Mike Dunleavy undergoes back surgery

The Chicago Bulls announced that forward Mike Dunleavy underwent a low back microdiscectomy procedure Friday at Rush University Medical Center.

According to a press release, “Dunleavy experienced some occasional back discomfort over the summer which had recently worsened.” He had the surgery after discovering “conservative measures” didn’t help the back discomfort.

Dunleavy is expected to be out 8-10 weeks, so he would sit out the entire preseason (which begins Oct. 6) and could be out until late November/early December.

His absence would hurt the Bulls, as they would be lacking his sharpshooting ability, and, assuming Dunleavy would be a starter, that hole would need to be filled. But Dunleavy’s sidelining could also give second-year forward Doug McDermott more time to develop and grow as an NBA player.

Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.


Ashley Wijangco


<p>Ashley Wijangco is the owner and editor of The Bulls Charge. She is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in news-editorial journalism, minoring in public relations, and earning a SportMedia certificate with the hopes of becoming a professional sports writer or a sports media professional.<br />  <br /> Born in Chicago and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Ashley grew up as a Bulls fan, eventually becoming a die-hard fan. Her passion for the team then inspired her to pursue a career in sports media, an area she has been involved with since 2012 when she began writing and live-tweeting games for FanSided’s Bulls site, Pippen Ain’t Easy. She is also Kirk Hinrich’s biggest fan and refuses to stop supporting him no matter how unproductive he has become.<br />  <br /> Aside from The Bulls Charge, Ashley is also the co-editor-in-chief for Illio, her school’s yearbook and a columnist at Hoops Addict, a basketball website.</p>

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