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.
Michael Porter Jr. grabbed some attention when he remarked that he was "perfect fit for today's NBA game" during an appearance on The Will Cain Show.
The interview went a long way towards showing off the uber-confident nature of Porter, who has consistently talked about being the best player in his class throughout the draft process. Porter also remarked that he was "an immediate impact guy," and that he "doesn't want it to take long to be one of the best players in the NBA."
His hubris has been intruiging considering the mystery surrounding the prospect.
During the interview Porter added that he would be open to doing more workouts for NBA front offices ahead of Thursday's NBA Draft. The only workout he has completed so far was his pro day workout in Chicago, and multiple reports have cited that Porter did look good shooting, though he was in an isolated setting with no defenders.
The one thing Porter has not done much throughout the process is talk about his weaknesses, which is somewhat concerning seeing as he has much to improve on. The general consensus is that a healthy Porter can get buckets at will. But if he can improve his ball-handling, rebounding and passing skills, he will be much more than a go-to scorer. Tightening his ball-handling skills is likely the key, as the ability to grab the rebound and push in transition would be a huge boon for Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg's offense.
The biggest question when it comes to Porter on the Bulls is can he fit with Lauri Markkanen? Despite receiving many favorable Kevin Durant and Paul George comparisons leading up to the draft, there is a rising sentiment that his best position in the NBA may be the power forward spot. It is not yet known if he has the foot speed to stay in front of quicker wings in today's NBA. But at six-feet-ten-inches, it is easy to imagine him having a huge advantage against slower power forwards rather than wings. While Markkanen is not currently built to be a full-time center, playing him at the five with Porter at the four would present Hoiberg with a potentially devastating closing lineup.
Versatility is the name of the game in today's league, and Michael Porter Jr. may be the key to unlocking the full potential of Hoiberg's pace-and-space attack.
Just two years after being drafted in the second round, Paul Zipser told German media that he doesn’t see the Bulls wanting him next season.
The Bulls have until mid-July to pick up Zipser's option.
"I would not be surprised if they no longer want me.” Zipser said in German and translated via Google Translate
“Actually, I'm pretty sure I will not play in Chicago soon.”
Last month, Zipser had surgery on his fractured left foot, in his native country of Germany, which grew speculation the Bulls wouldn’t pick up his player option for next season. Zipser said the surgery "went perfectly."
Zipser showed some flashes of potential in his rookie season, averaging 5.5 per game and 2.8 rebounds in 44 games. But this past season, he played more games, but injuries derailed him from improving his overall production. He finished with four points and 2.4 rebounds in 54 games, including 12 starts.
Zipser explained that things changed from his first year to his second year.
“They were very varied," Zipser said. "The first year was just going very well. I fought my way into the team from the beginning and showed how I can help the team. The Bulls just needed someone like me. That's why it worked so well. We benefited from each other - that's why we were successful.”
“That was very different. It was not right from the beginning, and I was already struggling with my injury. It was not quite clear what it is. If you have pain in your foot, you automatically go down a bit with intensity. You just do not want to hurt yourself and be completely out. It was then difficult for me to keep my head in the sport - I did not manage that well. Nevertheless, the injury should not be an excuse.”
Nothing is official yet, but it sounds like Zipser might not dress up in a Bulls uniform next year.