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Lakers and 76ers among teams interested in Derrick Rose, according to sources

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Lakers and 76ers among teams interested in Derrick Rose, according to sources

Former Bull and current Detroit Pistons point guard Derrick Rose has been having quite the career renaissance this season Detroit. In 37 games played, Rose has been averaging 18.3 points and 5.9 assists per game. Last offseason there was some speculation that Rose may return to the Bulls after his time ended with the Timberwolves, but the organization picked up Tomas Satoranksy as starting point guard instead.

Now it appears that Rose is being courted by serious league contenders, such as the Lakers and the 76ers, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. 

The Pistons are currently three games back from the Brooklyn Nets for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. On a team riddled with injuries, Rose has been a consistent factor in the Pistons lineup this season. According to sources, Rose has recently requested an extended role with more minutes.

We’ll all see what happens when the trade deadline arrives on Feb. 6. Until then, it has yet to be seen whether the Pistons will trade Rose or keep him in their lineup.

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Lakers' Anthony Davis explains why he’s a Packers fan

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Lakers' Anthony Davis explains why he’s a Packers fan

Lakers forward and Chicago native Anthony Davis shocked the world last weekend when he was repping Green Bay at the Packers-Seahawks playoff game at Lambeau.

Growing up in Chicago, the cheeseheads should’ve been Davis’ number one rival, but instead he is wearing green and gold all over social media. How on earth did this happen? Davis explains here.

Davis admits he was never a huge football fan growing up and chose to root for the Packers because he knew some friends on the team. Valid reasons (I guess?) and we can’t hold it against him (except that we totally will). Davis does go onto say that his father isn’t thrilled with his choice of NFL teams. Can you blame him?

Davis throws a bit of shade towards the Bears, referencing their less-than-stellar 2019 season. Ouch. Maybe Davis could make it up to the city of Chicago if he returns home next season in black and red at the United Center.

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Former Bull Bobby Portis apologizes for hit on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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Former Bull Bobby Portis apologizes for hit on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Former Chicago Bull Bobby Portis has a reputation as an extremely physical player. Portis plays with a trademark intensity that endeared him to Bulls faithful over his 221 games as a member of the team. That being said, Portis wants to make sure his aggression isn't confused with being a "dirty player".

In Tuesday's Knicks-Lakers game, which the Knicks lost 117-87 at Staples Center, Portis hit Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the back of the head while trying to contest a layup. Portis was promptly ejected and speculation quickly swirled on Twitter as to whether he was truly going for the ball on the play: 

It was announced on Wednesday that Portis was fined $25,000 for the play. That same day Portis took to Twitter to defend himself. 

He made sure to let NBA fans know that he plays hard and despite how bad the replay might look, his intention was never to hit or harm Caldwell-Pope in any way. Though Portis received a hefty fine, he was not suspended and was in the starting lineup for the Knicks' Wednesday night game against the Jazz. 

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