Cleveland Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose is making a long-awaited return to the team after an absence that had the veteran contemplating retirement.
Rose apologized to his teammates at shootaround on Wednesday for his recent absence, pointing to his frustration with his left ankle injury as the catalyst for his two-week hiatus, according to a report from ESPN.
“He didn’t have to, but he did,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said about Rose’s apology. “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 has missed 17 of the Cavs’ 27 games this season which including their recent winning streak and there currently is no timetable for his return to the court.
“Just going through his rehab now, trying to get healthy,” Lue said. “It won’t be in the next few games or nothing like that, so just got to see how he takes to treatment.”
Rose is averaging 14.3 points on 47.0 percent shooting, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in seven games for Cleveland this season.
“It was just good to have him back and hear him talk, because he’s not a big talker,” Lue said. “You know he’s a quiet guy. But just hearing what he had to say and then just seeing how everyone was welcoming him back and was happy he’s here.”