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Derrick Rose stepping away from basketball to evaluate options

Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose has chosen to leave the team and is currently evaluating his future in the NBA.

Rose, who has a lengthy injury history, is frustrated by constantly being unable to play.  This seems to be a big reason as to why Rose chose to leave the Cavaliers.

This appears to be the latest athlete to take a dramatic fall from grace.  It seems like just yesterday Rose was leading the Bulls to the top seed in the Eastern Conference and winning the MVP award in just his third NBA season.

At his peak, Rose was a special talent. He could stop on a dime and change direction.  Rose could thread the needle with a bullet pass and could absorb contact and finish strong around the rim.

However, the injuries began coming in 2012 for Rose and seemingly not stopped since his first ACL tear against the 76ers in the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

Rose would make several comebacks over the years but it was only a matter of time before he would suffer another leg or ankle injury.

Rose, who was hoping for a large payday this past offseason, came to the Cavaliers for just $2.1 million.  The hope was that Rose would play well for a championship caliber team and would bolster his stock for the following offseason.

At the beginning of the season, there was no one more excited for Rose’s addition to the Cavaliers than LeBron. “I’m excited more than anybody about Derrick – DRose. The kid has a lot prove. I know from competing against him for so many years especially in Miami when he was with Chicago. I know the competitor he’s been over the years. I’ve been a fan of him for a long time, and I never thought in my wildest dreams that I’d be a teammate of his.”

However, from the time Cleveland began the regular season, Rose has been in and out of the lineup.  This time it was Rose’s ankle that began to bother him and has limited Rose to just seven games thus far.

In those seven games, Rose averaged 14.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest, while shooting 47 percent from the field.

His best performance came just days before Rose would suffer the ankle injury.  In the same game where LeBron scored 57 points, D-Rose had himself a quality performance as well.  Rose would score 20 points and shoot 50 percent from both the field and beyond the arc.

The last game Rose appeared in for Cleveland was back on Nov. 11 against Milwaukee.

Now it appears that Rose could be done with basketball for good.  The 29-year-old guard has overcome a plethora of injuries and remained in good spirits, but now it appears that Rose is having difficulty remaining positive in light of his most recent injury.

Rose still has six years and nearly $70 million left on his shoe deal with Adidas. According to Dave McMenamin and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, “Adidas is contractually obligated to continue to produce a signature shoe for the Chicago native as long as he is in the league. The contract is not fully guaranteed if Rose retires.”

Maybe Rose just needs to remove himself from basketball and regroup emotionally.  Cleveland would likely welcome him back, but most importantly is Rose’s future.

If this is it for the former MVP, it is an unfortunate early end to a career that just a short time ago looked bright. That is the reality of sports though, in the blink of an eye your career can be over, and for Rose that may just be the case.

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