UPDATE: According to a Bulls’ statement, Derrick Rose will be out for approximately two weeks. After this period, he will be able to resume all basketball activities.
According to reports, Derrick Rose’s surgery went well on Wednesday. He had surgery to repair a left orbital fracture.
The injury happened yesterday during the Chicago Bulls first practice of the season. Coach Fred Hoiberg said that Rose was hit with an elbow while driving on the baseline.
He also said that the operation, which was at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, “went as expected.” However, he did not provide a timeline for when the former MVP will return to action, but did not rule out an Oct. 27 return against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
According to Dr. Christine Nelson, an eye specialist and professor with the University of Michigan Health System, it is usually recommended that patients of eye injuries take at least six weeks off, especially if they partake in activities that could put them at risk of another eye injury. She did add that if the patient is eager to come back, then they can wear a face mask or goggles.
As far as him missing training camp, Coach Hoiberg said that Rose will be able to attend practices and run. As well, he added that Rose should be able to learn the new system by observing.
“We don’t know how much he’ll be able to do even while he’s in recovery mode, but he still will be here, learning,” Hoiberg said. “So we’ll go as expected as far as putting our stuff in. We added a few new actions today and guys seemed to be picking things up well.”
Teammate Pau Gasol said that it is “unfortunate” Rose will miss most of training camp and preseason, especially since the team has a new coach with new philosophies.
“It’s unfortunate that he won’t be able to be a part of most of training camp and preseason,” Gaol said. “It’s useful time for any team, to get teams on track, set the foundation for the new season – especially with a new philosophy, new coach.”
Last season, Rose played 51 games and averaged 17.7 points and 4.9 assists. As well, he averaged 30.0 minutes a game.