Tag:Derrick Rose
Posted on: February 25, 2012 2:41 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2012 2:53 pm

Report: Rose signs new Adidas deal, $200M-plus

Derrick Rose signed a shoe deal for the GDP of a small country. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

CSN Chicago reported Saturday night and Yahoo confirmed that Derrick Rose has reached a new endorsement deal with Adidas for over $200 million after incentives. Yahoo says the deal is for $185 million over 13 years, with incentives that push it over, while CSN tops it at $260 million over 14

Even on the low end, that's over $14 million per year for 13 years.

Not bad for the Chicago-native.

Rose has become Adidas' signature property along with Dwight Howard. With Rose capitalizing on the MVP season last year, this deal puts him in the next tier of athletes financially. Maybe most surprising about the deal is that Rose's personality isn't infectious. While he manages to come off as humble by saying he deserves MVP consideration even before he won it and saying some un-humble things, he's lacking in charisma and his interviews, to be honest, are like watching road construction. There's some noise, and afterwards you have a result, but mostly it's just a grind.

But Rose is so good (too fast, too strong?) that it doesn't matter. And for a kid that came from his circumstances to now no longer have to worry about money for himself or his future kids or his kids' kids or their kids, that's a pretty great story.

Rose's Adidas line of adiZero is currently on version 2.5.
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:49 am

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want Boozer traded

Derrick Rose says he doesn't want the Bulls to trade Carlos Boozer. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

Earlier this week, a report surfacedthat Derrick Rose supported a theoretical trade of Carlos Boozer for Pau Gasol. If true, it would be the first time Rose has been involved in any sort of aggression insertion into management's plans, as he usually takes a backseat to such discussions, and has crafted his image very carefully to indicate that he just plays basketball, no matter who he's with. It's saved him a lot of trouble. And after the most recent report, the Bulls have already responded to the report with a predictable denial from Rose. From Bulls.com:  
“I heard about it after the game [on Monday],” said Rose. “That’s something I wouldn’t say to anyone, that I need someone to come to this team, or I’m trying to get rid of someone on this team. It was all false and that’s something I would never do.”

Asked if he talked to Carlos Boozer, who was reported to be involved in a potential deal for Gasol, Rose said had spoken with his teammate about the rumors.v “He should know, but I talked to him a little bit,” Rose said. “I think he already knew they were false. It’s something I wouldn’t do to anyone; especially trade him to any team. It was all false.”

In the past, Rose has expressed nothing but content for his teammates, and on Wednesday, he reiterated that sentiment.

“I’m good with the teammates I have,” Rose said. “I’ve always been saying that. The team that we have, we’ve been winning games, and we’re not in the position to look to trade anyone right now.”
via Pain-free Rose says no trades needed for this Bulls team | Blogs.Bulls.com.

It's rare that players or team websites even address such rumors, but this was a pretty solid move on behalf of Rose and the Bulls. It protects the image that Rose isn't involved in the superstar-chasing or star-meddling that has become rampant in this league. Whether Rose is or is not involved in such discussions is immaterial, only the perception matters, as it furthers the protective shield of humility that has for the most part kept Rose free of both speculation and criticism. 

And assuming Rose is being honest, it's good to hear, because frankly, the trade doesn't make much sense at all. The Bulls would almost certainly have to surrender an additional asset to get Gasol, which means you're trading your second best player and sacrificing the depth that has helped make you one of the best teams in the league, in order to take on a player who has become inconsistent from an emotional and mental standpoint, and in many ways is simply a taller, slightly better version of Boozer. The same defensive questions would exist and be covered up by the Bulls' defense, the same soft short-range-jumper game would be employed, the same questions about their role on the team would be asked.

It's not a lose-lose for the Bulls, it's just not a win or a loss. It's a sideways step. The Bulls got out in front of this to try and cut off talk. The last thing they need is to be dragged into drama and speculation over trades.

Look how that's going for the Lakers, despite the winning streak they're on.
Posted on: February 20, 2012 3:58 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 3:59 pm

Derrick Rose returns vs. Hawks

By Matt Moore 

The Bulls announced Monday that Derrick Rose would return to the starting lineup Monday afternoon against the Atlanta Hawks. Rose has missed the past five games with back spasms. He saw a specialist for the condition and further examinations revealed no structural damage, but he was held out over the weekend regardless. 

Rose returns to a Bulls team who was good but inconsistent without Rose, demolishing the Celtics while struggling against the lowly Nets. Rose played heavy minutes through the beginnings of his injury, and it'll be interesting to see how many minutes coach Tom Thibodeau plays him coming off the injury.
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:24 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 1:29 pm

Bulls G Derrick Rose (back) out Tuesday vs. Kings

Derrick Rose will miss Tuesday's game against the Sacramento Kings. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

The comeback will wait for Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said on Tuesday that his starting point guard did not participate in the team's shootaround and will not play against the Sacramento Kings at the United Center on Tuedsay night. 
"Each day, he’s feeling better," Thibodeau said. "But it’s still not where we want it to be. We’re going to be patient and see how it goes."

"You look at what the doctors are saying and how he’s feeling," Thibodeau said. "What we’ve been told from the start of this is he’s day-to-day. That’s how we’re approaching it. We’ll continue to get the information, study it and make a good decision.
Over the weekend, we noted that Rose had visited a back specialist, who diagnosed him with "lower back spasms" but said that Rose had no structural damage in his back. He has since been listed as day-to-day by the team.

Rose, 23, is the NBA's reigning MVP and was voted by the fans to the starting lineup of the 2012 All-Star Game. He's averaging 22.0 points, 7.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 35.5 minutes per game this season for Chicago. 

The Kings game will be the third consecutive game that Rose has missed, as he did not play during a Bulls win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday and a Bulls loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday. The game against the Kings marks the beginning of a 5-game homestand leading into the All-Star break. Chicago will host Boston on Thursday, the New Jersey Nets on Saturday, the Atlanta Hawks next Monday and the Milwaukee Bucks next Wedneday.

The Bulls currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, with a record of 23-7.

RELATED: CBSSports.com's Matt Moore thinks the Bulls should take it slow with Derrick Rose.
Posted on: February 12, 2012 10:56 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 9:56 am

Derrick Rose and the Bulls' big picture

Derrick Rose is out with back spasms, but it turns out it's been a recurring issue. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

The fact that Derrick Rose (back) missed Sunday's game against the Celtics normally wouldn't raise red flags -- until it was reported that he will see a back specialist Monday and has been experiencing pain in his back for some time. That raises the following questions:

--Why are we just finding out Derrick Rose has been dealing with back spasms for a week?

--Why are the Bulls, who are quite secretive about injuries, burning Rose and Luol Deng at both ends through injuries?

--What happens if coach Tom Thibodeau, notorious for too many minutes on key personnel, pushes them too far -- particularly in a condensed season?

We start with this from the Chicago Tribune in regards to when exactly this back issue popped up for Rose: 
"It's been hurting the whole trip," Rose said. "I just played through it. It tended to get worse after every game. I was really worried about it. But I'm trying to stay positive. I don't know what the diagnosis is. I just know my back is not right."

Rose said he doesn't know what prompted the pain or exactly when it started. He was seen getting stretched on the sideline during stoppages of play as far back as the second game of the trip, on Jan. 30 in Washington.

Rose played spectacularly at New York and Milwaukee, skipped the second half of the Feb. 6 game in New Jersey, struggled through 22 minutes on Wednesday in New Orleans and sat on Friday in Charlotte.

"It just came from out of nowhere," Rose said. "That's the scary thing about it. ... I could barely walk (after New Orleans). It's killing me not being able to play, especially this game, or when I do play my minutes are definitely down. Hopefully, I'll get treatments and it calms down. If not, I'll take my time."
via Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose will see back specialist Monday - chicagotribune.com.

Wait, so Rose has had this issue for a few weeks and has been playing on it?

OK, so not so surprising. NBA players are always dealing with a variety of ailments. Players play through pain on a regular basis and if they were held out because of every bit of tightness or discomfort they would never play. This season measn it's worse than usual.

But if Rose is different. He's already dealt with multiple issues this year, most recently an ankle sprain that held him out multiple games. The account given by Rose indicates that he had a problem, played through it, it got worse, played through it, it got worse, and he played through it.

Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau is notorious for playing his guys too many minutes, with Luol Deng the most extreme example, logging 35-plus minutes even in blowouts. There have been questions about whether Thibodeau is risking damaging his players and running them down with a long and grueling playoff run still yet to go. You would think that with Rose being the MVP, making up the vast majority of the offense, its best and most important player, and the key to any championship run the Bulls may have, that there would be an emphasis on resting him to keep him fresh as to avoid running him down. Instead, the Bulls played him against three lottery/borderline lottery teams when they already have a multiple-game lead on the Heat for the top spot in the East and even if they were to hold Rose out a month, could very well still be in the top three. Rose could sit the rest of the season and still be a top-five seed.

The Bulls are pretty secretive about injuries. Nearly everything is "day-to-day, gametime decision." Luol Deng tore a ligament in his wrist. Day-to-day, gametime decision. Derrick Rose can't move or breathe. Day-to-day, gametime decision. And much like the Patriots in football, it works. It keeps things hidden from the opponent. But versus the NFL, with limited media availability, the NBA plays nightly, which means these situations seem to pop up constantly. 

To be clear, it's not that the Bulls are forcing him out there, nor are they being irresponsible. Rose and Deng have both played well on their injuries.  They know how they feel. They know if they can play. But there's also a heightened sense of responsibility to one another the Bulls possess and it seems to border on the pathological. Guys play through pain all the time, but this season has to be about thinking long-term. You can't survive in this schedule with an injury, and the results are piling up on the Bulls. 

Hopefully the specialist discovers nothing of note, and Rose is able to return to the floor. But questions about what cost the Bulls are putting into their regular season record at the cost of their long-term durability will persist.
Posted on: February 12, 2012 3:35 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 6:40 am

Rose sees specialist for back, is day-to-day

Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: Via the Chicago Tribune: "Back specialist confirmed Bulls' diagnosis of Rose. Lower back spasms. Nothing structurally wrong with back. Muscular issue. Day-to-day."


Derrick Rose has been battling an ailing back and sat out Sunday's game against the Celtics.

He exited a game last week because of back spasms and sat out two games for the Bulls. The spasms started Jan. 29, which kicked off a nine-game road trip for Chicago.

"The first time I remember [the back problems] happening were in high school," Rose told ESPN Chicago. "But college I didn't have it. First couple of years [in the NBA] I didn't have it. All of a sudden it just happened now. Hopefully, [Monday] I'll meet with some people and try to figure something out."

Rose actually said he was "scared" about the pain. Which is surely scary to Bulls fans. He's planning to see a back specialist Monday for the pain.

“Probably go see some people tomorrow, have them look at it. But I don’t know yet,” Rose said via CSN Chicago. “I can’t say I’m going to be out. If I feel good tomorrow, I’m definitely going to play then, but I don’t know yet.”

Rose is obviously more concerned with getting healthy than an early February game against the Celtics. Still, he wants to play and the Bulls need him. Behind him is a serviceable backup, C.J. Watson, but the Bulls' injury problems are piling up. Richard Hamilton, Rose, Luol Deng -- Chicago needs to get healthy.

Rose has missed seven games this season. In his three years prior, he'd only missed six total. He is averaging 22.0 points and 7.0 assists per game this season.

Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:45 am

Isiah Thomas counseling Derrick Rose

Isiah Thomas has given Derrick Rose advice on how to tough out a season through injuries. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

Getting past Isiah Thomas' reputation as the Titanic captain of the 2000's Knicks and current superstar meddler is a bit of a trick. He damaged so much of his reputation as a Hall of Fame point guard and fearless, relentless winner that people forget he has a lot of quality advice for players in handling themselves on the court. The guy's playing reputation is nearly spotless, and there's a reason he provides counsel to so many superstars, sometimes too much so and pretty blatantly in violation of NBA tampering rules, regardless of his official position with the Knicks. 

And one player that's recently turned to Thomas for advice on how to survive the beating a small point guard takes in this league is the MVP. From ESPN Chicago:  
Isiah Thomas said he met Rose last year after a game in Detroit and that Rose contacted him after the Bulls' season had ended.

"He was pretty down," Thomas told ESPNChicago.com by phone on Wednesday. "He asked me 'How did you do it? How did you win back-to-back championships at this size?' And my response to him was that once you understand your opponent and know your opponent better than you know yourself, you'll win."


"... He's somebody where in Chicago, you definitely got to look up to, especially being a guard, winning championships in this league," Rose said. "[I] try to take things out of his game and put them into mine. But [he's] a cool dude. I played against his son in AAU. And he's from Chicago so I got to look up to him."
via Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose sought advice from Isiah Thomas - ESPN Chicago.

The conversation essentially surrounded how to absorb a beating and play through it. Thomas' advice was largely "deal with it." Which is noble, but given the compact schedule and the fact Rose is dealing with a toe injury and back spasms, some rest might not be the worst idea, especially with what the Bulls have been able to do without him. 

In last year's playoffs, Rose suffered an ankle sprain in the first round. From there he just took more and more of a beating. There's nothing that can be done if Rose is injured in the playoffs, these things happen. But getting him healthy so he's not carrying more physical baggage into the postseason should be a priority for the Bulls. Wednesday night the Bulls played Rose 22 minutes in a game in which the opponent did not score for the first five minutes of the game. The Bulls lead by double digits essentially for the first four minutes on. The game was never in doubt. Sitting Rose against New Orleans would have been a perfect situation. Instead, the perception is that Thibodeau "only" played Rose 22 minutes. It's time to start looking at the big picture.
Posted on: February 9, 2012 2:01 am

Will Ferrell hilarious lineups video

By Matt Moore 

There was almost nothing enjoyable for Hornets fans Wednesday night in their 90-67 loss to Chicago which was the kind of game you show kids to make sure they never play basketball, ever. Almost. 

Will Ferrell was in town to do player introductions, and he was predictably hilarious. If you dig Ferrell's specific brand of humor and the NBA, this was a perfect nexus. Here's video: 


I think my favorite is "He still lives with his mother, Carlos Boozer." Though "His favorite movie is 'The Notebook,' Derrick Rose" is also quality. Derogative while not being mean or a series of cheap shots.  Good clean, fun. 

Unlike the game. Which was not good, clean, nor fun.  
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