Sports: Derrick Rose Speaks On Trade Rumors, Lack Of Respect, Dwight Howard, The Refs & More

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Derrick Rose joined ESPN Radio Chicago with Waddle and Silvy to talk about how healthy he is, if his injuries have changed the way he plays, what he makes of the Bulls not really getting the national respect, if the team has asked him about possible roster moves before the trade deadline, whether he has talked to Dwight Howard, on his frustration with the officiating, and what he means when he says he is going through something that no other superstar is, and more….

On the lack of respect for the Bulls:

“We’re never going to get it and we know that. We have a lot of belief in ourselves that we can go pretty far. We know we have a special team, we know that everybody in this organization and that’s a part of this franchise has one goal and that is to win a championship.”

What he thinks about the possibility of the Bulls making moves before the deadline:

“Right now I’m hoping everything will stay but you never know. I’m not the one calling the shots. I’m not trying to pay attention to the trade deadline or anything like that just trying to stay focused, trying to win these games while we’re here, and trying to get better as a team with the guys that are here.”

If the team has asked for his advice on potential deals:

“No, no. Not yet. I would say not yet. They never ask but I know if they did come to me I probably wouldn’t want to get in the conversation anyway.”

Whether he has talked to Dwight Howard:

“No I didn’t talk to him yet, I haven’t talked to him this season. Things have been crazy enough where I’ve been busy with my own things, busy with the Bulls, I know he’s staying busy with the trade deadline or whatever, and I’m just trying to stay focused man. You hear a lot of things but you never know what is going to happen until that day.”

On his frustration with the officiating lately:

“I just go out there and try to play hard. I keep hearing that I create the contact and I just try to fight through it. That’s all I try to do. Last night there were certain situations where things got pretty intense and I thought I was going to get the calls I was supposed to get and I didn’t and I guess I was seeing something that they weren’t and I can just try to play through it, play my game, and keep going.”

What do you mean when you say you’re going through something no other superstars go through?

“It’s not that. I think I create the contact of course but I guess I don’t yell or fight through it and I’m a strong player. I don’t do all the necessary things that people do when they get fouled I guess. I don’t know what to do.”

Listen to the FULL interview Here

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Gear: Adidas adizero Rose 2.5

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Derrick Rose will be sporting these in the 2nd half of the season this year. They will be available to us on February 2nd at Footlocker and Eastbay.

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The League: “I’m Going to Win Multiple Chamionships.” – Derrick Rose

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Bulls guard Derrick Rose visited Madrid on a promotion tour with adidas and spoke with HoopsHype about his team, his coach, the lockout and his determination to win multiple rings.

Can you talk a little about your vacation, especially your trip to the Philippines, where you played with Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul among others?

Derrick Rose: I’m having fun. The experience about going to the Philippines was great. Just going over there, feeling appreciated. I think that was the biggest thing for everyone going over there. I didn’t know anyone knew me in the Philippines! That was an experience I will remember forever.

I guess you got the feeling that was a Dream Team for the future.

DR: Yeah, definitely. We all had a good time. Playing over there opened a lot of eyes. It was something that was made in a week. I got it like Tuesday, then Saturday I’m in the Philippines. It happened so quickly.

Now I’m sure you talked about the lockout. How was the feeling between you guys about the whole situation?

DR: It’s hard! I don’t have a job right job. And the way it’s looking you’re not going to have a job… I haven’t felt this way since high school. The way I think about it, it shouldn’t be billionaires and millionaires arguing about money. I’m just trying to get out there and play for the fans. I think it’s hurting the fans more than anyone else.

So what’s your feeling: no season, shortened season…?

DR: It’s looking tough, it’s looking pretty bad right now. But the only thing I can do now is work out and just pray that it’s gonna be a season.

If there’s finally a shortened season or no season at all, would you consider playing overseas?

DR: I’m staying. I don’t play pickup basketball. I’m working out in Los Angeles right now. I haven’t taken into consideration yet playing overseas. Right now, if I do think about it, the Euroleague is definitely an option I would consider. I would have to talk to my agents and make sure that everything is OK, but I’m hoping right now there’s a season.

After the Heat series, you said your conditioning wasn’t good enough. What are you doing this summer to improve it?

DR: Well, it’s the first time I ever lifted weight besides college. I think that’s gonna help me evolve my game. I know it’s going to be hard because I really don’t like lifting like that, but I’ll do anything to win, anything to get that advantage. Benching, squats, sit-ups, push-ups… Everything you can think of, I’m doing it right now on one-hour sessions from Monday to Friday. I’m on the court from like 8.30 to 9.30, then go home, sleep till like 1 and then I go to my conditioning.

Are you working on any other aspect of your game?

DR: Just trying to be consistent, be sharp and work on my post-up game.

Time has passed since you won the MVP trophy award. What are your feelings about it now?

DR: It was great but I’m not satisfied. I won’t be satisfied until I win a championship. I’m not satisfied at all. There’s not a doubt in my mind that I’m not going to win a championship. I’m going win multiple championships. It’s not a doubt in my mind.

Carlos Boozer was a great addition to the team last season, but he struggled a little bit during the playoffs. What do you expect from him and the rest of the guys next season?

DR: Everybody is working out hard right now. If everyone comes in and work on their game, I think that we have a good shot of winning without getting anybody to come to my team. I think everything was just so new… Last year was my first time getting past the first round of the playoffs. Everything was just new to everybody, and that thing is gonna help us. Last year was the base for our team and the sky’s the limit for us.

So you don’t feel you need any additions to the roster?

DR: We don’t need it right now. If we sign somebody that can definitely fit… But to me I think that we are OK.

What has head coach Tom Thibodeau brought to the table?

DR: He’s the greatest coach I’ve ever had. Just his professionalism, his work ethic as a coach… He works as hard as any coach I’ve ever been around. Film session, making sure that we work out everyday hard… The only coach I’ve talked to on a regular basis throughout my whole life. He could be looking at film and call me or I could call him no matter how late it is and we talked about basketball.

When was the first time you realize he was such a good coach, that he would help you to achieve your goals?
DR: Last summer, before the season started. I’m 22 years old, my friends are also young, so we’d be up all night. So we’d go to the gym at like 2.30 in the morning, and then we’d go into our practice facility and we’d see his light on in his office. He’d be working til like 3 am, just looking at film. Story Via: hoopshype

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Video: Big Sean & Derrick Rose – Adidas Adizero Crazy Light Commercial

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D. Rose introduced the adidas adiZero Crazy Light at 9.8oz as the lightest ever. Now its Big Sean’s turn — here he remixes the original TV commercial to his hit track, “I do it”. From the streets of Chicago to the recording studio, remember this number, 9.8.

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The League: Derrick Rose Dunks Over Joel Anthony

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Derrick Rose makes a highlight out of Joel Anthony’s defense in a 93-101 loss to the Miami Heat. Lebron James scored 35 to lead to the Heat to a 3-1 series lead. The next game will be played on Thursday in Chicago.

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Video: Wale Brings Out the M.V.P. Derrick Rose in Chicago

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At 22 years old, Derrick Rose might be the most humble dude in the NBA.

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The League: Derrick Rose Named the MVP of the NBA

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Derrick Rose in the MVP of the NBA. He averaged 25 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds per game this season. Out of all 82 games, he only missed 1 and led the Chicago Bulls to the best record in the league. Source. Hit the jump below to watch Derrick Rose give his acceptance speech.


Gear: Adidas AdiZero Crazy Light – Derrick Rose

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These will be available online on June 3rd.

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The League: Derrick Roses Crosses Brandon Jennings

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Towards the end of the video the announcer goes in on Jennings saying, “That’s what we call undressing, boy pull yo pants up.” The Bulls took the win over the Bucks and improved to 53-19 and moved 2-1/2 games over Boston in the East.

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NBA All-Star Saturday Night (3-Point, Dunk and Skills Challenge)

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The Blake Griffin show starts tonight at 8pm EST on TNT. Hit the jump below for the list of contestants in the challenges.


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The League: Derrick Rose Drops 42 in Win Against the Spurs

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The Bulls beat the Spurs 109-99 tonight while D Rose dropped a career high 42 points. Hit the jump below to view the highlights.

Related: Kanye West Campaigns for Derrick Rose via Twitter


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The League: Kanye West Campaigns for Derrick Rose via Twitter

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Kanye took to his twitter earlier to campaign for Derrick Rose to become a All Star starter. He also has President Obama behind him so he can’t lose.

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The League: Derrick Rose Elevates Above the Rim

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Derrick Rose Covers SLAM Magazine: Wants to be MVP

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If you think about it, there aren’t many better stories in the NBA than Derrick Rose’s. Kid comes up in Chicago, anointed a future NBA star by the time he’s 15, leads the city’s most-storied high school program to state- and nation-wide acclaim, takes his college team to the national championship game as a freshman, and then gets picked first—by his hometown Bulls—in the Draft. Derrick’s dream has continued right into the L, as he’s put up two great seasons and has set his sights on “best player in the game” status. It’s more than enough to warrant putting this exciting young player on the first SLAM cover he has all to himself. Big thanks to adidas for getting us time with Derrick, Atiba Jefferson for getting some great portraits, and Aggrey Sam (going for “best young reporter in the game” status) for knocking out a really good story. Aggrey’s got some nice background on his personal history with Derrick below, but for the full DRose piece—not to mention Lang Whitaker’s NBA Preview, Tzvi Twersky’s Old School feature on Mitch Richmond and so much more—you’ll have to pick this issue up on newsstands beginning today…—Ben Osborne

Full Article via SLAM

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