adidas junior trainers Derrick Rose speaks for first time since return to Cavaliers
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INDIANAPOLIS Derrick Rose said he had a bone spur in his left ankle that has caused most of his extended absence from the court this season and may require a procedure to correct it.
“It’s all about first getting the area to calm down and then strengthening your leg back up again,” Rose said Friday, in his first comments since leaving the Cavs Nov. 22 to consider his basketball future. “So, afterwards, we may have to have a procedure but who knows.”
It was not immediately clear if Rose meant surgery was possible after the season, or at the end of his rehab. The Cavs haven’t given a timetable for his return. He’s played in just seven games this season due to complications (apparently, the bone spur) from a sprained ankle originally suffered Oct. 20.
Rose hasn’t played at all since Nov. 7, and numerous knee surgeries have put a serious damper on his career. He said he rejoined the organization on Monday in part to resume his rehabilitation.
“I got to go through rehab with trying to get my ankle right,” he said. “I got a bone spur that I didn’t tell anybody (about), but I was just trying to process all of that myself.”
As for the rest of it why did Rose leave the Cavs, exactly; where did he go; was he going to retire Rose didn’t say. Rose, 29, the 2011 NBA MVP, declined to say how close he came to retiring.
“I was just figuring things out,” he said. “Thinking about this and that. But I’m here for my team. I’m here to win. And that’s one of the reasons why I came back.”
Rose said the lucrative endorsement contract he has with adidas a reported $80 million remains was not the reason he came back to the team.
“Not to be rude I don’t care about no (expletive) 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.”
Rose said he apologized to his teammates Wednesday “for my actions,” and thanked general manager Koby Altman by name (and generally the players, coaches, and front office staff) for “allowing me my privacy to keep my right state of mind and to keep my happiness.”
“He understood,” Rose said of Altman. “It’s hard, especially in my career, it was just hard getting guys to understand me especially in a front office position. He just understood me, listened to me and was just trying to figure things out.”
Rose is averaging 14.3 points in seven games, but was really only healthy in two or three games. His season high in points was 20 against the Wizards on Nov. 3.
When Rose returns, it’s unclear what his role might be. Isaiah Thomas could be back by then, and will start at point guard when he returns, and Dwyane Wade has thrived in a role that includes running the back up point in the second quarter.
Rose said he wasn’t worried about that, nor did he ask to be traded. The Cavs could move him Dec. 15 if they wanted to and had a trade partner.
“No, no, no, no, no, no. Trade? No,” Rose said. “Come on, man. I’m on one of the best teams in the league? Why would I ask to get traded? They gave me every opportunity and still are going to give me every opportunity that I would want from any other team too and that’s just to hoop. I just want to hoop.”