LeBron James says Derrick Rose doesn't owe team an apology


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.

After suffering multiple serious knee injuries in recent years, Rose fought his way through 64 games with the New York Knicks last season and entered this season with a lot to prove, signing a team-friendly one-year veteran's minimum deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rose spoke to his Cavs teammates before their game against the Sacramento Kings and apologized for the absence, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports. He's played in just seven games, and the former MVP stepped away from his new team last month to contemplate his National Basketball Association future.

LeBron was asked if Rose owed his teammates an apology for leaving them, but LeBron shot that idea down. Tyronn Lue felt the same. 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. "Where I am now, it's working for me and for this team".

After Saturday night's 116-111 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, Lue and Cavs general manager Koby Altman hinted that they had been in "positive communications" with Rose. "Everyone welcomed him back and is happy he is here, and that's it". He's expected to speak to the media for the first time since his sabbatical commenced.

While Lue didn't disclose the content of Rose's message, he said the team was happy to have him back at the practice facility. "It won't be in the next few games or nothing like that, so just got to see how he takes to treatment". In the meantime, the 29-year-old former All-Star will continue to rehab the troublesome ankle. The Cavs reeled off 12 straight wins (and counting) with Rose out of the lineup and settled into a rhythm with Jose Calderon as the starting point guard.

LeBron has done everything he could for Rose this season, but it has not helped revive Rose's career.