Former MVP Derrick Rose leaves Cleveland Cavaliers to contemplate NBA future
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose has left the team to evaluate his future in the NBA.
Rose, 29, has struggled with injuries for years and another change of scenery from New York to Cleveland hasn't seemed to help. Rose was the league MVP in 2011 as a member of the Chicago Bulls before tearing his ACL in 2012. He's never been the same.
One team source told ESPN of Rose: "He's tired of being hurt and it's taking a toll on him mentally."
We've seen Rose's disappearing act before:
Last season, Rose went missing from the New York Knicks on a game day without permission from the organization. He was fined by the Knicks and apologized to his teammates when he returned the next day.
"That was a family issue," Rose explained at the time. "For one, it had nothing to do with the team or basketball. But that's the first time I ever felt like that emotionally, and I had to be with my family."
A Cavs spokesman said Rose's current absence is different than the Knicks situation because he is not an active player and he communicated with the franchise at the outset of his leave.
Rose has missed 11 of 18 games with the struggling Cavs, including seven straight with what he called a "jacked-up ankle" back in October. Here's to hoping Rose figures this out.