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'Derrick is doing great'

Doctor who performed Rose's surgery sees him back in 8 to 12 months

May 15, 2012|RedEye

The surgeon who performed Derrick Rose's ACL reconstruction Saturday talked to the media Tuesday about the Bulls guard's recovery and rehab.

Brian Cole, the Bulls team physician, was joined by general manager Gar Forman and head athletic trainer at Rush University Medical Center.

Here's a breakdown of the topics discussed. TRIBUNE CONTRIBUTED.

ON THE SURGERY

COLE: "Derrick is doing great. The surgery went really well. No surprises."

ON ROSE'S RECOVERY

COLE: "It's impossible to predict tomorrow. Statistically, he should be that player and then some. That doesn't mean it's guaranteed." Cole estimated Rose would need eight to 12 months for a full recovery.

ON THE INJURY'S CAUSE

COLE: "This could be anything from a completely random event to maybe conditioning. We'll never know with certainty."

ON ROSE'S ATTITUDE

TEDESCHI: "Those who know him know he's terrific to deal with. He has done everything I've asked and more."

ON ROSE'S REHAB

FORMAN: "In his mind, he's determined to attack this rehab and get his game back to where it was. There was a period there where he was down. But I think he's doing better."

WHAT'S HE'LL MISS

Here's when Rose might return based on the 8- to 12-month recovery timetable.

8 MONTHS: Rose returns in mid-January, missing about three months of regular-season action.

9 MONTHS: Rose returns in mid-February, missing four months.

10 MONTHS: Rose returns in mid-March, missing five months.

11 MONTHS: Rose returns in mid-April, missing most—if not all—of the regular season.

12 MONTHS: Rose returns in mid-May, in time for the third round of the playoffs—or the end of the second round.

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