A man who has undergone the same type of invasive knee procedure believes the No. 1 overall pick will struggle even when he is able to return.
"He has to be fully, fully committed," Cherilus said. "They told me I would be back in 12 months. I fought and came back in nine months. But it wasn't right. It set me back for another six weeks. You are going to deal with stuff for the rest of your career. Period. You're going to have to learn how to deal with it. And you have to be extremely disciplined. You have to do all the little things.
"Man, I'm telling you -- it's hard."