder of the NBA season.
Rose, the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player who missed all of last season with a torn left knee ligament, injured his right knee Friday in the third quarter of Chicago’s 98-95 loss at Portland.
The 25-year-old guard had hoped he might be able to return at some point this season even after learning the severity of the injury on Saturday. But Rose was ruled out for the rest of the campaign after surgery was performed by team doctors Brian Cole and Chuck Bush Joseph at Rush University Medical Center.
Rose had averaged 15.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds over 10 games this season for the Bulls, who are 6-6 but were routed 121-82 on Sunday by the Los Angeles Clippers in their first game without him.
In the 2010-2011 campaign when Rose took the league MVP award, Rose averaged 25.0 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds.
Two more years in L.A for Kobe Bryant. AP Photo/Alex Gallardo
Meanwhile in Los Angeles, five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant signed up with the Lakers for two more years. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak. “We’ve said all along that our priority and hope was to have Kobe finish his career as a Laker and this should ensure that happens.
“To play 20 years in the NBA, and to do so with the same team, is unprecedented, and quite an accomplishment. Most importantly however, it assures us that one of the best players in the world will remain a Laker, bringing us excellent play and excitement for years to come.”