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Derrick Rose Would Not Leave His House for a Week After Playoff Exit

In order to be a great player in a professional sports league, you have to care about winning.  Caring about winning means caring about losing, too.  While it would be silly to say that there are pro athletes out there who are hardly fazed by losing, it would be even more naive to think there aren’t some players out there who care more than others.  Clearly Derrick Rose is one of them.

Unlike the boys from South Beach, Rose said he basically went into a depression when the Heat bounced the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals.

“Being that close [to the NBA Finals], and not getting it, hurt,” Rose said in an interview with Yahoo! Sports. “I just stayed inside the whole time. I didn’t go anywhere else. I wore pajamas, watched a lot of movies, drank Powerade and got delivery food. My body was just sore and wore out. Mentally, too.

“I’m just getting over it. …I know my time will (come) soon. That’s how I think about it. I guess you have to pay your dues.”

If he had the curtains drawn, you know Rose is a true competitor.  Derrick is a deserving MVP who has barely even scratched the surface of his potential.  We were already convinced he had the talent to lead his team to multiple championships, but now we can be sure he has the drive as well.  A guy like Rose could easily go home and count his money for a week after a huge loss to help him feel better.  Winners go home, get in their pjs, watch movies, and order takeout.

LeBron James Played Superb Defense on Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose had a sub-par series in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. Though he averaged 23.4 points per game for the series, he needed 24 shots per game to get there, and he only shot 35% on field goals and a brutal 23.3% on threes. Rose improved his outside jumper in the offseason to add an extra dimension to his game, which helped him win the MVP award. Though you could argue that Rose was off for the series, the unbiased fan has to give proper credit to Miami’s defense for shutting down the MVP.

At the end of Game 4 and Game 5, LeBron James switched onto Derrick Rose to play one-on-one defense. He kept the Bulls point guard on the perimeter and forced him into contested jump shots. Per ESPN Stats & Info via SB Nation Chicago, Rose went 1-for-15 (6.67%) with three turnovers when guarded by LeBron. LeBron held Rose to the lowest shooting percentage of anyone who guarded him at least five plays during the playoffs.

While any viewer can see that LeBron caught fire at the end of Game 5 and recognize that he’s truly “closed out” several games these playoffs, it takes a much more discerning eye to realize how good his defense was. LeBron is not just an elite one-way player; He may also be the best defensive player in the game. The mind-blowing stats prove it.

Tom Thibodeau Calls Out Refs for Not Giving Derrick Rose More Calls

Even after the final buzzer sounds to end a game, another game begins: the one that happens in the postgame news conference. Phil Jackson used to be a master in that setting, finding ways to tweak the officials so he’d get calls in his team’s favor. In last year’s postseason, Phil primed the refs before the Thunder series by suggesting Kevin Durant gets calls he shouldn’t. Then he said refs need to watch out for Steve Nash’s carries. The result may be a minimal fine from David Stern, but you can’t put a price tag on extra calls from intimidated referees.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau must have kept that in mind, because he made a point to call out the refs following his team’s Game 4 loss in Miami.

Speaking about Derrick Rose after the game, Thibodeau said “He hasn’t been able to get to the line like we thought he would. There’s a lot of contact, and he hasn’t gotten calls.”

The numbers would back up Thibodeau’s assertion — Rose only attempted seven free throws compared to 13 for LeBron James and 11 for Chris Bosh. The Heat got to the line 38 times compared to 22 for Chicago, but they also were more aggressive with their drives to the hoop, and you can’t say LeBron got the calls — he was whistled for an offensive foul at the end of regulation.

Whether Thibodeau was right or wrong with his assessment is debatable. What is a certainty is that it’s usually a good idea to complain that your team isn’t getting enough calls. Believe me, the referees hear the criticism — they listen. And more often than not, they try to make up for it in the next game.

Derrick Rose Steroids Problem Comment Results in Difficult-to-Believe P.R. Spin

Derrick Rose has backtracked on comments he made in the May 16th edition of ESPN the Magazine regarding the prevalence of performance-enhancing drugs in basketball. Rose was asked by a reporter “If 1 equals ‘What are PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs)’? and 10 equals ‘Everybody’s Juicing’ … How big of an issue is illegal enhancing in your sport?”

In response, Rose said, “Seven. It’s huge, and I think we need a level playing field, where nobody has that advantage over the next person.”

Though the comment was published in the Magazine over a week ago, it did not become an issue until Sunday when IamaGM.com wrote about it, according to Ken Berger. In response, Rose denied the comment.

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Bennett Salvatore Admits to Mistake on Inadvertent Whistle

Chicago Bulls fans were complaining that the refs screwed them at the end of Game 4 in Atlanta, and it looks like they are justified. Referee Bennett Salvatore admitted he got a call wrong at the end of the game that helped shift momentum towards the Hawks.

Derrick Rose pump faked a three-point attempt with 2:28 left in the game and was hit by Jamal Crawford who tried to block the shot. Rose should have been awarded three free throws for being fouled on the shot, but Salvatore apparently blew his whistle inadvertently. The result was a jump ball won by Atlanta, and they converted on their next possession to go up by eight points, 92-84. Had Rose been awarded his free throws and made all three, it would have been a one-possession game 90-87.

“I blew my whistle. I was positive it was not a foul,”
Salvatore said after the game
. “I blew my whistle by accident, which is an inadvertent whistle. That’s why I disallowed it.
“Having watched the replay, it was a foul. I made a mistake. I was wrong.”

Salvatore may have admitted his mistake, but you can’t make egregious errors like that in such a key situation. And are you telling me there was no other way to handle the situation than by having a jump ball? This is almost as bad as the Kendrick Perkins tip-in by Oklahoma City that killed Denver in Game 1. The refs can apologize all they want, but it doesn’t help the team that got screwed. I suppose the only equalizer in the situation is that there were several incidents when the Bulls got away with hard fouls on guys like Josh Smith. As disappointed and upset as Bulls fans are, I think it all evened out, so keep that in mind.

Thanks to Tom Ziller for the Salvatore link

Derrick Rose Gets MVP Chants from Atlanta Hawks Crowd (Video)

Someone needs to remind the Atlanta Hawks fans which team they’re supposed to cheer for, because having MVP chants for an opposing player shouldn’t happen in your own building. Check out this embarrassing video of Derrick Rose MVP chants breaking out at Phillips Arena, courtesy of Mock Session:

Pitcher Cliff Lee once said Philly fans don’t need a teleprompter to tell them when to cheer. After seeing that, I’m beginning to think Hawks fans may need one to tell them when not to. What a joke.

Derrick Rose’s Touching MVP Award Acceptance Speech (Video)

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose became the league’s youngest player ever to win an NBA MVP Award. Rose captured 93% of the first-place votes and was a cinch choice for the trophy. People were wondering how his acceptance speech would go because Rose is known as a shy and quiet person. Despite his humble and reserved personality, he absolutely nailed his speech.

It starts at the two minute mark in this video, but make sure you don’t miss the part where he starts talking about his mother at the 5:00 mark. Here’s Derrick Rose’s MVP acceptance speech:

There is little doubt that Rose was on the mark with his speech. What’s also cool is Rose’s Adidas commercial after winning the MVP Award. Prior to the season, Rose suggested it was possible for him to win the award. Turns out he was right. Here’s that cool video:

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