Over at Basketbawful, I’ve spent the last year-plus making fun of New Jersey’s Devin Harris for saying “We knew we were going to be a playoff team” back in December of 2008. Since Devin crammed his foot into his mouth with that unfortunate statement, the Nets have gone 34-104 and become one of the worst teams in NBA history.
As stat curses go, that’s up there with the best of them, so you can imagine how I felt when Basketbawful reader godhimself48 drew my attention to Chicago’s very own Derrick Rose pulling a Devin Harris.
Said Rose: “We’re still going to make it. You can’t think about stuff like [not making the playoffs]. In my mind, we’ll be making the eighth spot. We’ll be playing LeBron [James] — playing Cleveland. The closer we get, the [more] I’m going to think that. We can’t walk around acting like we’re not going to make it, because that’s when things turn on you. Our biggest goal is to make the playoffs, and we’re going to make it.”
Admittedly, what Rose said isn’t as bad as what Harris predicted less than 20 games into his team’s 2008-09 season. If anything, it seems like Derrick is using positive visualization. Still…I’d rather he just let his game do the talking and leave the psychic visions to Miss Cleo.