Update: The diagnosis is a slight meniscus tear, and McDermott could be out anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. -yfbb
In a pretty Bulls-y move, the team announced minutes after tip-off against the Trail Blazers that rookie Doug McDermott will undergo an "arthroscopic procedure" on his injured right knee. The surgery will be performed by the infamous Dr. Brian Cole, and the timetable for McDermott's return will be set afterward.
Including the Blazers game, McDermott had missed five contests in a row. His last action was on Nov. 30 against the Nets, a game in which the rookie played six minutes and scored zero points, which was a pretty standard line for him to start the season.
Here's what McDermott said about the injury when he first sat out:
There's no timetable for Doug McDermott's return. McDermott originally said his knee injury was "minor"— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) December 13, 2014
Hmmm, where have we heard that before? Oh that's right, Joakim Noah's "minor" knee surgery turned into a pretty significant ordeal that could possibly affect him all season. And now, McDermott's "minor" knee injury has turned into an issue problematic enough to require surgery. Good times!
As mentioned, McDermott had really struggled to start the year in limited minutes. He made four three-pointers all of November and missed a ton of wide open looks when he did play. One has to wonder if the knee was bugging him for a while and he just tried to play through it, which led to some of his shooting woes.
In any case, this is a huge bummer and hopefully the timetable for McDermott's return is sooner rather than later. The Bulls don't exactly have a lot of quality depth on the wing, and this puts a hamper on his development.