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.”
Cavs’ Kevin Love Targeting January Return
Love underwent surgery on his injured toe at the beginning of November and he was initially projected to be available to return around Christmas, but now his projected timetable of return seems to be the middle of January.
With one of the worst records in the NBA, Cleveland can afford to take their time with Love and bring him back slowly.
Cavs’ Kevin Love Talks About Bigger Purpose in Life, Other Than Basketball
Cleveland Cavaliers veteran forward Kevin Love believes that his life has a greater purpose beyond being a productive and successful player in the National Basketball Association and is embracing his role as the league’s unofficial ambassador on mental health.
“I feel like I have a purpose, for the greater good,” Love said, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon. “For the first 10 years, for better or worse, that’s what I felt like for basketball. Learning what I needed to learn. Now I’m just starting to work on myself off the court. That’s going to lead to helping people and paying it forward. I think it is good to be busier when you’re working, putting the same time into things that are super valuable.”
Cavs’ JR Smith Requests Trade
Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith is looking to get traded from the team, as he is upset with his playing time this season.
“Yeah,” Smith, 33, said when asked about requesting a trade, according to ESPN.
“They know. They don’t want me here, so they obviously know.”
Smith is earning $14.7 million this season, and is in his 15th year in the league, and at age 33, he may not be an attractive trade piece for even contending teams looking for veteran depth down the stretch.
Cleveland has been gauging the market for Kyle Korver, looking to trade him as soon as possible.
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