Derrick Rose, Cavs, Injuries, ATBNEWS
Adrian Wojnarowski: 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. – via wojespn
There’s currently no timetable for his comeback. The nagging ankle injury first occurred on Oct. 20 and it’s been plaguing him since. Before he left the team on Nov. 22, Rose was in a walking boot, hoping that would help the recovery. While he’s been sidelined, the Cavaliers have surged, winning 12 straight games after blowing out his old team Monday night. – via Cleveland Plain Dealer
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. 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. However, the three-time All-Star took it upon himself to clear the air. – via ESPN
Rose declined to answer how close he was to retirement during his nearly two-week absence from the Cavs, nor would he disclose his whereabouts during that time. He was adamant, however, that the reported $80 million remaining on his Adidas contract, which he was in jeopardy of losing should he have decided to walk away from the NBA for good, was not his motivating factor in his return. “Man, I don’t care about — not to be rude — I don’t care about no f—ing money,” Rose said. “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.”  – via ESPN


Derrick Rose played all season with a bone spur in his left ankle, an injury the Cavaliers didn’t discover until after he sprained the same ankle on Oct. 20. – via Cleveland Plain Dealer

A team official, speaking to a pool reporter on background, said the Cavs discovered the spur when images were taken of Rose’s left ankle after he sprained it in game two this season against the Milwaukee Bucks. – via Cleveland Plain Dealer