Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose raves about Celtics' Marcus Smart in new autobiography

Derrick Rose raves about Celtics' Marcus Smart in new autobiography

Say what you will about Marcus Smart, but the scrappy Celtics guard has earned the respect of his fellow NBAers.

Derrick Rose had high praise for Smart in the first chapter of his new autobiography, "I'll Show You." The 2011 NBA MVP spoke of the longest-tenured Celtic in a way most C's fans can relate with. Sure, Smart won't often wow you when you look at the box score, but he's a "hooper."

Allow D-Rose to explain. . .

“I always said I’m a hooper, and hoopers can do anything, I feel,” Rose writes. “It don’t matter. Like, Marcus Smart is a hooper. Analytics, you would say no way you want him. But when you go out there and watch the game, you say, ‘Of course I want him on my team.’ Makes shots, period. That’s a guy I love playing with.”

Rose's love for Smart shouldn't come as a surprise to those who have watched the 25-year-old on a night-to-night basis. Since being drafted by the C's in 2014, Smart has been Boston's spark plug and as NBC Sports Boston's own A. Sherrod Blakely writes, deserves consideration for captainship honors. His efforts landed him on the NBA All-Defensive First Team last season.

Smart has been joined by Celtics teammates Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown on Team USA at the 2019 FIBA World Cup this summer.

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Surprise! Celtics have a former MVP to deal with tonight

A. Sherrod Blakely

Surprise! Celtics have a former MVP to deal with tonight

MINNEAPOLIS – One of the great things about this Celtics coaching staff is how they have been able to pivot in whatever direction is necessary when an unexpected factor enters the game-preparation equation like, say, an opponent signs a former league MVP whose best years came with the coach of the team he just signed with.

On Thursday, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced the signing of Derrick Rose. who spent six of his nine-plus seasons playing for current Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau in Chicago.

In that time, Rose was a three-time All-Star and 2010-11 MVP – accolades he has not accomplished anywhere else.

With that kind of resume and the familiarity with Thibodeau and a number of ex-Bulls on the Timberwolves roster, what impact does that have on Boston’s preparation for tonight?

Not a whole lot, for several reasons.

For starters, it’s not an absolute that Rose will play tonight, although the fact that Rose mentioned in his presser about being given a small package of plays to work with, leads you to believe he’ll be given a starter's kit of plays to go with tonight. 

Even if Rose does play, he won’t play a large chunk of minutes and like most new guys, he’ll likely be looking to feel his new teammates out rather than try and take over and control the game’s flow.

And it’s not like the Celtics have not seen Rose play this season.

In his lone game against Boston this season with the Cavs, Rose had 14 points, four rebounds and two assists.

He was solid, but far from spectacular.

The Celtics are more likely to try and take advantage of his unfamiliarity with his new team, on the defensive end of the floor. It isn’t as much about him knowing or not knowing what the Celtics want to run, as it is how his teammates handle various situations.

Having had one shoot-around which is what Rose went through Thursday morning, isn’t going to be enough.

It is going to be a process, one that the Celtics should take advantage of when the opportunity presents itself – and it will at some point tonight.

While Rose is quite familiar with the Timberwolves system that has some similarities from Thibodeau’s time in Chicago, there are some significant differences in terms of the personnel and how Thibodeau uses them.

And when Thibodeau coached Rose, he was one of the top players in the NBA.

Now, he’s 29 and a role player trying to help a team that’s focused on getting to the playoffs.

It won't be an issue tonight, but it is worth keeping an eye on going forward. 

But with his return, there are still questions about his health, as well as his desire to play the game.

While in Cleveland, Rose once again had his share of injuries and wound up leaving the team in November to reportedly re-evaluate whether he wanted to continue playing the game.

He re-joined the team the following month and reportedly got married during his leave of absence to his longtime girlfriend Alaina Anderson. who recently gave birth to their child.

But it does bring into question how would he handle another physical setback.

Rose feels as though he still has a lot of basketball left in him to play.

The Celtics will get a glimpse of that tonight.



30 teams in 30 days: Is this the last time Cavaliers will rely on LeBron James?


30 teams in 30 days: Is this the last time Cavaliers will rely on LeBron James?

We’ll take a look at all 30 teams in the next 30 days as they prepare for the 2017-2018 regular season, which is when the real fireworks begin! Today's team: The Cleveland Cavaliers.

Even though Boston and Cleveland have yet to make their trade official due to Isaiah Thomas’ still-gimpy hip, there’s little reason to believe that this deal will blow up.
That’s why if you visit either team’s website, you’ll see Kyrie Irving on the Celtics’ page while Thomas, Jae, Crowder and Ante Zizic are all wearing Cavalier uniforms.
Just as the conclusion of this trade has been odd, the fact that the top two teams in the East are involved in such a blockbuster of a trade is just as strange.
And because there’s still a glimmer of uncertainty as to the deal getting done, that makes it impossible to gauge what to expect from the Cavs this season.
But for argument’s sake, we’re going to work on the premise that the deal will be completed soon because frankly, both teams have been operating of late as though it will get done.
It’s all but a given that Isaiah Thomas will not play at the start of the season, so the Cavs will find themselves once again leaning heavily on LeBron James to carry them early on.
The upside this season is that James will have some help with the addition of Derrick Rose, a former league MVP who had a solid season last season in New York. Appearing in 64 games, Rose averaged 18.0 points per game, his highest scoring average since 2012. And he did so while shooting 47.1 percent from the field which was his highest mark since 2010.
And the addition of Jae Crowder gives Cleveland some defensive versatility that they have lacked in past years, not to mention another catch-and-shoot option for James to play with this season.
The trade with Boston was about more than just trying to get something of value for Irving who asked to be traded last month. It was about putting together a roster that could once again compete for a spot in the NBA Finals, which might be enough to convince James to stay beyond this upcoming season.
James can opt-out and become a free agent in the summer of 2018, with heavy speculation that he’ll take his talents to Los Angeles and play for the Lakers.
However, a strong run with a core group of himself, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Thomas and Crowder along with potentially adding the number one player in a top-heavy draft via the Brooklyn pick Boston sent Cleveland’s way as part of the Irving trade, might be what convinces James to re-up with the Cavs.
Key free agent/draft/trade additions: Derrick Rose (Chicago); Isaiah Thomas (Boston); Jae Crowder (Boston); Jeff Green (Orlando).
Key losses: Kyrie Irving (traded to Boston); Deron Williams (free agent); Derrick Williams (free agent).
Rookies of note: Cedi Osman; Ante Zizic.
60-22 (First in the Central Division, first-place tie in the East)