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February 26, 2015 Updates

Nick Friedell: If the tear isn't too bad and they can clip all, or a piece of the meniscus, Rose could return to the floor much sooner than before. Remember, Rose and the Bulls decided to repair the same meniscus in Nov. 2013, not remove it, to give Rose a chance to elongate his career. Twitter @NickFriedell

Marc J. Spears: Bulls say Derrick Rose will have a meniscectomy Friday morning to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. Timetable after surgery. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

Multiple sources confirmed Wednesday night that because there was minimal swelling in the knee, team physician Brian Cole would conduct the surgery at the Gold Coast Surgicenter no later than Friday afternoon, with Thursday still a possibility. Coach Tom Thibodeau said the organization knew that a second surgery on the knee was always a possibility. Chicago Sun-Times

Thibodeau said surgery hasn't been scheduled, but sources said while it's mostly Rose's decision, it will happen sooner rather than later, likely Friday because of minimal swelling. Team physician Brian Cole, who also repaired Rose's first torn meniscus in November 2013 and his torn ACL in May 2012, will perform the procedure. Rose underwent surgery two days after the first meniscus tear. Chicago Tribune

An official timeline for Rose's return won't be known until Cole performs the surgery, but multiple sources expressed strong belief that this tear isn't as significant as the one Rose had in November 2013. Sources added the expectation is that this procedure will remove a small cartilage tear, suggesting a shorter rehabilitation period. Chicago Tribune

"I don't know what to say other than it's so unfair," coach Tom Thibodeau said. "The guy has been through so much. What he has put into it and this one — not that any time you have surgery it's not tough — will hopefully be much shorter than the other ones. But the big thing is our concern for him first as a person." Chicago Tribune

Joakim Noah, who doesn’t hide his emotions, didn’t even want to meet with the media, and the front office was unavailable for comment. “Very tough news, unexpected,’’ Pau Gasol said. “Heartbreaking in a way because of how much he has been through the last couple of years. Difficult to deal with; we feel for him. He’s definitely a key player for us, as well.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

For a moment, Luol Deng was back in Chicago, back with the Bulls, back to one of those nauseating moments when word broke of another injury setback for Derrick Rose. "Honestly," he said Wednesday, "I was almost in tears. It's different when you know the guy that well." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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