“Even walking out of this side (of the tunnel) to get out on the court was kind of weird,” said new Cleveland Cavalier Derrick Rose. “But I’m taking it all in, I’m grateful, I’m fortunate to be on this team and … who knows what’s going to happen.”
On Monday, Rose took the floor with new teammates Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith and took on a team with Jose Calderon, Jeff Green, Kyle Korver, Tristan Thompson and Iman Shumpert in his first Wine and Gold scrimmage. He wasn’t breaking ankles and throwing down two-hand power dunks like the Rose we all still wish we were seeing, but he did have his moments of explosiveness and a nice euro-step move against Calderon.
“I probably traveled, but that’s something that I’ve been working on over there is that Eurostep, then learn how to get fouled,” Rose said. “In the open court, they told me to attack. Like I said a couple days ago, when I attack it opens up the floor. I got a lot of shooters, so the lanes are going to be open for me.”
Dwyane Wade also showed some flashes of Flash during the scrimmage, mainly as a playmaker.
“I’ve always had the ball in my hands, my whole career,” explained Wade, who had five assists in a quarter. “So it’s not really playing point guard, it’s just being a playmaker more so than anything. That was one thing for me that I was excited about: I like playing with shooters and I like playing with big men that can roll. Tristan can roll and we have enough shooters on that team.”
Wade’s best highlight was George Gervin-like finger roll with the foul.