Long SI article about Rose with his text to LeBron

Definitely read the whole article here

Some interesting excerpts from the article though:

Rose remembers texting James, I'm just hitting you up to kill all the
rumors that I don't want to play with you. I'd like to play with you. I
just want to win.

McClanaghan lifted Rose's release point, gave him the mantra "no short
shots" and made him hoist upward of 1,000 threes a day, off dribbles and
ball screens, pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops. He hollered at Rose,
"If you want to be an All-Star, you can't miss these!" and Rose's
practice percentage ticked up, from 60 to 68 to 72.

Defenses were not going to sag off him anymore, but to take advantage of
open driving lanes he had to throw himself into big men as often as he
slithered around them. McClanaghan guarded Rose with a three-foot black
football pad, forcing him to absorb contact and appreciate the resulting
free throws.

Had James come to Chicago, he would have been the one making the need
baskets. Rose would have backed off again. The Bulls might never have
witnessed his growth. "We lost out on a top five player," says one club
official, "but we got a top five player too."

While a lot of this is straight puff piece, I found these parts about how he approached LeBron and how he approached practice training interesting.

The LeBron text is simply classic Rose.   I think someday I'm going to make a parody video of people asking Derrick Questions and him responding with "I just want to win". 

What do you think of Rose's attitude?   I found it rather fascinating.  It certainly appears now that LeBron wasn't coming here regardless of what Rose said to him, and because of that outcome, I can be happy in retrospect that we didn't kiss the man's ass.

However, if it really would have made a difference one way or the other in LeBron's decision, then I would have loved a bit stronger approach by Rose.   As it stands, it feels like Rose was loyal to the guys he had and wasn't anxious to see anyone leave. 

If the bulls end up beating the Heat in the playoffs and winning a title, then there could be no greater outcome.  It may sound completely ridiculous, but I think I would take one title with Rose as the team's best player than three titles with LeBron as the best player and Rose as the sidekick.  I'm sure I'd enjoy watching LeBron if he were here, but I could never embrace him the way I can embrace the players presently on this team.

As for the training methods, well, everyone has some training camp story about how they launch millions of shots and whatever, but we've actually seen the results of this pay off.   It's funny because when Derrick made his "I put in the work, why can't I be MVP" quote, you kind of thought "whatever", but now looking back at it, he really did put in the work.

Some of the other parts of the story are spun in a positive way but kind of scare me.  Rose practicing from 1 am until dawn with his buddies playing a game of cut throat where you get three dribbles and have to shoot?   His buddies mad that he's not shooting 20 foot step back jumpers?    Uh, yeah, there's a reason you don't take that shot in the NBA, it's because it's a god awful terrible shot.  Your response to that shouldn't be "they were right", it should be "yeah, no shit I don't do that in an NBA game, because in an NBA game I get more than three dribbles and I'd be a moron to launch such a low percentage shot".

Anyway, great article overall.  Rose is an awesome talent, an extremely humble star, and a great guy all around.  He's one of the easiest megastars in the NBA to root for, and I'm glad he's ours.


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  • Trade Rose for LeBron straight up all day, every day, and twice on Sunday

  • In reply to gwill:

    couldnt agree with you more

  • In reply to gwill:

    Was Rose busy giving these interviews instead of working on his 3s on the off-days...He is in a shooting slump and is killing the team with his turnovers.

  • In reply to gwill:

    Not in a million years.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    For a million years you'll be in Imagination Land believing Rose has more talent than LeBron.

  • In reply to gwill:

    It's not just about talent. Lebron has no heart and does not have that killer instinct to will his team to a Championship. He is so selfish when it counts that he can't even get good use out of having Wade and Bosh on his team. I'll take Rose.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    "LeBron has no heart and does not have that killer instinct to will his team to a Championship...."

    I assume you're saying LeBron couldn't will the Cavs to a Championship since, well, we don't know what's gonna happen this year yet, and yeah, those Cavs are great!

    "He is so selfish when it counts..."

    7.3 career assist avg in the playoffs.

  • In reply to gwill:

    And how often does he not make the smart play with the game on the line? Stats almost never tell the whole story. Did you watch the playoffs last year? Are you watching his decisions at the end of games this year?

  • In reply to gwill:

    Rose does have as much talent as Lebron ... that's not even a question.

    However, Lebron has an athleticism, that for his size, is unmatched in the history of the NBA.

    But Lebron is lacking in a few fundamental basketball areas, as well as a few other areas that are just as important.
    Namely, Lebron doesn't seem to care whether he learns to play the game of basketball any better. He's content to let his athleticism and talent take him as far as it will.

    Rose, in just three years, has already shown more willingness to improve in just about every area you could ask of him.

    I'll take Rose ... his Attitude, his Drive, his Heart, and his Character ... over Lebron every time.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    Rose for President 2016...He has Attitude, Drive, Heart and Character.

    He'll run as a Republican because he can't go left.

  • In reply to Silverwulf:

    physically, lebron and shaq are the most dominant/talented players i have ever seen. i wasn't around for wilt. but lebron's weaknesses are less obvious than his strengths. and i am starting to wonder if he will ever improve them. he doesn't seem to understand leadership very well. he doesn't understand his less talented teammates very well. he is misguided as to how a team should be built and teamwork is established. he is a willing passer, yes, but he has undermined mike brown and spoelstra. he needs some strong coaching from someone who will demand respect in order to improve his game. not sure if he ever got this, seems like he's always gotten his way eventually. we'll see what happens, but these are the kinds of things guys used to learn in college, out of the spotlight.

    so yeah, if your goal is to build a champion, rose all day every day.

  • In reply to gwill:

    ur an idiot. Lebron has not proven at all to be a winner and crumbles under pressure (aka game five in Boston). I'd choose Rose over him everyday. Hes humble and wants to win way more than Lebron. Lebron couldnt win on his own. WE will see if Rose can but I'd take him regardless. Point guards are more valuable and Lebron is just a straight up bitch. dont like pussies on my team

  • In reply to bsampso2:


  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Ok this minus the idiot part.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Something doesn't make me believe you really want to minus the idiot part.

  • In reply to gwill:

    What is that something? Is it the feeling of being wrong, presumptuous and judgmental all at the same time?

  • In reply to bsampso2:

    Really, we can't have an honest discussion without name calling people who dissagree with your opinion.

    Rose, and all point guards not named Magic are missing one thing that prevents them from being the most dominant players in the game, and that is size.

    One of the primary differences between Rose and Michael is height, plain and simple. If Rose were as tall as Michael, he would be the best player in the game and the best closer.

    Lebron has the height/size on Rose, which makes him the pick in the final analysis. Think Williams blocks that drive/dunk if Rose is 6'6" or if it was Lebron driving.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    Amare didn't seem to have any trouble blocking Lebron's game winning attempt the other night.

    Size is great, but it's not the end all of deciding who the better players are.

    Shaq was not the best Center of all time, despite probably being the biggest of the talented ones.

    And the same goes with just about every other position out there. Excepting perhaps Magic who might have been the biggest true PG in history.

    Michael wasn't the biggest SG ... Drexler was bigger than him among others.

    Size is great when you can match it with talent, heart, attitude, and competitive drive.

  • In reply to bsampso2:

    ^^^ mad I'm hating on his boo

  • In reply to gwill:

    You have anything intelligent to add to the discussion?

  • In reply to gwill:

    most likely irritated by your faceless and cowardice comments that you have obviously made in an attempt to upset someone. He shouldn't have called you an idiot as this blog is no place for hatred. But your tone would be best served on ESPN conversations where you will feel at home with your baseless comments made to serve as an antidote to your own self esteem issues.

  • with the game with his friends, it's at least valuable because it forces rose to make something from wherever he is on the court. this is valuable in situations like at the end of games when you don't have that much time. of course i don't want him taking those regularly, but it's nice to have the ability to hit contested jumpers.

  • do we lose this game? WE WERE UP BY LIKE 16!!!!

  • In reply to Csharp:

    19 I think. Just horrible.

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Sorry 17

  • In reply to mikemuadib:

    Rose over Lebum!

    Lebron has the size and athletism but no heart...if he did he would be the best basketball player in the World now but he is selfish despite his awesome assists/game.

    I love Rose who like big Tim Duncan is a humble All-Star which we need more of in today's NBA...I regret seeing along strike because of how selfish the players are today and playing for the name on the back of the jersey not the front like they should!!!

  • In reply to Csharp:

    If u have a heare u take rose, if u dont u lose. Rose has heart, thats whats important.

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