Cavaliers guard Derrick 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 beat the Sacramento Kings 101-95 for their 13th straight win, the source said. Several of Rose's teammates, LeBron James included, already had said publicly that Rose did not owe them an apology for the time he missed. However, the three-time All-Star took it upon himself to clear the air. "He didn't have to, but he did," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of Rose's message to the team. "He asked me could he talk to the team before we started shootaround and addressed the team. Everyone welcomed him back and is happy he is here, and that's it." As the source added, "It wasn't a big deal and didn't need to be." Rose, who has missed 17 of the Cavs' 27 games this season -- including the past 13 straight -- because of a sprained ankle that he suffered on Oct. 20, has no timetable for when he will return to the court, according to Lue.
Source: Rose apologizes to Cavaliers teammates for absence
ESPN | Dec 7