- "Rose took to Thibodeau almost immediately when the two met last summer," Sean Deveney wrote a couple of days ago at The Sporting News. "Thibodeau made a couple of things clear at the time. For one, he would gladly give Rose greater control on the floor, let him be more of a decision maker and try to up the tempo to get the Bulls into the open court more and accentuate Rose's speed. At the same time, though, he would also be demanding. Rose would have to play defense hard. He would have to work hard in practice. He would even have to study film hard. If Thibodeau was going to make him the leader, Rose would have to go out and actually lead."
- I have Ohio State, Texas, Kansas, and Wisconsin in my Final Four. If you're curious, here's my bracket. If you're generally apathetic to amateur ball, haven't been paying attention, or whatever and want to catch up, thank Kevin Pelton for doing so. DePaul continues to suck, so my only interest is in checking out these prospects.
- At 22, Derrick Rose could be the youngest MVP in NBA history. John Hollinger doesn't have some vendetta against Rose. If anything, Rose fans won't leave him alone about the issue and take his reasoning for its substance. I agree with Hollinger that the Bulls are winning -- on the court -- primarily, secondarily, and down the list because of their defense and that almost every "Rose for MVP" rationale actually serves as a better argument for Dwight Howard. I also refuse to resort to underrating the personnel to make Rose look better. It's insulting the talent on the squad and how well it's generally managed.
- Speaking of Howard: 31 points, .750 FG%, 22 rebounds, 3 blocks... 13-for-24 at the line:
Kurt Helin remarked: "Put him second, put him third. I'm not going to argue over how one should define MVP with you. But if Dwight Howard is not on your list, then I wonder how much hoop you watch and how much you understand what you do see. Because he is flat out ballin'."
- A bronze bust of Scottie Pippen will be "unveiled" Apr. 7 at halftime of the Bulls-Celtics game.
- The Celtics bench is scary awesome.
- Imagine LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as better catch n' shoot players. Besides definitively making their arsenal unstoppable, they're not getting any younger. They're both young, but some more old-man game in the vault will have them ready to kill at all times, against any opponents, at any point in the season -- and postseason.
- Derrick Favors vs. Darko Milicic. Guess who won:
- The Kings' owners have trademarked possible names, showing relocation intent. Anaheim Royals, Anaheim Royals of Southern California, Orange County Royals and Los Angeles Royals were among those requested. The Kings have been wearing throwback Cincinnati Royals jerseys a lot lately.
- "Rondo's playing hurt," Kevin Garnett told WEEI.
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