Derrick Rose left the Cleveland Cavaliers around Thanksgiving to contemplate his future after being frustrated by an ankle injury that kept him from being able to play. The 2011 NBA MVP has dealt with a multitude of injuries since his place among the game’s elite. He rejoined the Cavs earlier this month with no clear timetable for his return. During his time away many speculated as to the mental well-being of Rose, having to undergo yet another lengthy rehab stint, and his desire to continue playing was questioned. Rose spoke to the Undefeated’s Marc Spears and gave an update on where stands, saying:
Be patient. I’m good. I’m just taking my time. You don’t have to worry about me. I’m not depressed. I’m good. A lot of people think I’m depressed because of what I’m going through. It’s the total opposite. I learned from my mistakes three or four years ago when I put myself into a shell.
Positive comments from Rose and he appears to be handling the situation with the maturity of a seasoned veteran. He is 29 years old and has played for eight NBA seasons. He’s a father and has dealt with a lot in his career. The game means so much to Rose and it is what he has done his entire life, he always knew he would return at some point.
Being on the Cavaliers and in an inclusive environment on a team led by LeBron James has to be helpful in this entire process. For his part, a healthy, engaged Derrick Rose could be critical for this team’s title run.