SALT LAKE CITY – Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the season after undergoing what team officials described as successful surgery Monday to repair the torn medial meniscus in his right knee.
That means point guard Rose, 25, will have played in 49 regular-season games over three NBA seasons. He missed all of last season after left-knee surgery to repair a torn ligament. Rose battled through four separate injuries during the shortened lockout season in 2011-12; he was the league’s most valuable player in the 2010-11 season.
Of Rose’s injury, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said, “We can use that as an excuse, if we choose. But no one is going to feel sorry for us. We’ve got enough in that room to get it done.”
Rose suffered the injury on a noncontact play during Friday’s 98-95 loss in Portland.
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Chicago lost at Utah 89-83 in overtime Monday. Marvin Williams of Bremerton led the Jazz with 17 points.
Bryant signs 2-year extension
LOS ANGELES – Kobe Bryant signed a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension that stands to keep him with the Los Angeles Lakers until he is two months shy of his 38th birthday.
Superstar Bryant ended several months of speculation before playing a game this season, terminating his lame-duck status in what could have been the final year of a contract paying him $30.5 million this season.
Bryant, who tore his left Achilles tendon in April and is working toward a return, signed the extension at the office of his agent, Rob Pelinka, and later posted on Twitter the phrase “Laker 4 Life.”
Bryant will make $23.5 million next season and $25 million in 2015-16, financially killing the Lakers’ ability to sign two high-impact free agents next summer.
• San Antonio beat visiting New Orleans 112-93 for its 11th victory in a row. The Spurs (13-1) share the league’s best record with the Indiana Pacers, who defeated Minnesota 98-84.
• Nicolas Batum scored 23 points as host Portland extended its winning streak to 11 by defeating the New York Knicks 102-91.
LaMarcus Aldridge of the Trail Blazers had 18 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double this season.
• Host Miami beat Phoenix 107-92 as LeBron James scored 35 points.
The Heat has won 10 of its last 11 games.
Compiled from Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and The Associated Press.