Welcome back, Derrick Rose.
Derrick Rose’s new adidas commerical
Welp, so much for a healthy DRose. Tweaked his ankle and was seen in a walking boot according to KC Johnson at the trib. What a shame it would be for this team to battle injuries all season…only to have them ultimately derail any chance they have in the playoffs.
I hope it isn’t back to sad Derrick Rose face on the bench for the rest of the season…but maybe at this point it would be for the best.
Derrick Rose #GotEm
I know I’m late on this, but…Derrick Rose, you Magnificent Bastard!
My good blade carves the casques of men,
My tough lance thrusteth sure,
My strength is as the strength of ten,
Because my heart is pure.
The shattering trumpet shrilleth high,
The hard brands shiver on the steel,
The splinter’d spear-shafts crack and fly,
The horse and rider reel:
They reel, they roll in clanging lists,
And when the tide of combat stands,
Perfume and flowers fall in showers,
That lightly rain from ladies’ hands.
The clouds are broken in the sky,
And thro’ the mountain-walls
A rolling organ-harmony
Swells up, and shakes and falls.
Then move the trees, the copses nod,
Wings flutter, voices hover clear:
“O just and faithful knight of God!
Ride on! the prize is near.”
So pass I hostel, hall, and grange;
By bridge and ford, by park and pale,
All-arm’d I ride, whate’er betide,
Until I find the holy Grail.
Alfred Lord Tennyson, Sir Galahad, First and Last Stanzas.
Derrick Rose’s animated gesticulations during the Knicks game two nights ago, conjured up mythological poetry during writhing discomfort in my sweat-soaked bed in feverish dreams. When the fever broke, early this mourn, the lyrics stayed and played on in my head.
Beckley Mason has a nice opening paragraph at HoopSpeak explaining the ethereal and often mysterious NBA mastery of point guard Chris Paul:
Chris Paul is a wizard, a magician, they say. And those who describe him that way are correct, not in that Paul possesses the ability to effect supernatural phenomenon upon this mundane plane of existence, but that he can make us think his tricks and sleight of hand exceed the bounds of logic. But when we peek behind the curtain, we can see that what makes Chris Paul so powerful isn’t a familiarity with the occult, but a practical mastery of the minutia of the pick-and-roll. That, and an shaman’s handle.
Aside from the confusion of ‘an’ before the “sh” syllable in “shaman” (I don’t know why I’m getting ornary over copy obfuscation, but I am this afternoon), this is an excellent bit of prose explaining why Chris Paul is so incredible, and an (vowel yo!) important addition to the Clippers.
After Derrick Rose destroyed my Knicks in the 4th quarter last night (and provided a blueprint for superior guard play in the woeful Knicks backcourt), it’s pretty clear the top two point guards this year (in a league that’s bursting at the seams with incredible guard play—peace hand checking) are reigning MVP, Derrick Rose and new Clipper, Paul.
The differences between them are vast, but they’re equally important to their respective teams. That’s why Sekou Smith debated the two at NBA.com’s Hangtime Blog. So who would you take Derrick Rose or Chris Paul?
“My initial response, ‘it depends on who else is on the team.’
But upon further reflection, that was an extremely disingenuous answer to a legitimate question. The fact is, any team with either one of those men on them starts with whichever one of those point guards — arguably the two finest in the game right now — you want to build that hypothetical team around.
And right now, it seems like an impossible choice to make. They’re both in ideal situations for their skills sets.”
Smith goes on to add:
“(For the record Paul has the career edge in assists, rebounds, steals and every shooting category while Rose has a higher career scoring average and again is a bigger and stronger physical specimen.)
Again, they are the perfect point guards for the teams they lead right now. I can’t imagine anyone in Los Angeles (Clippers fans, at least) that would trade their point guard for Rose and I’m certain no one in Chicago would give up the hometown kid for Paul.”
Then he posed the question to his readers in a poll (I’m not telling which one I voted for). It’s a great question and the differences between them: Rose=attacking offensive machine; Paul=point guard maestro like Mason explains above, make it even trickier to answer. Just when I made my choice, I recapitulated a minute later, and now I’m sitting in this
hipstercoffee shop debating the merits to the wall.
The results favor Rose, but it’s close:
NBA LOCKOUT UPDATE: Day 12
Derrick Rose becomes a funeral director in Chicago. Makes sense. The guy’s voice vacillates between tranquil and desperately sad.
Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose are the most overrated guards in the NBA? Rose struggles from long range, and Kobe takes too many forced shots still. What do ya’ll think? (that was my attempt to be a good ol’ boy)