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 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 has apologized to his teammates for the time he took away from the Cavaliers to mull over his future in the NBA.
Late last month, Rose felt the need to evaluate his NBA future and did so away from the Cavaliers. It was reported Rose had grown frustrated with being hurt and that was taking a toll on him mentally.
Earlier this week, Rose met with members of the Cavaliers about returning to the team. While it is not yet clear when Rose will be back on the court, he did meet with his teammates prior to their game against the Kings to apologize for his absence.
“He didn’t have to, but he did,” head coach Tyronn Lue said, according to ESPN. “He asked me could he talk to the team before we started shootaround and addressed the team. Everyone welcomed him back and is happy he is here, and that’s it.”
Rose last appeared in a game on November 7 and is currently rehabbing an ankle sprain suffered in late October. Rose has missed 13 consecutive games, 11 of which the Cavaliers have won. Even though the team has been on a serious roll of late, a healthy Rose will be a welcomed addition when he is able to return and will add to the team’s backcourt depth.
In seven games this season, Rose is averaging 14.3 points, on 47 percent shooting, to go along with 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
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.
After a self-imposed exile, guard Derrick Rose flew to Cleveland this morning and plans to report to the Cavaliers practice facility, league sources tell ESPN. He’s expected to meet with front office officials and begin the process of returning to the team.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 4, 2017
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.
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.
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.
Ty Lue said the Cavs have been in contact with Derrick Rose. Characterized it as positive. More information on Rose expected Sunday.
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydNBA) December 2, 2017
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.
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:
LeBron says the Cavs players aren't pushing Derrick Rose for an answer regarding his future. They want him to do what's best for he and his family. But LeBron acknowledged that he hasn't spoken to Rose since before he decided to get away from the team… https://t.co/Br4HtlAK10
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) December 2, 2017
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.