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Uh-oh ... not the type of headline any Bulls fan wants to see.

Dr. Brian Cole, Derrick Rose's knee surgeon, publicly stated that Derrick's recovery will finish up somewhere between the next eight to twelve months. Unfortunately that is as optimistic as he can be right now.

Cole later went onto say, "Derrick is doing great," at a press conference.

"The surgery went extremely well. Really no surprises. It was pretty routine.

"We're at this point very optimistic. ... We think of recovery as the long process that's in stages. But the short answer is the time frame we believe an athlete of this caliber generally requires is about eight to 12 months. Sometimes shorter, sometimes longer.

"While he will be at hopefully a very high level at 12 months, it still may take slightly longer for him to be at his pre-injury level. That's not uncommon for athletes of this caliber."

At this point there is no clear-cut answer as to when D-Rose will return.

Gar Forman, the Bulls' GM, did mention that Derrick hasn't officially decided where he wants to rehab his injury when being asked the question on a radio show.

Yes, Chciago is home to Rose and his family. But, at this point, the microscope he will be under is bound to massive -- as if it isn't already. Derrick could greatly benefit from being away from all of the raging fans and media. Tahiti sounds nice, eh?

It's going to take a long time before we can be optimistic on an affirmative date for D-Rose's return to NBA basketball in a Bulls uni.

My best guess -- remember this is a guess and I am in no way shape or form an actual doctor or medically savvy in anyway -- is that he will make the return in a short and sweet 9 months and be back for the last bit of the 2012-2013 season. (We can only help that he can make the fastest and quickest recovery possible.)




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