"I talked to Derrick a couple times this week and obviously, he was really disappointed about being injured," Forman said. "But I think he's in a really good place and I think he's ready to attack this rehab the next several weeks and I know he's really anxious to get back out onto the floor with his teammates."
Rose played in only 10 games last season before having surgery for a similar injury in November 2013, cutting short his long-awaited comeback from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
He had the meniscus reattached in that operation. Team physician Dr. Brian Cole, who operated on him last year and repaired the ACL in 2012, removed the damaged part this time. The procedure could lead to arthritis later in life, but Forman said it "should eliminate" the possibility of another tear, something the Bulls were told could happen after the operation last season.
The Bulls are not sure when the latest tear occurred. Rose had an MRI on Tuesday after complaining of pain in his knee.
"The way it's been explained to me is there may be a number of players in the league that have meniscus tears right now and don't even know it," Forman said. "Until you start to have pain — that's when the MRI is taken and that's where the tear was found."
It sounds as if Rose will be on some sort of minutes restriction when he gets back on the court. A return in about four weeks would give him eight to 10 games to tune up for the playoffs. The six-week mark would put him back on the court around the start of the postseason.
That's assuming no setbacks and that Rose and his advisers are on board with the timeframe.
Rose sat out the 2012-13 season even though he was cleared to return later in the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the playoff opener the previous year.
“He never got to a point where he was comfortable enough to be out there,” coach
The Bulls made it clear: They expect Rose to get there this year.
"I think Derrick's ready to attack it," Forman said. "I do. Like I said, I think he's anxious to attack this rehab and to get back on the floor with his teammates."
Rose, averaging 18.4 points and 5.0 assists, has been inconsistent this season. Yet the Bulls know they need him if they're going to make a serious run in the playoffs.
For now, they're simply trying to keep pace with Cleveland in the Central Division.
"For where we want to get to, we need Derrick back," Joakim Noah said. "There's no question about that."
Irving received more treatment on his shoulder Saturday at the team's training complex in Independence, Ohio. His status will next be updated at the team's shootaround on Tuesday before the Cavaliers host the
Cleveland lost 93-86 to the
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