Kenny Smith: ‘He’ll never be the D-Rose that we’ve seen’

On Friday, Cavaliers G Derrick Rose addressed the media on why he left the team after injuring his ankle a few weeks back.

“I was just figuring things out. Thinking about this and that, but I’m here for my team. I’m here to win. And that’s one of the reasons why I came back,” Rose said.

Rose says he has a bone spur in his left ankle. The 29-year-old guard stated that he might need a procedure to correct it.

TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith gave his thoughts on the future of Rose:

“If he plays, he’s going to be playing backup point guard, so he’s not going to be playing starters minutes, especially when Isaiah Thomas comes back,” Smith told TMZ Sports. “So, anytime you have another guy that can come in with experience, that understands the game, and he’s playing with LeBron(James). When you play with LeBron James, the game becomes easier.”

According to Rose, his $80 million dollar contract with Adidas has no bearing on his future, and Smith agrees:

“He would have never left the team if it was about the Adidas money. I believe this is genuine. He’ll never be D-Rose that we’ve seen. He can contribute,” Smith said.

Hopefully, Rose can get back on the court, but sadly, he may never be the guy that he once was before the injuries.

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