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Prognosis rosy for Bulls' superstar after surgery?

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Prognosis rosy for Bulls' superstar after surgery?

While the subject of Tuesday afternoons press conference at Rush University Medical Center wasnt present, those who spoke on his behalf assured the assembled media that Derrick Rose was indeed making progress four days after his surgery to repair his torn left anterior cruciate ligament.

Derrick is doing great, said Dr. Brian Cole, the Bulls team physican and the man who performed Saturday mornings procedure on Rose, along with his partner, a team physician for the White Sox. The surgery went extremely well. Really, no surprises.

He had an isolated ACL tear and he had a medial meniscal tear that we fixed, and he had a small outer meniscal tear that we trimmed and should be of no significant consequence, he continued, noting that Rose has been diligently following post-surgery instructions. At this point, were very optimistic. If you think back to where we were 20 or 30 years ago, this was clearly a career-ending injury and were at least able to say now that were doing a whole lot better than we were then.

Well do everything possible to get him back safely and expeditiously, and in an appropriate time-frame and at a point that we think that hes at the lowest point of occurring any re-injury, and at the time, we think his performance will be a level we think will be consistent with whats needed to play professional basketball.

Cole confirmed the previously reported recovery timeline of eight to 12 months for an athlete of this caliber, but can vary depending on when Rose meets progressive objective parameters. Roses rehabilitation will also incorporate a lot of risk prevention and even after full recovery, it may take slightly longer for him to be at his pre-injury level, according to Cole.

Saturdays procedure consisted of one incision, which will eventually heal, to the ligament the ACL connects the femur to the tibia, Cole explained to harvest a patellar tendon autograft and then was done arthroscopically, through a camera and small holes. No incisions were done while repairing Roses meniscal tear.

Its impossible to predict tomorrow, Cole acknowledged, when whether Rose would fully regain his trademark explosiveness. Statistically, he should be that player and then some. That doesnt mean its guaranteed.

The ligament is one thing giving him a new ligament and the meniscus is another, he continued. Getting his brain connected to his knee basically, thats probably the longest amount of time required, for that purpose, to really get everything connected again and sort of hard-wired from a neurological point of view.

Cole also discussed the fact that Roses injury was a freak accident, not something symptomatic of previous issues, in line with the widely-held theory that the lockout-shortened NBA regular-season schedule is responsible for the rash of injuries around the league.

This could be anything from a completely random event which, in a non-contact injury, most of the time thats what it is to maybe conditioning, but well never know with certainty. My feeling is, its more likely than not, a very random event, he said.

The good news with him is he didnt tear his medial collateral ligament, the other ligament, which made his pre-rehabiliatation process go much smoother. Thats why he has a very expedited recovery because the amount of injury to the knee was minimal enough that it allowed us to get to him when we felt it was fit, but I dont think well ever have a perfect explanation.

Cole and Bulls head trainer Fred Tedeschi, who was also present at the press conference, along with team general manager Gar Forman, admitted they hadnt discussed Roses whereabouts during the recovery process the All-Star point guard typically spends his summers in California but vowed that the organization would be heavily involved.

Right now hes in Chicago and will rehab at Rush, said Cole, who is a professor at the hospital and a member of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. We havent worked out all the details, but well be on top of him.

Added Tedeschi: Were not entirely settled on geography at this point, but just know that wherever he is and whatever hes doing, hes going to have the best people involved and my role with the Bulls is to coordinate his care and obviously be a part of it as a practitioner.

One concern following Roses injury was why it took so long for him to have surgery, as a two-week period of time went by after he suffered the tear, in Game 1 of the Bulls first-round playoff series with Philadelphia.

Weve learned so much about preparing a patient for ACL surgery. The goals initially are to get motion back, minimize the swelling, have him walk with a normal gait, be able to activate his quadriceps, get some single-leg activity, really to get him functioning as normally as possible and making sure his motion is perfect, and we met all those objectives, explained Cole, who noted that the MRI on Roses knee is exactly what he saw during surgery, which doesnt always occur, as well as the fact that Roses meniscal tear occurs frequently to people who suffer ACL injuries. People were asking, why not do the surgery the next day? The appropriate thing is to wait for the knee to tell you when its ready.

Re-injury is actually more common in a patient who has torn their ACL in their other knee, but youre still talking a very low percentage, continued Cole, who confirmed the reported use of PRP in Roses surgery, which could potentially supercharge the healing process. We know how to reduce the risk, but we dont know how to eliminate it and thats still the remaining challenge with ACL injuries.

We do everything possible, with the things that we can control, to stimulate healing and the best thing about it is hes 23 and has outstanding healing potential.

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Former first-round pick Kevin White hasn't caught a break -- or a touchdown -- through the first three years of his career. He has more season-ending injuries than 100-yard games and after an offseason focused on upgrades at wide receiver, White's future in Chicago beyond 2018 is very much in doubt.

Ryan Pace declined the fifth-year option in White's rookie contract, making this a prove-it year for the pass-catcher who once resembled a blend of Larry Fitzgerald and Dez Bryant during his time at West Virginia.

He's getting a fresh start by new coach Matt Nagy.

"He is healthy and he's really doing well," Nagy told Danny Kanell and Steve Torre Friday on SiriusXM's Dog Days Sports. "We're trying to keep him at one position right now so he can focus in on that."

White can't take all the blame for his 21 catches, 193 yards and zero scores through 48 possible games. He's only suited up for five. Whether it's bad luck or bad bone density, White hasn't had a legitimate chance to prove, on the field, that he belongs.

Nagy's looking forward, not backward, when it comes to 2015's seventh pick overall.

"That's gone, that's in the past," Nagy said of White's first three years. "This kid has a new future with us."

White won't be handed a job, however.

"He's gotta work for it, he's gotta put in the time and effort to do it," Nagy said. "But he will do that, he's been doing it. He's a great weapon, he's worked really hard. He has great size, good speed. We just want him to play football and not worry about anything else."

Nagy on Trubisky: 'He wants to be the best'

Nagy on Trubisky: 'He wants to be the best'

The Bears concluded their second round of OTAs on Thursday with the third and final set of voluntary sessions scheduled for May 29-June 1. Coach Matt Nagy is bringing a new and complicated system to Chicago, so the time spent on the practice field with the offense and quarterback Mitch Trubisky has been invaluable.

"We’ve thrown a lot at Mitch in the last 2 ½ months,” Nagy told Dog Days Sports’ Danny Kanell and Steve Torre on Friday. “He’s digested it really well.”

Nagy’s implementing the same system he operated with the Chiefs, an offense that brought the best out of Redskins quarterback Alex Smith. The former first-overall pick went from potential draft bust to MVP candidate under Andy Reid and Nagy’s watch.

Nagy admitted he and his staff may have been a little too aggressive with the amount of information thrust upon Trubisky so far.  It took five years to master the offense in Kansas City, he said, but the first-year head coach sees a lot of similarities between his current and past quarterbacks.

"These guys are just wired differently,” Nagy said when comparing Trubisky to Smith. “With Mitch, the one thing that you notice each and every day is this kid is so hungry. He wants to be the best. And he’s going to do whatever he needs to do. He’s so focused.”

Smith had the best year of his career in 2017 and much of the credit belongs to Nagy, who served as Smith’s position coach in each season of his tenure in Kansas City. He threw for eight touchdowns and only two interceptions during the five regular season games that Nagy took over play-calling duties last year.

Nagy said Trubisky has a similar attention to detail that Smith brought to the Chiefs’ quarterback room.

"Each and every detail that we give him means something. It’s not just something he writes down in a book. He wants to know the why,” Nagy said of Trubisky. “He’s a good person that is in this for the right reason. His teammates absolutely love him. It was the same thing with Alex [Smith] in Kansas City.”

A locker room that believes in its quarterback is a critically important variable for success, one that Nagy already sees exists in Chicago.

"When you have that as a coach and when you have that as being a quarterback, not everybody has that, and when you have that you’re in a good spot.”