By Danny Moran
Derrick Rose's rehabilitation from a torn ACL has gone according to plan to this point and he is now bringing in the big guns to ensure the process continues to go smoothly.
Rose traveled to Alabama on Tuesday to visit with renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, according to an ESPN Chicago report.
Rose is not the first Chicago athlete to consult Andrews on an injury. Andrews performed Kerry Wood's Tommy John surgery in 1999 and operated on Mark Prior's shoulder in 2007.
Andrews also has plenty of experience with ACL injuries in particular. He operated on former Bull Jamal Crawford's knee in July 2001 after he tore his ACL. Crawford is now a 12-year veteran and won NBA Sixth Man of the Year in 2010 as a member of t.
Dr. Brian Cole, who performed Rose's surgery in May, estimated that the former MVP be out for 8-12 months. That timetable would have Rose not returning until January at the earliest.
Draft prospects always get asked about how they would fit in with the best players on various teams. Once they are drafted, that goes double
New Bulls' draft pick Wendell Carter Jr. didn't disappoint with his answer about how he can play with Lauri Markkanen, the Bulls' first-round pick from the year before.
“We’re going to be unstoppable," Carter Jr. said to reporters in Brooklyn. "He is a great player, someone I can learn from. A great young player. Someone I can learn from on and off the court. With my work ethic, as I come in I’m going to do all I can do to help my team to win. I think we’ll definitely complement one another on both ends of the court.”
Carter Jr. could play the center next to Markkanen at the power forward spot to form a formidable frontcourt if both players continue to develop.
On the ESPN broadcast of the draft, Chauncey Billups talked about the two big guys and the state of the Bulls in general after Carter Jr. was picked.
"I love what they're putting together there," Billups said of the Bulls. "I like their backcourt with Dunn and LaVine. These two big guys, him and Markkanen, are going to play very well together."
Chandler Hutchinson abruptly cancelled his NBA Combine trip a month ago because of a promise given to him by a team in the 20s.
And the Bulls fulfilled that reported promise on Thursday night by taking Hutchinson with the 22nd overall pick.
Hutchinson, a senior, came on strong in his final two seasons with Boise State, and as a senior averaged 20.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 31.0 minutes. He shot nearly 48 percent from the field, shot a respectable 36 percent from 3-point range and averaged 1.5 steals.
The pick comes after the Bulls opted for the safe route and Duke center Wendell Carter with the 7th pick.
The Bulls were in desparate need of versatility on the wing and they get it in Hutchinson, who projects as someone who can play both forward positions.