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 October 20, has no timetable for when he will return to the court, according to Lue. "That's different. From us as players, we don't need an answer from him, we want him to be as great as he can be, off the floor first before he even thinks about being on the floor". "But just hearing what he had to say and then just seeing how everyone was welcoming him back and was happy he's here".
It now appears that Rose - who has struggled with injuries throughout his career - has come to a decision and will seek an on-court return.
"We will continue to provide him with support and have patience as he rejoins his team-mates and works his way back on to the court".
Rose had been in contact with coach Tyronn Lue in recent days. "Too young, too talented to give it up this early", Lue said.
After exiling himself for two weeks, Rose re-joined the Cavs on Wednesday and, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, explained to his teammates that he was frustrated over his latest injury. The mental toll from a series of significant injuries that have diminished the production of the youngest MVP in National Basketball Association history have played a part in his personal soul-searching, league sources said.
Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, hasn't played more than 66 games in a regular season due to injuries since that triumphant campaign with the Bulls.
The Cavaliers are on an 11-game winning streak. "You know he's a quiet guy. So, we're where we want to be right now". He was fined by the Knicks and apologized to his teammates when he returned the next day.