Derrick Rose will have surgery on his right knee today, and the Chicago Bulls don’t yet know how long they’ll be without their star guard this time.
Rose headed home to Chicago while the Bulls went back to work Sunday, facing the Los Angeles Clippers in their first game since Rose tore cartilage in his knee in Portland on Friday night.
Chicago coach Tim Thibodeau said the Bulls won’t know how long the 2011 NBA MVP will be sidelined until Rose and team physician Brian Cole decide how to fix Rose’s knee.
“We’re hoping for the best,” Thibodeau said. “We, of course, feel very badly for Derrick. He’s in good spirits, about as well as can be expected under the circumstances, and he’s already thinking about his rehab. Typical Derrick.”
Rose has a medial meniscus tear, which is typically less serious than a lateral tear. Some athletes miss only a few weeks after surgery on meniscus tears, while others miss several months.
The Bulls won’t speculate on a return date until they learn more about the injury, which often can’t be fully evaluated until surgery is performed — but if Rose needs to have his meniscus reattached, he could be out until spring or longer.
OUTLAW FINED — Sacramento Kings forward Travis Outlaw was fined $15,000 by the NBA for pulling down Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick on a fast break.
The play occurred with 8:06 left in the Clippers’ 103-102 victory on Saturday night. Outlaw received a flagrant-2 foul and was ejected.
The NBA announced the fine for “excessive and unnecessary contact” on Sunday.
COLORS RETURN — Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan says his team will use purple and teal as its primary colors when it changes its name to the Hornets next season.
Those are the same colors players wore when the Hornets were in Charlotte from 1988-2002, before the franchise moved to New Orleans. The new color scheme will be accented by secondary colors of black, gray and light blue.
The Hornets name became available when New Orleans became the Pelicans this season.
Jordan said in a release Sunday that “it was important to us to acknowledge the heritage of the Charlotte Hornets when bringing the name back to the market” and “the purple and teal color scheme was instantly recognizable as being associated with the original Hornets.”