Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg gave Chicago fans cause for concern today when he revealed that doctors believe Derrick Rose could be dealing with vision issues for up to three more months.
Rose has complained of blurriness and double-vision since undergoing surgery to repair an orbital fracture on September 29. He suffered the injury during his first practice of the season and has worn a protective mask ever since.
"[The doctors] said it could be as long as three months," Hoiberg said. "But [the vision] has continued to improve, and that's obviously a positive."
"This is my first time hearing about it," Rose said of the possible three-month timeline. "But you kind of have that hope in your mind that it gets well a lot quicker. But for this to be seven or eight [weeks] out and still the same way, I can't do nothing but live with it. Get the most out of every day, keep putting my deposits in and keep working on my game until my eye gets better."
The Bulls guard has been noticeably off his game so far this season, averaging 12.6 points per game. That's down dramatically from his 2011 MVP season, when he averaged 25 per game, and well below his career average of 20.2.
He has taken and made far fewer 3-pointers, as well. Of his 18 attempts from downtown, he's only hit one. That comes out to 2 attempts per night (down from 5.3 last year) and an abysmal 5.6% shooting from 3-point range.
Rose told ESPN that the injury distorts his view of the basket.
"It's the first time I had surgery on my face, so that's something different," he said. "The depth perception of the rim is a little bit thrown off."
The Wizards will play the Bulls three times this season: January 11 and February 24 in Chicago, then March 16 in Washington.