Derrick Rose’s awesome layup

In my post about the Bobcats game, I said that D-Rose had “a couple acrobatic, Air Jordan-style circus shots.” Well, here’s one of them:

Rose and Brad Miller usually hook up for a play like this at least once a game (although Derrick’s finish isn’t always quite so spectacular). Some people say that Dwyane Wade and Rose couldn’t play together because they both need to have the ball in their hands. Well, this play illustrates what I’ve been saying for a while: Rose can play without the ball.

22 Responses to Derrick Rose’s awesome layup

  1. chad April 4, 2010 at 7:52 pm #

    why’s everyone keep talking about catching toronto and not charlotte, we are as far behind toronto as we are behind charlotte since we lose the tie breaker to toronto. unless golden state beats toronto today, which wont happen.

    rocky April 4, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    I think the bulls have a better shot at getting Lebron James. I would much prefer to go after him and I think we have a shot. We have a younger, more talented overall roster than cleveland. The knicks have no shot. They will only have four players to build around;Gallinari, Chandler, Curry, Douglas. Why would he go there? The nets….11 wins. Yeah they have some young talent, but will they ever be able to play together.
    I’m still saying if he leaves he’s going to the bulls. New York won’t even be able to field a full roster. No draft picks and the only players sign through next season. Eddy Curry, Toney Douglas, Danilo Gallinari, and Wilson Chandler. Why would he go to the knicks and play with that garbage.

    Anderson Varajoa-vs-Joakim Noah….I’d take Joakim Noah, because he has yet to hit the peak of his potential and he’s already putting up great numbers

    Antwan Jamison and JJ Hickson-vs-Taj Gibson…..I’d say this is a push because Hickson is pretty talented, but Antwan is old and doesn’t garauntee success long term at.

    Jamarrio Moon-vs-James Johnson….I’d take James Johnson coming off the bench.Younger and he’s far more talented than Jamarrio Moon and has future starting potential if we decide to part ways with luol deng.

    Anthony Parker-vs-Luol Deng….again I’m taking Luol Deng. He has an improving three point shot. He’s a better defender and rebounder.

    Mo Williams -vs-Derrick Rose(Rose)…….Mo Williams isn’t even a real point guard. Derrick is a superstar already at 21.

    Delonte West and Daniel Gibson-vs-Kirk Hinrich….both are scrappy…but I’m taking hinrich. Delonte, although I feel for the kid, has way too many off the court issues and with his mental disorder you just don’t what you’re going to get out of the kid from game to game.

    Lebron James changed his number to number 6 to pay tribute to MJ’s six championship. I think he would love to add to the chicago bulls mystique by putting his own stamp in this house.

    Even after signing Lebron James we’d still have 5-7mil left over to sign an additional player. I’d go after J.J. Reddick. Then I would go after Marcus Camby with our full mid-level exception. If we miss the playoffs and get into the top 10 of the draft…I’d draft Cole Aldrich from Kansas. If we end up with Milwaukees pick at 18 then I’d draft Jerome Jordan from Tulsa. Young backup centers that rebound well and defend.

    Imagine a lineup of(predicted averages for 2010):

    Joakim Noah-12ppg/12rpg/2bpg
    Taj Gibson-12ppg/10rpg/2bpg
    Luol Deng-16ppg/8rpg
    Lebron James-30ppg/8rpg/8apg/1bpg/2spg
    Derrick Rose-24ppg/4rpg/8apg

    Marcus Camby-6ppg/6rpg/2bpg
    James Johnson-6ppg/4rpg/3apg
    Kirk Hinrich-8ppg/3rpg/
    Cole Aldrich-4ppg/4rpg/1bpg
    J.J. Reddick-6ppg

    124ppg…..I think these are pretty realistic

    I think we would have a team that could possible make a run at MJ’s single season winning record

    I’d say we’d have one the highest scoring teams in the NBA and still be one of the best defensive teams.

    bobbysimmons April 4, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

    Chad, not a bad point. If Charlotte goes 2-4, and we go 5-1, we will have the same record, and we own the tiebreak. Looking at Charlotte’s sched though, it seems improbable. If they lose to Altanta, and then lose to both NO and Houston away (they go on a three game losing streak) we have a legit chance. But then again we have to keep up our end of the bargain and keep winning. We really can only lose 1 more game the rest of the way out in order to have a chance of making the playoffs.

    Juan April 5, 2010 at 1:09 am #


    Toronto lost!!!!

  5. Super Joe April 5, 2010 at 1:44 am #


    GS really tried to give that game away… why the HELL would you keep immediately fouling a team trying to catch up.

  6. Super Joe April 5, 2010 at 1:46 am #

    And I agree with rocky about LBJ and J.J. Reddick

  7. chad April 5, 2010 at 2:51 am #

    cant believe toronto lost to golden state, deserved it after just barely winning so many games lately. so now we do have a better chance of catching toronto than charlotte, as long as we beat toronto when we play them.

    Trm3 April 5, 2010 at 4:41 am #

    Toronto’s next 3 games before us are @Cavs, Boston (Home), @Atlanta

    Don’t worry about LeBron he’s not leaving. A little inside hint to that..If LeBron were to leave to another team he wouldn’t have to submit to the league what number he would want to be for next year, he’d have his options on what number he’d want on that team. By him submitting a number change for next year is a good indication that he’s staying cause u would only submit a number change if ur staying with the same team ::wink wink:: lol

    Joe April 5, 2010 at 4:52 am #

    Chad, since Toronto lost, I would say that we have better chances of catching them than we do the Bobcats. With that said, I really do hope that we knock the Bobcats out. That way we get to the playoffs and we and we get a lottery pick. That would truly be a cake an eat it too moment. However, if we don’t make the playoffs the Bucks will get our lottery pick making the Salmons trade worse than it already is. And then I have to listen to the insufferable bandwagon Buck fans (who have all been gone these last several years) brag about “their team.”

    Joe April 5, 2010 at 5:07 am #

    Rocky, the reason I don’t see us getting Lebron James is just taking into account where Lebron is in his career. He not only wants to win rings but he wants to cement his legacy. I think he’ll avoid us because he doesn’t want to be seen as a Jordan knockoff. I know that sounds silly but I honestly think that he’ll want to cement his own legacy and not have to live directly in Jordan’s shadow.

    If he leaves Cleveland there are only very few teams I see him going to. He might be dumb enough to go to the Knicks but I fail to see why he would see that team as the one that will get him the dominance he wants.

    I could see us getting Wade, Bosh, Boozer, or Joe Johnson, anyone of which could make us significantly better. One of those with two first round picks and the young core could make for a very powerful team. There is always Dirk who does have an ETO, but as much as I love that idea I really don’t see him ever leaving the Mavs. Stoudamire might be a good option but I don’t know, he does have some potential downside, namely his inability on D.

    As long as the Bulls don’t pull a Dumar and overpay two overrated defensively incompetent and offensively inconsistent douche bags to fill the roster and then watch them plummet, I’ll be okay.

    RKA April 5, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    Rocky sorry to correct you, but the Bulls do not have a MLE this year. Mid Level Exceptions are given to teams that enter the off season over the cap. Seeing as how the Bulls will enter the off season with cap space, they will not get a MLE. The Bulls have $32 million committed next season to 6 players. So, they can sign a max FA and have about 3 or 4 million to get a super cheap veteran

    rocky April 5, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    Sorry to correct you? Every team gets one mid-level exception regardless if they are under or over the cap:

    A team is allowed to sign one player to a contract equal to the average NBA salary, even if the team is over the salary cap already, or if the signing would put them over the cap. This is known as the Mid-level exception (MLE). The MLE may be used on an individual free agent or split among multiple free agents, and is available to any team that exceeds the salary cap at the beginning of the offseason. The Mid-Level Exception for the 2008-09 NBA season was $5.585 million.[2] The MLE is $5.854 million for the 2009-10 NBA regular season.

    No disrespect to Bosh/Boozer/Amare/lee….none of those bigs play defense well. I’d rather give Taj an opportunity playing 35mpg and see what he can do. He’s an excellent defender and in his last 5 games 15ppg, 13rpg, 2bpg in 38mpg.

  13. chad April 5, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    joe i dont think we get any of charlotte’s draft picks till the year after next.

  14. Anonymous April 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm #


    Didn’t you say that this season is over a month ago – just after the 10 game losing streak. Here’s a refresher – “I’m at peace now with the Bulls not making the playoffs, you guys should resolve yourselves too, otherwise you’ll end up be disappointed. And who says I can’t stick around for the rest of the season and bash on the management for their mistakes? There’s still joy in that isn’t there?” HAHA! Too funny.

    I don’t like to be the A-hole, but you just got a ‘BLOGburger.’

    RKA April 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    Ok, I worded my post incorrectly. Almost every team gets a MLE. Now the Bulls have over $15 mill in cap space, once they sign their max FA, their MLE is void. They’re left with the rest of their cap space (which about $3 goes to rookies pending on where they draft), then Bird Rule FA on their team and then min salaries.

  16. chad April 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    havent made the playoffs yet, even if we get ahead of toronto when toronto has this rough stretch of games, we could still lose to toronto and then end up tied and not make the playoffs. we never win at toronto.

    bobbysimmons April 5, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    Well done digging through the archives to find that. And I’ve already said I spoke to soon. But your point would have been better if you waited until the Bulls actually made the playoffs, because right now it’s still an uphill battle. And sorry don’t know what a Blogburger is, but I’m sure it’s terribly hurtful.

    GotNext April 5, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    Common Rocky, Lebron isn’t going anywhere. You wanna buy into the media frenzy, go ahead, but he isn’t going anywhere. I’m not even going off the fact that he’s changing his number, or his recent comment about staying with Cleavland until he wins a chip. Here are two simple facts why he is staying.

    1. He is a team player that only cares about winning. He will achieve numerous personal accolades, and is already a HOF shoe in. If he wins, let’s say 5 chips in total, his legacy is cemented, and it doesn’t matter if he does it in New York, Chicago or Cleavland. People won’t look at his accomplishment and say ‘well sure he won a lot of championships but he would be considered much better if he did it with team x’. No that’s just stupid, and these sportswriters are just simply doing what they do best, speculate to get attention.

    2. Lebron is larger than life. He knows this, and he is using it to his advantage. Look at what happened this year alone. They got Shaq and Jamison. Lebron is basically telling Ferry ‘give me talent or I’m bouncing’. I’m also convinced that he just wants to bask in the attention that other teams will show him. Every single team in the L will reach out to him one way or another, regardless of their cap situation. He will love it.

    Finally, your statistical projections for next year are interesting to say the least. But you forgot to add fieldgoal, freethrow and 3pt%, plus minus and PER. I mean why not go for broke. Somewhere John Hollinger is cackling.

  19. Anonymous April 5, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    My point was not that the Bulls would make the Playoffs. It was to show that you hop on and off of the bandwagon like many other posters here – Tons of comments when Bulls are winning… Nada when losing. At least complain about management instead of the team you gave up on in March.

    bobbysimmons April 5, 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    I was wrong to give up on the Bulls earlier, but I’m not jumping on and off the bandwagon, I always want the best for the team. I never said the Bulls suck or anything like that, I really only criticized management for putting us in this position in the first place. So when I realized the Bulls still had a chance, why not cheer for them? Staring at a 10 game losing streak in the face with a team filled with hobbled players, I’m guessing most people wouldn’t put their money on the Bulls, but apparently they’ve picked it up, so you’re right and a better fan than me blah blah blah, well done sir, I admit I was wrong so quit being an A-hole and let’s move on and hope the Bulls win tonight.


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