The good news is it went well.
Derrick Rose had successful knee surgery on Saturday to repair his torn ACL, reports Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com. Rose also received platelet-rich plasma therapy during the operation in hopes of speeding recovery.
The question now is how long he will be out.
Rose was told it will be an eight-month rehab, reports the Sun-Times. For those of you who don’t have a calendar up in front of you, this would bring Rose back right around the first of the year, a couple months into the NBA season. Which is in time for him to build up his conditioning, shake off the rust and get right by the time the playoffs start.
For a lot of teams being without their star for the first couple months of the season could be a disaster, but the way the Bulls play without Rose they should be fine and in the upper half of the East. Then it all becomes about being right for the playoffs, and the Bulls deserve some good Karma in that category after this season.
If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.
Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.
Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.