Derrick Rose Not Expected Back Until 2013

The Bulls held a press conference today in Chicago to update the media on Derrick Rose's health and a number of other topics. Here are a few of the notable items from the news conference, courtesy of Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times (all links go to Twitter):

  • Dr. Brian Cole, who performed Rose's ACL surgery, said the procedure went very well, but that recovery usually takes eight to 12 months. The best-case scenario for Rose is returning in January 2013, though he could miss the entire season, said Cole.
  • It will likely take more than a year for Rose to return to his previous level of play, but there's no reason he shouldn't be that player again, Cole added.
  • Bulls GM Gar Forman views Rose's absence as a short-term issue that won't affect the team's long-term plans. Forman said he won't make decisions based on short-term problems, since he doesn't feel the team's window of opportunity will close anytime soon.
  • Coach Tom Thibodeau's contract option for 2012/13 will "obviously" be picked up, Garman said. The two sides will begin discussing an extension soon, according to the GM.

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