Derrick Rose's return to the Cavaliers might be a bad idea

Ross Houston
December 7, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters that point guard Derrick Rose addressed the team at Wednesday's shootaround after he stepped away from the club November 24 to evaluate whether or not he wanted to continue playing basketball.

On Nov. 24, ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin reported Rose was "seriously re-evaluating his future in the NBA" because of "increasing frustration with injuries".


Rose's comments were brief and delivered to the team on the court before the Cavs readied themselves to face the Sacramento Kings, the source said.

On Monday morning, the Cleveland Cavaliers officially announced that former MVP Derrick Rose will make his return to the team to begin rehabbing his injured left ankle. He's played in just seven games, and the former MVP stepped away from his new team last month to contemplate his National Basketball Association future.


Several of Rose's teammates, LeBron James included, already had said publicly that Rose did not owe them an apology for the time he missed. Tyronn Lue felt the same.

That said, the only potential solution would be to either waive Rose or potentially try to deal him before the trade deadline. "Where I am now, it's working for me and for this team". "Everyone welcomed him back and is happy he is here, and that's it". The Cavs are now riding an 11-game win streak in the 12 games since his absence. He's expected to speak to the media for the first time since his sabbatical commenced.


Lue said he was unaware if Rose kept up his ankle rehab on his own time while he was away from the team. "It won't be in the next few games or nothing like that, so just got to see how he takes to treatment". The tandem of LeBron, Love, and Wade played great, combining for 71 points and propelling the Cavaliers to their 12th straight win. It's now possible Isaiah Thomas makes his debut before Rose returns, and the Cavs' opening-night starting point guard nearly certainly won't have the same role he did prior to his injury.

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