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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

Derrick Rose

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

Derrick Rose

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

Lou Williams

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

Derrick Rose

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

Derrick Rose

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.

10 best and worst deals of NBA free agency so far

Paul George

It’s still very early in NBA free agency, but players are already committing to sign contracts with teams — some old, some new. Some of these deals make a lot of sense, while others are headscratchers, even with many of the offseason dominoes yet to fall.

Here are five of the best and worst deals of free agency in the NBA so far — and remember, none of these contracts can become official until July 6, so things are subject to change.


5) Nuggets to sign Will Barton to four-year, $54 million deal

Keeping their core intact is a big deal for the Nuggets, who are also set to ink Nikola Jokic long-term in the week ahead as well. It’s a great deal for Barton, who gets a lot of guaranteed money, and the Nuggets get to keep a player who became very valuable to them. He’s a 37 percent three-point shooter and a threat on the perimeter coveted by many teams. It’s a deal that works for both sides.

4) Bucks to sign Ersan Ilyasova to three-year, $21 million deal

Ilyasova knows Milwaukee well, and he does a lot of things that will help a team. He’s a competent defender who can stretch the floor and shoot from the perimeter, and the Sixers even employed him as a small-ball center at times, opening up a new possible route for his game. It’s not hard to envision him paired with Giannis Antetokounmpo in a smaller lineup causing some havoc. The three year deal is a risk for Milwaukee, but a big win for Ilyasova, who should fit in nicely and rather affordably in Milwaukee.

3) Nets to sign Ed Davis to one-year, $4.4 million deal

Davis seems perpetually underused and underpaid, and here he is again on a rather cheap deal, but one that could pay dividends for Brooklyn. Davis isn’t a starter, but he can come off the bench and grab you rebounds and score you some points in stretches. Players like that are very valuable, and it’s even better if you can get them on low-risk contracts such as this one. Worst-case scenario? He becomes a nice little trade chip in February.

2) Mavericks to sign DeAndre Jordan to one-year, $24 million deal

It’s a low-risk, high-reward move for both sides. The Mavericks aren’t contenders, but getting a year of Jordan ensures that they have a quality player that they’re not married to long-term if things don’t work out. Jordan gets a nice payday and the opportunity to rebuild some value. He’s still an offensive weapon, though some concerns began to arise about his defense last season. If he answers those, he could either opt to make his stay long-term or get one more big contract somewhere else next summer.


Derrick Rose says he is ‘big time’ motivated to prove doubters wrong

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose is back in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he says he is on a mission.

Rose signed with the Timberwolves on Thursday and will be with them for the rest of the season, though he will not be on the postseason roster.

Rose began the season with the Cavaliers, battled injuries, and was ultimately traded on deadline day in February. He never found a fit with Cleveland, and there were reports surrounding him saying he was considering retirement. Now that he’s had a month off, Rose says he is ready to prove people wrong.

Rose told ESPN’s Nick Friedell that he “feels great” and is motivated “big time” to prove people wrong.

“I’m 29, they’re acting like I’m 39. I’m still able to push the ball up the floor, they’re acting like I’m in a wheelchair. All these injuries — like even coming here to take my physical [the Timberwolves medical staff] looked at my physical, they couldn’t believe how my body was in good shape. Little things like that push me to go out here and work even harder, because on the outside looking in, you probably think I walk with a limp, you probably think I’m wearing ice bags every day, this and that. Man, it’s totally opposite of that,” Rose said.

Rose only averaged 9.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in 16 contests with Cleveland this season. If all goes well, he’ll be available to help Minnesota over the final 15 games of the regular season. Perhaps being reunited with Tom Thibodeau and some of his former Chicago Bulls teammates will help him find his way back.

Derrick Rose reportedly agrees to deal with Timberwolves

Derrick Rose

It has been nearly a month since Derrick Rose was released by the Utah Jazz following a three-team trade at the deadline, and the former NBA MVP has finally found a new home.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Rose has signed a contract to join the Minnesota Timberwolves for the remainder of the season.

The T-Wolves were considered the favorites to sign Rose all along, as the point guard played some of his best basketball under Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau when Thibodeau was the coach of the Chicago Bulls.

Rose’s injury history has been well documented, but teams may have been more concerned about the questions over whether or not he still wants to play. The Timberwolves are 38-28 and currently the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference, so any help they can get from Rose down the stretch and into the playoffs would be a bonus.

Report: Derrick Rose has received very little interest

Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose has received very little interest from teams as a free agent, according to a report.

Rose was traded to the Utah Jazz as part of a 3-way deal on the day of the NBA trade deadline. He was then released by Utah and is now a free agent. Three weeks later, he remains unsigned.

According to Bleacher Report’s Ken Berger, Rose is receiving very little interest from NBA teams. He says the former NBA MVP is really receiving mostly just 10-day contract offers.

From Berger:

Barring something unforeseen, multiple team executives contacted by B/R are convinced that Rose may have to wait till next year.

To this point, Rose has received a couple of 10-day contract offers, but nothing more attractive or substantial, league sources told B/R.

The deadline for teams to have their playoff rosters set has passed, meaning Rose will definitely not appear in the postseason, even if he catches on with a good team. The Timberwolves and Wizards reportedly had interest in him, but nothing has materialized.

A combination of injuries and questions over Rose’s desire to play seem to have soured teams on him.