Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose is back with the franchise and addressed his teammates at Wednesday’s shootaround, coach Tyronn Lue told reporters prior to the Cavs’ home matchup with the Sacramento Kings.
Lue says Rose didn’t have to speak to the team because they sympathized with what he was going through, but the former MVP asked if he could.
“He [Rose] didn’t have to, but he did,” Lue told reporters. “He asked me could he talk to the team before we started shootaround. He addressed the team, everyone welcomed him back and was happy he’s here.”
Rose will continue to get treatment on his left ankle sprain and Lue says there is still no timetable for his return.
The 29-year-old is averaging 14.3 points and 1.7 assists in the seven games he’s played in while shooting 47.0 percent from the field. Rose’s best game of the season was against the Washington Wizards. He scored 20 points on 50 percent shooting.
Here’s more from ESPN’s Dave McMenamin:
“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.
“Rose will be at the Cavs’ game against the Kings on Wednesday night, and his teammates plan to check in with him individually when the opportunity presents itself in the coming days, according to a team source.”