Once one of the league’s most dynamic and electric players, Rose simply hasn’t been able to stay healthy for a good five years thanks to a series of major knee injuries. His latest issue is an ankle problem that will keep him out for a while.
It’s worth noting that the 29-year-old has had his commitment to basketball questioned in the past, though he has vocally disputed reports of retirement at those points. It sounds like this time may really be it, though.
Rose suffered an ankle sprain in the second game of the season and has only played in fits and starts since then. In all, he’s played in only seven games, having missed much of the latter half of October. Now he hasn’t played since Nov. 7, and it seems unlikely that he’ll be back before December.
Derrick Rose is set to miss even more time for the Cleveland Cavaliers because of his ankle injury.
Cavs head coach Ty Lue said on Friday that Rose will miss at least two more weeks.
Rose injured his ankle in the Cavs’ second game of the season and missed the next four games before returning to play five. But he’s missed the team’s last four games and is set to miss even more action now.
Rose, 29, is averaging 14.3 points in 26.9 minutes per game this season. He’s in his first season with the Cavaliers after playing last season with the Knicks.
Derrick Rose continues to be bothered by an ankle injury, and there is no timetable on when he will be ready to return to action for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Rose missed four games in October due to his ankle, and he will not play on Saturday, which would be his second straight missed game. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Rose says there is no timetable on his return date.
“They haven’t put no timetable on it yet,” Rose said of his ankle, via McMenamin.
Rose did say he’s been getting frequent treatments on his ankle to try and get him ready to return to action.
Rose sprained his ankle in the second game of the season, then missed the following four games. He returned for five games before missing Thursday night’s contest in Houston.
The former NBA MVP is averaging 14.3 points in just under 27 minutes per game this season while struggling on the defensive end.
Derrick Rose bears no ill will towards his former team.
Before his Cleveland Cavaliers played the Chicago Bulls in preseason Tuesday, Rose said that he had no hard feelings over the way his time in Chicago ended.
“It’s no bad blood with Chicago at all,” said the former No. 1 overall pick, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “Like, I understand the business side. It’s a business before anything. I understood that.”
Rose spent the first eight years of his career in Chicago, making three All-Star teams and winning the MVP Award in 2011. But he suffered through a number of catastrophic knee injuries during the latter part of his time with the Bulls and was eventually traded away to the New York Knicks in 2016 in a move he sounded blindsided by at the time. Rose also made some recent comments about how he was “in a dark place” years ago, but it doesn’t sound like he harbors any resentment towards the Bulls specifically anymore.
“I was in a dark place years ago, man,” Rose said. “By a dark place, I mean, I was playing revenge basketball, and that wasn’t my way of playing basketball.
“I enjoy competing, but when I came back it was about just trying to get back to the top and proving everybody wrong,” he continued. “Like, I know who I am as a man, I know who I am as a player or person. There’s no point in doing that anymore. It’s just being secure as a person and knowing who I am.”
“On the court was when it was the craziest to me,” said Rose. “Some of the strategies and all that, I didn’t understand. It was confusing. It was just a learning experience.”
Rose, who signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer, actually had a productive 2016-17 season with 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game in 64 appearances. But it was a year where the Knicks were plagued by drama and dysfunction left and right, some of which Rose contributed to. He was also vocal about his opposition to the triangle offense during the season.
The Cavs now mark Rose’s third NBA team in roughly a year-and-a-half, and while they often have their own spats of drama, their winning infrastructure should offer much better stability, at least for the one-year deal Rose signed.
The New York Knicks supposedly had interest in bringing back Derrick Rose this offseason, but the veteran point guard was not willing to play the role of mentor on a rebuilding team.
After the Knicks selected French guard Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 overall pick in the NBA Draft, they wanted to find a veteran player who would be willing to help the 19-year-old along. Rose wanted no part of that, according to his agent B.J. Armstrong.
“You’re a mentor when you no longer can play,” Armstrong told Marc Berman of the New York Post over the weekend. “This league you get paid to perform. You don’t get paid to be a mentor.
“That kid [Ntilikina] was drafted in [the] lottery. He’s got to play. One of the most coveted things in the NBA is experience. The kid needs to play. The new [collective bargaining agreement] is constructed to build through the draft. … Let that kid play and make mistakes and see what you have in four, five years. Maybe the kid turns out to be Steph Curry.”
Rose ended up signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the veteran minimum of $2.1 million. The Knicks seemingly found their mentor when they signed 31-year-old Ramon Sessions on Saturday. As Armstrong notes, Rose was only going to sign with a contender.
“Derrick chose what he said he’d choose from the beginning. He didn’t deviate,” the agent said. “He said he just wanted to win. People didn’t believe it. He’s made a lot of money in his career. Now he just wants to win. The guy averaged 18 points a game in the triangle and we know how the game is played right now.”
While there were two other teams that Rose is said to have been more interested in than Cleveland, the Cavs should present a great opportunity for him to play a significant role. If Irving is traded, Rose could be asked to turn back the clock if he can stay healthy.
Stephon Marbury is sounding off on the plight of a fellow ex-All-Star guard.
The former NBA star took to Twitter on Wednesday night to rant about the one-year, $2.1 million deal that Derrick Rose signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, citing Rose’s 2011 MVP Award and even calling out LeBron James.
I think it's a crime that Derrick Rose is being paid this amount of money, when you have guys that can't chew gum and walk making more.
To be fair, there’s often some financial trade-off involved when it comes to signing with a championship contender. But even considering his injury history, Rose’s contract was still well-below market value for a 28-year-old who averaged 18.0 points and 4.4 assists per game last season.
Marbury of all people knows that every dollar counts, but it may ultimately be worth it for Rose, getting to vie for the NBA title that Marbury never won.
Derrick Rose will be getting his chance to contend, but he apparently would have rather it come in the Western Conference.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Wednesday that the ex-MVP “tried hard” to get top teams in the West to sign him — namely, the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers — but was ultimately turned down.
Rose, who wound up signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year, $2.1 million deal, was also linked to another (albeit lesser) Western team in the Los Angeles Lakers but couldn’t agree on what his role would be with them.