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Frustrated Rose criticizes lack of foul calls in his favor

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Frustrated Rose criticizes lack of foul calls in his favor

As well as Derrick Rose played Monday night he recorded 32 points and seven assists in the Bulls 104-99 win over the Knicks he was none too happy after the game.

Rose, utilizing his typical attacking style of play, drove to the basket time and again against New Yorks defense and while he went to the charity stripe nine times, he expressed his displeasure with the officiating afterwards.

Ive got to be the only superstar in the league thats going through what Im going through right now, he said, referring to his lack of free-throw attempts. But I cant say too much about it.

However, when prodded, the reigning league MVP elaborated about what he believes is unfair treatment.

How many times did I shoot today? And Im the point guard, he said, before discussing his strategy to combat the problem. Keep going hard and make them call it. Keep driving. Just try to put pressure on them. If anything, I was worried about my turnovers.

I could care less right now about being fined by the NBA for his comments, the Englewood native continued. I want to continue to play the way I know how to play. I came in this league a driver. Nothing has changed. Ill continue to play hard and try to win.

Rose revealed that perhaps the games single biggest highlight moment following one of Taj Gibsons eight offensive rebounds, Joakim Noah ended up with the ball, then hit Rose with a gorgeous bounce pass for a powerful one-handed dunk, something hes eschewed lately was motivated by his hard feelings toward the game officials.

I kind of like blacked out right there. Id have to see it to go through it again to tell you how I felt. I probably was mad because they werent calling any calls the whole game, he said. I was just mad I guess. I dont usually dunk it. It takes me a lot to dunk. After that, I dont know what was going on. I probably blacked out a bit. I was just mad I wasnt getting any calls.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Recap of the NBA 2020 All-Star game in Chicago

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Recap of the NBA 2020 All-Star game in Chicago

David Haugh, Alex Maragos and Chris Bleck join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The NBA All-Star Game is over and the city was the biggest star of the weekend. The guys weigh in on the thrilling finish and if the rule changes saved the All-Star game.

5:30 - Michael Jordan was not in the "House That MJ Built." Should his Airness have had more of a presence?

9:00 - Michael Reinsdorf and John Paxson spent the weekend asking some of the sport's heavy hitters about how to fix their front office. Will the changes work?

13:00 - Jesse Rogers joins Kap from Cubs camp in Mesa to talk about Javy Baez's comments about not being ready to play some days. They also discuss Kris Bryant's candid comments about his contract and his future with the Cubs.

18:00 - The guys weigh in on Tom Rickett's comments on the state of the team's baseball budget.

26:00 - Chuck Garfien joins Kap from Sox camp in Glendale. They talk about the excitement level with everybody in camp, the team's thoughts on the Astros scandal, the chances Nick Madrigal breaks camp with the team and the Carlos Rodon's progress from Tommy John surgery.

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NBA Power Rankings: Spirited Elam ending caps off a successful All-Star weekend

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NBA Power Rankings: Spirited Elam ending caps off a successful All-Star weekend

The city of Chicago is drawing rave reviews for putting on a tremendous show at All-Star weekend. Sure, it was brutally cold last Thursday and Friday, but once inside the venues, the participants and spectators were treated to some spectacular entertainment.

The weekend ended with the most spirited All-Star game competition we’ve seen in decades... maybe ever. Not many people had heard about the Elam ending which establishes a target score to win the game rather than a typical timed format. It had received positive reviews during the summer TBT (The Basketball Tournament) which is a winner take all team competition involving players representing their former universities. Chris Paul suggested to NBA commissioner Adam Silver that the format could be a big hit for the All-Star game, and boy was he right.

The 10 players on the court competed with the ferocity normally saved for the NBA Finals. We got to enjoy the world’s best players completely locked in on the defensive end, refusing to give any ground, and going at each other with bone-jarring screens and physical back to the basket pounding.

Some analysts feared the 24 points added to the leading team’s total to establish the target score would result in a fourth quarter that would be over in just a few minutes. Instead, the greatest players in the game battled for almost 45 minutes, with the pressure to get to the target score resulting in missed free throws by normally excellent shooters and a blown uncontested lay-up by Team Giannis’ Kemba Walker.

Team LeBron wound up winning by two, anks to a made free throw by Chicago native Anthony Davis to reach the target score of 157, and when it was over, all the players talked about how much fun it was to compete under the new format.

Yes, the 24-point idea came about to honor the memory of Kobe Bryant, and you know that Bryant would have loved the way his brothers competed with all their will and talent. Matter of fact, my only concern was that the players were competing TOO hard. For example, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s chasedown block of LeBron James in the closing minutes was spectacular, but can you imagine if either superstar had been hurt by tumbling to the ground after meeting at the rim?

You can expect some tweaks to the format in future years, and it’s probably unlikely the players will compete with the same kind of physicality we saw Sunday night, given the special circumstances involved with the whole weekend serving as a tribute to Kobe.

But it looks like the NBA has found a format that will re-energize the All-Star game, and that will be the biggest takeaway from a very successful weekend in Chicago.

Now, a look at this week’s power rankings as the schedule resumes on Thursday.