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Derrick Rose, adidas reportedly agree to 2nd-richest shoe deal in history

There are the one-percenters, and then there’s Derrick Rose, who is now probably part of the 0.5 percent after the absurd shoe deal he reportedly signed with adidas on Friday.

According to Yahoo! Sports, the reigning NBA MVP reportedly inked a 13-year, $185 million endorsement deal with the sports apparel giant. Additional incentives supposedly could push the deal beyond the $200 million mark. Rose, whose signature shoe is the “adiZero Rose,” has been with adidas since entering the league in 2008 (you may have seen some of his overhyped commercials).

The agreement is the second-biggest shoe deal in history, so says CNBC’s Darren Rovell, right behind, you guessed it, Michael Jordan’s arrangement with Nike. (And with a deal so big, it’s no wonder why adidas allegedly wants to have a say in where its superstars play.)

Just on the shoe deal alone, Rose, 23, is pretty much set for life. But prior to this season, he also signed a five-year, $94.8 million extension with the Bulls, otherwise known as 0.51 adidas contracts. All said, that’s upwards of $280 million destined for Rose’s bank account.

For those of you keeping score at home, Rose isn’t rich; He’s stinkin’ rich. Feel free to curl up in a corner and weep.

Photo credit: Derick E. Hingle, US Presswire

Derrick Rose reportedly wants Bulls to trade for Pau Gasol

Kobe Bryant has asked Lakers management to make a decision on Pau Gasol’s future. If they decide to trade him, Derrick Rose reportedly would welcome him on the Bulls.

Spanish news outlet Marca first reported that Rose would want Gasol in Chicago, saying he thinks Gasol would be able to return to his old form. Sheridan Hoops confirmed that report, saying Rose has told the Bulls privately that he would approve of a Carlos Boozer for Pau Gasol type of swap.

This report could be problematic for both sides. People believe that Pau Gasol’s play has been affected by the trade rumors; it’s easy to understand why he might be distracted. Now, Rose may have to answer questions from Boozer why he would rather play with Pau Gasol.

Once players are mentioned in trade rumors enough, you almost have to get rid of them. We may be headed to that point with Gasol and Boozer.

Derrick Rose Proud to Have Inspired New Derrick Rose Rule

One of the new rules in the NBA’s proposed collective bargaining agreement would give young, successful players a chance to earn more money. The rule is named after Bulls point guard Derrick Rose who has won Rookie of the Year and MVP. He’s also made two All-Star teams, and he was named first-team All-NBA in his first three years. Rose is proud to have inspired the rule.

“It’s unbelievable,” Rose told CSNchicago.com. “The rule, I guess it fits me, for what I achieved at a young age and hopefully, there will be a couple more people like me.”

The rule allows players who have made the All-Star team twice, won MVP, or were named first-team All-NBA in their first four years in the league to earn 30% of their team’s salary cap in their second contract. 5% may not seem like much, but the players will take it, and it’s a nice way to reward players who outperform their rookie deals.

Kobe Rips on Derrick Rose’s Adidas Crazy Light Shoes (Video)

Once upon a time, Kobe Bryant was an Adidas guy. Midway through his career, he switched to Nike, and he’s become quite the ferocious pitchman. In fact, he’s taking his dedication to the swoosh so seriously that he’ll even rip his enemy endorsers if he has to. Check out this video of Kobe knocking Derrick Rose’s Adidas light shoes taken at Kobe’s basketball camp:

It really looks like Kobe went out of his way to rip Adidas there. Though you have to figure, after all the great publicity Adidas got from players wearing those neon yellow shoes at the All-Star game, it’s even now. Seriously Kobe, keep in mind how your shoe looks. Do you have a right to rip anyone else’s kicks? Probably not.

Video courtesy kb24la2010 on YouTube via Sorry Bro Sports

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.