Author: Kurt Helin

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Derrick Rose scheduled for surgery Friday, will have all or part of meniscus removed


We don’t know. There’s been a ton of speculation about the future of Derrick Rose — Is this injury not as severe? Is he headed down the path of Grant Hill and Penny Hardaway? — but the fact is we don’t know much about the severity of the injury. We don’t know recovery timetables.

But we will learn a lot about that Friday.

That’s when Rose will undergo this third knee surgery, the Bulls announced. More interestingly the Bulls said Rose would undergo a meniscectomy, which is a removal of part or all of the meniscus. That method is faster for recovery and means it is possible Rose could be back for part or all of the playoffs. However, we will not have a recovery timetable until after the surgery is complete.

Even if Rose could come back for the playoffs, it’s up for debate if he can lift them up much farther. First, he would just be coming back from surgery and — as we have seen with Rose recently and many other athletes before him — it takes a while for the player to trust that knee fully again. Rose and the other Bulls would have to re-adjust to playing together and do it under a much tougher circumstance, and much more pressure (on the court and off).

But we’ll know a lot more Friday.

Reports: Kings’ Darren Collison to have surgery, likely done for season

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We told you this might be coming. Now Bill Herenda of has the details — it looks like Kings’ point guard Darren Collison is done for the season.

Sacramento Kings point guard Darren Collison will see Dr. William Meyers on Monday in Philadelphia for a consultation; surgery is likely to occur on Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury, according to a source close to the situation…

On Tuesday, Collison was examined by a specialist in Los Angeles regarding his right hip flexor strain and has yet to play for new Kings coach George Karl.

Sacramento says he would be evaluated again between three and six weeks after the surgery. Let’s be realistic here: They are not bringing him back this season. They are not going to rush him back from an injury so he can play three games for George Karl at the end of a lost season.

Karl had this to say:

Collison has sat out the last seven games for the Kings. Without Collison, it will mean more Ray McCallum and Andre Miller.



Paul George returns to practice with Pacers, could play in couple weeks

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When PBT sat down with Paul George All-Star Weekend, he said he planned to practice with the team soon.

“I want to (play this season),” George said at the time. “March 1st was the date I wanted to be able to full on practice without limitations or restrictions, and from there see where things go. But mid-March is ideally where I want to be able to make a comeback and play my first game.”

He beat that first timetable — Paul George returned to practice with the Pacers Thursday (Feb. 26).

George told PBT he’d been working on his ball-handling and jump shooting, and that both of those should be improved.

We’ll see when he takes the court. A lot of people were targeting March 14 against Boston, but if he beat the first timetable…