How was your week

Posted: November 25, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

It was reported yesterday that Derrick Rose had left the Cleveland Cavaliers and is going to contemplating his future not only with the team, but as a basketball player. As of right now it’s unclear when or if Rose will rejoin the Cavaliers.

Rose was the #1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls. Rose is a Chicago native and it seemed like a perfect fit for him and his career started off well. Rose won the Rookie of the Year award in 2008-09 and played in all 81 games that season. Rose played 78 games in his second season, his scoring averaged improved by 4 points per game and made his first All-Star team. 2010-11 was Rose’s breakout season. His scoring average jumped to 25 points per game and he was handing out 7.7 assists per game while playing in and starting all 81 games for the Bulls. Rose had such a good season he was name NBA M.V.P. for the 2010-11 season. After that season injuries really seem to get the best of Rose. He played 39 games in the 2011-12 season due to injuries and then had to sit out the entire 2012-13 season because he was hurt. Rose returned to the Bulls for the 2013-14 season, but played just 10 games and didn’t look like the same player that won an M.V.P. award. Hoping for a bounce back 2014-15 season Rose again lost games to injury as he played in 51 games that season. Rose was able to play in more games 66 in the 2015-16 season, but put up just 16.4 points per game in what turned out to be his last season with the Bulls.

In June of 2016 the Bulls traded what at one time was their home town hero Rose to the New York Knicks along with Justin Holiday and a 2017 2nd round pick for Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant and Robin Lopez. To complete the deal the Knicks selected Damyean Dotson with the draft pick they received.

Rose started off playing well for the Knicks, but again an injury limited him to 64 games in what turned out to be his one season with the Knicks. Rose’s scoring average did increase with the Knicks to 18 points a game which was his highest since the 2011-12 season when he first got hurt.

Rose went into free agency for the first time in his career after the 2017-18 season. At first his name came up quite a bit and was linked to multiple teams, but that slowly faded. At one point it was starting to look like Rose wouldn’t be able to find a team for this season, but then the Cavaliers came along.

Cleveland appeared like it would be a good fit for Rose. If you remember last season LeBron James did quite a bit of complaining during the 2017-18 season that the Cavaliers needed at point guard and in signing Rose it looked like the Cavaliers had address that roster need.

While the Cavaliers got off to a slow start this season they’ve won their last 7 games in a row including a 100-99 win over the Charlotte Hornets Friday night. Cleveland is currently 12-7 early in this NBA season, but Rose has only played in 7 of those games for the Cavaliers.

Rose was playing just under 27 minutes a game for the Cavaliers and was averaging 14.3 points per game. For a point guard Rose was just handing out 1.7 assists per game, but that’s no surprise since James dominants the basketball.

Now the question is, will we see Rose play another game in the NBA? If Rose has played his last game or if he comes back to finish out the season with the Cavaliers it looks like we’re looking at a once promising career that was derailed by injuries.

Now yesterday on the podcast Schaumburg Stu filled in for Dan the Man who was out doing “Black” Friday shopping. Stu and I discussed the Chicago Bulls match up with the Golden State Warriors and Stu had them being beaten easily, but I’m not even sure if he thought they’d be beaten as badly as they where last night.

The Bulls actually had a lead after one quarter 32-29, but it was all Golden State after that. In the final three quarters the Warriors out scored the Bulls by 52 points 115 to 63 as they handed the Bulls their 3rd worst loss in team history 143-94.

Stephen Curry was the games high scorer with 33 points. Curry put up those points in just 27 minutes of game action as he was allowed to take some time off because of the blow out. Klay Thompson added 29 points for Golden State. Thompson also played limited minutes as he scored his points in 26 minutes of game action. No Golden State starter played more than 27 minutes and Kevin Durant didn’t even play because of his injured ankle. Of course against the terrible 3-14 Bulls it’s a good time to get your players some rest.

It was definitely a contrast of teams going in different direction. The Warriors a going to be a contender for the NBA title again while the Bulls are trying to play their way into the draft lottery and are hoping to land the #1 pick.

This seems to be the way that the NBA goes. Either you’re a team or you think you’re a team that can compete for the NBA title or you’re looking to rebuild with young players. I guess the question is how do you decide what type of team you are. Remember the Bulls where a playoff team last season and at first looked like they where going to upset the top seeded Boston Celtics last year. After the season the Bulls decided to send their best player Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves as well a buying out veteran Dwayne Wade and there you have it you’re a lottery team. How long will a Bull rebuild take? Remember the Philadelphia 76ers started their rebuild in 2013-14 and are just now starting to show signs of improvement.

With Thanksgiving having just came off the calendar we might see a little more talk about which MLB players might end up where. Most players like to know where they’re going to be playing the following season by the New Year. It makes sense as a lot of them have families to move and children to get situated. It should start to get active and it’s always fun to talk about who might go where and how it affects that team. Of course some of this movement might slow down as the Miami Marlins are still trying to trade Giancarlo Stanton.

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