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Derrick Rose, Pistons could agree to two-year deal

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Something seems to be brewing between the Detroit Pistons and Derrick Rose in free agency.

The Pistons were reported on Saturday to be emerging as a favorite to sign Rose, according to The Athletic’s Frank Isola. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said the sides would meet on Sunday with a two-year contract in mind.

Rose, 30, had a career resurgence last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The former MVP point guard played in 51 games last season, averaging 18.0 points and 4.3 assists per game. His 37 percent mark on threes was the best of his career, while his 48.2 percent from the field was his second-best career mark.

In Detroit, Rose would compete with Reggie Jackson for minutes at point guard. Jackson is entering the final season of his deal, while Ish Smith is set to become a free agent.

Watch: Derrick Rose was heartbroken to learn of trade to Knicks

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Derrick Rose was in tears upon learning of his trade to the New York Knicks in 2016.

Stadium is airing a documentary about Derrick Rose called “Pooh: The Derrick Rose Story.” One of the clips they shared to help promote the documentary includes footage of the moment Rose learned he was being traded to the Knicks.

The clip is below but contains profanity:

Rose was drafted by the Bulls first overall in 2008 and quickly developed into an All-Star and MVP for his hometown team. Chicago looked like a leading contender in the East for years to come until multiple knee injuries derailed his career.

Chicago finally decided to part ways with the point guard in the summer of 2016, sending him to the Knicks. Things went haywire in New York and didn’t really get back on track until this past season with the Timberwolves.

Clips like this show us just how much a trade can impact a player — particularly one with a special connection to his city.

Derrick Rose apologizes for telling doubters to ‘kill yourself’

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Derrick Rose had a shockingly harsh response on Monday for fans who doubt that he can continue to play at a high level without Tom Thibodeau, and the former NBA MVP has since apologized for the remarks he made.

While speaking with reporters, Rose reflected on the time he spent playing under Thibodeau and praised the coach for continuing to believe in him through all of his major injuries. He then said anyone who thinks he won’t play the same way just because Thibodeau isn’t his coach anymore can “kill yourself.”

Rose used the phrase twice, so it would be difficult for him to claim he misspoke. However, he later tweeted that he was only using it as a slang term and apologized for the way it came off.

Rose has been through more than the average player during his NBA career, and we already saw earlier this season how emotional he can be. There are certain things players probably want to say to their critics but are wise enough not to, and Rose seems to realize this is one instance where he should have bitten his tongue.

Watch: Derrick Rose receives MVP chants in Chicago

Fans at the United Center showered Derrick Rose with “MVP!” chants during his return to the place he called home for seven seasons.

Rose last played for the Chicago Bulls in 2016. However, he still receives love when he comes back to the Windy City, and Wednesday was no different. During the Bulls’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rose received chants of “MVP!” while at the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

Rose said a few years ago there was no bad blood between him and his former team, and it’s clear the fans feel that is the case.

Rose won the NBA’s MVP Award while with the Bulls in 2011. And while he has not been able to replicate that form in recent years due to injuries, he has played well for Minnesota this season. In 30 games, Rose is averaging 18.5 points and 4.6 assists.

Derrick Rose gets shoutout from No. 1 fan after 50-point game

Derrick Rose was showered with praise across the NBA community after he set a career high with 50 points on Wednesday night, but you could make the argument that no one was happier for him than World Cup star Antoine Griezmann.

Griezmann, who plays for Atletico Madrid and helped France win the World Cup over the summer, is a huge Rose fan. Even after he scored in the World Cup final, Griezmann randomly interrupted a teammate’s interview to profess his love for Rose. It’s no surprise, then, that Griezmann was one of the many who gave Rose a shoutout for his 50-point game.

We saw tributes pour in from various NBA stars and Rose become overwhelmed with emotion following the game, but you can bet Griezmann was among the most thrilled when he learned what the former NBA MVP accomplished.

NBA community reacts to Derrick Rose’s 50-point game

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Derrick Rose received love throughout the NBA following his career night in Minnesota.

Rose made the most of the opportunity to start that was presented because of injuries to Tyus Jones and Jeff Teague. Against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, Rose dropped a career-high 50 points.

After the game, Rose was emotional during an interview. He wasn’t the only one overcome with joy as a few of his peers took to social media to express their happiness for Rose.

Rose had put a lot of work and effort into returning from several injuries during his career. He has been the subject of jokes from fans over the past few years, but it’s clear he is still very well liked around the league.

Watch: Derrick Rose gets emotional after scoring career-high 50 points

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Derrick Rose turned back the clock on Wednesday, putting up a career-high 50 points in a win over the Utah Jazz.

Rose was thrust into a starting role due to injuries to Tyus Jones and Jeff Teague. He responded with an incredible game, going 19/31 from the field and 8/11 at the line.

He made two free throws at the end of the game and had a key block to help his Minnesota Timberwolves win 128-125.

Rose was incredibly emotional after the win.

When asked in an interview after the game what his career-best effort meant, he said “everything. I worked my a– off.”

Rose’s career has been derailed by injuries and questions about his desire. He has bounced around teams but may be finding a home with Minnesota.

NBA players chasing hard after Sixth Man of the Year Award

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NBA teams have not even played 10 percent of their regular season games this year, and there is already a rivalry brewing over which player will take home the league’s Sixth Man of the Year Award.

Derrick Rose is a great candidate for the award, as he is off to a hot start with the Minnesota Timberwolves and has shown flashes of the star player he used to be. He’s averaging 14.3 points and 4.9 assists per game with the Timberwolves following a couple of lost seasons in New York and Cleveland, and he spoke this week about how winning the Sixth Man of the Year Award is one of his goals.

He’s not the only one gunning for the hardware, however. Clippers guard Lou Williams, who is averaging 16.7 points per game, is also campaigning for it. The same goes for Evan Turner, who’s off to a slightly less impressive start with 9.3 points, 4.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds in Portland.

We can’t remember many seasons where guys were openly campaigning to win Sixth Man of the Year less than a month in, but here we are. If Rose can stay healthy, he’s probably the favorite now that he is playing under Tom Thibodeau again and dealt with so much drama over the past year or so. We’ll try to contain our excitement as the battle rages on.

Derrick Rose defends taking time off with Cavs, Knicks

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Derrick Rose has plenty to prove in his 11th NBA season, and he has played a major role with the Minnesota Timberwolves through the first seven games. While he is not surprised by the criticism he has faced over the hiatuses he took both in New York and Cleveland, the former No. 1 overall pick does not feel all of it is warranted.

In a lengthy interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic, Rose explained why he briefly stepped away from basketball with both the Knicks and the Cavaliers. He said he took time off in Cleveland because of a lingering issue in his left ankle that he was told he could play through, but his body didn’t feel right.

“I wasn’t able to run for a couple of weeks, and that’s why I took the break, because I didn’t know what was wrong,” Rose said. “People were saying, ‘You got a bone spur, everybody got bone spurs.’ I ain’t everybody. I just found this out, fam. And my body is not like y’all. I got to do three or four times the recovery that y’all do just because of my speed and how explosive I am.”

Rose said he learned early on his career that his body isn’t the same as everyone else’s, so he knew he needed a break. With the Cavs, however, he admitted he stepped away because he was unhappy with his role on the team.

“I played on the same team where I’ve seen guys leave the team and go out of state and work out for two weeks and wasn’t around us. What’s the difference?” Rose said. “I’ve seen Joakim (Noah) go to Hawaii and come back with a tan while we were playing and had those good teams. So don’t act like I’m the outcast because I did that. It ain’t like I was playing.”

In the past, Rose expressed anger over reports claiming he was contemplating retirement, but you have to expect that when you go completely AWOL in the middle of a season. Now, the former NBA MVP is back playing under Tom Thibodeau and is averaging 14.3 points while playing 28.4 minutes per game. If he can somehow stay healthy, a big season would not be a shock.

France World Cup star randomly shouts out Derrick Rose

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Perhaps Derrick Rose served as something of an inspiration for one member of the World Cup-winning France squad.

During a Fox Sports interview with midfielder Paul Pogba, French teammate Antoine Griezmann wandered into the shot and was given an opportunity to deliver a message in English. The forward, who scored in the final, went with a simple one: he just loves Derrick Rose.

There is no elaborate backstory. The simple explanation is that Griezmann is a huge NBA fan and has long counted Rose as one of his favorite players.

Rose has had a rough couple years, but they’ve inspired him to prove his doubters wrong. Griezmann is very clearly not one of those doubters.