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Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose felt like an ‘apparition’ in Cleveland

Derrick Rose

Prior to his resurgence as a potential All-Star point guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season, it wasn’t so long ago that Derrick Rose’s career appeared to be over.

One of the darkest chapters in his life was during his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season. As detailed by Jackie MacMullan of ESPN, Rose felt powerless and futile during his time with the Cavs, making him feel as if he was merely an “apparition.”

He arrived in Cleveland in the fall of 2017 hoping to provide valuable veteran insight, but, he says, at times he felt like an apparition. His voice didn’t hold weight, particularly as he battled persistent ankle injuries. Rose left the Cavs in mid-November to re-evaluate his career. He talked with mental health counselors, he says, and learned many things about himself, including how to function as an introverted leader.

It was truly a difficult time for Rose, but the fact that he was able to rise from the ashes is a testament to his willpower and fortitude. What could have very easily been the end for others, only served as a stepping stone for Rose.

Now, he has established himself as a prominent figure in a young Timberwolves team. He is seen as a leader; someone who is looked up to by his compatriots. His outstanding play and never-say-die attitude have earned the respect of not only his teammates, but the entire league as well.

As far as inspirational stories go, Derrick Rose’s tale is definitely one for the books.