ROSE AND GASOL OUT INDEFINITELY
After TalkBasket hyped the Chicago Bulls at Portland Trailblazers game as a rare opportunity to see two Great Britain internationals face-off against each other, it ended with in a serious tone, which silenced the NBA universe.
Derrick Rose is out indefinitely. Again.
Early reports were that Rose had torn his anterior cruciate ligament in his other knee, but after an MRI in Los Angeles on Saturday, the Bulls confirmed that Rose’s MRI revealed a meniscus tear in his right knee, which requires surgery.
It’s sad, knowing how hard he worked to get back,” said Chris Paul of the Clippers, who will host the Bulls on Sunday.
Rose seemed to lose his footing while trying to change direction to get back on defence after Nicolas Batum stole a pass from Joakim Noah and started the other way. Rose limped across the court and couldn’t put any weight on his knee. After the Blazers scored, he came out of the game during a timeout.
It didn’t appear there was any contact on the play. Rose was unable to return, despite his best efforts to at least stand and was on crutches afterward.
While that was going on in Portland, over in Memphis on the same night in the early stages of the second period between the San Antonio Spurs and the Grizzlies, Spanish international Marc Gasol clutched his knee as he was defending Jeff Ayres.
After an MRI on Saturday, it confirmed that Gasol has sprained his MCL, which thankfully for Grizzlies’ fans won’t require surgery. It does rule the Spaniard out indefinitely.
Greek international Kostas Koufos is expected to fill in for Gasol as he undergoes rehab.
Both Chicago and Memphis lost their respective game that night as the opponents of both sides, Portland and San Antonio are currently in the midst of a 10-game winning streak.
A SHOW ON D-WADE’S LIFE
On a lighter front, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade has sold a sitcom to FOX based on his life with his two sons Zaire and Zion.
The show, which is in development will be called “Three the hard way” and the main character will be named Daryl Wade, an NBA superstar responsible for raising his sons as a single parent.
“Who’s going to play me? I haven’t figured that out yet, but I’m sure it’s going to be somebody handsome,” Wade said. “I just want somebody who’s good. …
“I will be involved, very involved … to the point where it has enough of what I would like to see from my story. Obviously it’s a comedy, but there will be some things you want to let loose.”
Wade’s TV idea hasn’t drawn the best response though from basketball fans around the globe. A recent survey conducted by Sports Nation on ESPN.com said that 42 percent would NOT watch the upcoming show with 25 percent saying they would watch it. 33 percent said they would, but only if the hype surrounding it was good. At time of typing; 10,368 people had voted.
Week six of the Euroleague showed that Europe’s premier club basketball competition can reach out and help those in need whether it was the typhoon in the Philippines or its ‘One Team’ program.
In round five last week; the Euroleague, along with One Team supported the victims of the horrific events in the Philippines with a minute of silence. This week, all Euroleague sides had their names taken off their jerseys and had it replaced with “One Team” as a mark of respect.
All Euroleague sides sent a total of €65.349 to UNICEF to aid the affected country.
LEEDS CARNEGIE IN THE BBL NEXT SEASON
England Basketball Division 1 side, Leeds Carnegie have been confirmed into the British Basketball League next season.
The Yorkshire outfit will join Bristol Academy Flyers and the horribly named East Scotland Warriors next season.
Director of Basketball and head coach Matt Newby said: “To bring a basketball franchise to the city of Leeds which has such an amazing sporting pedigree is a privilege.
“I feel that it is a testimony to the hard work of the staff at Leeds Metropolitan University and the Leeds Carnegie Basketball Foundation which has assured our ascension through the ranks and the continued development of our community programme.”
PREZZIE-BLUE TO LEICESTER WARRIORS … OR MAYBE NOT…
Yesterday, TalkBasket’s John Hobbs was in Leicester when a club official for England Basketball Division 1 side Leicester Warriors informed him that they had signed point guard Sherrad Prezzie-Blue and he was to make his debut against Bradford Dragons on Saturday, November 30.
Prezzie-Blue, a former BBL player with Worthing Thunder and most notably with the Worcester Wolves took to Twitter to deny the statement, saying that he had never signed a contract with the lower-tier side.
Warriors, who play at the Braunstone Leisure Centre, a few miles away from the JSSC, where the BBL champions, the Leicester Riders play beat the Worthing Thunder on Saturday afternoon in an EBL Division 1 game, in front of a crowd of 14 people.
LeBron James is the best basketball player on the planet; there is no doubting that, but even the most embarrassing things can happen to the best of us.
Step forward LeBron James vs Orlando Magic.
LeBron though came back, and delivered this for a 101-99 Heat win
OKC FANS DON’T MISS FROM HALF-COURT
The title says it all, really. Just watch.
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