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Cleveland Cavaliers' Dwyane Wade can relate to what Derrick Rose is dealing with

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Whatever issues Derrick Rose is dealing with, both on and off the court, his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates support him. Like everyone else, they seemed genuinely shocked to hear that Rose is contemplating his basketball future after being hit with another set of injury issues to start this season, his first with the Cavaliers.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the veteran leaders of this current Cavaliers team, made it clear that Rose’s situation will not impact the team going forward, no matter what decision the former Kia MVP makes. At the same time, they were quick to point out that Rose’s happiness is ultimately what’s most important in the long run.

Joe Vardon of the Plain Dealer has more:

Neither James nor Wade have talked with Rose since he left.

While James said it was “impossible” for him or anyone else to know what Rose was going through, Wade considered retirement after the 2013-14 season because of injuries. “Obviously I can’t say I understand what he’s going through, but I understand what he’s going through,” Wade said. “I definitely had a moment in my career a few years back where I was thinking about retiring myself. It’s hard when you’re dealing with injuries after injuries after injuries — it takes a toll on you mentally.

“This game brings so much joy to guys and it brings the opposite as well. It will take you to the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. If you’re not mentally where you need to be it affects you with your family, it affects you in your day to day. You’re just hurting. When you’re hurting you’re frustrated and sometimes you think about walking away from the game. I definitely thought about it. I’m glad I didn’t.”

Wade said “basketball is what we do and someone else will step up when a guy is out.

“Outside of that, we just want Derrick to be happy, we want him to feel confident in whatever decision he decides to make,” Wade continued. “We’re here for him and we just want him to know that.”