As Derrick Rose would be the first one to tell you, he hasn't fallen upon easy times lately. In fact, the 29-year-old shooting guard hasn't been himself on the court since 2012.
This season is no different, even playing alongside LeBron James. Injury has once again taken over his hopes of a successful tenure. Except this time, it really took a toll.
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, but it took some time for him to even decide he wanted to come back at all. After this latest injury, Rose went vogue, separating himself from the team to "contemplate" his future in the league.
Now, two weeks after his self-imposed exile, Rose is apologizing for the ordeal, even though nobody on the Cavs really felt like he owed them one.
"He didn't have to, but he did," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of Rose's message to the team regarding the situation. "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."
Well, that's it. Maybe the Cavaliers and their apologetic point guard can finally get back to basketball. Now would be a perfect time, too, with the team riding a 13-game win streak.
No matter your opinion on Derrick, it's certainly saddening to see him struggle to maintain a positive attitude on the court. There's no telling what could happen at this point, but there should be no doubt that everyone will be rooting for the best possible ending to Rose's dramatic career.