Derrick Rose Says He Sits Out Games Because He’s Thinking About Life After Basketball

Derrick Rose has spent the last couple years dealing with the criticism that comes with extended time on the injured list. The talk has continued this season, as Rose has missed four of the Chicago Bulls’ first eight games.
D.Rose addressed the critics on Tuesday, putting basketball in perspective, in speaking with ESPN’s Nick Friedell (via Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports):

Rose: “I know a lot of people get mad when they see me sit out or whatever, but I think a lot of people don’t understand that …”
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) November 11, 2014

 

Rose: “When I sit out it’s not because of this year. I’m thinking about long term. I’m thinking about after I’m done with basketball.”
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) November 11, 2014

 

Rose: “Having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to, I don’t want to be in my meetings all sore.”
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) November 11, 2014

 

Rose: “Or be…

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What are Celtic fans thinking: About the Rajon Rondo trade rumors

For years fans have been battling over Rondo. Fans have suggested that the Celtics should trade Rondo. They believe you can’t rebuild around him. The other half, including myself, believe in Rondo as the future, and a player you can build around. With the recent rumors surrounding Rondo, what are the fans thinking?Fans from Celtics Life chime in:Rajon 33 says this about the possible Kings trade. Won´t happen, awful trade.Give Rondo a no trade clause and sign him (relatively) cheap… then go and build a teamI say, yes awful trade, and I hope we can resign Rondo on a cheap deal, so that we can build around him. devonte’s comments from Celtics Life:Why not Rondo might opt out any way so trade`em for Thomas and McLemore. Trade Wallace and Humphries to NYK for A.Stoudemire. Trade Bass and Green to Golden State for Lee & Barnes. All these trades go down on Thursday at 2 pm.A fan on the site replied to this guy or girls response. I seriously can’t stop laughing at your pro…

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Derrick Rose on eventual return: ‘I’m not thinking about it’

How can one not feel for Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose? Two straight season-ending  injuries on opposite knees has left the future uncertain for the extremely talented, but oft-injured superstar. Just like last year, everyone wants a timetable for Rose’s activity, rehab, and return. While Bulls center Joakim Noah has kept very faint hope alive that Rose could return if the Bulls made a playoff run past the first round, it is more likely that he sits out the remainder of the season. Rose did say he would like to play for Team USA this summer. Via NBA.com: I haven’t even had a chance to think about it,” Rose said Wednesday night at the Bulls’ charity gala at the United Center when asked if he’s done for the season. “I’m just worrying about my next stage in this process and that’s running right now. I’m on the AlterG (an anti-gravity treadmill). Hopefully be running without it pretty soon. I’m not keeping (a return) open. I just said right now I’m not thinking about it. I’m not

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Frank Vogel’s power of positive thinking key for Pacers

Vogel has been tough when he had to, but has mostly led the Pacers with positive pushing

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What are Celtic fans thinking: About the Jeff Green trade rumor

When I scanned the other Celtics blogs, I really didn’t see anyone saying anything about Paul Milsap. If your trading Jeff Green, wouldn’t you want more back then a couple of young prospects, or just cap relief? When it comes to trades, or free agents, fans always have a disagreement. I suppose the reason the Hawks wouldn’t trade Milsap, is for the simple fact that they plan on winning this year in a very weak East, or this is a move for next year when Horford returns. Some reports came out earlier in the season that the Hawks were already looking into trading Milsap, after they just brought him in over the summer. Green, and Milsap could be a straight up trade, but I get the feeling that Atlanta doesn’t want to part with Paul Milsap. So here’s a rundown of what others said about the trade. Celtics Blog from SB NationFrom BHCELTICS:I’d keep Green no matter what.Unlike 99% of people here, I still like him a lot and actually think he’s worth his money. He’s not…

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Carmelo Anthony Was Thinking Super Bowl with Open-Court Tackle of LeBron James

No one ever taught New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony how to hug, but he sure knows how to tackle.

Late in the third quarter of the Miami Heat’s 106-91 victory over New York Saturday night, Anthony channeled his inner Luke Kuechly, wrapping LeBron James up before he could score an easy bucket in transition:

Heat president Pat Riley and head coach Erik Spoelstra wanted a flagrant foul called, but it never came.

James, to his credit, took the foul in stride, popping right back up as if nothing out of the ordinary happened. There was no confrontation with Anthony or arguing with the referees to follow. There was only nonchalance on his part.

After the game, Anthony expressed no remorse for his hard foul on James, per NBA.com’s Adam Zagoria:

Anthony also told reporters he had no choice.

“He was coming at me full speed, man” Anthony explained in the video above.

When you’re a fellow superstar, tackling a known buddy in the open court, you have the luxury of being honest and shrugging these things off. Both Anthony and James handled the situation like pros or, you know, friends who have no qualms about engaging in the occasional tackle-football grudge match.

“As long as he was all right, that’s all I care about,” Anthony said in the above postgame interview.

And as long as it’s Anthony, not Mirza Teletovic, bringing him to the floor, that’s all James (probably) cares about too.

 

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Roy Hibbert Goes to Sleep Thinking About Winning Defensive Player of the Year

Following a comfortable win over the Chicago Bulls, Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers are now 5-0 and looking like legitimate title contenders.

Hibbert was once again a dominant force without scoring much. He finished the game with 10 rebounds, eight points and five blocks.

Afterward, he took to Twitter to talk about the possibility of winning the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award:

Hibbert must have caught a little flack for talking himself up, because less than 10 minutes later he followed up with this:

He’s absolutely right in thinking that playing DPOY-caliber defense will help his team win. It already is.

The Pacers are the only undefeated team left in the NBA, and Hibbert leads the league with a staggering 5.2 blocks a game. His presence around the rim makes buckets significantly harder to come by for the opposition. Just ask the Bulls, who scored a whopping 14 points in the paint Wednesday night.

And it’s not just tonight. Hibbert’s been dominant through all five games.

Obviously, this is an extremely small sample size, but right now it doesn’t look like there’s a better defensive anchor in the league.

His teammate Paul George is certainly a factor on that end too. And Hibbert talked him up as well:

If both keep up the pace they’re currently on, they’ll definitely be real contenders for those awards.

And if Hibbert’s predictions prove prophetic, Indiana fans will have a possible championship team on their hands.

 

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Mavericks Shawn Marion thinking about retirement and expecting 1st child

Shawn Marion is about to enter his 15th season in the NBA. But per a report with the Dallas Morning News, “The Matrix” is thinking about the end of his career because, “he wants to be able to walk” when his playing days are over.

That’s what happened with Shawn Marion when he ran into former coach Frank Johnson after the Mavericks’ first preseason practice. Johnson was at Phoenix when Marion was an all-star with the Suns.
The two exchanged pleasantries, and Johnson asked Marion how many years this was for him in the NBA.
“Fifteen,” Marion said.
Overhearing that, it was mentioned there was no guarantee there would be a 16th year next season, given that Marion’s due to be a free agent after this season.
“There will be a 16th,” Johnson said. “He’ll probably play 20 seasons before he’s done.”
Marion just laughed.
“No way,” he said. “I want to be able to walk when I’m done.”
In July 2009, he signed a a five-year $39 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks
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Nets thinking title, but not for winning Atlantic (Yahoo Sports)

Brooklyn Nets' Joe Johnson, from left, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, head coach Jason Kidd, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez pose for a photo during the team's NBA basketball media day at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Pierce won plenty of Atlantic Division titles during his days with the Boston Celtics, but at the end of the seasons when he exited the playoffs without lifting the Larry O’Brien trophy, none of those six divisional titles didn’t carried any weight.


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James says he’s not thinking about 2014 yet (Yahoo! Sports)

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 24: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat celebrates during the championship celebration at the American Airlines Arena on June 24, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James has this summer on his mind, and is already starting to plan for next season.


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