(Chicago Bulls Derrick) Rose played through nagging injuries throughout his first few seasons in the league. A couple sprained ankles likely wouldn’t have kept Rose out of a game six years ago because Rose always wanted to play. He always wanted to be on the floor. But after seeing his basketball mortality flash before his eyes over the past two seasons, Rose’s tone off the floor has changed. He’s more cautious in choosing his words, and he doesn’t care nearly as much about playing every game like it’s his last. He just wants to play, but if he doesn’t feel well enough to play, he’s not going to step foot on the floor.
“Just having that burst of speed,” he said after Tuesday’s shootaround, when asked how he would make that decision. “If I could get to a spot, I could play. If not, there’s no need. If I’m not out there and I’m not 100 percent, or if I can’t play the way that I normally play, there’s no point in me being out there right now.”
In losing so many games to injury over the past three years, Rose gained a perspective he didn’t have when he entered the NBA. He knows his time in the league is short, and he isn’t concerned about fans’ opinions if he has to sit out a game here and there. Some fans have already speculated Rose’s new mind-set is coming from his agent, B.J. Armstrong, and his brother, Reggie, meaning they’ve told Rose if he’s not feeling well enough to dominate, he shouldn’t play.
“If [I don’t play], I got three more games pretty quick,” Rose said Tuesday morning. “Just trying not to be negative about it. Just know that there’s a lot of basketball to be played, so I’ll be back out there pretty soon.”
Adam Silver: NBA Considering Playoff Restructure
NBA commissioner Adam Silver floated the possibility of a modified playoff seeding system Saturday that could pit the league’s best two teams against each other in the Finals without changing the number of teams from each conference that make the postseason.
Silver said his concept would keep the best eight teams from each conference in the playoffs, but would seed those teams 1-16. In that scenario, if the top two teams were from the same conference, it would set up a possible Finals meeting.
“You also would like to have a format where your two best teams are ultimately going to meet in the Finals,” Silver said. “You could have a situation where the top two teams in the league are meeting in the conference finals or somewhere else. So we’re going to continue to look at that. It’s still my hope that we’re going to figure out ways.”
At this point it is just conceptual; there are no plans for a vote. However, it is the furthest Silver has gone in altering the postseason format since becoming commissioner.
Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN
Report: Referees, Players Held Meeting to Discuss Tensions
A small group of NBA referees and players held a meeting Saturday, working to relieve mounting tension between the sides.
The meeting included three players, three referees and officials from both the referees’ union and the players’ union. Among the items agreed on was establishing a direct communication line between the two unions that would not involve the NBA league office to address issues that arise between the sides, the unions announced in a joint statement.
Several issues that have been causing friction were raised during the meeting. One, sources told ESPN, is the referees’ enforcement of the so-called “respect for the game” rules. These rules were introduced by the NBA in 2010 and updated in 2015 and were aimed at limiting players’ reactions to referee decisions, among other issues.
Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN
Report: Channing Frye Undergoes Appendectomy
Los Angeles Lakers forward Channing Frye had a successful Laparoscopic Appendectomy last night in Cleveland, it was announced today.
Frye, who is spending the All-Star break in Cleveland with his family, will be re-evaluated when he returns to Los Angeles in approximately one week.
Source: Los Angeles Lakers