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Major Injuries To Major NBA Players

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NBA InjuriesThe beleaguered Chicago Bulls have lost Derrick Rose, again. He was back for eleven games after missing the bulk of last season with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament which was repaired by Bulls team physician Brian Cole. This time it will be the same Doc going in to fix up Rose’s torn medial meniscus in his right knee.  While it is too early to speculate much on recovery time, Derrick won’t be seeing anymore action on the court for the Bulls this season, not even if they make the playoffs.

It is expected that Rose and the Bulls will opt for the reattachment of the meniscus as opposed to the quick fix method which simply removes the meniscus and the initial recovery is much quicker. However, Rose is only 25 years old and the Chicago basketball franchise has too much money invested in him to risk anything else.

Rose will undergo the surgical procedure on Monday to reattach the meniscus. The result will hopefully give Derrick a much better chance of returning to play another day with the Bulls but, the recovery time will be much longer and will eliminates any chance of him helping out his team in this year’s campaign.

For Derrick Rose himself this latest setback has to be especially painful both physically and mentally as he had worked so long and so hard to come back from the first knee surgery. Rose is known among his colleagues in the NBA as being one of the most dedicated, hardest working players in the league. Derrick has another long road to recovery ahead and basketball fans everywhere wish him a full recovery.

Down in Memphis, star center Marc Gasol limped off the court in the Grizzlies’ game against the Spurs early in the second quarter and did not come back into the game. Gasol underwent an MRI on Saturday which determined that he had suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain. Although the injury will not require surgery, Gasol will be out of action for an indefinite period of time for recovery.

Marc Gasol has been one of the most durable players in the NBA at 28 years old.  Last season he played in 377 of a possible 394 games and won the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year Award.

The Grizzlies’ chances in the NBA this season without the assistance of Marc Gasol would come into serious jeopardy should he be taken out of action for any length of time due to the injury.

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