Derrick Rose underwent surgery to his broken orbital bone today, and may be back as soon as two weeks from now.
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune quotes Fred Hoiberg:
“It’s not a structural injury. When he comes back ready to go he should be able to go right back into it 100 percent, which if you have something going on with one of your other body parts it’s going to be you gradually get back. You know, 50 percent load and then move all the way up from mid-restriction. I don’t anticipate that in his case this will happen with this eye injury as soon as he’s cleared to play.
Rose should be able to resume basketball activities as soon as two weeks:
Without complications during Rose's recovery, optimism for his availability for the Oct. 27 regular season opener remains high.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) September 30, 2015
And per Nick Friedell of ESPN, that could come as soon as opening night:
Hoiberg still hopeful Rose will be ready for opening night. Just doesn't want to put a timetable on return at this point.
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) September 30, 2015
Per Johnson, that’s right in line with the normal timeline for returns from such injuries, which are typically from two to six weeks.
Some have falsely compared Westbrook’s quick return from his own broken face bone, but his was a cheek bone, not an orbital bone, and that’s a key distinction:
On Rose's fracture, some comparing Westbrook's quick return in couple days. Placement is key. Russ's was to side of cheek, no vision issues.
— Michael Wallace (@MyMikeCheck) September 29, 2015
While Rose won’t be playing, Hoiberg told Johnson that doesn’t mean it’s all lost time:
He’s still going to be here in practice; he’ll still be learning,” Hoiberg said. “Hopefully it’s an injury that won’t keep him out too long. He’s in great shape. We don’t know how much he’ll be able to do even when he’s in his recovery mode, but he’ll still be here learning. So we’ll go as expected, as far as putting our stuff in.
As Rose-injuries go, this is something Bulls fans can live with. If all that happens is he’s out during the preseason and Jimmy Butler gets some time practicing running the point, that’s not so bad.
Fortunately, as pointed out by Sam Smith, today was uneventful:
No one else seriously hurt at practice today. But still early.
— Sam Smith (@SamSmithHoops) September 30, 2015