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Monday was a happy day for some, ominous for many others.
Some big news broke early in the day about the status of Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant. The news on Rose was worse than expected, while some may consider the good news for Bryant not so good. See what all the ruckus was about below.
DERRICK ROSE OUT FOR THE SEASON:
After undergoing successful knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus, the Chicago Bulls declared that Rose would miss the remainder of the season. The point guard chose the option to let his meniscus heal rather than cutting it out, which would shorten the recovery time to a few weeks but cause more long-term issues. Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today has details:
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the 2013-14 season after having surgery Monday to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee.
The timetable on Rose’s absence indicates he had the meniscus repaired and reattached and not removed or partially removed. Reparation is the preferred surgical option, but rehabilitation and recovery takes longer. The meniscus acts as a cushion for knee bones, and without, the chance of early arthritis and other problems increase.
“You want to save what’s there. My guess is that you want to prolong the longevity of the career,” orthopedic surgeon Alexis Colvin told USA TODAY Sports.
What’s going on? Are the Nets really this bad?
They lost to the Pistons (who have also started a bit sluggishly) today. And that was with Joe Johnson going bonkers from deep.
Also losing today were the Jazz. They’re really this bad. Not as bad as that time in the video game when I traded all their players away for draft picks and had Jason Kapono and Brian Scalabrine in the starting lineup, but pretty bad.
This is terrible news for the Bulls, of course, but it could be good news for any team shopping a point guard. Orlando and Jameer Nelson, I’m looking at you. Also, do the Suns really need Goran Dragic right now?
There’s not many prospective playoff teams in the market for point guards right now. The position is more important than ever, and it seems like it’s near-impossible to be even a remotely plausible contender with a weakness at the point.
So now the Bulls could be looking for someone to shoulder the load with Rose out for some time. Although they could just go with Marquis Teague. There’s certainly an argument that trading for a new PG would be an overreaction.
We knew things would get ugly when Derek Fisher and the NBPA looked to oust Billy Hunter from his position after the lockout debacle. The ugliness is now in full motion with Hunter suing Fisher and his former employer for a large sum of money, with a bit of a twist in his story telling. Find that, the latest update on Kobe Bryant and much more below.
STORY OF THE DAY:
Billy Hunter is reportedly suing Derek Fisher, his business manager and the NBPA for $10.5 million. He also claims that a person named “Black Mamba” called him about a month before a deal was struck to salvage the 2011-2012 NBA season, telling him to settle for a 50-50 deal. From that phone call, Hunter concludes and accuses Fisher of making a deal with the owners behind his back. Ken Berger of CBSSports details this bizarre story below:
But the most interesting series of events outlined by Hunter were those linking Bryant and Pelinka (who also represents Fisher) to the surprising collapse of negotiations at the Waldorf Astoria in New York on Oct. 28, 2011 — about a month before a new labor deal finally was struck, salvaging a 66-game season and reordering the financial and competitive landscape of the sport.