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Bulls general manager expects Derrick Rose back in 4-6 weeks


Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman reportedly put a very optimistic spin on the “minor” surgery Derrick Rose underwent on Friday, saying he expects the point guard to return to the lineup “in the next 4-6 weeks depending on rehab.”

To say that is an incredibly encouraging sign to how well the surgery, during which the damaged portion of the meniscus in Rose’s right knee was removed, turned out is a drastic understatement.

Forman deemed the surgery a “fairly common procedure done with NBA players, usually able to come back to full strength,” according to a tweet from Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill.

Goodwill adds on Twitter that Forman indicated that “Rose will be able to start loading up and doing basketball activities in a week.”

ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell also indicated on Twitter that Rose will begin an “aggressive” rehabilitation schedule as soon as this weekend.

If the timetables suggested prove to be accurate, Rose’s return would come in early April, coinciding nearly with the end of Chicago’s regular season campaign, meaning the point guard conceivably would be back in the lineup in time for the playoffs.

Given the doom and gloom the news that Rose was experiencing soreness in his knee earlier this week brought forth, even the mention that it’s possible the star will be available for the postseason is a remarkable development to say the least. Although given how cautious Rose has been as he’s rehabbed and recovered from his most recent injuries means a lot of things will have to go right in the next four to six weeks for the point guard to deem himself ready for consistent on-court action.