Rose has successful knee surgery

Chicago, IL ( - Oft-injured Chicago point guard Derrick Rose underwent successful surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee.

Bulls general manager Gar Forman made the announcement on Friday morning, shortly after the procedure was completed, also revealing that recovery time is 4-to-6 weeks. Rose then could return before the end of the regular season.

The Memphis product had been generally healthy this season, having appeared in 46 of Chicago's 58 games. The three-time All-Star told the team on Tuesday he was experiencing pain in the surgically repaired knee, and an MRI exam afterward revealed the tear.

Rose's absence comes with Chicago battling Cleveland for first place in the Central Division. The Bulls entered Friday's action a half-game behind the Cavs and fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 36-22 record, three games up on fifth-place Washington.

The 2009 NBA Rookie of the Year has averaged 18.4 points, 5.0 assists and 3.1 rebounds this season.