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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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Derrick Rose Is Allen Iverson, Jason Kidd, Chauncey Billups, Michael Jordan all in one

Derrick Rose has elevated his game this season and will likely win the regular season MVP after leading his Bulls to the best record in the league. He’s improved his outside shooting and free throw shooting while maintaining his exceptional quickness and ball distributing skills, making him one of the best point guards and players in the whole league.

There just aren’t many opposing players who can guard him, and Darren Collison, the Pacers point guard, certainly isn’t one of them. No need to tell that to Pacers interim head coach Frank Vogel who can already tell you that Rose is a more perfectly engineered being than Batman’s Bane.

Speaking after his team blew a 10-point lead with just over three minutes to go on Saturday, Vogel said of Rose:

“The kid’s out of this world. He’s got Allen Iverson speed, Jason Kidd’s vision, Chauncey Billups’ shooting ability and Michael Jordan’s athleticism. How do you guard that? We did a good job on him, but he was too much.”

Rose had 39 and was 19-21 on his free throws, so he really ended up being too much for Indiana. But a combination of Iverson, Kidd, Billups, and Michael Jordan? Are you serious? That’s almost better than having the voice of Fergie and Jesus. Not quite better, but almost. And if Rose is as good as Vogel says, the Bulls should win it all like Del says and come close to Jerry Reinsdorf’s proclamation.

Derrick Rose a Little Surprised by Chicago Bulls’ Success

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is one of the top MVP candidates this season — just ask him. The third-year man out of Memphis has blossomed and is averaging nearly 25 points and eight assists per game. With the help of a beefed up supporting cast, Rose has the Bulls at 46-18 and only a half game out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Rose joined the NBA TV crew after his team’s 94-76 blowout win over the Hawks. He was asked if he thought his team would be as good as they are and he admitted he’s even been somewhat surprised. “We always knew we were going to be a good team, but because of the way we went into training camp just working hard, playing with each other. But I think it’s a little surprising how far we came with everybody being injured,” Rose said. He added “Booz being out, Joakim being out, but we’re just playing together and playing good basketball right now.”

Most people expected the Bulls to be vastly improved and a threat in the Eastern Conference, but not many people anticipated they would be challenging Boston, Miami, and Orlando. I guess the only one unsurprised by Chicago’s success is Jerry Reinsdorf who’s expecting four championships out of D. Rose.

Adidas Debuting Tight-Fitting Jerseys at All-Star Game, New Derrick Rose Shoes

Whoo boy, I’m sure you’ve seen Dwight Howard taking off his shirt to reveal a skin-tight jersey underneath plenty of times in the past. Well what if I told you that tight-fitting jersey will be available to him and all All-Star players to wear during the All-Star Game later this month? The jerseys won’t be mandatory but they’ll be optional.

In addition to the tight jerseys, Adidas is releasing a new Derrick Rose shoe called the “adiZero Rose 1.5″ at the All-Star Game. Their other superstar basketball player, Dwight Howard, will have his new “Super Beast” shoe released as well. Both shoes will go for a relatively reasonable $100.

Lastly, the fine people at Adidas are introducing a new warmup suit for the All-Stars that will mimic a three-piece suit, giving players a red carpet look. Can’t wait to see those badboys!

So what do you think of the tight jerseys? I think they’re fine, but cohesiveness is a big issue for me; you can’t have a tight shirt and baggy shorts, it has to be a coordinated look.

Via Black Sports Online and The Basketball Jones)

Derrick Rose Should Be in the Dunk Contest, Not Brandon Jennings

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is listed at 6-foot-3 — not exactly short, but below average by NBA standards. What he lacks in height he more than makes up for with his vertical leap, which is reportedly in the neighborhood of 40 inches. On Monday night against the Pistons, Rose once again showed us why he should be in the NBA’s Slam Dunk Contest:

I’m assuming the reason Rose has not participated in a dunk contest has more to do with his not wanting to, rather than someone not asking him. Brandon Jennings is participating and he’s really shown nothing that would indicate he has any business being there. Rose on the other hand, has used plays like this, this, and this to prove that he can wow an audience by attacking the rim throughout his NBA career.  Thanks to Flockaball for the video