Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose on Carmelo Anthony returning to the court: “He knows where he has to fit in”

Derrick Rose on Carmelo Anthony returning to the court: “He knows where he has to fit in”

To say Derrick Rose has been through a lot in his 12-year career would be an understatement.

With the injuries and experience, D-Rose, who is averaging 18.4 points and 5.8 assists with the Pistons this season, obviously knows what it takes to have a long career in the league.  

On the latest edition of NBC Sports Chicago’s Bulls Talk podcast, the former NBA MVP joins Will Perdue to discuss a variety of topics including his thoughts on Carmelo Anthony returning to the court as a Portland Trail Blazer.

In the very candid conversation, the 31-year-old speaks openly about how he has no doubt Melo will understand his role in Portland, and he knows how grateful Anthony must feel to have a shot to play basketball once more.

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But does D-Rose have any advice for the newest Trail Blazer?

No, because Rose doesn’t believe that’s necessary.

"I think I don't need to give Melo no advice, he's an OG. He understands the league, he understands the game, he's an intelligent guy. He knows where he has to fit in. I don't think he's trying to steal no shine on that team. I know he probably feels very grateful to be back and I think anybody in that position is very grateful and you feel fortunate…. It's something we've been doing our whole lives is fighting and clawing to get where we're at and he's from Baltimore so he'll be able to figure it out easy."

Rose and Melo were teammates in New York during the 2016-2017 season, but of course, their friendship goes deeper than that.
In Anthony’s debut for Portland, he finished with 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting to go along with four rebounds and one block in the Blazers losing effort to the Pelicans on Tuesday night.

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As the Blazers and Anthony continue to figure each other out, be sure to check in at NBC Sports Northwest on follow us on social for the latest news and updates.

You can listen to the full Talkin’ Bulls podcast with Derrick Rose right here:

Really? Rose finishes above Lillard in All-Star voting

Really? Rose finishes above Lillard in All-Star voting

Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose finished above Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard in NBA All-Star voting. Needless to say, it didn't sit well with fans in Rip City. Chris, Alex, Jake, and NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh discuss on this edition of the Outsiders Blog.

The final votes and starters for the NBA All-Star game were announced on Thursday. While Portland's Damian Lillard wasn't announced as a starter, he did finish fifth amongst Western Conference guards. That would usually be just fine for Portland fans, but a certain anomaly has Rip City a little upset. Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose finished above him. Rose finished third amongst Western Conference guards, and second in the fan vote. While Rose has had a bounce-back season, it is nothing compared to the season Lillard is having. Rose is averaging 18.6 points, 4.7 assists, and 2.8 rebounds per game. Lillard is averaging 26.2 points, 6.3 assists, and 4.5 rebounds. Unfortunately, the All-Star Game isn't just about stats. How do you feel about Rose finishing above Lillard? Our panel gives us their thoughts. 

Tom Haberstroh: The Derrick Rose phenomenon is one of the most surprising elements of the NBA All-Star vote. He is a cult hero in Chicago but there’s a huge dissonance between the fans (2nd among West guards) and players (3rd) versus the media (zero votes). Damian Lillard doesn’t have the benefit of the massive Chicago market, but there’s no question Lillard is having the superior season. Consistent excellence is boring, I guess.

Alex Haigh: I don't get it. I figured the fans would be stupid enough to vote Derrick Rose, obviously it was happening. But the players, too? Are we ignoring everything that has ever been said about this guy just for the comeback story? Go watch a movie if you love a comeback story that much. Don't give it to Derrick Rose.

Jake McGrady:  I think the Derrick Rose "Stans" are the most obsessive fans in the NBA. I'm sick of it. He's doing what he's doing on the court. It's certainly a drastic improvement from the Derrick Rose that we've seen in the past. Taking it away from players that deserve it just because of the comeback story, the feel-good story... I know it's nostalgia. The NBA's like a fraternity, they're voting up their brother. 

Chris Burkhardt: As country singer Toby Keith once said, "I ain't as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was." This holds true to Rose. For one night he turned back the clock, scored 50 points, and ever since there was been an odd fascination with Rose rising from the ashes. Don't get wrong, I understand. To see a player that has struggled for so long have a bounce-back season is nice, but let's be real here, he isn't having a better season than Damian Lillard. Rose fans tilted the vote in his favor cause they just love the dude. Players voted him in because a lot of them grew up idolizing him when he was with the Bulls. There is a very real nostalgia factor there. Honestly, this will blow over when Lillard most certainly makes the All-Star team. The All-Star Game is for the fans anyway, so let them have what they want. That's Rose. Rip City will take pride at the end of season when Lillard makes an All-NBA team and Rose doesn't. Nostalgia can only do so much.

Short-handed T-Wolves just what the doctor ordered for Blazers

Short-handed T-Wolves just what the doctor ordered for Blazers

The Minnesota Timberwolves were just what the doctor ordered for the Portland Trail Blazers Sunday night.

After a tough home loss to the Lakers Saturday, the T-Wolves came to Moda short-handed and looking as if they’d like to be anywhere but on a basketball court in front of a large group of witnesses.

The final score was 111-81 but it could have been just about anything the Trail Blazers wanted. Without Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague, Minnesota was hopeless.

And the Blazers did exactly what good teams are supposed to do to such teams – knock them down, help them up, dust them off and send them on their way.

Minnesota shot 31.2 percent from the field and got mauled on the boards 66-38. And the Portland bench outscored the Timberwolves’ bench 44-23.

The T-Wolves were that bad.

But the Trail Blazers were that good, too.

Portland put up quarters of 30, 31 and 31 to make the final period a glorified summer charity scrimmage.

“It was a good bounce-back game for us,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said, “Obviously, they were a little undermanned but I like the way we played. I thought we had a good rhythm offensively for most of the game. Defensively, as well. But like I said, without Butler and Rose and Teague, they’re a little undermanned."

More than a little, but I’m not sure that was the total problem for the visiting team. They’re also dealing with Butler’s early season love/hate relationship with the team and all it’s brought along with it.

The Trail Blazers polished off their first 10-game stretch of the season with seven wins and Stotts tried to put it in perspective.

“I don’t know,” he said. “We’ve done some good things. We had a good flow offensively. Obviously, the second unit has established itself as an integral part of the team. We’re scoring a lot of points. Defensively, it’s been a little sporadic. But I think what I like is being 7-3.”

The Blazers got balanced scoring and pretty balanced minutes from their players Sunday. Jusuf Nurkic had 19 points, CJ McCollum 16 and Damian Lillard 18. Off the bench, Meyers Leonard scored 15 and Zach Collins had 11.

Leonard also had 12 rebounds en route to the first "Mey-ers, Leon-ard" chant of his career and first double-double of the season.

Back-to-back games at home are a rarity and Portland seemed to enjoy the quick opportunity to erase last night’s memories.

“We weren’t sharp against the Lakers and made a lot of mistakes we don’t usually make,” Collins said. “It seemed like they made us play quick because of how fast they play. But the biggest thing for us is we couldn’t dwell on it. We had a quick turnaround.

“Obviously they had some guys down but this was real important for us.

“Back to backs are definitely a little easier when you can sleep in your own bed. It’s not as difficult -- so we were ready.”

 

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Trail Blazers gain ground on Denver after easy win over Knicks

Trail Blazers gain ground on Denver after easy win over Knicks

It wasn’t as easy as they would have liked, but the Trail Blazers took care of business Thursday against short-handed New York with a 110-95 win in which they never trailed.

Playing a woeful Knicks team that was without injured starters Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose, the Blazers bolted to a 15-point lead in the first quarter and a 21-point lead at halftime. The Knicks got as close as 98-88 with four minutes left in the fourth quarter before Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum shut the door and locked Portland’s ninth win in the last 12 games.

The Blazers (33-38), who moved within one game of Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot with 11 games remaining. Denver (34-37) next plays at Indiana (36-35) on Friday.

Lillard had 30 points, the eighth consecutive game he has scored 25 or more, tying him for the third longest streak in franchise history with Geoff Petrie (1970-1971) and McCollum (this season). He scored seven points in a two minute span to lead a 10-0 Blazers run after New York cut the lead to 10. It was the ninth time in 15 games since the All-Star Break that Lillard has scored 30 or more points. 

McCollum added 20 points, Jusuf Nurkic 16 points and 10 rebounds and Noah Vonleh grabbed 11 rebounds.

"I thought we played a really good first half on both ends of the floor,'' Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. "I was disappointed with the fact that New York cut it to 10. Some of that is obviously New York playing better ... but they outworked us. We finished it off, so that was a positive.''

The Knicks (27-45) started three rookies – Willy Hernangomez, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Ron Baker – and they were overmatched in every facet of the game as they trailed by as many as 23 in the second half.

If Nurkic wasn’t powering over Hernangomez for dunks, Lillard was blowing past Baker for layins. New York’s lone remaining star – Kristaps Porzingis –finished with 18 points and nine rebounds on 8-of-21 shooting.

The rout started early as Portland jumped to a 37-23 lead in the first quarter behind 15 points from Lillard and some dreadful play by the Knicks. New York shot 28.6 percent in the quarter while Portland made 14-of-23 shots (60.9 percent). Lillard scored 15 in the first quarter.

"I thought the way Damian got off in the first quarter really set the tone for the rest of the first half,'' Stotts said.

The Knicks, who beat Portland earlier in the season, lost for the fourth consecutive time and seventh time in eight games.

Evan Turner, who tried his third protective apparatus on his right hand, had his best game since returning from his broken third metacarpal, recording 10 points and six rebounds on 3-of-5 shooting.

"Evan looked much more comfortable out there,'' Stotts said.

Next up: Minnesota at Blazers, 7 p.m. Saturday (CSN).

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Evan Turner on Derrick Rose: Righting the 'rivalry' many want to create

Evan Turner on Derrick Rose: Righting the 'rivalry' many want to create

NEW YORK – Sometimes, stories take on a life of their own. Just ask Evan Turner about his supposed rivalry with Derrick Rose.

“Blown out of proportion,’’ Turner says.

It stems from 2007, when Turner and Rose were 18 and standout prep basketball players in Chicago. They played two high-profile games – one in front of 7,689 fans at Northwestern University -- during which things were said during and after the game.

Since then, both players have been in the NBA, and some are quick to bring up their comments from the spring of 2007 as evidence that the two don’t like each other.

“I’ve never known him personally. If I heard him on the phone, I wouldn’t know it was him,’’ Turner said. “We don’t speak, we don’t know each other, but it’s not like I’ve ever had any ill will toward him.’’

On Tuesday in New York, the two will meet again – Turner with the Portland Trail Blazers and Rose with the New York Knicks – and Turner chuckles at the story that just won’t die.

“Back then, we were 18 year old kids making statements,’’ Turner said. “I don’t think much of it. People are putting bigger hype into it.’’

So what was the “it” that so many won’t let die? The “it” that keeps coming up every time something happens when their NBA paths cross?

It started from a quote from Turner, in front of a row of press members covering Rose’s No. 1-ranked Simeon Wolverines against Turner’s No. 2-ranked St. Joseph’s Chargers on Feb. 17, 2007:

“Derrick Rose ain’t sh#$@.”

After the game, Turner kept talking.

Rose led his favored Wolverines to a 74-66 win, finishing with 29 points, seven assists and four steals. Turner had 29 points and 11 rebounds and during one stretch scored 20 consecutive points.

“I was better than him,’’ Turner told the Chicago Sun-Times. “With me guarding him, he didn’t do much. He knows that, and I know that.’’

Rose was told of the quotes after the game and responded: “We both know who is better. He’s just doing this to get a little bit of publicity. We’ll see who does more on the next level.’’

**

From then on, Turner and Rose and their “rivalry” has been a story.

Two of the more notable attempts to retrace the story:

Before the 2012 playoffs, when Turner was with the Philadelphia 76ers, he said his team would probably rather face Chicago than Miami.

“It means we are dodging the tougher team,’’ Turner was quoted by one newspaper.

That set off a wildfire of stories, which included the Bulls responding to Turner’s quote and theories that Turner’s motivation came from his supposed beef with Rose.

“They really tried to rekindle that little flame there,’’ Turner said.

Last season, when he was with the Boston Celtics and Rose with the Bulls, Turner stripped Rose and went in for an uncontested dunk. But it wasn’t just any dunk, it was a 360-degree dunk.

Some took Turner’s decision to unveil a flashy dunk as a salvo aimed at Rose and their high-school history.

“Oh, was that a big deal?’’ Turner said, unaware of the stories that followed his Boston dunk. “I was doing it for the sake of taking advantage of an opportunity. It was fun. Big game. On TV … ‘’

In between those two stories, Turner says he has heard about this growing legend of how the two go at each other. How Turner gets up on Rose on defense. How he bangs Rose while posting him up. And how hard he played against Rose in Chicago.

“I’m all up in him, because if you don’t … ‘’ Turner says, unable to finish because he’s laughing so hard at the thought of not playing pressure defense on a player of Rose’s caliber. “And when I come home to Chicago, I want to play well, so yeah. And I hear people say we were ‘going back and forth’ when I was posting him … I post any (smaller) guy.’’

He shakes his head. He’s curious to hear what other stories have been spawned out of something said so long ago.

“I mean, I’m not stupid, I get it,’’ Turner said. “I comprehend certain things that were said and certain things that occurred. But we were 18 then. We are 28 now.’’

**

Truth is, Turner says he holds Rose in the highest regard, and always has.

“I always knew the kid to be great, unreal,’’ he said. “I heard about him in the 8th grade. He was a big deal. I remember the first time I saw him – sophomore year in the Super Sophomore Showcase. He was obviously the best kid in the state, and I was an unknown sophomore. I left that camp a Top 10 player, but Derrick was unreal.’’

They are from the same city, but they might as well be a world apart. Rose went to school at Simeon Career Academy in the Chatham neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. Turner went to Saint Joseph’s on the west side of Chicago.

Turner said it would probably take him 90 minutes to two hours to get to the south side, not that he ever desired.

 “There are a lot of outliers that play a difference in the situation in why you don’t go to the south side,’’ Turner said.

By the time they were seniors, Rose was more than just a big recruit.

“He was a Chicago legend,’’ Turner said.

So when he made the quotes about Rose after their first meeting, to many it was blasphemy.

“They asked me questions about him, and I answered what I felt honestly,’’ Turner said. “And me, as a young kid not knowing regardless of how I felt or what I said, it was going to be taken a certain sort of way because the guy you were kind of going at was the God Son of Chicago.’’

Turner says first meeting between St. Joseph’s and Simeon in front of nearly 7,700 fans is still talked about today. In Boston, Turner said a Patriots player told him he was at that game. And Turner remembers Charlotte forward Frank Kaminsky telling him how Spencer Hawes would always talk about the stories from that game.

 “A lot of people still remember it. It was as crazy game,’’ Turner said. “Lot of trash talk.’’

Talk that today has turned into admiration.

“I’ve always been a fan of his, admired what he has done for the city and him standing up and always holding it down from age 13 and then going on and winning MVP in Chicago,’’ Turner said. “That’s huge for Chicago basketball. Huge for the basketball scene there. Because a lot of people there will tell you memories of watching him in this moment, or that moment. That’s the kind of impact he had.’’

Turner said when Rose suffered his knee injuries, he felt it as deeply as anybody.

“Because he was a 22-year-old MVP with so much more to do,’’ Turner said. “As super happy as I was for his success, I was super sad for his injuries, because he was just unreal. He did so many things for Chicago.’’

Now, Rose is with the Knicks. And Turner with the Blazers. And tonight, they will likely find themselves guarding each other in Madison Square Garden. And for Turner, at least, it won’t be with ulterior motives.

“It was a fun story in high school – all competition, all loving – and when you add tons of people outside of it trying to build a rivalry … it’s just never been a rivalry. I've always been a fan for him, just being from Chicago. He’s a high-class player, and I’ve always thought that.''