Derrick Rose Addressed Cavaliers Players Before Returning to Team

Derrick Rose Addressed Cavaliers Players Before Returning to Team

A starter all of his National Basketball Association career - and the first three games of his stint in Cleveland - Wade moved over to the bench and doing so has paid off swimmingly for the Cavs. And, it turns out, when star point guard Isaiah Thomas returns from the hip injury that has prevented him from playing this season, Wade wants to stay in the role he has. It's now possible Isaiah Thomas makes his debut before Rose returns, and the Cavs' opening-night starting point guard nearly certainly won't have the same role he did prior to his injury.

"He didn't have to, but he did", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of Rose's address. The Cavs have won 12 straight, so they're obviously rolling with cohesion among starters and reserves. "He asked me could he talk to the team before we started shootaround and addressed the team".

On Monday morning, the Cleveland Cavaliers officially announced that former MVP Derrick Rose will make his return to the team to begin rehabbing his injured left ankle.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots a lay up against the Chicago Bulls on December 4, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. "Rose's status will be updated as appropriate when he reaches the point of returning to play".

Rose has played in only seven of the Cavs' 23 games this season due to an ankle injury, and frustration with his injury led him to a almost two-week self-imposed exile in which he contemplated retirement.

While Cleveland hasn't messed with its starting lineup amid the streak, a change likely is on the horizon, as Isaiah Thomas is expected to return to action towards the middle of the month. In all, Lue doesn't see figuring out a lineup mix for Wade, Rose and Thomas as a problem.

"It was just good to have him back and hear him talk, because he's not a big talker, "Lue noted". 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.

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