Happy 24th birthday to Derrick Rose (Thu., Oct. 4). The fourth edition of his "return" webumentary is out today. This one seems a little dated since he gave a health update this week at media day and can be seen (by reporters) working out on the court after practice. I spotted his new TV commercial based on his comeback this morning on ESPN.
The first installment of the Adidas-sponsored documentary following Derrick Rose's rehab is out. It's three miniutes long and has some behind the scenes footage of his knee surgery in May. Bulls team physician Dr. Brian Cole, who performed the surgery to repair a torn ACL, makes a cameo.
Derrick Rose sent a self portrait via Twitter on Tuesday. It was a photo of Rose getting ready to shoot a basketball inside the Berto Center with the caption, “Feels good to be back in the gym.”
The Bulls are about six weeks from the start of training camp and it will probably be around six months before they even think about getting Rose back from ACL surgery.
In the meantime, he spoke about the injury for the first time with CSN Chicago. The interview is billed as taking place last month in Los Angeles, where Rose usually conducts his summer workouts.
Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf made an appearance on WMVP’s “Talking Baseball” show last weekend and made time to talk basketball.
Reinsdorf compared Derrick Rose’s ACL injury to Michael Jordan’s broken foot in the 1985-86 season. Long-time Bulls fans will remember Jordan fighting to play late that season while Reinsdorf and GM Jerry Krause didn’t want to take the risk. Jordan won the battle and scored his playoff-record 63 points against Boston.
Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal ... and now, Dwight Howard joins the list of prodigious Lakers big men.
At least, according to a widely-reported rumor spreading Thursday night, the disgruntled Orlando center is headed to Los Angeles. The four-team deal may become official on Friday.
Here are the details, as they’ve been reported:
--The Lakers get Howard.
--Philadelphia gets former Lakers center Andrew Bynum and SG Jason Richardson from Orlando.
--Denver gets Sixers swingman Andre Iguodala.
--Orlando gets SG Arron Afflalo and SF Al Harrington from the Nuggets, C Nikola Vecevic and rookie SF Moe Harkless from the Sixers, along with a first-round pick from each team.
The next step is evaluating how everyone fared in this trade.
Luol Deng and the Great Britain basketball squad wrapped up Olympic competition on Monday with a 90-58 victory over China, the country's first Olympic hoops win since 1948.
The Brits finished 1-4 and won’t be moving on to the quarterfinals.
Through four games, Deng led the Olympics in minutes played at 37.5 per contest. Thanks to the lopsided score against China, Deng logged a relatively meager 24 minutes, finishing with 6 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds.
Overall, Deng no doubt found it tough to be a marked man. As the lone NBA player on the British squad, he also received most of the defensive attention.
With his left wrist still wrapped in a brace, Luol Deng made his Olympic debut Sunday in London. He scored 26 points as Great Britain lost to Russia 95-75.
Deng shot 8-for-27 overall, going 2-for-11 from 3-point range. He had 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 turnovers and hit 8 of 12 free throws.
According to the Olympic results Web site, Deng played 38:57 in a 40-minute game.
Britain hung close for a while, but trailed by 15 points at halftime. Former Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko scored 35 points for Russia, while point guard Alexy Shved, who is headed for Minnestoa next season, added 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Team USA opened with a 98-71 win over France. Kevin Durant led the way with 22 points.
The Bulls officially signed veteran center Nazr Mohammed on Friday. The deal is expected to be for one year at the minimum salary of $1.3 million.
Mohammed, 34, is a Chicago native from Kenwood Academy. He played at Kentucky with Antoine Walker and has been mostly a backup during 14 NBA seasons.
He’s made 341 starts in 834 career games; averaged 6.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in 17.4 minutes over his career. He didn’t play much last season for Oklahoma City.
One interesting thing about Mohammed’s career is he’s played for seven teams, but almost always stuck around for two or three years at each stop, which seems to suggest he’s a good guy to have in the locker room. He won a championship with San Antonio in 2005.
Mike McGraw has covered the Bulls since 1995, becoming the full-time beat writer in 1999. He is still haunted by memories of the 1973 Game 7 collapse against the Lakers, Rick Barry and Lionel Hollins. The passion wasn't quite the same during the championship era, but he does appreciate having a good seat at the Delta Center for Michael Jordan's final shot with the Bulls in 1998.
These days, the Stevenson High School graduate enjoys coaching youth sports and tries to incorporate principles taught by Tim Floyd, Bill Cartwright and Scott Skiles into every practice.