Derrick Rose leaves Cavs, ponders future in National Basketball Association


According to a Friday afternoon report from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose is mulling over retirement from the National Basketball Association at the age of 28. Why? Rose's increasing frustration with injuries is causing him to question his desire to continue playing, league sources told ESPN.

One source told ESPN that Rose was "tired of being hurt" and that it was "taking a toll on him mentally". There is a strong chance he will become the first player ever to win an MVP but not reach the Hall of Fame.

He's averaging 14.3 points on 47 percent shooting (23.1 percent from 3), 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists this season.

The 29-year-old hurt his left ankle on October 20 while facing the Bucks.

The Cavaliers said that Rose's current absence is excused. Rose tore the ACL in his left knee in the 2012 playoffs, which forced him to miss 99 games.

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Rose hasn't been in action since November 7 while nursing an ailment that's caused him to miss Cleveland's last seven games, a stretch during which the three-time reigning Eastern Conference champions have gone 6-1, righting many of their early-season wrongs. The Cavaliers' offensive rating is 4.2 points worse when he's on the court; on defense, their rating is a staggering 12 points worse when Rose is playing. He missed four games initially, then returned and played five games before being sidelined again.

Rose had been wearing a walking boot and undergoing treatment.

However, injuries have derailed his career over the last few seasons.

Rose started each game he played.