Without Rose, Bulls are NBA long shots in 2012-13

The bad news keeps piling up for the Chicago Bulls and franchise point guard Derrick Rose, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the team’s opening-round series loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Bulls announced Tuesday that Rose would need 8-12 months to recover after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left ACL, and there is a good possibility he could miss the entire 2012-13 season.

"We're not going to rush it," said Dr. Brian Cole, who performed Rose’s surgery this past weekend. "The most important thing is all of us feel comfortable based on specific parameters that he's ready to go at each stage as we advance him. If he's not ready, we'll delay. If he's ready, we'll move him to the next stage.”

Chicago would have been one of the favorites to win the NBA title next year after entering the 2012 postseason around +450. However, with Rose’s future up in the air, the Bulls could enter next season at +1,600 to win the NBA title –and that’s with Rose returning mid-season.

According to Mike Perry, an oddsmaker for Sportsbook.ag, Chicago would have been around +800 to win the NBA Championship and +400 to win the East if Rose was 100 percent healthy. If the All-Star point guard is ruled out for the entire season, the Bulls could be as high as 30-1 to win the title and 15-1 to win the East.

Rose, last year’s NBA MVP, led Chicago to an NBA-best 50-16 record (38-27-1 ATS) but tore his ACL in Game 1 against the Sixers on April 28. He averaged 21.8 points and 7.9 assists this season.

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