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News » Rose is head-and-shoulders above other NBA rookies


Rose is head-and-shoulders above other NBA rookies


Rose is head-and-shoulders above other NBA rookies
LESS THAN A MONTH into the regular season, there are still plenty of viable candidates for the NBA's 2008-09 Rookie of the Year award.

It's possible there is no better candidate than Derrick Rose. At least, that's how Stephen Jackson views it.

"Rose is good. Oh, man," the Warriors' swingman said on Nov. 21 after Rose scored 25 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, in helping lead the Chicago Bulls to 115-110 win at Oracle Arena. "Everybody was talking about (O.J.) Mayo for rookie of the year. I don't know. For a young guy that age (20), a rookie, to come in and take over the game like that, regardless of who he's playing, that's real impressive.

"He didn't buckle under pressure, he stayed solid."

In his first 16 games with the Chicago Bulls, Rose was shooting 48.4 percent from the field and averaging 18.4 points. That's second on the team only to Ben Gordon (20.4), who was shooting 45 percent.

And will all due respect to Mayo, Michael Beasley and Russell Westbrook, Rose may have the greatest potential of any young player in the NBA.

With Kirk Hinrich injured, Rose has become the team's best passer; he averages a team-high 5.8 assists per game. He shoots a decent percentage from 3-point range (36.8) and can beat guys off the dribble. His defense figures only to get better.

"We did a marvelous job the first half with Rose and he figured it out in the second half and showed why he was the No. 1 pick in the draft," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "We're big Rose fans here, love to watch him play, love to watch him get better in games and "... wow, second half he put on a show."

Rose also gives the Bulls hope. Unless something drastic happens, 2007 first-round picks Ty Thomas and Joakim Noah will be regarded as busts. Before today's game against Philadelphia, the two were combining for an average of 11.2 rebounds and 9.7 points per game.

That's not exactly what teams hope for from their lottery picks. And if the Bulls hadn't pulled a rabbit out of the hat by winning this year's lottery, they likely would be worse than their 7-9 record with little or no hope of earning a playoff spot.

If Rose helps the Bulls get to playoffs, then all arguments regarding the league's top rookie should come to a abrupt end.

"I'm definitely a Derrick Rose fan now," Jackson said. "I'm going to have one of his jerseys in my house."

2010, THE ODYSSEY: So the New York Knicks clear cap space for the summer of 2010 by moving Jamal Crawford to the Warriors and Zach Randolph to the Los Angeles Clippers. All in the hopes of landing a big free agent in two years, namely Cleveland's LeBron James.

Quick question: Does James get any closer to winning a championship, which is his goal, if he signs with the Knicks?

That depends, of course. Maybe the Knicks also spend big money to bring in Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade. Maybe Wilson Chandler continues to evolve. Maybe their first round draft choices in 2009 or 2010, both of whom may be lottery picks, become stars. Then it makes more sense for James to move to the Big Apple.

Or maybe none of the above takes place, in which case the Knicks won't be any closer to winning a title in 2010-11 than the Cavaliers were last season. And what's so attractive about that? Sure, James would be in the largest media market in the Western Hemisphere, but he's already one if the most well-known athletes in the world. How much more notoriety does he need?

Answer: not as much as he needs a title.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "If you guys want to go to sleep and wake up July 1, 2010, go ahead," James, addressing the New York media, before the Cavaliers played at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

Contact Curtis Pashelka at cpashelka@bayareanewsgroup.com


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 30, 2008

 

 
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