The return of Derrick Rose “Drive” (video)

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Today, adidas and Derrick Rose continue to share “The Return of D Rose” series with Episode 5: “Drive.” View here and find full transcript below.

In his own words, Derrick Rose shares thoughts on his childhood, neighborhood and family. “Drive” is inspired by Derrick’s motivation that fuels his recovery – to be a better person and make his family and city proud by winning championships.

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Magic finally deal Dwight Howard to Lakers; trade breakdown

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Finally.  FINALLY!  No more Dwight Howard rumors as the Orlando Magic deal their disgruntled superstar to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team trade that also includes the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers.  The Lake Show give up Andrew Bynum and Andre Iguodala is also included in the deal.  Here is a breakdown.

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The 10 Worst NBA Drafts in the Lottery Era

The calendar now reads June. In the NBA that means it’s time to crown an NBA Champion. However among the biggest of NBA nerds, it also means it’s time to get ready for the NBA draft. We’re only two weeks and a few hours away from the 2011 NBA Draft. This year, it’s preparing for the likes of Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams, Enes Kanter and Brandon Knight to join the greatest basketball league on the planet that has us basketball geeks totally psyched.

Wait, what?

By Peter Christian

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Best player in NBA position by position: Dwight, Love, Lebron, Kobe, Deron

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One of the greatest things about basketball is how simple the positions are: 1-5. Instead of saying “power forward” or “point guard” you can just say “the four” or “at the one.” And this is what’s lacking in both the All-NBA team and the USA Olympic Dream Team. The All-NBA selections are the top five players in the league, regardless of position. The ’09-’10 team lacked a four or a one; last year’s team also lacked a four.

However, this team I’ve assembled is just the best at each position, not the top five players and not the top five who might play best together. I gave no regard to team chemistry issues.

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Top 5 NBA inside-outside combinations of our generation

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Terms like “the modern era” and “a generation” are very gray by definition. Charcoal level gray.

The NBA as we know it today pretty much began in 1984. It was the year of that transcendent draft class, and the time when David Stern really first asserted his dictatorial power.

It’s also when the game started to go mainstream and the league transformed itself into the marketing/branding juggernaut it is today. Therefore, it’s the perfect year to start when compiling my list of the top inside-outside combinations in NBA history.

Well this generation’s NBA, the “Modern NBA.”

Perhaps someday we’ll do this list again and add the Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to it?

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NBA’s 10 Most Influential Players Online

2012 Olympic Basketball Team Unveils 20 Final NBA Candidates

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Basketball, especially the NBA variety, is truly a night thing; like comedy. So to see the Chicago Bulls playing a live game versus the Memphis Grizzlies at noon on a Monday is pretty cool. It’s the Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee in Memphis, the Civil Rights game. The city is sullen today as it’s where MLK was slain in the 1960s. Today, the site of the assassination, the Lorraine Hotel, is a tribute to his legacy- a civil rights museum.

As I type this, the Bulls are down 39-29 with a 6 and a half left in the first half. But there’s other NBA related news today.

Bulls guard Derrick Rose (who’s sitting this one out with a turf toe injury) has been named one of the 20 finalists for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Men’s team.  Rose was a member of the 2010 USA World Championship team that claimed the gold medal in Istanbul, Turkey.  As the starting point guard for the 2010 U.S. squad, Rose averaged 7.2 ppg, 3.2 apg, and 2.1 rpg in 23.1 mpg.

For our famous “Dream Team vs. Redeem Team” essay

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Ron Artest’s First Game as Metta World Peace: Lakers Fans React

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L.A. Lakers fans have plenty to worry about: their franchise Kobe Bryant has ligament strains that make him questionable at best for the opening Christmas Day game versus the Chicago Bulls. And off the court he’s getting taken to the cleaners financially in his divorce. Then there’s the Clippers, who are actually becoming a rival in Tinsel Town. Actually, expectations might be higher for the Clips than LAL.

And then there’s Ron Artest who officially became Metta World Peace last night. And the results weren’t pretty. To see such a marquee, expensive player struggling like this. Well both Ron Artest and Metta World Peace were trending on Twitter last night.

Here’s some of the best and most interesting reactions from Twitter that tell the story.

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Kobe Bryant is just the Remix of Michael Jordan, not 2nd Coming

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Kobe Bryant is the closest prototype to Michael Jordan, or what I like to sat Kobe is “the remix” of Michael Jordan.

Question: What does it take to defeat this prototype of Michael Jordan?

My answer to this inquiry last summer was “Terminators 3” starring Dwayne Wade, Lebron James and Chris Bosh.

I was wrong. The answer is the Dallas Mavericks with Jason Terry tying a playoff record with nine 3-pointers, and the club matching NBA postseason marks with 11 3s in the first half and 20 for the game. Dallas made 63 percent of its shots from behind the arc (20 of 32) and 60 percent of its field goals (44 of 73).

That, my friend is how you take down Kobe Bryant.

By West Lamy

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Kobe Bryant: New Poster Child for Ignorant, Backwards Subculture

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When I first heard that Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant mouthed a homophobic slur in the middle of a national game broadcast Tuesday night, and you know which word it was, all I could think of was a scene from the 2009 film “The Hangover.”

Here’s the dialogue (and video)

Stu Price: They are mature, actually. You just have to get to know them better.
Phil Wenneck: [yells from outside] PAGING DR. FAGGOT. DR. FAGGOT!
Stu Price: I should go.
Melissa: That’s a good idea, Dr. Faggot.

This scene comes just minutes after this line of monologue:

Phil Wenneck: [his answering machine message] Hey, this is Phil. Leave me a message, or don’t, but do me a favor: don’t text me, it’s gay.

This Phil character, and the film in general, connected with such a wide audience because this cartoonish meat head is so true to life. 

And Kobe, a role model to many young men, is no better.

By Paul M. Banks

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NBA Western Conference Playoff Preview

It’s been wild out in the West but the playoffs are finally set and there are several great matchups. Much like the East, the first round could be very unpredictable and the best teams may not be in the Finals. The fifth seeded Denver Nuggets have looked outstanding since the Carmelo trade, yet they must play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round.

The Thunder are the young, exciting team that most people think are ready for a breakout year after taking the Lakers six games last year in the first round. Los Angeles is the second seed and is hoping for another three-peat, but they are limping into the playoffs, losing five of their last seven. Dallas has never fared well in the postseason and nobody is giving them much of a shot and then there are the San Antonio Spurs, sitting atop the bracket with the number one seed.

Like always, it seems the Spurs are the forgotten team for some reason despite posting the best record in the West.

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NBA All-Star Early Returns in, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah 3rd

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Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder top the Western Conference, while Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic and LeBron James of the Miami Heat lead the Eastern Conference after the second returns of 2011 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile. Bryant, The Finals MVP last season, is the overall leader with 1,153,694 votes.

The 2011 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles – on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.

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