Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is out for the season.
The team said Monday that Rose had successful surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. As a result of the repair option, the Chicago Bulls announced that Rose will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season.
Rose injured himself Friday night against the Portland Trailblazers and left the Moda Center on crutches. He traveled with his teammates to Los Angeles and received an MRI on Saturday afternoon that confirmed the tear.
After the diagnosis, he flew back to Chicago to prepare for the surgery which was performed by team physicians Dr. Brian Cole and Dr. Chuck Bush Joseph.
The option to repair the meniscus was long seen as the most likely scenario as opposed to complete removal. The latter would have given him a greater chance to return to the court sooner, but also predisposed him to long-term knee issues in the future.
The former gives the 25-year-old a greater chance of having fewer issues with the knee down the road, but unfortunately, it’s a slower healing and rehab process, which of course means he’ll have to sit out the rest of the season.
The 2011 NBA MVP missed all of last season after tearing a ligament in his left knee in Chicago's 2012 playoff opener against Philadelphia. He has played in just 50 NBA games — 49 in the regular season and that lone playoff game — since the Bulls' run to the Eastern Conference finals during his MVP season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.