Notes from NBA on TNT Coverage – Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014: Regarding Derrick Rose, everybody does need to chill the f— out


It’s the world we live in brothas…

This is self explanatory. Incredible are those who, while not going through Rose’s injury issues, are the first to criticize a player looking out for his future. Rose is an athlete most once adored…and many still dig Rose. Shut the hell up and watch the game without coming out your face with some envious and most definitely mimicked dumbassery. Ha.

Word to Pooh…

TNT’s NBA coverage will continue Thursday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. ET with a doubleheader featuring the Los Angeles Clippers @ Miami Heat followed by the Chicago Bulls @ Sacramento Kings at 10:30 p.m.


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TNT NBA Tip-off presented by

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith



    TNT’s Rachel Nichols interviewed Bulls point guard Derrick Rose prior to the game Derrick Rose on his recent comments about sitting out games: “I was just worrying about myself and worrying about my future like every player in the league does. I’ll probably just think different. It’s only my seventh year but further into my career and my life, just trying to plan things out. I think people took that out of context but it is what it is. I was being myself and that’s all I can be. I couldn’t care less.”


Barkley on Rose’s comments: “He’s a great player and a great kid…but that was stupid. We’re so blessed. I limp around but I go home to a big ol’ mansion. There are people that work harder than Derrick Rose that go home to a shack. There are consequences for what we do for a living. We’ve got the best life in the world. I’m a poor black kid from Leeds, Alabama, who grew up in the projects and I don’t mind limping around [now]. When I go home, I have a big ol’ house. I’ve got good sheets; I don’t know the thread count, but they’re good sheets. I’ve got a big car and I never have to worry about bills. Derrick Rose is making $20 million dollars a year and he’s got a couple of bad knees. There are pros and cons of what we do for a living.”


O’Neal: “I was taught that if you could walk, you could play. You see how Kevin McHale walks now, how Phil Jackson walks now, how Charles [Barkley] and I walk…but it was worth it. When you make comments like that, it makes you look soft…but he can only be himself. If that’s how he feels, that’s how he feels.”


Smith: “I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt because an MVP can’t have a low threshold of pain. It’s impossible.”



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Chicago Bulls (100) @ Toronto Raptors (93)
Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Reggie Miller (analyst) with Rachel Nichols (reporter)


    Miller on how Derrick Rose has altered his game: “He’s a much smarter player because of the injuries. I think he’s gotten away from that Tasmanian Devil mentality that he always has to attack, attack, attack. He’s not the same player.”Miller on Rose’s comments: “It’s unfortunate because it would be more of a story if you were hearing things coming out of the Bulls locker room that Derrick Rose isn’t pulling his weight. To a man, everyone understands [what he’s gone through]. He’s had two major injuries in two and a half years…the execution was wrong with what he said but if there’s any guy who has heart in this league, it’s Derrick Rose. His commitment is there 100% to his team and the organization.”


Miller continues: “He’s in a no-win situation because, if he plays with sore ankles and plays badly, the headline is ‘damaged goods’ but if he sits out, he’s not fully committed.”


Miller on the passing prowess of the Bulls frontcourt:  “The Bulls have arguably the two best passing big men in the game in Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah.”


Miller on Jimmy Butler’s outside shooting: “That’s the one area of his game that has vastly improved from his rookie season. That’s why he’s going to be a bona fide All-Star in this league.”


   Miller on DeMar DeRozan: “He was an All-Star last season and is so underrated as a shooting guard. He’s not seen on national TV a lot. I hope people come to appreciate the type of game thatDeMar plays with.”Smith on the Raptors: “What Toronto does better than any other team right now is they put pressure on you off the dribble. Their dribble penetration is second to none…they are the best at getting to the lane.”


Miller on the Raptors having a target on their back: “When you have a young team that’s on the verge of breaking through and wants to take that next step, two things stand out: consistency and trust. Now there’s a bulls eye on this young Raptors team because of their high expectations. Can they sustain that each and every night that they take the floor? They are expected to compete at a high level.”



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Brooklyn Nets (99) @ Golden State Warriors (107)
Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Grant Hill (analyst) with David Aldridge (reporter)


    Hill on Deron Williams: “He looks energetic like he did [when he played] in Utah. He hasn’t been healthysince he’s been with the Nets. It’s very encouraging to see him back playing at a high level.”Hill on head coach Lionel Hollins: “He’s adapted to the personnel on this team. They are scoring more points in transition and taking quick shots. He’s a great coach and it’s great to have him back in the league.”
   Hill on Leandro Barbosa: “He’s the epitome of a sixth man and he’s in that role in Golden State. He will thrive in this system.”Hill on the Warriors’ bench: “To have the luxury to rest your starters and have your second unit come in a play well is something that’s going to help this team throughout the season. Getting production out of [Andre] Iguodala and [Leandro] Barbosa is going to be huge.”


Hill on Andre Iguodala: “Iguodala is known for his defense, his length and he takes the challenge day in and day out to guard the other team’s best player on the perimeter. He’s going to be big for this team defensively and off the bench once he gets comfortable in that role.”


Hill on Klay Thompson: “As a young player, he’s not satisfied with where he’s at with his game. He’s taking the time to develop his all-around play.”



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Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith


   Smith on the Raptors: “I really like Toronto. They came into the season not having to find an identity. They already had one coming off of last year. Teams that build off the previous year are more successful when the playoffs come.”
  Smith on the Cavaliers: “They have the best player in the world [LeBron James] but they don’t play the best basketball. I don’t know if they can learn quickly with guys that young. Being that young, with a new coach, doesn’t seem like a championship mix.”
   Barkley on Darren Collison: “Darren Collison isthe reason why Sacramento is playing well. He solved all of their point guard issues.”Smith on how the Kings need to learn how to win: “Sacramento has figured out a style to play well; now the second part of that equation is how to finish teams off. Finishing them off is paying attention to details. Sometimes the things that allow you to get the lead won’t allow you to win the game. Sacramento has to learn how to slow down.”


  Smith on the Grizzlies being a championship contender: “They don’t get enough credit. They are not only a contender [to make the playoffs] but a championship contending team. They have all the elements and all the pieces.”


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5 Responses to “Notes from NBA on TNT Coverage – Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014: Regarding Derrick Rose, everybody does need to chill the f— out”

  1. TheLastPoet says:

    Charles Barkley is one of several steppin fetchit types on television today. I don’t watch Inside the NBA anymore because frankly I’m too Black! Lol

    But the real story last night was y’alls Sixers? Lost by 53 points? I honestly think Adam Silver should do something to force them to field a competitive team. Shit is ridiculous ..

  2. D.N. says:

    Great article and what TheLastPoet said

  3. mapoui says:

    I have been sick since I saw Charles Barkley kissing that old man on tv. that Barkley is the last word on Thommin’. on disgusting too. and I used to like that fella.

    but I speak primarily because of the arrival of Michele Roberts. WHAT AN INTERESTING DEVELOPMENT. a fine payoff for Derek Fishers determination and courage

    I am tickled pink and all sugared up in anticipation. I look forward with great interest to the development of this potential.

    Man! I cant wait!

  4. mapoui says:

    she is making all the right noises. she reads and sounds for real., tough, capable and properly oriented for the job of NBA union chief

    the more and know of this person the better I feel about this. there is always the option of the players starting their own league..pulling out of the NBA


  5. TheLastPoet says:

    agreed, mapoui. can she change the narrative for professional athletes who, in terms of labor relations, have always suffered from a media and culture that has favored ownership, particularly with regard to the Black athlete? i’m cautiously optimistic …