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Derrick Rose admits it was ‘super awkward’ playing with LeBron James

Derrick Rose, Timberwolves, LeBron James

Derrick Rose’ career arc has been as mystifying as his quick rise to prominence, as the youngest MVP of the league was forced to join the one foe he had to dethrone, keeping him from four straight MVP awards at the peak of his popularity. The Minnesota Timberwolves guard had just finished a season with the New York Knicks and was now looking for work once again, signing up to play alongside LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers — a process he described as “super awkward.”

“I was just trying to make it back to the league, man,” Derrick Rose told Shams Charania of The Athletic. “I had to sign with a team that I had battled with for four or five years. I played with a player I battled with for four or five years in LeBron.”

Unlike the past, Rose wouldn’t be rubbing elbows with LeBron James, but rather playing a support role under him, given the injury history that slowed down so much of his career.

“Come on, man. It was super awkward,” Derrick Rose said of his supporting role, “but that was my only way back.”

Rose was the only player standing before James and his total domination of the sport, but a tough break with a knee injury derailed his career, ultimately leaving him a shadow of himself.

After a failed stint in Chicago, a one-year venture with the Knicks and 16 games with the Cavs, Derrick Rose has once again found a home with the Timberwolves — now a capable contributor under his old coach Tom Thibodeau.