Derrick Rose

Rose’s doctor thinks he could be out longer than reported


Yesterday we told you the good news — Derrick Rose’s knee surgery went about as well as could be hoped and he was told the recovery time would be eight months.

Or, that is what he wanted to hear.

Rose’s doctor spoke with and

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose will be out at least 8-12 months after undergoing surgery to repair his left ACL, said Dr. Brian Cole, who performed the surgery on Saturday.

Eight months brings him back around the first of the year. But the idea he might not return until the All-Star break or later is now out there and not unrealistic. Obviously, waiting 12 months means waiting until the playoffs begin. No doubt Rose is young and will work diligently on his rehab, but these things go at their own pace.

Two quick thoughts:

First, better to do this right and not rush back. Rose is a special player with a long career ahead of him. He wants to be back on the court but the big-picture truth is a whole lost season is better than coming back too quickly and risking a setback or worse.

Second, it’s going to be interesting to see who the Bulls go out and try to get this summer to be the Rose stand-in until he returns. Nothing against C.J. Watson, but the Bulls need another point now.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.