Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is "doing great" but faces a recovery of eight months to a year in his recovery from knee surgery, the team's physician said Tuesday.
The assessment by Dr. Brian Cole means the star point guard could return around Feb. 1 or miss next season. The doctor added there is a chance Rose could be back sooner, but "we're not going to rush it."
Rose had surgery over the weekend to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Rose injured his knee two weeks ago on April 28th in Game 1 of Chicago's first round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Cole said there is there was also a small cartilage tear, but said the surgery went "extremely well."
Still, the team will be affected by Rose's recovery.
"Obviously, short term we’re going to take a hit," said Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. "Our thinking long term won’t change at all."
Cole used a graft from Rose's patellar tendon to repair the injury, and some in the sports medicine community have questioned on whether that procedure was the best method.