It’s been almost three weeks since Kyrie Irving went to Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, requesting a trade from a championship organization because he reportedly no longer wants to play with LeBron James. Since that fateful conversation in early July, according to The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd, Cleveland’s front office hasn’t been able to get in touch with its All-Star point guard.
But Rose’s tenure in New York was underscored by off-court troubles. He started the season battling a civil sexual assault case — one he later won, but kept him off the court much of the preseason. He later went AWOL for a game, missing the Knicks’ Jan. 9 matchup with the Pelicans without telling the team. Finally, after battling nagging back injuries early on, the oft-injured guard ended the season on a low note, suffering a low-level torn meniscus that swiped away the final eight games of his year.
All of Rose’s off-court issues likely contributed to the lukewarm market on him. He reportedly considered the Lakers, Bulls, and Bucks — teams that could have offered more lucrative, possibly longer-term contracts than Cleveland’s one-year deal. But at this stage, Rose wants to prove two things: that he can still play and that he can stay healthy.
LeBron James’ Cavaliers provide such an opportunity. LeBron took J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert — two Knicks throwaways years ago — and turned them into solid, two-way rotation players. Rose wants one thing: to win. He became miserable as the losses compounded in New York, and now, he Cheap Kyrie Irving Jerseys has a chance to compete at the highest level of them all.
It’s on Rose to make the best of this opportunity, because if Cheap Kids Football Jerseys he doesn’t, there’s no telling what the market will look like next season.