Tom Thibodeau talked after Bulls shootaround on Wednesday morning, but there was little actual news in terms of an update on Derrick Rose's latest injury. Nobody has any idea when the injury occurred, and surgery options are still being weighed:
Thibs doesn't know when surgery will be scheduled. They're still weighing options--removal vs. repair.— Sean Highkin (@highkin) February 25, 2015
In this case, Rose might go into the surgery with a preference of what he wants done, but there could not be an option once the surgeon (It will be Dr. Brian Cole, once again) gets in there. Rose and the Bulls were told there was a decent chance this could happen again after the first meniscus surgery, and unfortunately, the meniscus just "didn't take." So there may be no other option but to shave the meniscus down or remove it completely.
So again, until we know the extent of the tear and what kind of surgery is performed, a timetable for a return is unknown. There's still a chance Rose could come back this season, and there's still a chance he's done for the year. We just don't know.
As for the present, Thibs isn't sure about who will start in Rose's place:
Thibs is undecided about lineup changes. He says starting Aaron Brooks is "a possibility."— Sean Highkin (@highkin) February 25, 2015
Both Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson will be back in the lineup against the Hornets, and I would have to imagine Hinrich gets the start. I'll be in attendance tonight, so I especially agree with this sentiment:
Thibs: "I don't know what to say other than it's so unfair."— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) February 25, 2015
Just keep those fingers crossed it's not too serious.