Derrick Rose's career has been plagued by injuries, but the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard is not giving up. So many things have gone from for the 2011 NBA MVP, but he is still young and he can be one of the best role players on his current team. Many people forget that Rose is only 29, and considering that the Cavaliers need him only for the playoffs, he has a good chance to recover and contribute when the right time comes.

The point guard is currently dealing with an ankle injury and it's unknown when he will return. He has progressed to spot shooting, but he is still limited to non-contact practice.

Rose is hoping that he will be able to come back without getting a surgery on his ankle, so the Cavaliers will be patient with him and give him plenty of time to recover. Recently, the guard talked about himself and he had a message for his fans.

Rose's message

Derrick Rose has appeared in only seven games this season and he averaged 14.3 points in those games. Unfortunately, he had to be sidelined early in the season and he's been out since early November. On November 22, the point guard left the team to reconsider his future in basketball, but he returned on December 4 as he decided to continue his career.

It is obvious that Rose's injuries have taken a toll on his mental health, but the former MVP claims that he is fine.

In a conversation with The Undefeated, Rose talked about his mental state, saying there is no reason for his fans to worry about him.

“Be patient. I’m good. I’m just taking my time. You don’t have to worry about me. I’m not depressed. I’m good," the Cavaliers point guard said. "A lot of people think I’m depressed because of what I’m going through.

It’s the total opposite," Rose added. The former MVP said he learned a lot from his mistakes. He is now ready to "learn from the best" and he will stay with the team.

Rose's body is feeling good

When asked about his body, Derrick Rose said the following, "It’s feeling good. I am trying to take it one day at a time." He added that he keeps doing the same routine he's been doing for the past 10 years.

Rose said that he was not in rush to return to action and that he has no idea when he could come back.

The point guard also revealed that he didn't come close to retiring. He is grateful for his team and his teammates, and he believes that things will get better. Rose also made it clear that he loves basketball and that it's the biggest reason why he is fighting so hard.