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i obviously disagree with some parts of it, but i really respect your ability to express this with 0% stan-ery or feelings-caught.
That's because I'm a fan of basketball. I'm a fan of great play. You will never be able to point me out as a stan of anything but the actual sport itself and that's how it should be. You should never get too wrapped up in a player to the point where you can't acknowledge his flaws on the court and I guess even if the court if you decide to take your fandom to that level. I will never support cheating but at the end of the day in a situation where so much inspiration was brought to an area where there was none previously, then I'll say the ends justified the means and the good outweighs the bad. I will say that if I had to raise a child in this area and the worst thing he ever did was cheat on a test to make it in life, then I'd say I was damn lucky considering the circumstances. People have done a lot worse for a lot less reason..
At the end of the day though it's not about agreeing with everybody or agreeing with everything any one person says, you should be able to discuss certain things amongst fans without the disrespect, hatred and total ignorance I've seen displayed throughout this thread. I will say this though, it's always good to remember this is called the SportsCenter and if you want to discuss someone's knowledge or anything related to that then there is The Knowledge Corner. Like maybe if D. Rose's perceived lack of academic prowess was affecting his on court play then the comments made in this thread warranted, but neither his intelligence or possible gang affiliation, neighborhood surroundings, etc have caused him to do anything but play great basketball and set a great example for those growing up in a similar situation as he is. Not so much the possible cheating aspect, but the making it out part, that's the part the light should be shined on the most not because of protecting D. Rose, but because of what his accomplishments are doing for others. Gang members dedicating safe zones? Come on now.
It's just funny to me that Derrick Rose may be a former possible GD but it's the rest of the league that seems to behave like thugs..I'll take a reformed thug any day over those still stuck in their thug like ways and behavior. Big shouts out to Derrick Rose for what he has done on the court and the work he has put in, he set out a goal at the beginning of the season and he made it happen. Can't hate on that..
But before I close, I'll just say this..remember in this country you're innocent until proven guilty. If you're not going to paint Kobe as a rapist for the rest of his life because of the accusation made against him then don't do it for D. Rose either because both accusations were unproven. I'm sure we've all been accused of things we haven't done before so sometimes it's best to remember that they are human just like you. Remember how fun it was to be accused of something you weren't guilty of? That could be the same thing this guy is going through..people saying he failed standardized tests twice before finally passing it, that would speak more to the point of those who say he isn't academically sound. That definitely sounds like it to me. So for those making that point, it taking him three times to pass a standardized test just might mean he didn't cheat after all especially if you're going to go with his lack of knowledge as your main point of interest..but enough of it..let's get back to what matters..
Basketball. It's going to be a good series I believe.