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Derrick Rose ticked at Pacers for celebration

Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:14 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 8:42 pm

Posted by Ben Golliver  

Derrick Rose is peeved at the Indiana Pacers(Getty Images)
Watch your back, Indiana Pacers. You're officially on Chicago Bullls point guard Derrick Rose's hit list.

The reigning NBA MVP broke from his usually humble, soft-spoken demeanor to let reporters know that he's holding a grudge against the Pacers for how they celebrated a Wednesday night victory at the United Center. reports that Rose said he can't wait to get his revenge.
"I'll never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game," Rose told reporters. "I can't wait to play them again."
Pacers coach Frank Vogel, meanwhile, explained that his team's post-game celebration was simply a product of their pent-up frustration at losing to the Bulls in the 2011 playoffs.
"They are just thrilled to get the win here," Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. "They were crushed that we didn't beat them last year in the playoffs."
This isn't any sort of reckless trash talk from Rose, but it is an instructive episode because it represents a full step of evolution. Not only are Rose and the Bulls playing like the league's best team, they have been playing like that long enough so that the target on their back is fully formed and their past vanquished victims are out for revenge night after night.

The next step, of course, is to have the rings that elevate that dynamic to the next level, but this is clearly progress from when the Bulls were still developing around Rose in 2009-2010 and then surprising people with the consistency of greatness in their play in 2010-2011.

A little more than a week ago, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant told the world that only two NBA players have the competitive edge that he has: Chris Paul and Rose. Over the last 24 hours, we've gotten a great glimpse at what Bryant meant. Paul got into a battle of respect with Lakers big man Pau Gasol while Rose takes a Jordanesque turn here, using a perceived slight as fuel for the next competition.

It took a long, long time for NBA players to finally realize that they should do whatever it takes not to anger Jordan and Bryant, lest they feel wrath in return. Given that history, this won't be the last time we see comments like this from Rose. Until then, we all countdown until the fun part: March 5, the next time Indiana visits the Windy City.

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:49 pm

Derrick Rose ticked at Pacers for celebration

Hey the Pacers -> WON <-- a game against one the the best teams, at the Bulls home on National TV. I'd say they deserved to celebrate. The Bulls should take it as a compliment IMO.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:25 pm

Derrick Rose ticked at Pacers for celebration

Newsflash Derrick Rose, if you don't want the Pacers celebrating on the Bulls court... play better basketball.

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:50 pm

Derrick Rose ticked at Pacers for celebration

If Pacers were able to do better down the stretch in a few games, the Pacers would've had a real shot to upset the Bulls in the first round. Vogel is somewhat right about them being crushed they didn't beat them in the playoffs. The Bulls still have things to prove if they want to reach the NBA Finals and maybe they won't be so lucky next time in the playoffs against Indiana or whoever they may face before (presumably) the Heat. I wouldn't be surprised if the Hawks broke through to the EC Finals. They fought the Bulls to 2-2 and those were the Hawks' first two wins in the 2nd round compared to the previous 2 years so Rose and Bulls better have plenty of fuel for the playoff competition

Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:35 pm

Derrick Rose ticked at Pacers for celebration

Why shouldn't the Pacers celebrate? They one a game at their rivals home court where the Bulls were undefeated. This is a vastly underated team. Good job on the win Pacers.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 9:19 pm

Derrick Rose ticked at Pacers for celebration

grow up pacers they won one game. its not like they won the championship. to go down the tunnel and hollaring and screaming cause they won. you can tell they are young. i dont see lbj and wade doing this. or kobe  and lakers either. its called drose being the leader and saying this our house. and wanting them to see it wont be taking lightly. and for their coach to offer up excuses. wow what a moron. dont see phil jackson letting his team do that. what next their fans storm the court if they beat a top team. pacers are a joke!!!!

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:36 pm

Derrick Rose ticked at Pacers for celebration

this is ridiculous. the bulls had not lost a home game all year. sure th pacers are not wrong in being happy baczuse they beat a good team on the road. ok he was iritated, but to go to the press about it. smells of a wimp to me. grow up rose. 

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