Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has sent best wishes to former teammate Derrick Rose, wishing that the 29-year-old decision pay off for him and his career.
Rose reportedly left the Cavaliers on Friday, with reports suggesting the former New York Knicks player is having the backlash of the torn anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered in October.
The Chicago-born point guard who joined the Cavaliers this summer from New York Knicks scored in his debut for the Cavaliers in their season opener against the Boston Celtics on October 17, scoring 14 points in a 102–99 win.
Frustration from injuries might have led the former MVP to walk away from basketball. What might have been had he never lost his elite explosion?
A darling of both the NBA and Cavaliers, Rose, who signed on a veteran’s minimum contract this season, got drafted first overall by his hometown Chicago Bulls in 2008.
Rose’s decision to quit may not be out of place for a former MVP who was averaging averaging less than two assists per game while playing almost 27 minutes.
It has been widely speculated that Rose decision may be the end of his career but fellow teammate says whether the play comes back to NBA or not, all he desires is his quick recovery.
LeBron James said after his side’s 100-99 win over Charlotte Hornets on Friday: “We want, whatever he decides to do, we want the best for him,”
He further added: “At the end of the day, you can’t substitute nothing for happiness. And obviously, we know the injuries that he’s been going through his whole career.
Emotionally looking James who played alongside Rose for a couple of months believes he is happy with the little time he spent with the player, and in his further comments said: “We hope this ain’t the end, but if it is, I was happy I got an opportunity to spend a couple months with him and watch him be the great point guard that he once was.
“But at the end of the day, a clearer head, there’s no substitute for that. We want the best for Derrick. …
…No matter if he comes back, no matter if he doesn’t, we want him as an individual, as a man, as a father to be just happy with whatever decision he makes.”
Per Nick DePaula of ESPN, Rose currently has a long running shoe contract with Adidas which has seven years remaining on a 13-year deal, that was signed initially for $242 million.