Derrick Rose suffered his third major knee injury in the last four years earlier this week when an MRI showed that he had sustained a medial meniscus tear in his right knee.
Surgery was subsequently pencilled in and it was widely expected that Rose would miss the rest of the season. There were plenty of whispers that detailed how and why Rose's doctors could just simply decide to remove his torn meniscus and allow him to return much sooner.
That, it seems, is the route that Rose's doctors have taken, with the Bulls general manager Gar Forman explaining today that Rose will be back within 4-6 weeks.
Rose back soon
"Bulls general manager Gar Forman announced on Friday morning that Derrick Rose is expected to return to the court in 4-6 weeks, and that the team expects the former MVP to play this season," CSN Chicago reported.
“I know Derrick is anxious to attack this rehab,” Bulls GM Forman said. “We anticipate a full return to activity.”
Having your meniscus is not essential to normal life, but for the rigors of basketball not having your meniscus could potentially mean being more susceptible to injuries later in your career - with some old comments from Dwyane Wade perfectly putting into context the problems that could face Rose in the future.
"My knee problems and the things I've dealt with started from that [removing my meniscus]. That was  years ago and technology was different and the way you approach things was different," Wade said.
"At that moment, if everyone looked ahead and said, 'Dwyane's going to have a 20-year career, maybe we should do something different,' maybe I wouldn't have [knee issues]. At that time it was to get me back on the basketball court and do what is best."
It remains to be seen whether or not Rose regrets having his meniscus either fully removed or partially removed, but what do you think NBA fans? Is this a bad move from Rose and his doctor? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.