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NBA Notes: Derrick Rose needs knee surgery
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose is out indefinitely because of torn cartilage in his right knee that will require surgery, the team said Saturday.

The former MVP has a medial meniscus tear and there's no immediate timetable for his return.

Rose had an MRI in Los Angeles on Saturday after he was injured a night earlier at Portland. He won't be with the team for its remaining four games on its six-game trip.

The three-time All-Star sat out last season recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Now, it's his other knee that's injured.

"It's sad, knowing how hard he worked to get back," said All-Star guard Chris Paul of the Clippers, who will host the Bulls on Sunday (see full story).

Gasol out indefinitely with left knee sprain
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol has a left knee sprain that won't require surgery, but the reigning NBA defensive player of the year will be out indefinitely.

The team announced the sprain of his MCL after an MRI on Saturday.

Gasol suffered the injury early in the second quarter of Friday night's loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Replays indicated there was little if any contact before Gasol grabbed his knee under the Spurs' basket. He went to the Memphis locker room and did not return.

Gasol was second on the Grizzlies in points, rebounding and assists entering the game.

Kosta Koufos, obtained from the Denver Nuggets in an offseason trade, started the second half in Gasol's place. He's expected to fill in for the 7-foot-1 center.

At 37, Garnett enters twilight of his career
MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Garnett sat in the visitor's locker room at Target Center, searching for answers to difficult questions after yet another disheartening loss by his Brooklyn Nets.

Just down the hall, Minnesota's Kevin Love got dressed a few feet from the locker that Garnett called home for 12 years. And while he was trying to be respectful of the player that put the Timberwolves franchise on the map, Love delivered the hard truth that has dropped like an anvil on Garnett and the $190 million Brooklyn Nets this season.

"I joked with (Kevin Martin) tonight that I'm glad I didn't have to guard him in his prime," Love said after needing just three quarters to bury KG and the Nets en route to a 30-point victory Friday night. "Because he was something else. He's a Hall of Fame player. He's the Big Ticket."

Once one of the most intimidating and ferocious players in the league, Garnett's growl is as menacing as ever. But as he enters the twilight of his career at 37, he's finding out the hard way that opponents no longer fear the bite that comes with it (see full story).