Derrick Rose scored 23 points in the Chicago Bulls' Game 1 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday afternoon, but the knee injury he suffered toward the end of the game is the real story for Chicago going forward.
UPDATE: Monday, May 14 at 12:50 p.m. ET by Alex Kay
Neil Hayes of The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Rose is likely going to be out eight months as he recovers from the successful surgery that repaired his torn ACL on Saturday.
According to Hayes:
The usual recovery time for someone undergoing ACL surgery is 6-9 months. The Sun-Times has learned that Rose was told to expect an eight-month rehabilitation, which would allow him to return to the Bulls in late December or early January. However, Rose has been told that he could be back playing basketball within four to five months, although not at the elite level required in the NBA.
With a regular 82-game season expected in 2012-13, Rose will likely miss less than half of the next year's campaign.
Barring any setbacks, the superstar will have plenty of time to recover fully and reintegrate himself back into the starting lineup of a championship contender in time for the postseason.
UPDATE: Saturday, May 12 at 4:06 p.m. ET
Rose underwent a successful knee surgery on Saturday at a Chicago hospital, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
A source said there were no complications or surprises during the surgery, which lasted about an hour. “His knee looked great,” the source said. “It’s what you’d expect from a 23-year-old physical specimen.”
After a successful surgery, Rose will spend the rest of his offseason rehabilitating his knee so he can return to the Bulls sometime next season.
UPDATE: Monday, April 30 at 11:30 p.m. ET by Adam Wells
While Rose will obviously need surgery to repair his torn ACL, it won't be happening until the swelling in his knee goes down, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Also, Rose's surgery likely will be postponed until the swelling in the injury subsides. That process typically takes two to four weeks, according to someone familiar with the injury.
The time frame for the surgery really doesn't do Rose or the Bulls any good right now, but it will have some bearing on how well prepared he is to start the 2012-13 NBA season.
It will be interesting to see how his rehab goes and what will happen with Rose in the roughly six months until next season starts.
UPDATE: Saturday, April 28 at 6:29 p.m. ET by Nicholas Goss
According to the Chicago Bulls, Rose has torn the ACL in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the 2012 NBA playoffs.
Breaking news: Bulls guard Derrick Rose tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and he is out for the remainder of the season.— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 28, 2012
Chicago played well this season without Rose, but the playoffs are a different animal. Getting to the NBA Finals without their star point guard will be an incredibly difficult challenge for the Bulls.
Here is the video of the injury.
The reigning league MVP went up for a jump shot and came down on his left knee awkwardly, and he needed two people to help him off the court.
Rose has been plagued with injuries this season and was only able to play in 39 games for the Bulls.
Can Chicago win the NBA Finals without Rose?
Even though Chicago earned the best record in the Eastern Conference despite Rose missing about a third of the season, to beat the Miami Heat or the Boston Celtics in the playoffs, Rose needs to be healthy for the Bulls.
Rose played 37 minutes in Game 1 and led the Bulls in scoring. It was an encouraging performance for someone who has missed a lot of the season because of nagging injuries.
Game 2 of the series is Tuesday night, so check back on this article for the latest updates on Rose's condition as they become available.