It's official and straight from the source: the 2012 NBA Playoffs start like poop. The Bulls have announced that Derrick Rose is done for the remainder of the 2011-12 postseason after tearing his ACL in Game One of the Bulls' first round series with the 76ers:
Breaking news: Bulls guard Derrick Rose tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and he is out for the remainder of the season.— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) April 28, 2012
This also means a lot more John Lucas III and no Olympics for Rose:
Gotta feel for DRose,who stands for a lot of what's right about NBA. This means no Olympics for him too.— K.C Johnson (@KCJHoop) April 28, 2012
There are varying possibilities as to the extent of the tear and there's no official word on cartilage damage, so a timetable for rehabilitation -- let alone recovery -- is a complete guessing game at the moment.
The reigning MVP sustained the injury landing awkwardly on a jump-step toward the end of the blowout.
I'm stunned. Just stunned.