Derrick Rose had a productive weekend

Team USA is now 2-0 in the FIBA world championships.

They’re not going to draw comparisons to the Dream Team of 1992 or even the so-called Redeem Team of 2008…but they’re doing pretty well for a group widely (and rather correctly) referred to as Team USA’s “B” team. It’s been great to see these guys band together.

Now let’s talk about Derrick Rose.

In their 106-78 win over Croatia, Rose played 19 minutes and finished with 9 points (4-for-8, 1-for-3 from downtown), 2 assists and a rebound.

In their 99-77 win over Slovenia, Rose logged 21 minutes and had with 7 points (3-for-4, 1-for-2 in threes), 5 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and a blocked shot.

Is Rose the alpha dog of this team? Nope. That would be Kevin Durant. But don’t be deceived by the seemingly average stats. When he’s been on the floor, Rose has controlled the tempo, imposed his will, and left defenders choking on his dust.

This is what Chris Mannix of SI.com said after Team USA beat Slovenia: “A star is born. A Derrick Rose-shaped star. Watching international opponents chase Rose in the open floor is like watching a Volvo try to keep pace with a Ferrari. With the U.S. defending the three-point line well (Slovenia connected on 20.8 percent of their threes) Rose was a monster in transition, scoring seven points and dishing out five assists, several of which went towards the U.S.’ 20 fast break points. In the halfcourt Rose and Russell Westbrook assaulted the rim almost at will; their speed and power with the ball completely overwhelmed Slovenia’s guards and their strength enabled them to overpower the big men at the rim.”

I’ve loved watching Rose play this summer. He made a seamless transition from The Man in Chicago to a bench player on Team USA before becoming the squad’s starting point guard after Rajon Rondo begged out. Mind you, Rose could be throwing up much bigger numbers. But it’s clear to see that all he cares about is winning. Numbers don’t matter to him. At all.

Listen to the coach. Carry out the game plan. Win. That’s Rose.

Man, the Bulls are lucky to have this kid.

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22 Responses to Derrick Rose had a productive weekend

  1. mikemayer3@hotmail.com'
    thirdsaint August 30, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    I haven’t had a chance to watch any of the games but that’s good to hear. More important than numbers to me is how has he looked on defense? I’ve read recaps on the games and they mention how tough the D has been in helping them win. Has he played a large role in that?

  2. mikemayer3@hotmail.com'
    thirdsaint August 30, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    Also, doesn’t this kind of kill that retarded theory that Rose can’t play off the ball and he needs to score to be effective? It bugs me to no end to hear critics and other blind fans of other teams mention this like it’s fact when he only did that last year because we HAD no other option. Not only that but critics, fans, and even Kobe, were practically begging him to take over. He does that and now it’s all of a sudden a negative on his game?

  3. contrerasadvocates@yahoo.com'
    Savage August 30, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    I really believe D Rose is going to be absolutely fierce this year. I can’t wait to watch him and the Bulls play. He and Durant are what an NBA star should be. Not the pre-madonna’s that get most of the coverage now days. The ones that continually cry that they want out of organizations that have put millions in their pockets. The ones that lack the competitive spirit of the legends that made the game what it is today. Guys like Rose and Durant are humble and work very hard to improve their game just as past legends have. They have a level or respect for the game that seems to be lacking in some of the bigger names in the NBA today.

  4. chicondo@hotmail.com'
    luvabullnj August 30, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

    I have to admit I was skeptical at first. I’m always skeptical when a rookie gets anointed super stardom. However, Rose is progressing very nicely towards super stardom. It it October yet?

  5. Treydog August 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Rose was certainly dominant in certain streches versus Croatia especially in the 2nd quarter, but Rose was in foul trouble, was erratic at times, and turned the ball over quite a bit leading to fast brakes versus Slovenia. All in all Rose is doing a good job sharing the ball, can easily get to the rim when he wants to which is no surprise, and is shooting with more range on his jumper.

  6. nussbaum.jb@gmail.com'
    Jb August 30, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    I like to see Derrick filling up the stat sheet, especially the most recent game against Slovenia, however I LOVE to see his scoring efficiency numbers. I get annoyed that some people have the perception his outside shot is broken (again talking heads using generalities) and make a general comparison to him and Rondo having no outside shot. In my opinion that is way off. Watching the games and you can see no one respects Rondo’s range from outside 8 feet, yet leave Rose for a second at 15 feet and he’ll destroy you.

    Perhaps this is media manufactured, but I get a sense there is a (potentially) developing rift between the youngest group of NBA stars and the current guard of LBJ, Wade, Melo and Bosh. Especially if this team takes top honors this summer but is expected to step aside for our “Redeem Teamers” in 2012, or continue to defer to the great LeBron and his crew. Personally I would love it; put a little competitiveness back into the NBA, have teams and players that really don’t like each other.

  7. Ryan August 30, 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    I think Rose will come out of this with extreme confidence and a newfound ‘personality.’ He is playing like someone unguardable if he can consistently hit the short range jumper, get to the cup faster than other guards, and hit a few threes – the fading teardrop in the lane doesn’t hurt either. I just hope that the rest of the Bulls roster can remain healthy. He looks much better on defense, but I don’t see the Bulls pressing full court once the season starts (one reason why he looks much better on D – the full court press).

    I can’t wait to get a look at Deng in action too. They haven’t aired many GB games yet, and he seems to be on fire for that team.

    Good to see the hard work, and I anticipate it will pay off.

  8. Bleed Cubbie blue August 31, 2010 at 12:16 am #

    I don’t think it’s media manufactured, Jb. When you see and hear up and coming superstars like Rose and Durant, you hear hear that they’re genuinely excited to be playing for their teams, and that they’re going to to just keep their heads down, and let their play do all the talking. These are the guys who spend most of their time in the gym practicing, rather than making asses of themselves, as the three who shall not be named have done.

    I pray that this is the rise of a new breed of NBA superstar: A breed that doesn’t care about being flashy and tossing powder in the air, but simply showing that quiet giants are indeed here to stay.

  9. Anonymous August 31, 2010 at 3:15 am #

    @savage

    prima-donna.

  10. rod33@yahoo.com'
    rod blagojevich August 31, 2010 at 4:24 am #

    yea i hope the bulls destroy lebron. the one who needed bird and magic’s help, like jordan said

  11. rod33@yahoo.com'
    rod blagojevich August 31, 2010 at 4:24 am #

    and also, im innocent of all charges

  12. inkybreath@gmail.com'
    inkybreath August 31, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    Just watched the highlights of the game against Brazil. Man, Rose is a BEAST at the rim! He scored an amazing and articulate reverse layup … it is scary that he is getting stronger. As well, I see a lot of talk about how the international game is very, very physical. I think this is going to make him game ready for the start of the season. It may be just the thing we need to start strong with this tough schedule. As well, good to see that Asik will be in game shape.

  13. jerzeesphinest1@aol.com'
    RKA August 31, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    What Rose is doing in international play will carry over to his NBA and I hope the same goes for Deng. Rose isn’t putting up superstar stats but he’s doing what needs to be done to win. And like Matt McHale said, Rose’s speed and quickness is super unfair and he’s going to light the NBA up come Oct. I wouldn’t be suprised when 2012 come and Team USA is built around Rose and Durant and not Lebron, Wade, and Kobe.

    @Savage – the term is prima donna (Italian for first lady). But we knew what ya meant, lol.

  14. reggiemcglory@yahoo.com'
    reggie August 31, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    Let the facts speak for themself
    1) there is only like two other point guards in the league that can be mentioned in D Rose company Chris Paul and D Williams.
    2) D Rose is if not the quickest one of the quickest guards in the league.
    3) The bulls no longer need to look for a go to guy Rose has shown that in the games played this summer he welcomes the challenge he is a true baller.
    4) The bulls today have the best team since MJ and scottie which means only good things can come in the near future.
    5) Finally these young but talented and strong bulls have what you only can have inside it cannot be coached up that is a killer instinct which will show from day one of this up coming season.
    6) To those that are not sure D Rose is a beast a superstar and a game changer which means recognize him for who he is but yet a humble and hard working Kid whom only wants to get better to help his team win great head on his shoulders his Mom and family did and are doing a great job keeping him level headed and focused not letting this effect him or his game in nothing but a positive way wtg Rose family wtg and to you D Rose just be you and do your thing on the court and be the man you are off the court thanks can’t wait for the season to start, got my popcorn ready its gonna be a great show . GO BULLS

  15. Inception August 31, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

    Bulls rock, but Miami will still beat ‘em….sad state of affairs for the NBA.

  16. contrerasadvocates@yahoo.com'
    Savage August 31, 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    RKA thanks for the correction, I may make the same mistake again I really don’t edit my posts as I do letters at work. But at least it will make you laugh..

  17. inkybreath@gmail.com'
    inkybreath September 1, 2010 at 12:47 am #

    (Kid has the sickest, strongest and tightest reverse layups … peer-eee-uud.)

  18. inkybreath@gmail.com'
    inkybreath September 1, 2010 at 12:54 am #

    (BTW … Asik has played okay … outside of 4 OF 15 FROM THE FREE THROW LINE … DAYUM!)

  19. bob.edwards47@yahoo.com'
    BoppinBob September 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    inkybreath, I agree, Asik has played well, Turkey has played 2 quality teams in Russia and Greece and Asik has contributed. Just don’t have him on the floor in tight situations. He my help the Bulls more this season than I originally thought.

  20. reggiemcglory@yahoo.com'
    reggie September 2, 2010 at 6:15 am #

    To all the haters and the LBJ lovers do you see this if not let me say it here is my middle finher to you and the heat I am not hating just sick of hearing about a team that has never played a game together let alone has no size on there team outside of the three of them the rest of the team is average at best now lets put this out for what it is one gets jurt every season maybe two D wade and C bosh now take those two off and the team went from those three to him and the rest so yes I cannot wait to hear the boo.s that say it was a waste of money and to hear one if not all of them say this was a mistake the years salery cap is only gonna get smaller for them ther fore the players they can gey will only be worse no one is taking a pay cut to win a title keep Dreamin Pat riely yeah keep that dream alive the players that come will be old or no one wants them less one turns out to be better than he was b5 but that is a reach too so bring on the big three or may I call it right the ones that could not do it by themself or is aboe average players coming togwthwr on D wades team big PR hit LBJ Chris bosh your career is on the line big time now if you dont win there you are failures period winners wanna play against the best not play together bad choice for you all well no worries you still got the bulls and they will do more than give ya a run for your money got it , Peace

  21. inkybreath@gmail.com'
    inkybreath September 3, 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    >>LeBron: I just watched “More Than A Game” and I can’t recommend it enough. I have become less and less a fan of LeBron, but this was so well done. It was also very interesting, in lieu of recent events. When the movie ended, it was pretty clear why those events happened.

    (streaming on Net**ix)

  22. timswabb@gmail.com'
    Chicago Tim September 6, 2010 at 3:10 pm #

    Rose needs to cut down on turnovers and increase assists. He also needs to figure out how to get more free throws. He needs to show he can consistently hit the three, but he also needs to get threes the old-fashioned way, by taking it hard to the basket. He needs to initiate contact when the other player is in the air and still get a decent shot off.

    He’s doing well with Team USA but he hasn’t put up superstar stats like Durant or (in limited minutes) Love. He isn’t much better than some of the other guards on the team.

    He’s still young, though, and he has apparently improved over last year. So far, he’s heading in the right direction.

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