The Chicago Bulls announced Saturday that Derrick Rose is out indefinitely with a medial meniscus tear to his right knee, which will require surgery.
Rose, just 19 months removed from tearing his left ACL and missing all of last season, sustained the injury against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.
The 2011 NBA MVP left Friday’s game on crutches and appeared to be in considerable pain. He led Chicago with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists before leaving the court in the third quarter.
“We’ve been there before. We just got to pick it up,” Loul Deng said, per ESPNChicago.com. “Obviously, it would be a setback not having him but we’ve been there before so we just got to play together.”
Said coach Tom Thibodeau: “We’ll take it step by step. We have to figure that part out and we will. The games are going to keep coming. No one will feel sorry for us. So we’re going to have to be ready.”