Blowing in the wind, Derrick Rose’s time with the Chicago Bulls has come to an end.
The former top draft pick and league MVP has suffered more career ending injuries than a backcourt of Grant Hill and Penny Hardaway, but now he joins the oft insulted New York Knicks dynamic duo of All-Star, N.Y.C. through and through Carmelo Anthony and last years big rookie Kristaps Porzingis to hopefully form a big-three.
…if he’s still got it in him.
Rose seemed Chicago to the wind, but the former Bulls charge leader has more in common with the apple of New York basketballs court vision. Big…but a little rotten on the inside. ‘Melo may lead these Knickerbockers and big kid Porzingis may be the future of this league, let alone franchise but all is not calm in Madison Square Garden. If Zen Master Phil Jackson can’t bring harmony to all this lack of hardwood peace than former Laker and coach Kurt Rambis won’t be the only one following Derek Fisher out the revolving door.
Still this new holy trinity does speak to the basketball God’s. Even if New York’s acquisition of the concrete grounded Rose has shades of their big move for Amar’e Stoudemire. The former dunking dynamite whose fuse was doused by career crippling injury that he should have never came back from, but in even in valiantly doing so was never the same. It’s the same for D-Rose who one time took over the Deron Williams and Chris Paul debate as best point in the league. But now apart from the King it’s new repeat MVP Steph Curry’s league now in his small ball revolution of the big three.
Still if Derrick can set the table for leading scorer Anthony and sophomore sensation Porzingis on the inside than New York’s fine dining will be known for more than just street sidewalk Hot Dog vendors and pizza places on the corner. On the menu these three courses look like the real dish, but if it all leaves a bitter taste in the New York fans mouths than they, we and you will all here about it. You know how M.S.G. fans are.
Rose is a big name in bloom however and it’s definitly worth the price of admission to the Worlds Most Famous Arena. These times in the square could be electric with this new neon. Still it’s not all gloomy on the windy side of the street. Chi-town many have lost their favourite adopted son since Jordan to New York but they got three big pieces in exchange for him and a Holliday. Speedy European Jose Calderon is more than capable of running point and Robin Lopez bolsters their big frontcourt, although taking away the New York, twin sibling rivalry, fight for N.Y. with Brooklyn’s Brook. The real potential lies with last years rookie Jerain Grant. He may have flew under Kristaps radar but Harvey’s son comes from a big frontcourt background and now reunites the family in Bulls great Horace Grant’s former paint stomping ground. This move could be crucial, especially if the rumors of Joakim Noah shipping out to join his former partner in dynamic duo crime across the Hudson are true.
Still all of this now is to service Butler. The former NBA’s Most Improved Player who is now a certified All-Star. Jimmy took to Instagram to thank his “brother” and mentor even though when it comes to this trade many will be left thinking ‘the Butler did it”. Either way Rose belongs in the jungle that’s home to the Rucker now.
But is this where dreams are made of?
Shaun Livingston Lived For His Career
“I wasn’t supposed to be here”.
Shaun Livingston wasn’t even supposed to be still playing.
But boy did he.
He almost lost his leg.
But man he didn’t.
When Shaun Livingston entered the league as the fourth pick and a wide eyed kid with youthful exuberance above the rim in Hollywood. Him and the youngest Roc L.A. Familia (remember the classic SLAM cover?) crew of Elton Brand, Lamar Odom, Darius Miles, Corey Maggette and Keyon Dooling even took some of the bright lights of downtown L.A. from Shaq and Kobe of all dynamic duos from the basements of STAPLES. Arguably the most exciting Clippers team this side of Buffalo…yeah I said it Blake, Jordan and CP3…you too Kawhi and PG-13. It was an Iverson age of cornrows and tattoos. It was the generations hood to the storied Lake Show’s Hollywood history.
But then with a death of a dynasty a bunch of young Roc’s with the rock ended up all over the place too like State Property. The future of these young guns looked bleak like Memphis. Miles went to LeBron’s Land before the King. Elton ended up setting up his Brand in Philly. Whilst Odom went cross-court and stadium with the Lakers after a brief stint of talent in Miami when he was traded back to the bright lights and Kardashian city for Shaq.
But what happened to Shaun Livingston was so much worse.
With Charlotte as a Bobcat Shaun suffered a gruesome injury so bad it almost made Gordon Hayward’s opening night one look like a sprain…almost. Lets not front for the funny that injury was so bad and his comeback story so good too ’till this playing day.
But no comeback story in this league is greater than Livingston’s, living for his career.
He almost lost his leg. Instead doctors saved it and then through the hardest of work and the most powerful perseverance Shaun saved his career…and then made it even better. And he could even still catch a few above the rim.
Number 34 ended up back in California with the Golden State Warriors via a comeback in the B.K. with the Brooklyn Nets. Out in The City of Oak Town he ended up winning three championships and going to two more finals before calling it a career yesterday and feeling “sad, fortunate and grateful” in his retirement. He was microwave more than just a super sub alongside legendary Sixth Man Finals MVP Andre Igudola (also gone this off-season with some guy name Kevin). He was an integral player to the dynasty influence that showed the Dubs were more than just the Splash Brothers of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson or Draymond and Durant. His jersey belongs up there in the new state of the art arena in San Francisco across the Golden Gate although his legend and legacy will always tram remain in the Golden State of Oakland.
Now that’s what I call a true Warrior King.
Don’t call it a comeback unless it’s like this.
Charles Barkley’s Round Bronze Of Rebound
“I don’t think I’ve ever been that skinny!”
Trust Chuck to have the best soundbite of the night.
But after all it was his day.
Yesterday the Philadelphia 76ers unveiled a statue of Sir Charles Barkley outside their Camden practice facility. Joining the bronze likes of his legendary teammates at the time Dr. J, Julius Erving and the late great Moses Malone for one of the most storied teams in NBA history from The Answer to The Process.
“There is not a lot I can say this is just a humbling experience but it really means a great deal because I think people know what the 76ers mean to the NBA,” Barkley said of the honour to those in attendance.
Your move Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns.
But after running a power statue on Chuck to join the Legends Walk of Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham, Mo Cheeks et al at the Training Complex in Camden, New Jersey there are still spots left for the likes of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as Bark also remarked that he believes the new Sixers with Tobias Harris and this Summer’s free agent Al Horford will win the NBA Championship next year.
Isn’t he a TNT analyst?
You can forgive him it was an emotional day.
But stranger things have happened this Summer, Philly didn’t run out of bronze for the Round Mound of Rebound and one of the greatest players, especially Power Forwards the game has ever seen is finally getting his due in-between joking around with Shaq, Kenny Smith and E.J.
“You come here as a 21-year-old kid and now 40 years later – it has been pretty amazing – and it all started here so I just want to thank the 76ers Organization and the city of Philadelphia,” the great added. As Philadelphia Sixers head coach Brett Brown agreed, “We are privileged to have you a part of our past. You are referenced often.”
We all have our favourite stories about one of Basketball’s beloved, Top 50 players of all-time who averaged 23.3 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.7 steals during his time in Pennsylvania. And here’s mine…I don’t even think he was playing with Philly at the times but who cares? I tell this to people often-even non Bball fans-when they need some inspiration and I reach to my grab bag of top three stories that make me smile when I’m down. The other is an exchange between Wilt Chamberlain and playground legend Earl Manigault that Don Cheadle and Kevin Garnett as the Stilt recaptured at the Rucker for the G.O.A.T. movie (look it up), and the third being the time U2’s Bono made that “everytime I clap my hands someone dies” gaff.
Anyway if you’re sitting comfortably I’ll begin…
Back in the golden era 90’s day there was a Nike commercial in a barbershop featuring then Golden State Warriors Chris Webber and Latrell Sprewell boasting about one of them dunking on Barkley (I think it was Spree…see how good I am at telling this story Philadelphia?). I don’t even think I saw a Basketball in the whole commercial…let alone so much of a sneaker. But anyway the next time Chuck came up against those two in Oakland be hit like 50 odd points or something completely dominating the duo and game. With C-Webb and Sprewell down and out, draped in towels on the bench, Barkley after being a silent assassin all game and saying nothing in reply, backpedaled back downcourt after his last shot, finally looked at the distraught two and said…
“Put that in a f###### commercial!”
I hope the Dubs athletic trainer had some Aloe Vera.
I like this Charles Barkley quote too from back in the ’92 Dream Team Olympics heyday were he defined the fun that what his life and career by saying, “we’re here for a good time. Not for a long time!”
Well now in bronze he’s going to be here forever.
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