So much for Derrick Rose and the Bulls having better luck with injuries.
Rose suffered a left orbital fracture — a fracture of the eye socket — during practice Tuesday, taking an elbow from an unidentified teammate, the Bulls announced. He will have surgery on Wednesday, after that a timetable for his return will be announced.
How long Rose is out depends on the location of the fracture (is it near the eye and causing vision issues?), but it could cause him to miss the start of the season. He likely will wear a mask upon his return as well. This means the Bulls will have to lean on Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich to run the point in his absence.
Rose has played in just 100 games total the last four Bulls seasons, due to a variety of injuries including surgeries on both of his knees. Part of the reason Tom Thibodeau is out and Fred Hoiberg is in as Bulls coach was the hope of reducing injuries and wear and tear on players by reducing workloads. Rose’s latest injury obviously is a fluke that has nothing to do with minute usage, but it’s not the way the Bulls wanted to start the season.