10 games.

That’s the length of Derrick Rose’s comeback season in the league as the 2011 MVP will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season following surgery to repair the medial meniscus in his right knee. Rose missed all of the 2012-13 season following a tear of his ACL in his left knee in the 2012 playoffs.

Cancel the Bulls out of your Eastern Conference playoff mix.

The Bulls & Rose could have opted for a procedure which would have placed the star back on the court within a matter of weeks but instead opted for the longer term procedure, putting his rehabilitation at anywhere from four to six months. What it does for Rose’s future is unclear but as far as the Bulls are concerned, they once more have to go through a season without their defined first option in Rose and plenty of question marks in the offseason regarding Luol Deng who is a free agent and more.

Rose’s latest injury is another blow the Bulls are going to have to deal with, same as it was the year prior. There’s an odd sense of calm about this surgery as opposed to Rose sitting out all of last season but seeing how prideful the Bulls and coach Tom Thibodeau are, there’s no thoughts about the upcoming NBA Draft. Nor should they be. Even if talent like Julius Randle and Chicago’s own Jabari Parker are possibly available, don’t expect the Bulls to let it be known they’re rebuilding.

Just full speed ahead until the playoffs.