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

Derrick Rose is an MVP Candidate, Just Ask Him

According to ESPNChicago.com, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose believes he should be in the discussion for NBA MVP this season. Rose’s stats aren’t eye-popping, but they’re very good. He ‘s averaging 23.9 points, 8.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game. His numbers are certainly solid enough to put him in the conversation during a season in which no one has established themselves as a clear-cut front-runner.

Two-time reigning MVP LeBron James’ numbers are down slightly from the last two seasons, though still impressive. He’s currently averaging 24.4 points, 7.3 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game, but it would be hard to argue that James means as much to the Heat as Rose does to the Bulls, which for many is the number one criteria for the award. The same goes for James’ teammate, Dwyane Wade. His numbers are MVP caliber, but Wade is surrounded with top talent which makes it tougher for him to stick out.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant leads the league in scoring with 28.3 points per game. His 6.3 rebounds per game are solid, but he’s averaging just 3.1 assists. Durant is a definite candidate mainly because of his scoring, but like Rose he has the advantage of being the driving force behind a team’s success.

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Derrick Rose Breaks Tyreke Evans’ Ankles (Video)

On Saturday evening, Derrick Rose returned from injury to the Chicago Bulls lineup and led his team to a victory over the Sacramento Kings.  He also promptly broke Tyreke Evans’ ankles.  Either that or the floor was very slippery and somebody should wipe it off before somebody gets hurt.  Have a look at the video of Derrick Rose breaking Tyreke Evans’ ankles, courtesy of Deadspin via YouTube user CozSweaters:

One professional athlete just shouldn’t be able to do that to another.

Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose’s Letter Courting LeBron and Dwyane Wade

It’s no secret that the Chicago Bulls were not very good this year. They finished just at .500 with a record of 41-41.  They made the playoffs because the NBA has broken system. And last but not least, they did get beaten by the Cleveland Cavaliers like everyone said they would (but they did put up a fight in game 5).  So, what do the Bulls need to greatly improve themselves for next season? Well, sign one of the major free agents of course — LeBron James or Dwyane Wade.

So, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah sat down and wrote to the superstars about how they would like to see one of them on the Bulls roster next year. Well they didn’t really write it — Bill Simmons did. But it highlights the real issues of the team and it’s kind of funny too.

Dear LeBron and Dwyane,

We are wired correctly. We give a crap. We want to win. We are really really good. We are warriors. We could absolutely be the second-best and third-best guys on a team that wins multiple titles. Sadly, this can’t happen without one of you. Please think about Chicago. It’s cold during the winter, but during the spring and summer, there’s no better place. It’s the No. 3 TV market. It’s the city that once had the greatest player ever. We’re firing our coach and GM this summer; if you want, you can pick the next two guys. We want to win titles. Not title … titles. By the way, Joakim wants you to know that he isn’t nearly as annoying if he’s your teammate.

Much respect,
Joakim and Derrick

Although I don’t see Wade leaving Miami or LeBron wanting to play alongside Noah, who couldn’t stop trash talking during the playoffs, the Bulls can still dream, right? They’ll be getting a new head coach this off season and they have the money to go out and get a superstar player. Anything is possible. I say bring back Jordan.

Dwyane, LeBron and other humans [Bill Simmons/ESPN]
Rose and Noah’s Letter to LeBron and Wade [Real GM]

Derrick Rose Failed the ACT Three Times in Chicago, Passed SAT in Detroit

Or I guess as it were, someone else passed the SAT for Derrick Rose in Detroit. Memphis finally got its sentence from the NCAA and they were forced to vacate the 38-win season of two years ago and pay back the money they made from going to the tournament. The reason for the sentence is that one of its players from that team — Derrick Rose — was ruled ineligible because his SAT score was canceled. That is something we already knew. What’s new is the information revealed that Rose failed the ACT three times in his hometown of Chicago, yet somehow miraculously he traveled to Detroit for the SAT where he passed. Riiight. It’s pretty darn clear already that someone else took it for him. The one question is how Rose’s passed test emanated from Detroit. The answer to that is pretty simple, but one most fans would never know: Worldwide Wes.

As Gary Parrish pointed out, via The Dagger, Worldwide Wes (William Wesley) is based out of Detroit and it’s long been established that he helped steer Rose to John Calipari at Memphis. Wes, whom most fans have never heard of, is considered to be one of the biggest powerbrokers in the NBA. Wes helped bring prized recruit DaJuan Wagner to Memphis and Calipari obliged by hiring Wagner’s dad onto his staff. Since then, Wes has helped send Rose, Chris Douglas-Roberts, and Tyreke Evans to Memphis. Calipari has even called Wes a “goodwill ambassador” to the Memphis program.

So now the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fit together, and the dots between Rose, Calipari, the suspicious SAT test, and Detroit have all been connected. And just like I said three months ago, sounds like John Calipari helped Derrick Rose cheat on the SAT, or at the very least, knew exactly what he was up to.

By the way, the Worldwide Wes connection helps explain how Malik Hairston, the hot prospect from Detroit, wound up all the way across the country at Oregon, which up until now always remained a question for me. Wes has major connections at Nike. And now that riddle has finally been solved.

Lastly, someone remind me how after reading this they still support a “players must go to college before the NBA” rule. Let’s not mess around — these guys are basketball players, not students, and they’re only funneled into a program for a year where they’ll pass the time until the draft. Can’t we just skip that process?

Sounds Like John Calipari Helped Derrick Rose Cheat on the SAT

Hmm, so Memphis offers John Calipari more money than Kentucky in the immediate future but Cal jumps to Lexington, saying that coaching at Kentucky was his dream job? I guess it’s entirely possible, but now something tells me he was ready to jump ship so quickly because he knew the NCAA was getting ready to crack down on Memphis for major violations. Yeah, I’d say knowing a guy cheated on the SAT is a pretty big deal. The Memphis Commercial Appeal says the Memphis program is being accused by the NCAA of major violations:

The allegations include “knowing fraudulence or misconduct” on an SAT exam by a player on the 2007-08 team.

The NCAA alleged the prospective player became eligible after an “unknown individual” completed his SAT. The player, said the NCAA, “subsequently competed for the men’s basketball team through the 2007-08 season, which included his participation in the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.”

The only player who fits the description in the report (a guy who only played on the team during the ’07-’08 season) is Derrick Rose who’s currently with the Bulls. The punishment as of now is that the team could forfeit its 38-win season and Final Four appearance of two seasons ago. I’m pretty sure the punishment will be much harsher — almost program killing — if the allegations are proven to be true. And they better darn well follow Calipari to Kentucky — he can’t just escape the problems and violations he committed by running away from them. They should follow him the way Kelvin Sampson’s problems followed him to Indiana.

Maybe this will temper all that excitement created when John Wall said he’d go to Kentucky. And maybe now this also explains why the school fired Billy Gillispie — they knew Calipari wanted to get out of Memphis and that they’d be able to sign him. Ahah! Everything’s starting to come together!

Derrick Rose Ruined by Gummy Bears

I love of it when players get mysterious injuries or ailments that disappear suddenly. Like honestly, are there that many 24-hour stomach bugs or 24-hour flus going around athlete circles that seem to skip the rest of the population? And everyone who’s ever called into work sick with one of these knows exactly what they were covering up — a hangover. So you really tell me that Derrick Rose missed media sessions Sunday because of gummy bears but he’ll be fine for the title game?

“He eats Gummy Bears and Starburst for breakfast, and Twizzlers and Honey Buns for dinner. That’s why his stomach hurts,” fellow guard Chris Douglas-Roberts said. “We tell Derrick the whole year, ‘Stop eating so many Gummy Bears and Sour Straws.’ But he can’t. … Nobody eats Gummy Bears more than him.”

Now there’s a true friend — someone who’s going to bring up something childish and humorous to distract everyone. Sounds to me like Rose was out having a good time after the Saturday night win and was recovering on Sunday. You can take your gummy bears; I’ll put my money on Jagermeister. Still pretty funny to consider he’s eating Gummy Bears and Starburst to start off his day. Obviously the breakfast of champions.