So long for now, Derrick Rose. We'll see you in four to six weeks, according to doctors reports. That's all it will take for the former MVP to return to the Chicago Bulls from a surgical repair of his medial meniscus, which is beyond my medical understanding but apparently isn't the worst meniscus tear you could have. And it's certainly not as bad as either of the other two knee injuries Rose has suffered over the past several years, both of which have sidelined him for far greater periods of time and ended respective seasons. At least according to the Chicago administrative staff, this will be nothing more than a routine checkup, not a complete rebuilt as was first feared.
In the NBA, the Knicks ended a nine-game losing streak and improved to 4-13 defeating the Nets 113-83 in Brooklyn. Carmelo Anthony had 19 points and 10 rebounds. The Knicks made a season-high 16 3-pointers in 27 attempts led by as many as 34 in winning their first meeting of the season against their city rivals.
Elsewhere, the Clippers had a 101-81 victory over Memphis and Miami fell to Chicago 107-87. Chicago's win came hours after Bulls guard Derrick Rose said he's not ruling out a playoff return if his surgically-repaired knee is fully healed by then.
In the NFL, Colin Kaepernick had a productive game to help the San Francisco improve to 7-4. Kaepernick passed for 235 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions as the 49ers dominated Washington 27-6.
In the NBA, Jordan Crawford had 21 points and Gerald Wallace came off the bench to add a season-high 17 as Boston downed Charlotte 96-86.
In the NFL, the New England Patriots beat the Denver Broncos 34-31 in overtime, after a misplayed punt led to a 31-yard field goal. Denver's Tony Carter ran into Ryan Allen's punt after it landed and Nate Ebner recovered for New England at the Broncos 13-yard line. After Tom Brady ran twice to line up the kick, Stephen Gostkowski connected for his 21st successful field goal attempt.
In the NFL, the Miami Dolphins ended a four-game losing streak grabbing a 22-20 triumph over Cincinnati.
Cameron Wake tackled Andy Dalton in the end zone with 6:38 remaining in overtime. The safety capped a game in which Miami blew a 17-3 lead before dropping the Bengals to 6-3. Officials reviewed Wake's third sack of the game before confirming the safety.
The NBA season officially got under way Tuesday night.
The Miami Heat celebrated their second straight NBA championship by distributing rings and raising the title banner before facing the Chicago Bulls. Miami built a 54-33 halftime lead in a 107-95 win over the Bulls. Miami scored 37 points in the second quarter alone, more than Chicago accumulated the entire first half. LeBron James had a team-high 17 points and Chris Bosh added 16 for Miami.
Bulls guard Derrick Rose finished with 12 points in his first game since missing all of last season because of knee surgery.