The Chicago Bulls’ championship hopes took another blow when former MVP, Derrick Rose, went down Tuesday night with another knee injury.
It was announced that the 2011 league MVP will have to undergo knee surgery to fix a torn meniscus in his right knee. This is his second injury to this knee.
Rose reported earlier in the day with right knee pain. An exam and subsequent MRI confirmed the tear.
A timetable for Rose’s return will be determined once he has surgery, the team said. The Bulls and Rose decided to fix the meniscus tear instead of cutting the damaged part out in order to elongate Rose’s career.
Rose was averaging 18 points and 5 assists for the Bulls who were hoping to challenge the Cleveland Caveliers for the Eastern Conference championship.
He suffered a similar injury in Nov. 23, 2013 against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Game 1 of the 2012 playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers.
He missed the entire next season and played in only 10 games before the previous right knee injury shut him down for the rest of last season.
Fans and players took to social media last night to give show sympathy for Rose.