Derrick Rose was playing with bone spur all season

Derrick Rose was playing with bone spur all season

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.

Jose Calderon has been handling starting point guard duties for the absent-if-not-injured Rose, and with Isaiah Thomas (hip) expected to be ready to within three weeks, Rose's prominent role with the Cavaliers seems tenuous, even if he does get healthy.

Rose also shot down a reporter's questions that he requested a trade during his time away.

That's some serious form of resentment from Patterson, though he really deserved some credit for actually playing in all of the Thunder's 24 games despite not one, but two bone spurs.

In any case, Patterson's swipe at Rose should add some spice to the January 20 meeting with the Cavaliers.

The continuing descent of Derrick Rose's National Basketball Association career has accelerated with each and every new injury.

From 2011-12 through 2013-14, Rose appeared in a total of just 49 games.

Rose thanked the Cavs organization for allowing him "my privacy to keep my right state of mind and to keep my happiness". But I'm here for my team.

"Am I concerned? No, no", he said. That's all I want to do: hoop and win. I'm appreciative, I'm grateful to be on this team and like I said, just trying to take it one day at a time. "So I'm trying to attack all my rehab".

The 29-year-old former league MVP is averaging 14.3 points on 47.0 percent shooting, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in seven games - all of which he started - for the Cavs this season.

"It was just good to have him back and hear him talk, because he's not a big talker", Lue said. "It's nothing hard. I'm not going to go out of my way, but at the same time, this is a team and I want to be a part of it".

"He understood", Rose said of Altman.

"It's all love", Rose said. "I've been wanting that my entire career".