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Rose the glue that keeps beat-up Bulls together and winning

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com
Posted Dec 31 2010 11:09AM

Derrick Rose is becoming what Stephon Marbury was supposed to be. And The Race apologizes if that seems like awfully faint praise for a player having a season as special as Rose's.

Time was, though, Marbury was a budding, new-millennium prototype for scoring point guards in the NBA. He was teamed at the start with a superstar sidekick -- in Minnesota, with Kevin Garnett -- who was happy to let the Timberwolves' playmaker take and make the big shots. Even for several years after that, Marbury was one of only two players in NBA history averaging at least 20 points and eight a.ssists through his career.

The other? Oscar Robertson.

Then came the unraveling, too disappointing and unsavory to recite in detail here. But Marbury spiraled downward individually and as a teammate. He appeared in only 10 playoff games from age 21 through 30. And the 14 he logged in 2009 were through the good graces, and on the coattails of, the Boston Celtics. Now he's over in China for a second stint, his NBA career over too soon, a cautionary tale as much as a success story. Starbury-crossed, one might say.

Rose so far has been Marbury's mirror image: Similar in style on the basketball court, yet opposite in so many ways. Where Marbury was c*cky, Rose is confident. In place of stubbornness, humility. Marbury envied and competed with teammates and only seemed happy if his name blazed on the marquee in lights bigger than the team's.

Then there's Rose, so self-effacing that you wonder if he realizes he's a star already in the NBA. Make that an All-Star, along with this week's top pick in The Race.

When the Chicago Bulls' scoring point guard learned that he sat third behind Boston's Rajon Rondo and Miami's Dwyane Wade in balloting for the Eastern Conference backcourt for the All-Star Game in L.A. Feb. 20, he acted like voters or coaches would be doing him a favor by even inviting him. "Just get me on the team," Rose said. "Let me be the water boy or something like that. I'll be good. Towel boy or something. Let me run the clock."

Fact is, Rose participated for the East last February in Dallas, getting eight points, four a.ssists and three steals in barely 15 minutes. He already is very, very good, zeroing in on great. And he doesn't just run clocks, he beats them.

Three times this season, Chicago has won despite trailing in the final 20 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime. Only Oklahoma City has as many such victories, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. And each time, Rose has done the heavy lifting:

• At Phoenix on Nov. 24, Rose sank two free throws with 14.7 seconds left to pull Chicago into a 101-101 tie. Then he scored 11 points across two overtimes for a 123-115 victory.

• Rose's 25-footer at the end of regulation enabled the Bulls to catch Houston at 109-109 on Dec. 4, and he scored half of their points in overtime of a 119-116 victory.

• Four nights later, the Bulls trailed Cleveland late, 83-82, until Rose completed a three-point play with 19.6 seconds left in what became an 88-83 victory.

Then Rose nearly did it again last weekend, until his second free throw in the final second left Chicago one point short against the Clippers.

Rose has been the constant in an ever-changing mix for the Bulls. He kept them above water without Carlos Boozer (9-6) while the pricey free-agent acquisition rehabbed from a broken hand. Rose steered them to a 4-3 record on their daunting, annual circus trip. He really had things humming (7-2) when Chicago had its full complement of players for a couple of weeks. And he has steered them through the loss of center Joakim Noah (4-2).

This is the first time since the franchise's Jordan/Jackson/Pippen era that it has had winning records in both November and December. In the first two months of 1997-98, the Bulls went 20-10, headed toward their sixth championship and Jordan's fifth MVP.

Best of all, Rose has earned new coach Tom Thibodeau's admiration and trust. With the longtime defensive guru locked in on Chicago's improvements at that end of the floor, Thibodeau has leaned on Rose to dictate much of what the Bulls do offensively.

"It's his responsibility to run the team and recognize what's going on and what the matchups are," Thibodeau told reporters. "He's done a good job of pushing the ball. And if someone hasn't gotten a shot, or is maybe struggling a little bit, then he'll try to create a situation in which they get an easy basket. Often times, if you get a layup or two, that can get your confidence going quickly."

Rose has earned that trust. He ranks eighth in the NBA in scoring and eighth in a.ssists. He's the only player averaging at least 24 points and eight a.ssists, and he'd have a couple more nightly with more reliable shooters around him. Rose has nine double-doubles (two on points/rebounds) and he has smoothed over what really is a pothole in the Bulls' backcourt at shooting guard.

Rose has made the offense work with Noah as an inside presence and cutter to the rim, and he has made it work with Boozer mostly sticking to mid-range jumpers. Rose also has taken 122 shots from 3-point range, making 48 -- three times what he made in either of his first two seasons.

He's doing it in his hometown, too, something Marbury -- the Coney Island kid -- couldn't successfully navigate in New York or New Jersey. At this rate, Rose will forever be getting his egg rolls and fried rice delivered. Forget the takeout.

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 7 years ago '06        #2
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zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz we got more than half the season left...
 7 years ago '08        #3
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Let the hating commence.
 7 years ago '05        #4
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 Perfectibilist said:
I saw the name the poster before I even clicked it and knew that if it was him posting it, then it had to have Derrick Rose as #1. Looks like I was right.
I wouldn't be posting it if that wasn't the case
 7 years ago '05        #5
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 Gattsau said:
amare getting robbed because he doesnt have much help.
He has plenty of time, really don't matter who is #1 at this point as long as you top 3 heading into the All-Star break, the race is really close, nobody has pulled away from the pack..
 7 years ago '07        #6
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lebron
 7 years ago '05        #7
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^LeBron is #5... He and D.Wade are somewhat canceling each other out.. Good for the league because honestly LeBon would probably rule the MVP voting for the next 5-6 years.

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You know them haters are coming, right?
 7 years ago '10        #8
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lebron should take this
 7 years ago '04        #9
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Rose the glue that keeps beat-up Bulls together and winning

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com
Posted Dec 31 2010 11:09AM

Derrick Rose is becoming what Stephon Marbury was supposed to be. And The Race apologizes if that seems like awfully faint praise for a player having a season as special as Rose's.

Time was, though, Marbury was a budding, new-millennium prototype for scoring point guards in the NBA. He was teamed at the start with a superstar sidekick -- in Minnesota, with Kevin Garnett -- who was happy to let the Timberwolves' playmaker take and make the big shots. Even for several years after that, Marbury was one of only two players in NBA history averaging at least 20 points and eight a.ssists through his career.

The other? Oscar Robertson.

Then came the unraveling, too disappointing and unsavory to recite in detail here. But Marbury spiraled downward individually and as a teammate. He appeared in only 10 playoff games from age 21 through 30. And the 14 he logged in 2009 were through the good graces, and on the coattails of, the Boston Celtics. Now he's over in China for a second stint, his NBA career over too soon, a cautionary tale as much as a success story. Starbury-crossed, one might say.

Rose so far has been Marbury's mirror image: Similar in style on the basketball court, yet opposite in so many ways. Where Marbury was c*cky, Rose is confident. In place of stubbornness, humility. Marbury envied and competed with teammates and only seemed happy if his name blazed on the marquee in lights bigger than the team's.

Then there's Rose, so self-effacing that you wonder if he realizes he's a star already in the NBA. Make that an All-Star, along with this week's top pick in The Race.

When the Chicago Bulls' scoring point guard learned that he sat third behind Boston's Rajon Rondo and Miami's Dwyane Wade in balloting for the Eastern Conference backcourt for the All-Star Game in L.A. Feb. 20, he acted like voters or coaches would be doing him a favor by even inviting him. "Just get me on the team," Rose said. "Let me be the water boy or something like that. I'll be good. Towel boy or something. Let me run the clock."

Fact is, Rose participated for the East last February in Dallas, getting eight points, four a.ssists and three steals in barely 15 minutes. He already is very, very good, zeroing in on great. And he doesn't just run clocks, he beats them.

Three times this season, Chicago has won despite trailing in the final 20 seconds of the fourth quarter or overtime. Only Oklahoma City has as many such victories, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. And each time, Rose has done the heavy lifting:

• At Phoenix on Nov. 24, Rose sank two free throws with 14.7 seconds left to pull Chicago into a 101-101 tie. Then he scored 11 points across two overtimes for a 123-115 victory.

• Rose's 25-footer at the end of regulation enabled the Bulls to catch Houston at 109-109 on Dec. 4, and he scored half of their points in overtime of a 119-116 victory.

• Four nights later, the Bulls trailed Cleveland late, 83-82, until Rose completed a three-point play with 19.6 seconds left in what became an 88-83 victory.

Then Rose nearly did it again last weekend, until his second free throw in the final second left Chicago one point short against the Clippers.

Rose has been the constant in an ever-changing mix for the Bulls. He kept them above water without Carlos Boozer (9-6) while the pricey free-agent acquisition rehabbed from a broken hand. Rose steered them to a 4-3 record on their daunting, annual circus trip. He really had things humming (7-2) when Chicago had its full complement of players for a couple of weeks. And he has steered them through the loss of center Joakim Noah (4-2).

This is the first time since the franchise's Jordan/Jackson/Pippen era that it has had winning records in both November and December. In the first two months of 1997-98, the Bulls went 20-10, headed toward their sixth championship and Jordan's fifth MVP.

Best of all, Rose has earned new coach Tom Thibodeau's admiration and trust. With the longtime defensive guru locked in on Chicago's improvements at that end of the floor, Thibodeau has leaned on Rose to dictate much of what the Bulls do offensively.

"It's his responsibility to run the team and recognize what's going on and what the matchups are," Thibodeau told reporters. "He's done a good job of pushing the ball. And if someone hasn't gotten a shot, or is maybe struggling a little bit, then he'll try to create a situation in which they get an easy basket. Often times, if you get a layup or two, that can get your confidence going quickly."

Rose has earned that trust. He ranks eighth in the NBA in scoring and eighth in a.ssists. He's the only player averaging at least 24 points and eight a.ssists, and he'd have a couple more nightly with more reliable shooters around him. Rose has nine double-doubles (two on points/rebounds) and he has smoothed over what really is a pothole in the Bulls' backcourt at shooting guard.

Rose has made the offense work with Noah as an inside presence and cutter to the rim, and he has made it work with Boozer mostly sticking to mid-range jumpers. Rose also has taken 122 shots from 3-point range, making 48 -- three times what he made in either of his first two seasons.

He's doing it in his hometown, too, something Marbury -- the Coney Island kid -- couldn't successfully navigate in New York or New Jersey. At this rate, Rose will forever be getting his egg rolls and fried rice delivered. Forget the takeout.


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for this powerful post.
 7 years ago '08        #10
Future 44 heat pts44
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How da f**k is Rose number 1??
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 MexicanKingPin said:
lebron should take this
And you should get off his f**kin nuts...
 7 years ago '08        #12
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 Jade Yorker said:
How da f**k is Rose number 1??
Read the article genius
 7 years ago '06        #13
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I feel bad for Rose that he can't read this article :cry:
 7 years ago '04        #14
Jaysin_305 77 heat pts77
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where dwight or wade ??
 7 years ago '08        #15
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f**k the dumb sh1t

Hell you gonna be #1 in MVP and not even a top 5 record? barely .500 on the road? Rose's stats are nice, but nothing close to spectacular enough to warrant this bs. Oh well, 2011 is now starting
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 sunn4511 said:
thats the more reason for him to win his third mvp, only in diehard miamifans head that they believe dwayne wade is actually better than lebron james.if he puts up 26 points,7 rebound,10 a.ssist isnt that enough to compete for mvp votes.
player of the month in the East will be between Wade and Bron, they're that close, and nothing will change between now and game 82
 7 years ago '09        #17
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 Gattsau said:
and o @ anyone thinking that rose is having a better year than d will
this! i swear dwill gets no love ever
 7 years ago '06        #18
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s**t is wide open and will prolly switch every other week

paul/ rondo were legitimate contenders early in the season.... and are fading away, rondo more from injury problems

stat/d-will been the most consistant, being the vocal parts of thier offense.... but that s**t stat pulled by refusing to grab rebounds in big spots last night, isn't a good look... he was in foul trouble, but those type of efforts to secure possesions aren't whats up.... been noticing that from him a bit unfortunatley at times... If he patches that up, his chances should improve

dirk flying under the radar, but if the mavs finish with a top 2 or 3 record in the league, he may get it out of default

spurs/celtics have a different impact player every night... so rondo/ manu will be hurt from this.....still don't see the award going to a team with the 7th - 9th best record in the league.... wich will prolly eliminate most of these peeps

lots of ball left though, we shall see
 7 years ago '10        #19
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 ChiCity Fingaz said:
Why are people saying LeBron when you can make the case that Wade has been equal if not better.

When he joined that team he flushed down his MVP hopes. It's the same reason why nobody on the Celtics will win MVP, you can't tell who the man is.
same can be said for rose,n*gga don't act like boozer didn't just come in and still not quite in rhythm but is still putting up 20 and 9+ on 55 % not to mention he averaging 25 and 12 over the last 5 games.
 7 years ago '06        #20
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When the Chicago Bulls' scoring point guard learned that he sat third behind Boston's Rajon Rondo and Miami's Dwyane Wade in balloting for the Eastern Conference backcourt for the All-Star Game in L.A. Feb. 20, he acted like voters or coaches would be doing him a favor by even inviting him. "Just get me on the team," Rose said. "Let me be the water boy or something like that. I'll be good. Towel boy or something. Let me run the clock."


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