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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose insists he is not depressed, was not close to retiring when he left Cavs

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose wants you to know that he is doing just fine.

In a wide-ranging interview with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that ran on Wednesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard opened up about his state of mind following a brief leave of absence that he recently took from the team.

“Be patient. I’m good. I’m just taking my time,” said Rose. “You don’t have to worry about me. I’m not depressed. I’m good. A lot of people think I’m depressed because of what I’m going through. It’s the total opposite. I learned from my mistakes three or four years ago when I put myself into a shell.

“No. No. That’s stupid,” the former Most Valuable Player added when asked if he came close to retiring when he left the Cavs. “I don’t want to even talk about that. But I’m just happy that LeBron [James] understood.”

The 29-year-old Rose, who still has no timetable to return from a sprained left ankle that he originally suffered in October, left the team on Nov. 22 before eventually rejoining them on Dec. 4.

There was much speculation at the time about Rose’s NBA future (which is understandable given his lengthy injury history) as well as his motivations for ultimately returning to the Cavs. Nevertheless, it sounds like the three-time All-Star remains committed to the game of basketball and is in a good mental state, which is all that matters right now.

Derrick Rose says money has nothing to do with his return

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose has returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers after leaving the team to contemplate retirement, and the former NBA MVP insists he was not financially motivated in any way.

Reports have indicated that Rose has somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 million remaining on his endorsement deal with Adidas, and he would have lost that money if he called it a career. While meeting with the media on Friday, the point guard adamantly denied taking that into consideration.

“Man, I don’t care about — not to be rude — I don’t care about no f—ing money,” Rose said, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com. “It’s not about that. I’ve saved up enough money. It’s not about that. If I wanted to leave, I would have left. Like I said, coming back here, starting with rehab that’s my first step. Keeping it simple and just giving my team support and then I’ll see what I see off the court.”

Rose thanked the Cavs organization for allowing him “my privacy to keep my right state of mind and to keep my happiness.” When a reporter asked if he requested a trade during his hiatus, Rose said it never crossed his mind.

“No, no, no, no, no, no. Trade? No,” he replied. “Come on, man. I’m on one of the best teams in the league? Why would I ask to get traded? They gave me every opportunity and still are going to give me every opportunity that I would want from any other team too and that’s just to hoop. I just want to hoop.”

Rose suffered a sprained ankle on Oct. 20. He is hoping rest and rehab will allow it to fully heal, but he acknowledged that surgery is not out of the question.

“I got a bone spur that I didn’t tell anybody, but I was just trying to process all that myself,” he explained. It’s all about first getting the area to calm down and then strengthening your leg back up again. So, afterwards, we may have to have a procedure but who knows.”

One of the reasons Rose is said to have contemplated retirement is that he is tired of dealing with injuries. Multiple knee surgeries have already derailed what once appeared to be a Hall of Fame career, so you can understand the frustration. Recall that Rose also went AWOL for a brief time while he was with the New York Knicks last season.

In the seven games he appeared in this season, Rose averaged 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists. If he can get healthy and keep those numbers going, he would provide the Cavs with a big boost.

Derrick Rose reportedly expected to meet with Cavs officials, return to team

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose has dealt with a number of issues both on and off the court over the past couple of years, but the star point guard is apparently not ready to call it a career just yet.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Monday that Rose, who voluntarily left the Cavs and has not played since Nov. 9 because of an ankle injury, has flown back to Cleveland and is planning to rejoin the team.

There was talk last month that Rose was getting tired of recovering from injuries and may not want to continue his playing career. Rose is just 29, but he has had multiple knee surgeries that have derailed what once looked like a career with Hall of Fame potential. Recall that Rose also dealt with issues in his personal life last season and went AWOL on the Knicks at one point.

Prior to hurting his ankle, Rose looked like he could play a big role with the Cavs, as he averaged 14.3 points per game in seven contests. Assuming his physical and mental health are where they need to be, the former MVP still has a good chance to make an impact this season.

Report: Derrick Rose wants to return to Cavs

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose has not been with the Cleveland Cavaliers as he nurses his latest injury, but there have been indications lately that he intends to return to the team at some point.

Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reported on Sunday that Rose is interested in continuing his career with the Cavs and the team wants the point guard back. However, Vardon was told there has been no decision made yet about when that will happen.

Rose has dealt with an ankle injury since the second game of the season. He has not played since Nov.9, and there have been reports that he is contemplating whether he wants to continue playing at all. Rose is just 29, but he has suffered a number of significant injuries during his career. The former MVP had undergone multiple knee surgeries, and he dealt with issues in his personal life last season when he went AWOL on the Knicks.

Rose averaged 14.3 points per game in the seven contests he played in prior to his injury. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue indicated over the weekend that the team has had positive contact with Rose.

Tyronn Lue: Cavaliers have had positive contact with Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

The Derrick Rose situation in Cleveland seems to be inching closer to a resolution.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Saturday that the team has had positive contact with Rose, and though he would not divulge any further information, more information is coming Sunday.

Reports indicate that the injury-riddled Rose has been contemplating retirement. His discussions with the Cavaliers have been with the higher-ups if this is any indication, but it sounds like the Cavaliers are encouraged with what they’ve heard and are formulating a plan to move forward together.

LeBron James has not spoken with Derrick Rose since he left team

Derrick Rose

Some members of the Cleveland Cavaliers are giving Derrick Rose his space while he is away from the team. In fact, LeBron James says he hasn’t spoken with Rose since the guard stepped away from the team.

Here’s what ESPN’s Nick Friedell tweeted on Saturday about James’ comments on Rose:

Rose has been dealing with an ankle injury since the second game of the season and has not played since Nov. 7. A recent report said the Cavs guard was mulling his future while dealing with the injury and considering retirement.

Rose’s once-promising career has been derailed by injury. Multiple knee surgeries robbed the former MVP of his prime and have made him more conscious of a career after basketball. Recall that he also went AWOL on the Knicks at one point last season.

The 29-year-old is set to be reevaluated during the week.

Report: Derrick Rose communicating with Cavaliers as he mulls retirement

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose is in touch with the Cleveland Cavaliers as he considers his NBA future, according to a report.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Sunday that Rose, who is away from the team and mulling his future, has been in communication with Cleveland’s front office from the start of his deliberations.

The Cavaliers, however, don’t really know what Rose is going to do — and it sounds like the guard isn’t sure either. The Cavaliers are comfortable with the situation, though. Unlike Rose’s abrupt departure from the New York Knicks last season, Rose is injured and has kept the team in the loop.

Rose has reportedly been contemplating retirement as he faces another injury, this time to his ankle. There doesn’t appear to be any timetable on a decision.

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