Could be much worse for Rose

Knee injury might sideline Bulls PG, but he's better off long term

Updated: November 23, 2013, 9:31 PM ET
By Dr. Mark Adickes | ESPN Insider

Friday was a rough night for two of the NBA's elite players.

Against the Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose injured his right knee, and it wasn't until late Saturday afternoon that the team announced an MRI revealed Rose had suffered a torn medial meniscus. Earlier in the day, it was announced that Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol had suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee. Both players will be out indefinitely.

Amin Elhassan and Bradford Doolittle have discussed the impact of Gasol's and Rose's absences on their respective teams. But what will be the lasting impact of the injuries on the players themselves?

In the case of Rose, his injury comes just 19 months removed from surgery to reconstruct a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Was Friday night's injury at all related to Rose's ACL injury? Perhaps. But for a torn meniscus, the prognosis is significantly better than a torn ACL.