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Ahhh finally! Damn! I love football, but the wait for the NBA season is wick, wick whack. I’ll have the other two games posted as part of the TNT notes sometime after 12. Conference previews will be posted later in the week. Anthony Gilbert and I will be covering the Sixers opener against the Raptors tonight. For those in the area, the game has been moved up to 6 just in case Game 5 of the World Series is played.
Here we focus on the much anticipated debut of Chicago the Pooh Rose. Can you imagine playing in the NBA for your hometown team and beginning your career at home? There’s been a lot of hype on Pooh and trust he will shine as long as he stays out of trouble. I’m sure my man BJ will ensure a mature beginning to what should be a remarkable career. Derrick might change the way you currently view the position. I’ll go out on a limb and say only Oscar rivals his sheer athleticism at the 1.
Derrick Rose became just the second player ever to debut with 9 assists (Jalen’s late Dad Jimmy Walker had 10 and LeBron nine) and helped lead the Bulls to a 105-98 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. He showed his usual strength and athleticism and also added 11 points. His defense is what is gonna separate him from the rest of the pack and Derrick should win ROY based on his position and where he plays.
Expect multiple triple doubles from Rose this season barring injury.
Luol Deng led Chicago with 21. Tyrus Thomas will definitely benefit from Rose’s skills and had 15 and 10. Ben Gordon had 18 off the bench and did his usual late game make everything dramatics. Kurt Hinrich chipped in 15 off the bench as well. Chicago stated 6’7” Thabo Sefolosha to provide defense at the two spot.
Michael Redd tossed in 30 (4-8 from downtown) in the loss. Richard Jefferson added 15. Andrew Bogut only had nine. Dude has to show and number one pick prove this year or he’s gonna catch mad wreck from this spot.
Both teams debuted head coaches: Chicago with Scott Skiles and Milwaukee with Vinny Del Negro.
When I spoke to Michael Redd this summer, he seemed very hyped to prove just how steady a player he is. I say this is the year he becomes a bonafide superstar.