Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook phoned Chicago guard and friend Derrick Rose over the weekend after seeing Rose suffer a torn medial meniscus Friday at Portland.
The Bulls announced Monday that after undergoing surgery Rose will miss the remainder of the season.
“It's tough, man,” said Westbrook, who sustained a torn lateral meniscus on April 24. “I was watching the game. It's just tough. Some things like that just happen, and it's a tough situation for him. But he's a strong guy so he'll get back and come back stronger.”
Westbrook said Rose was in good spirits when he spoke to him but empathized with how Rose must now undergo a second knee surgery. In the 2012 playoffs, Rose tore his left ACL, an injury that resulted in him missing the entire 2012-13 season.
“I don't know much about how much time (rehab takes) and what you have to do,” Westbrook said of Rose's most recent injury. “But I just know that just meniscus and the different rehab and the way you do different things with the meniscus and the ACL is a little different. But I think the rehab process in general is stressful and it can be tough, especially for Derrick at this point in time coming off one surgery and now another one. So it can be stressful. But I talked to him the other day, when he got hurt, and he's good. He's in good spirits. So he should be all right.”
BROOKS SEES GROWTH
Through 12 games, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said he's been most pleased with the pace at which his team has grown.
“If there's something that I can say I'm really proud of it's the development and the growth of our team in this short part of the season, just a month in,” Brooks said. “We've seen plays that a lot of our guys are making that three weeks ago we didn't make. So that tells me that they're doing a great job of trying to get better and doing what we ask.”