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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.”

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Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose apologized to his teammates at shootaround on Wednesday for his recent absence and referenced frustration with his left ankle injury as the cause for his nearly two-week exile, a team source told ESPN.
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.
Rose, who has missed 17 of the Cavs' 27 games this season -- including the past 13 straight -- because of a sprained ankle that he suffered on October 20, has no timetable for when he will return to the court, according to Lue. "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."
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.
Derrick Rose is interested in returning to the Cavaliers and the team would have him back, but there was no determination as of Sunday afternoon as to when Rose would be back at work. A league source told cleveland.com that the timing of Rose's formal return to Cleveland Clinic Courts -- the Cavs' headquarters -- was still being determined. The team probably won't have any more to say until Rose shows up and Rose's agent, B.J. Armstrong, hasn't returned a call or text to cleveland.com since his client disappeared from the Cavs on Nov. 22.
LeBron James says the Cavs players aren't pushing Derrick Rose for an answer regarding his future. They want him to do what's best for he and his family. But LeBron acknowledged that he hasn't spoken to Rose since before he decided to get away from the team and clear his mind.
He left the Cavaliers on Wednesday, league sources said. Rose's increasing frustration with injuries is causing him to question his desire to continue playing, league sources said. The mental toll from a series of significant injuries that have diminished the production of the youngest NBA Most Valuable Player in history have played a part in the personal soul-searching on Rose's future, league sources said.
KC Johnson: Re Derrick Rose: Talked to several people close to him and they're unsure what happens next. What's surprising is Rose played fairly well last season and was in such good place mentally when Bulls faced Cavaliers during preseason/early in season.
Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose has become increasingly frustrated by the injury process and is taking personal time to evaluate his future in the NBA, league sources told ESPN. Rose has not been with the team for the better part of a week, sources told ESPN, and it is unclear when the 2011 league MVP will return. Rose has missed 11 of the Cavs' 18 games this season, including the last seven because of a sprained left ankle.
Dave McMenamin: Derrick Rose will miss Monday's game against the Knicks because of his left ankle injury, Ty Lue said. Iman Shumpert will continue to start in his place.
Rose missed his second consecutive game and sixth this season Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center and said before shootaround there is no timetable for his return. Iman Shumpert again started in his place. “I haven’t heard anything right now, just day by day, try and get the swelling down, try and get mobility back in my ankle,” Rose said. “Took some steps back with I think just playing on it,” Rose said. “Just trying to play through it, not trying to lose my conditioning and the swelling came back into it. Just gotta wait for the ligament to calm down.”
Derrick Rose was non-committal when asked if he'd play at all on this Cavs road trip. "They haven’t put no timetable on it yet," Rose said. "Right now I’ve been getting treatment every day, every morning, and night when we land, on the plane. Just trying to get as much treatment as I can or just trying to be smart about it."
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose will miss Thursday's game against the Houston Rockets because of continuing discomfort in his left ankle, multiple sources told ESPN. The Cavs will start Iman Shumpert in Rose's place, sources said.
Houston marks the start of a four-game road trip for the Cavs (5-6) followed by games against the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Charlotte Hornets. Rose's status for the Mavs game is still undetermined, sources said.
Mary Schmitt Boyer/Jodie Valade: Derrick Rose WILL play tonight. Ty Lue said around 28 minutes for him. #Cavs
Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose (sprained left ankle) will miss his fourth consecutive game and Iman Shumpert will take his place in the starting lineup against the Pelicans, coach Tyronn Lue said.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Derrick Rose called his ankle injury a "mild sprain" and didn't have wrap/brace on it pregame.
Derrick Rose left the Cleveland Cavaliers' 116-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday with a sprained left ankle stemming from a hit by Bucks center Greg Monroe that the former MVP said should have been called a flagrant foul. "I think I'm the only person in the league that's not getting a flagrant for that call, bro," Rose said after scoring 12 points in 23 minutes before exiting the game for good with 10:12 remaining in the fourth quarter. "Come on, man. Like, I'm sure I'm the only player, but it is what it is. ... That's a common foul. Wow. Come on."
Rose’s free-agent market value has been damaged by the torn medial meniscus in his left knee. Rose, 28, has had two surgeries on each of his knees and his future as a Knick is murky. Dr. Armin Tehrany, orthopedist surgeon and knee specialist for Manhattan Orthopedic Care, told The Post the latest injury is wear and tear (degenerative cartilage) — not one specific play. In a phone interview, Dr. Tehrany described Rose as being at definite risk for another knee injury because of his “playing style” and genetics. But he believes Rose can return to his former explosiveness.
Derrick Rose saw an eye specialist after Sunday’s game after taking an inadvertent elbow in his left eye from Kristaps Porzingis in the first quarter. It’s the same eye that required surgery to repair a left orbital fracture during training camp in 2015 when Bulls teammate Taj Gibson elbowed him in practice.
Rose is expected to return from a four-game absence Monday. “We did a little half-court scrimmaging where he had to go side to side and he looked pretty good there,’’ Hornacek said. “He didn’t wince or make faces. If he wakes up and hasn’t regressed, he’ll be ready to go.”
Derrick Rose will miss his third straight game due to a sprained ankle against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday. Kristaps Porzingis, however, is available to play and expected to start after sitting out the Knicks' loss in Washington on Tuesday due to illness.
Al Iannazzone: Derrick Rose is out of walking boot, in sneakers, shooting set shots. Still limping. Hornacek said he was out tonight and probably tomorrow.
Derrick Rose will miss Sunday's game against the Atlanta Hawks because of a sprained left ankle that could keep him out of multiple games for the New York Knicks. The Knicks announced that Rose would be unavailable prior to facing the Hawks. He suffered the injury on Friday night in a win over the Charlotte Hornets.
Rose missed his fourth game in the past 10 days Saturday against the Nuggets because of a tight back. During that span, he played only one quarter of another game — at Phoenix on Tuesday. The Knicks want to make sure when Rose finally returns, it’s for good, meaning they won’t rush him back. Rose hasn’t ruled out playing in Tuesday’s home game against the Pacers but wants to be 100 percent. “I hate missing [games] but I have to be smart about it,’’ Rose said before the Knicks’ 127-114 loss. “I want to play consistent games instead of playing one game, aggravating something and missing two games. I want to play consistent games. I don’t want to come back too soon.’’
Ian Begley: Derrick Rose will not play tonight against the Golden State Warriors, according to the Knicks. Rose suffered back spasms on Tuesday vs. PHO.
Derrick Rose was in a panic at the United Center last week, convinced that his former team had stolen back his "unicorn." For an estimated 10 to 15 minutes following New York's victory over the Bulls, Rose's heavy ball was out of sight — prompting the famously calm point guard to launch on the offensive. "I asked one of the (Bulls) assistant coaches like, 'Man, give me my f---king ball, brah. Like, where is my ball?'"
Armstrong wouldn’t guarantee an injury-free campaign but said Rose’s seriousness toward rehab is never an issue. He also raised the notion Rose’s slithering-to-the-basket, physical game is also a factor in why his return to All-Star level has taken longer than others.
“You can do everything you can and things happen,’’ Armstrong said. “One thing I’ll never question is his preparation for the season. It certainly won’t be for a lack of trying. “His style of playing is different and that hasn’t been discussed. That’s what makes him unique. I can’t recall another guard who plays like that. You might see some running backs who are very physical running backs. That’s going to have an impact on how he comes back compared to a running back who uses speed and quickness.’’
But everything changed once that news came out. Rose's image took its first big hit as his undermanned teammates plugged along without him. The Bulls' front office, which continued to stand behind him publicly, wondered privately whether Rose was making his own decisions or listening instead to the advice of his brother Reggie and his agent, former Bulls guard B.J. Armstrong. For one of the first times in Rose's storybook career, he didn't have the full support of everyone around him. For an affable 24-year-old who was always trying to please everybody, he now realized that wasn't possible. Rose chose to sit out the entire season. His teammates stood behind him at every turn. So did the front office and coaches, even if some didn't agree with the decision. Rose made his choice and never wavered, but his relationship with the team and city he loves so much was never quite the same.
“I think it would have been as devastating as Derrick Rose's ACL injury [in 2012] was to adidas,” one industry marketing source told The Vertical. “Nike has the brand equity to survive injuries to their signature athletes. When injuries happen to star players at competing brands, consumers often assume it's the fault of the sneaker brand the athlete is wearing. Yet, with Nike, consumers never blame the product.”
Mike McGraw: Hoiberg says Rose is getting MRI on left elbow today; status for Sat vs Detroit unknown. #Bulls
In other injury related news, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is "50-50" to play against the Raptors as he continues to recover from a left groin strain. "Jimmy's good to go, he had a good shootaround," Hoiberg said. "He had a really good day [Sunday]. Derrick didn't participate in anything [Sunday], went through most of shootaround. He's still a little bit tight. We'll go back, get a treatment at the hotel, warm him up tonight and make a gametime decision. We'll say right now [Rose is] 50-50 [to play]."
Vincent Goodwill: Rose, asked if he’ll ease his way back into action: "Hell no, I’m try to go all out."
Vincent Goodwill: Nothing official but it seems like Rose will give it a go vs Miami. Hoiberg said if he plays he'll be on quick spurts to build stamina
Vincent Goodwill: Hoiberg said Rose will be a gametime decision tomorrow in Miami. Hoiberg is “hopeful” he’ll play on this trip
K.C. Johnson: Hoiberg:"Nobody wants to be out there more than Derrick does. He cannot explode off that leg. Working him out, you can see it. He’s limping"
Nick Friedell: Derrick Rose will not play against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night because of ongoing issues with hamstring tendonitis. Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg says that as of now Rose does not need an MRI, but he does not sound confident that Rose would play Saturday against the Portland Trail Blazers. "Still too early to tell," Hoiberg said before Friday's game. "But if he feels like he did today then no. But who knows? Hopefully hell make some improvement overnight and get treatment [Saturday], see how he feels."
Nick Friedell: Derrick Rose reiterated that the season is 'a process.' He knew there would be games where he would sit if nagging injuries persisted. Difference between Rose then vs now is that each game is no longer life& death. He's much more cautious with his body given injury history.
KC Johnson: Rose said he still lacks explosiveness and feels twinge with 1st step. No MRI. Not concerned about long-term issues. Gametime decision.
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