Derrick Rose apologizes to Cavaliers teammates for absence

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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. "He asked me could he talk to the team before we started shootaround and addressed the team".

After Saturday night's 116-111 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, Lue and Cavs general manager Koby Altman hinted that they had been in "positive communications" with Rose.

Rose, who has an extensive injury history that includes a torn ACL and multiple meniscus surgeries, has not appeared in a game since November 7 due to a sprained ankle.

"Just going through his rehab now, trying to get healthy", Lue said. It's proved to be beneficial for the Cavs as well, as the reigning Eastern Conference champions now are riding a 12-game win streak. In the meantime, the 29-year-old former All-Star will continue to rehab the troublesome ankle. "It won't be in the next few games or nothing like that, so just got to see how he takes to treatment".

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While in retrospect, having Rose back to help add some depth to the depleted frontcourt seems like a good idea, there is speculation that it would be best if he did not return at all. The tandem of LeBron, Love, and Wade played great, combining for 71 points and propelling the Cavaliers to their 12th straight win.

Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, hasn't played more than 66 games in a regular season due to injuries since that triumphant campaign with the Bulls.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have managed to get back to their dominant ways despite being ravaged by injuries early on in the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season. "But just hearing what he had to say and then just seeing how everyone was welcoming him back and was happy he's here". According to, Rose apologized to his Cavaliers teammates Wednesday for his absence.

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