Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose, speaking for the first time since his self-imposed hiatus, said he has a bone spur in his left ankle which could require a procedure if his rehab doesn’t progress, according to ESPN.
Rose had been out since Nov. 7 while dealing with left ankle soreness but took an extended stay away from the team and contemplated his NBA future.
“I would like to say thanks to the whole franchise – Koby (Altman, GM), the front office, the players, the coaches, the coaching staff – I’d like to say thank you for allowing me my privacy to keep my right state of mind and to keep my happiness,” he told reporters.
He returned to the Cavs practice facility earlier this week and then apologized to his team prior to Wednesday’s shootaround, citing frustration with his injuries.
The news Friday is another setback in a career full of them, but Rose has support from the organization and its players.
“He wants to play,” Cavs coach Ty Lue said earlier this week at shootaround in Chicago. “He’s too young and too talented to give it up this early. I know he’s frustrated, but like I said, I’m glad he’s in a good place now.”
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Added LeBron James: “None of us can understand what somebody is going through,” he said. “It’s impossible. You can never, you just don’t know. Support him in whatever he’s going through, and we’re going to be a shield for him if he wants to use us.”
When asked Monday, Lue said Rose was still weeks away from a return. The logistics of that return will be somewhat difficult as the Cavs have won 13 in a row, tying a franchise record, and injured PG Isiah Thomas is nearing a return.
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