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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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Derrick Rose upset with referees for lack of calls

The Bulls beat the Knicks Monday night but that doesn’t mean Derrick Rose was happy after the game. Contrarily, Rose was upset with the officials for what he felt was a lack of calls in his favor.

“I’ve got to be the only superstar in the league going through what I’m going through right now,” Rose said.

Rose had a game-high 32 points on 12-29 shooting. He took nine free throws, more than any player in the game. That wasn’t enough for him.

“I was mad because they weren’t calling any calls the whole game,” Rose said of the angry face he had after a monster dunk in the fourth quarter.

Carlos Boozer believes Rose’s strength and ability finish contributes to his lack of calls.

“Yeah, because he’s so strong … he finishes so many plays where he does get contact,” Boozer said. “Sometimes they let it go, but you can’t let it go all the time. You’ve got to make the call. You saw in the third quarter, you’re just trying to force the issue. He got to the line a bunch in the third quarter. But he could have got to the line maybe 10 times in the first half.”

Rose is 13th in the league with 6.2 free throw attempts per game, sandwiched between Andrea Bargnani and Rodney Stuckey. Does that sound right to you? Maybe he does have a point.

Derrick Rose says he’s ‘sick and tired’ of hearing Dwight Howard trade rumors

The March 15 NBA trade deadline can’t come soon enough. Once it passes, we will be able to stop speculating about Dwight Howard — at least until the offseason. Until then, we will continue to hear rumors about Howard being traded to the Lakers, Bulls, Nets, and others. One player who will be happy when the dust settles is Derrick Rose, who openly admitted on Thursday that he’s sick hearing all the rumors and speculation.

“It’s definitely getting old,” Rose said according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “We’re sick and tired of ­hearing it. Like I said, the city speaks for itself. Chicago, marketing wise, is a great city. If someone chose to come here, they would definitely fit. I’m cool with the teammates I have.

“I don’t pay attention to it unless someone comes to me — like you all and tell me something. I don’t know what’s going on or who’s talking to who. You all know more than I do.”

Who can blame him? One minute Howard and Kobe Bryant might be interested in playing together and the next the Nets are putting on a full-court press to convince Dwight to go to Brooklyn. More recently, there has been speculation that the Magic have interest in acquiring some pieces that could convince Superman to stay put.

For someone like Rose, the speculation must be particularly obnoxious. He’s the leader of a Bulls team that has a legitimate chance to contend for a title — with or without Howard. Uncertainty can derail a team and break concentration, and that is something Chicago doesn’t need with the season more than half over.

Derrick Rose defends himself for not dancing like rest of East All-Stars

The NBA All-Star Game introductions featured a musical act by Nicki Minaj and enough smoke and lights to make Space Mountain look like a kids ride. Most of the All-Stars were enjoying the atmosphere and danced around like the rockstars they were made out to be. Derrick Rose was not one of them.

Just like his coach, Tom Thibodeau, Rose did not jump around like a kid at a concert. Instead, he had a focused look during intros and just waved his arm to acknowledge the crowd. He looked like a man ready for business and explained Sunday he didn’t think the dancing was appropriate.

“I can dance,” Rose said after Sunday night’s All-Star Game. “But there’s a time and place for that and I don’t think it was right, then and there.

“I don’t care,” Rose said when told fan’s noticed he wasn’t dancing like LeBron James or Dwight Howard. “You just know that’s me, man. If you would have saw me out there dancing, you would have been looking at me different. I’m just me. I can’t be anybody else. I think that’s what people see.”

I like Rose’s no-nonsense attitude, but if there is a time and place for the players to enjoy themselves and act like stars, it’s the All-Star Game. The game is an exhibition — it’s not like a berth to the NBA Finals is at stake. The guys should have fun, and they should ham it up for the fans who voted them into the game. If players want to dance and joke around, I have no problem with it. And if guys like Rose want to be all business, I respect that too. Guys should just be themselves and they shouldn’t take criticism either way unless they’re completely out of line.