Bernstein: Rose, Bulls Will Be Talk Of The Party

By Dan Bernstein–

A high-end Hollywood publicist could not have planned it any better for Derrick Rose and the Bulls.

In the final prime-time TV game for most of the nation before the lavish All-Star weekend, Rose’s career-best 42 points lead an authoritative win over the NBA’s best team.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich tosses rare bouquets of praise in Rose’s direction, providing the takeaway quote “He has taken a monster leap this year.” That’s one for the movie-trailer and the marquee on the theater façade.

Then, as any A-list star should be, Rose is whisked from the arena to a private jet, which zooms him to the glitter of Los Angeles for a series of media appearances and parties, the Skills Challenge and the finale of Sunday night’s game – where he will start for the Eastern Conference.

That’s how you do it, if you want people talking about you.

An NBA season that was all about the Miami Heat is, for now, about the Chicago Bulls. It takes time for the northeast-dominated media to catch on sometimes, and talk out west has focused on the drama of the Lakers and the highlights from Blake Griffin. Carmelo Anthony’s unease in Denver has continued to draw attention, too.

Just as the nightly grind of games pauses for the league’s annual bacchanal, Rose, his teammates and his first-year coach have made themselves a story from here on in.

Don’t take this, however, as a belief that a single game’s outcome has radically shifted any balance of power, or that a “statement” (ugh) victory over any opponent validates status among the NBA’s elite, whatever that means. Such thoughts are trite, manufactured and wrong.

Great win, even if the Spurs looked sluggish in their ninth consecutive road game on their annual Rodeo Trip. It was only the third time this season the Bulls have won every quarter of a game.

And it’s true that Tom Thibodeau gave Rose a rousing, individual, pre-game pep talk last night. He did so because he knows Rose must play like this in playoff games if the Bulls are going to get past the Celtics and the Heat, not because winning the game, in and of itself, would somehow make the Bulls better. Rose’s humility and unselfishness are fine qualities, but Thibs needs to know he can bring the killer out when needed most.

You just have to love the timing.

Charles Barkley, the most resonant preacher from TNT’s bully pulpit, had already said the night before that the Bulls “might be the best team in the East” upon Joakim Noah’s return from injury. He was effusive in his praise during and after the game.

Now, the NBA world gathers in a city of camera-flashes and velvet ropes. The next 60 hours will be a smash-cut montage of popping corks, squeaking sneakers and booming amps. Voices of DJs mix with the metallic snap-backs of the springloaded rims. Deep into the night, shiny dark cars disgorge tangles of suntanned legs, hair-extensions and expensive, silicone breasts. Ballers and entertainers converge, with each wanting to be the other.

As the festival rages, the spotlight begins to illuminate Derrick Rose more brightly than ever, whether he wants it or not.

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Dan Bernstein

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  • Larry Horse's Arse


    That was a p!sser to watch on TNT, most fun I have had watching Da Boo since that Celtics playoff series.

    • Dave

      Isn’t The Marquee Facade that guy who whips people?

    • Jo

      Highlights from DRose’s first two seasons–a must-see.

  • Murph

    Any Latin Bloggers on here?
    Any Latino Bloggers that speak English as a 2nd language? Wanna hear from you

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      “Anyone here speak Latin with English as your second language?”

      Veni, vidi Murph, PTFB.

    • Gabriel Torres

      Hola, yo hablo espano…que onda?

  • bronzo

    Nice blog Dan…I was really impressed last night not only with Rose but with the entire Bulls team. Rose last night was relentless. They beat maybe the best team in the NBA…who I know has been on the road for a while, but nonethelesss they beat them handily.

    Hopefully the Blackhawks can do the same tonight

  • Pulseczar

    Unless you just have an irrational hatred for good basketball players, it’s impossible to not like Rose. Or at least acknowledge his utter awesomeness.

    Was that last sentence too meatbally? Even if I don’t like a given player or the team for which he plays, I can admit when he’s good.

    That Bethlehem Shoals guy had me going in circles trying to follow his justification for not being in the Rose camp. Like he was trying to convince himself of something. Rose is what he is. We’ll see if he’s a one-off or if he represents a paradigm shift for PG. I’m thinking he won’t just because he has such a unique combination of skillset and physical attributes. Just enjoy the ride.


    Once again, the chants of “MVP! MVP!” were heard by the sold out United Center crowd as Derrick Rose put on another clinic with his career-high 42 w/8 assists in the Bulls’ 109-99 home win over the Spurs to head into the NBA All-Star Break in great shape at 38-16. It’s unfortunate to a certain extent that TV analyst Stacey King had the night off to accommodate Turner/TNT Sports’ national broadcast of last night’s game, and will be off again next Thursday when Benedict LeBron’s Heat visit the West Side in another nationally televised game. You know Marv Albert and TNT’s #1 crew wouldn’t miss this game for the world. As for TNT, who does Mike Fratello’s hair? Donald Trump? Talk about one hideous hairpiece,,,By cracky!

  • Alan Keyes

    The only think missing last night was the Brian Scalabrine “victory cigar”

  • Blk Reign

    Its a blessing that we have landed a Great star once again. Just like Jordan you have to build around this kid and He deserves to be a champion and get all that he is getting this year!!! Chicago and Blk Reign is behind you Rose Keep it up! Lets go Bulls!!

    • Bruce Webber

      Who cares?

      • Chet's Deflated Ego

        Hey Bruce;
        When are you going to hit puberty?

  • Chris in Scottsdale

    Simmons did his annual “50 most untradeable” list this week, and Rose clocked in at #4… behind LeBron, Dwight, and Durant, one above Griffin. After LeBron, it’s pretty much a push for the next 3-4 names anyways. Rarefied air, indeed.

  • Chris in Scottsdale

    Re: Dave Duerson

    Rest in peace, buddy. I don’t try to deify athletes when they pass, but Duerson was a fantastic player, seemily a pretty shrewd businessman, and by all accounts a class act in all aspects.

    This was a sad one.

    • bob from accountemps

      Except for the blemish of shoving his wife during an argument, that is.

      • Pulseczar

        Yeah, that landed him in a kinds of trouble. Kicked off of ND’s board or something.

        His ex-wife had kind words for him, so I’d leave that between them.

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        Now ex-wife.
        My recollection was that he hit her at The Morris Inn on the campus of Notre Dame when there for a Board of Trustees meeting. He copped a plea with the local authorities and resigned from the ND Board of Trustees.

      • Spoon

        In the world of pro athletes, if his biggest violation is a shove of his wife in the heat of an argument, he’s still a saint by comparison.

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        2 counts of battery, 2 counts of domestic battery, wife (now ex-wife) was treated and released from a hospital in South Bend.

        Not saying he was a saint, not saying he was a hero, not saying he was a bum or a loser. He was what he was.

        I always wonder about the impact of ‘roids on the psyche of top-jox.

  • Chris in Scottsdale

    I’ll be honest- I did forget about that… and it is indeed a huge black mark. However, he did face justice and while it is deplorable, it did not seem to be a pattern. I have an extreme DUI on my record for which I was incarcerated, and after I’m gone, I hope that is not what defines me.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Geez, Chris…was that in AZ???
      I remember comprehending how amazingly rough AZ law was with DUI when Sir Charles had to serve time.

      As far as we are concerned, certainly that doesn’t define you….you are one of the best guys in our little cyber-community…and I’m sure that doesn’t define you to those you love and are loved by. The finest people I have known (Deacons at our church etc. etc. are AA guys).

      I also hope that Duerson is not defined by this one incident either.
      I only brought it up just to set the record straight.

      I also truly hope that he did not take his own life…I always wonder/worry when there is a delay in reporting details to the media. That is just total speculation and anxiety on my part.

      • Chris in Scottsdale

        No worries- I appreciate having the record set straight in regards to Duerson the person. I’d rather know the truth than be blissfully unaware of something such as that.

        My “incident” was indeed in AZ. For mine I had it substantially worse than Sir Charles, and I had gotten offered the minimum, but mine was “extreme” (.16), whereas I don’t think his was. Funny thing is, I’m not much of a drinker at all… it was just one of those nights.

  • mas as hell fan...

    Rose >>>>> any other athlete right now in Chicago. When the Bulls are good the sports scene in this city is something special. Bears have a good year, Bulls a legit title contenders with the MVP of the league at only 22, and we have baseball right around the corner. I remember Dan saying there isn’t a better time in sports when you know your team is getting elite. Watching this Bulls team with a great coach, the MVP of the league at 22, and Jo Noah coming back……..whew I can’t wait for the Playoffs!!!!!!! This team will back down from no one, Celts/Heat are in for a fight that I don’t know if they can match.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Great post mad as hell fan…….you summed-up everything perfectly!!!!
      And let’s not forget the Hawks (down this year but Cup last year) to boot.

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    9 times…It’s not just the number of absences Ferris Bueller had in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, but more importantly the number of games Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer & Joakim Noah have been on the court together for the Bulls this season. All indications are pointing towards #13 returning to action as soon as Wednesday night when the Bulls start the second half in Toronto vs. the awful Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. With Chicago’s own “Big 3” fully healthy, the sky could be the limit for these Bulls moving forward, even if they don’t make a trade by Thursday’s NBA Trade Deadline.

    Meanwhile, Jim Gray’s in hot water yet again. Following another idiotic diatribe after the Packers put the Steelers to bed in Super Bowl XLV, the veteran sportscaster was supposed to work this weekend’s Northern Trust Open in Southern California for Golf Channel. He has since been removed, and here’s the link to what happened:

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Jim Gray is an arrogant and untalented POS.

      • bronzo

        Jim Gray is one of the few people on TV that I wish ill will and violent things to happen to when I see them.

        Apparently he had an argument with Dustin Johnsons caddie ( he was late to the 1st tee) and was penalized 2 strokes. I gues he counts in the caddie to get him there on time. Knowing this Gray says something to the caddie who then runs off a expletive filled rant to Gray. Good for the caddie!

  • Larry Horse's Arse

    Someone at work told me he heard Melo to the Nets, 9 player deal and with 4 1st round picks going to Denver too……contingent on Melo signing an extension.

    Anyone else have anything on that?????

    • Chris in Scottsdale

      This one?:

      “The deal is pending Anthony agreeing to sign a three-year, $65 million contract extension. If Anthony says yes, the Nets will get Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Sheldon Williams, Melvin Ely and Renaldo Balkman from the Nuggets. In turn, the Nets will send Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four first-round picks to Denver.”

      Ugh. It makes the Nets better, but only because Carmelo’s that good. They’re still East fodder even with him, and Denver makes out like a bandit in the years to come. I can’t see ‘Melo signing that extension knowing they just up and move half od his teammates along with him.

      That being said, I’d rather him go to NJ than anywhere, because while he makes them better, they’re still at best the sixth or seventh best team in the East. I’ll take that all day rather than New York.

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        Thanks Chris….just saw your post.

        I don’t understand your analysis as to why you don’t think Melo would take the Nyets’ 65M extension…..not saying I disagree with your analysis, just don’t comprehend it.

  • thebizkit


    The Spurs shot like 60% for like 2 and a half quarters before coming back down to earth.

    They did not go away once, this should have been a blow out but they just kept coming back and hitting big 3’s.

    Rose is a beast…. MVP

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      thanks for the good analysis

      Big Macs all around too!!!!

      MVP! MVP! MVP!


    The Bergen County (NJ) Record reports that Carmelo Anthony could indeed be New Jersey bound after all. The Nuggets & Nets have reportedly agreed on a deal, depending on whether ‘Melo agrees to a 3 year, $65 million extension. Stay tuned.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Chauncey Billips is among the players supposedly going to Joisey.

      Is it for certain that the Nets are going to Brooklyn next year…or in the near-future?

      Given the owner, I think they should be the Brooklyn Nyets.

  • Jon, Montgomery

    well, when TNT’s cheryl miller asked carmelo anthony about trade rumors surrounding him just a week ago, anthony said it was out of his hands…

    well, now it is squarely in his hands, as the nets and nuggets have agreed to a deal that would make anthony a new jersey net, but it’s all depending on carmelo signing the extension.

    if he chooses to sign the extension, the nets would receive along with anthony… chauncey billups, sheldon williams melvin ely & renaldo balkman. and the nuggets would receive… devin harris, derrick favors, ben uzoh, troy murphy & 4 first round draft picks.

    the nets owner and carmelo anthony are set to meet this weekend in los angeles and talk about this, so don’t expect anything until after the weekend.

    i really don’t know how to feel about this, it’s all blown up in a span of 24 hours and my head is still spinning, i now have questions, with the CBA about to expire… would carmelo leave 65 million on the table? with the likes of chris paul and dwight howard entering free agency in 2012, will carmelo now recruit them to come to the nets in brooklyn? i’m not sure what carmelo wants now, i know he still wants to be a knick, but i’m not so sure anymore if money isn’t a big issue to him. i don’t know.

    but the future of the nets is in carmelo anthony’s hands, and his alone. so, he either stays in denver, or he goes to the nets. we’ll find out as we watch the festivities of AS weekend. as it hasn’t become about blake griffin’s dunks anymore, it’s all about carmelo anthony.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      AS USUAL, Jon comes through with the big-time info and details.
      Thanks my friend.

      • Jon, Montgomery

        give shark some love too, i don’t have s.h.i.t on the big time info that he shares.

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        A-OK….SHARK is THE total maven when it comes to media…he is amazing in his knowledge about broadcasters etc.


    They are building a reported $1 billion new arena in Brooklyn for the Nets. The team relocated from East Rutherford, NJ to Newark for 2 seasons. The Nets are playing their home games this season and the 2011-12 season at the Prudential Center, where the NHL Devils & Seton Hall basketball also call home, just so you know…If Carmelo Anthony’s going there, the idea is for the Nets to have a drawing card when they do move to Brooklyn in time for the 2012-13 season. I’ve been under the impression that Carmelo wanted to go to midtown Manhattan and play alongside Amare Stoudemire with the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks simply didn’t have what the Nuggets wanted in return if this trade is indeed accurate.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Thanks Shark.
      The Nyets in Brooklyn would be akin to the Sox and with the MSG/Manhattan Knicks as the Cubs… the sense of Yuppie popularity etc.

      I think Jon nailed it….he ain’t gonna leave 65M guaranteed on the table….that will buy him a lot of cab trips from Brooklyn into Manhattan. (And he can always live in some swanky penthouse in Manhattan to make his gf happy).

  • Jon, Montgomery

    i really didn’t think the 65 million was that big of a deal, (i know it is), because i figured carmelo was the kind of guy who just wanted to win. but now, given the situation that he has been presented now, i think that he’s going to the nets.

    he really has a chance to shape the NBA and be the face of the nets for a long time. and he’s not going alone, he has talent coming with him to new jersey, the nets would probably not make the playoffs this year if they do this deal, but the can become a power in the east, especially in a big market like new york, and carmelo has friends with the nets, like Jay-Z, and i really think if carmelo lays a foundation with this new jersey franchise, i can see dwight howard and chris paul going there with him, in the big city.

    look, he’s not going to sign an extension with the nuggets, and the nuggets won’t trade him to the knicks, and with the expiring CBA, i just think carmelo has been put in a position where he has to take the guarantee of the money that’s on the table. he’ll be a net by the deadline.

    that’s what i’m thinking now.

    by the way, i’m giving myself props for calling the nets owner’s B.S when he said they were pulling out for good. i knew all along they would try to get back in it later and deal for him. :P


    Mikhail Prokhrov, the Russian billionaire who owns the Nets and was profiled last season on CBS News’ “60 Minutes”, along with Jay-Z and two other members of New Jersey’s front office are scheduled to meet with Carmelo Anthony this weekend during NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles about the Nets and their eventual move to Brooklyn. If Anthony continue to say “nyet” to Jersey, the Knicks likely are back in the driver’s seat for the soon-to-be free agent forward. This deal is far from complete and it may not be until Monday or so when the rumored deal becomes a reality, if at all.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Geez, thanks for the additional very helpful info SHARK.
      So it is not all so nice and wrapped-up as I had thought.
      But still, I think that $65M is a lot of Rubles for Melo to walk away from.

  • Jon, Montgomery

    even though rose is the most valuable to his team, the voters will hand it to lebron simply because he’s the best player. that’s the feeling i’m getting. the only way rose will win is if the bulls finish with the best record in the east, something i don’t see happening. rose would get my vote.

    by the way, anybody who is realizing that the bulls are for real just now… needs to get their head out of their arse. and with the chemistry of this team and getting noah back, i believe the bulls will be the most dangerous team coming out of the All-Star break.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      If there is enough “eff LBJ” backlash among the MVP voters (and who are they? media? the players??) then DRose cake-walks to the trophy.
      If not, you are right…LBJ gets it as THE top playah.

      • Jon, Montgomery

        -“since the 1980–81 season, the award is decided by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada, each of whom casts a vote for first to fifth place selections. Each first-place vote is worth 10 points; each second-place vote is worth seven; each third-place vote is worth five, fourth-place is worth three and fifth-place is worth one. Starting from 2010, one ballot was cast by fans through online voting. The player with the highest point total wins the award.”-

        source wkipedia

        and honestly, i think the F-Lebron bachlash has gone down a ton. most people see who drives that team, who the leader is, and who the best player is on it, and with the pressure he was under, and the way he’s risen to it. lebron is without a doubt the best player in the NBA.

        is he most valuable? not in my book. because the heat are still a 45+ win playoff team without lebron, without rose… i don’t think the bulls would even make the playoffs. IMO

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        Thanks Jon….and that’s always the debate…most-skilled player vs. the most valuable to a team (and usually in baseball, most valuable to a winner…except for the year Hawk won for the Cubs, ’87 I think).

  • Jon, Montgomery
    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Oh sh!t.

      I love watching KANER play, but I hope he doesn’t become the Miguel Cabrera of the NHL…world of talent at a young age but too drinky to get to superstar production levels consistently.

  • Pulseczar

    Re: Friday Fung– I have a ringer story involving Ronnie Fields. Not quite Dave Corzine- but Fields was supposed to go to DePaul like Dave did.

  • Pulseczar

    What did that Auburn guy say they did when Bear Bryant died? Rolled tumors corner. whaaa?


    R.I.P. Dave Duerson.

    I can’t help but speculate that one of the ex-‘hawks was the “net minder” for Kaner.
    The guy that pulled him out of the bar before he had too much to call for the cab himself. “Kid, you got practice tomorrow, and any more, and you’re going to embarrass yourself.”
    My money was on Ladd or Byfuglien.
    I’ve done plenty of stupid stuff, but a wing man gets you out of a scenarios.

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