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Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin share cover of NBA 2K13 (Photo)

NBA All-Stars Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, and Blake Griffin share the cover of NBA 2K13, which is the latest edition in the video game’s popular series that is due out in October.

The three are considered part of the “new dynasty,” and were chosen because they “represent the NBA well,” according to 2K Sports’ VP of Marketing.

Darren Rovell also points out that the cover choice continues the streak of LeBron James never appearing on the cover of a video game. If there was any time for LeBron to appear on the cover of a game, you would figure it would be after he just won his first title.

Good choices by 2K Sports. Unless knee injuries become problems for Griffin and Rose, the three should be mainstays in the league for the next 10 years.

Bulls reportedly interested in signing Jason Kidd or Steve Nash

Had Derrick Rose not gone down with a devastating knee injury in the first round of the playoffs, things would likely look a lot different in the Eastern Conference right now. The Celtics are the obvious beneficiaries, having drawn home court advantage against the Sixers in the second round rather than having to face the top-seeded Bulls. With Rose’s recovery expected to extend well into the 2012-2013 season, Chicago has no choice but to explore different ways to bolster their roster.

According to CSNChicago.com, the Bulls are planning to take a run at veterans Steve Nash and Jason Kidd this offseason. With a core of Luol Deng, Rip Hamilton, Joakim Noah, and Carlos Boozer that the front office reportedly plans to keep in tact, the Bulls should contend in the East with or without Rose. There’s no need to take a year off.

The timetable for Rose’s return is anywhere from eight months to a full year. Even if he does return next season, there’s no telling how effective he will be after missing almost an entire year of basketball. Nash and Kidd will almost certainly be looking to go to a title contender, and the Bulls should be a point guard away from being just that at the start of next season.

If the East was loaded, the Bulls might simply settle for a minimum salary guy to get them by until Rose returns. However, with the Celtics aging and Dwight Howard’s future a complete mystery, the only sure powerhouse in the East next season will be the Heat. The Bulls would be doing the fans a great injustice to not even attempt to find someone who can fill in for Rose and play quarterback for a season in Chicago.

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Jerry Colangelo says Derrick Rose injury could affect U.S. Olympic team

Prior to Saturday, Team USA chairman Jerry Colangelo still felt strongly about the finalists for the U.S. London Olympic basketball team. Despite an injury to Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum’s unwillingness to join the team, Colangelo said the Olympic roster would not be expanded. Now that Derrick Rose has suffered a torn ACL, his tune has finally changed.

“What I said (previously) was that we didn’t plan to do any additions, but we had to continue to monitor the injury situation,” Colangelo said according to Sports Illustrated. “Obviously this is a big loss. (Point guard) seems to be, at this point, still a pretty strong position. But at this stage, quite honestly, I think all bets are off.”

Of the 20 original Olympic finalists, it was widely believed that Rose would be one of the 12 players who would be going to London. Team USA still has a number of point guard options including Chris Paul, Deron Williams, and Russell Westbrook, but the players mentioned above in addition to Lamar Odom, LaMarcus Aldridge and Chauncey Billups are no longer in the running.

“I think now we’re going to wait until the very last moment to pick the team, because it seems ridiculous with a lot of playoff games to play that we would select a team,” Colangelo said. “We might as well keep the options open as long as we can, and continue to monitor (the situation).”

Maybe DeMarcus Cousins has a chance to make the team after all. A number of players who were expected to be a part of the Select team in Las Vegas and help Team USA prepare for the Olympics could now become members of Team USA themselves. Typically Select team players are stating their case for the next Olympic Games (2014), but the injury situation has led to some desperation. It will certainly be interesting to see where Team USA is at when the NBA playoffs come to a close.

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Nike designer Jason Petrie mocks Derrick Rose for choosing adidas, later apologizes

The entire NBA world was left in grief on Saturday once Adam Schefter, of all people, confirmed our worst fears: Derrick Rose tore his ACL and was done for the playoffs.

Well, almost the entire NBA world.

Meet Jason Petrie. Petrie is a senior footwear designer at Nike and also the brains behind LeBron James’ signature Nike kicks. While plenty of the tweets about Rose by NBA fans on Saturday resembled something like this, Petrie, on the other hand, decided to comment on how Rose, an adidas guy, “chose poorly” with his shoe endorsement:

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Derrick Rose out for season with torn ACL

Saturday was supposed to be a great day for the NBA with the playoffs getting underway. Instead, it turned into a sad day for the league as the defending MVP and one of its better rookies both tore knee ligaments.

Derrick Rose got hurt with 1:22 left in Game 1 of the Bulls-76ers first-round playoff series. Rose was driving the lane and tried jumping off his left leg, but he went down after hearing a pop. An MRI confirmed he tore the ACL in his left knee. The injury knocks him out of the playoffs and may prevent him from being ready for the start of next season.

Some critics are blaming Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau for the injury. They feel Rose and the other Bulls stars should not have been in the game at the time (they were up 99-87 with 1:34 left). I think that’s pretty ridiculous. The Sixers were on a 12-4 run, so Thibodeau didn’t want to risk blowing the lead. Plus, if Rose was medically cleared to play, then why shouldn’t he play?

This really just wasn’t Rose’s year. Between toe, groin, foot, and back injuries, he missed 27 regular season games. He’s now done for the year with a torn ACL. Sports fans can only hope he makes a full recovery so he can continue impressing us with his outstanding play. The good news is he’s only 23, so he still has plenty of years to recover and regain his form.

Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert is the other player who hurt his knee on Saturday. Shumpert tore his ACL and MCL and is likely out 6-8 months. The Knicks now stand even less of a chance against the Heat. At least the Bulls still have a decent shot at reaching the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Derrick Rose says he hates all the attention and fame that winning brings

Playing basketball in a city like Chicago comes with a number of responsibilities. Every superstar is the recipient of fame and attention, but life as a star athlete in cities like Boston, New York, and Chicago is far different than that of someone who plays in Utah. Derrick Rose loves playing basketball and takes winning seriously, but he is the anti-LeBron James. Not only could he live without attention, but he would prefer it.

“It gets on my nerves that I just can’t go out,” he said during an interview with GQ Magazine. “It’s just boundaries now. People are like, ‘You can’t go here, you can’t go there, you got to let that person know where you’re going.’ It’s just weird. I’m never alone. Ever.”

That is why, Rose says, he enjoys his new condo on the 84th floor of the Trump Tower. The Bulls guard says most of the people who live in the building are from out of town and don’t know who he is. My guess is there’s an equal number of people with as much or more money than him that simply don’t care.

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Derrick Rose: I’m sick and tired of people taking cheap shots at me

As an explosive point guard who loves to slash toward the rim, Derrick Rose tends to take quite a beating. Hard fouls against guys like Rose, Rajon Rondo, and Chris Paul are a common occurrence. However, Rose believes there are players in the league who have been playing too rough with him, and after Charlie Villanueva left the bridge of his nose bloody with a flagrant foul on Sunday he was quick to voice his displeasure.

“I was mad,” Rose said after Chicago’s 100-94 win over Detroit according to ESPN.com. “I’m sick and tired of people trying to take cheap shots at me. You got to say something. I’ve gotta be the only superstar in the league that’s going through what I’m going through right now. But I can’t say too much about it.

“(Villanueva) didn’t even aim for the ball. At least go for the ball. I felt like he didn’t and that’s the reason why I got mad a little bit.”

This certainly isn’t the first time Rose has had a problem with hard fouls against him, and it probably won’t be the last. While there is no place in the game for flagrant fouls and dirty plays, this is the exact reaction an opponent is hoping for. The reason players foul him hard is so he’ll think twice before taking it to the hoop. The idea is for him to become “sick and tired” of taking contact. The best thing he could do is pretend it doesn’t bother him and keep playing his game.

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