Bulls Hit Hard By Rose Blow

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose will undergo his second major knee operation in under two years after tearing suffering a medial meniscus tear in his right knee, ruling the point guard out for the rest of the season and denting the franchise’s hopes of success, according to Betfair’s odds. Just 19 months after tearing the ACL in his right knee, the 2011 NBA MVP will now be forced to prepare for another lengthy spell of rehab in his bid to return from his latest injury.

Rose sustained the injury during the 98-95 defeat to Portland Trail Blazers, bringing an end to a season in which Rose was averaging 15.9 points and 4.3 assists in 31.1 minutes per game Rose missed all of last season while recovering from a ligament tear in his left knee during the 2012 playoffs, and the latest injury will be a huge blow to the Chicago-born star.

The 25-year old underwent tests in Los Angeles the following day, which confirmed the tear, but the Bulls head coach, Tom Thibodeau, has thrown his support behind Rose and insisted he is confident the former number-one draft pick will come back from this injury.

“I think his mental toughness is going to serve him well,” Thibodeau told the media this weekend. “Whenever he has faced any adversity, his mental toughness has gotten him through. We expect him to make a full recovery. It’s another bump in the road. He’ll get past it.

“He’s confident. He got through the first rehab. His ACL knee is terrific. So now he has to rehab the other one. He’ll handle that.”

Rose’s injury has played a role in the Bulls’ lengthening NBA odds for both the Eastern Conference and the NBA Championship. That said, this Bulls squad has more than enough talent in it to be able to still be a force this season without Rose, and Betfair customers will still rightly consider Chicago to be in with as good a chance as any this season.

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