|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Garnett preaches patience after Nets routed by last-place Knicks||12.06.13 at 8:09 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Nuggets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE, ESPN)
College basketball: Arizona State at DePaul, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Fairfield at Quinnipiac, 8:30 p.m. (NESN)
College basketball: South Carolina at Oklahoma State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Kentucky at Baylor, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: MAC championship, Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College hockey: New Hampshire at Boston College, 7 p.m. (WEEI-AM)
College hockey: North Dakota at Western Michigan, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: UMass at Notre Dame, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: World Cup draw, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Women’s NCAA semifinal, Virginia Tech vs. Florida State, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: Women’s NCAA semifinal, Virginia vs. UCLA, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
• The Knicks won the battle for New York — also a matchup between the Atlantic Division’s bottom-feeders — on Thursday night, rolling to a 113-83 victory in Brooklyn in a game that showcased how bad the Nets are playing right now.
Kevin Garnett, who was the glue on defense for the Celtics the past few seasons, explained that there is some confusion among Nets players, especially after defense-minded assistant coach Lawrence Frank was demoted earlier in the week.
“Chemistry isn’t just snap, wave a magic wand and voila,” said Garnett, who was involved in a dust-up with Andrea Bargnani in the fourth quarter that led to the Knicks forward’s ejection. “We have a new system … changing the team on the fly.”
Jason Kidd admitted that the first month of his coaching tenure has not been memorable.
“The losses can sometimes take the fun away,” he said after his team fell to 5-14, only percentage points ahead of the 4-13 Knicks for last place in the Atlantic.
Meanwhile, Knicks star Carmelo Anthony denied a report that he’s already decided to flee New York when he becomes a free agent next offseason.
“I don’t think [any]body goes somewhere expecting to lose, but we’re going through it and I’m dealing with it,” Anthony said before Thursday’s game. “As far as me leaving and thinking about that, I’d be selfish to think about that at this point with us losing and going through the situation that we’re going through. I’d be selfish on my part, to my teammates and to the organization to even have that thought even coming across my mind.
“So, no, I’m not even thinking about that at this point.”
• The Bulls have ruled Derrick Rose out for the season after he tore the medial meniscus in his right knee last month, but the star guard isn’t ready to give up on the season.
“If I’m healthy and the situation is right, I will be back playing,” Rose said Thursday about the possibility of returning for the playoffs. “If I’m healthy and my meniscus is fully healed, of course I’ll be out there playing. But if it’s something totally different and the outcome is not how I would want it to be, there’s no need.”
Rose also did not take kindly to a suggestion that the team move on from building around him, given that he just suffered his second major injury in three years.
“What can I say to that?” Rose responded, adding after a long pause: “You could be a fool if you want to. Dead serious. I know I’m going to be all right.”
• Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin had a second meeting with NFL special investigator Ted Wells on Thursday to discuss his alleged harsh treatment by teammates, according to an Associated Press report.
Wells is expected to have another meeting with some Dolphins players before filing his report.
Martin, who first was interviewed on Nov. 15 after leaving the team on Oct. 28, continues to stay with family in California while undergoing counseling for emotional issues. He was put on the reserve/non-football illness list by the Dolphins last week, ending his season.
Richie Incognito, who emerged as the main focus of the bullying accusations, remains suspended from the team.
Despite the turmoil that threatens to cost coach Joe Philbin his job, the Dolphins are 6-6 and challenging for a playoff berth headed into Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 6, 1976, the Red Sox traded a young Cecil Cooper to the Brewers to return which two former Sox players to Boston?
|Bulls G Derrick Rose out for season after knee surgery||11.25.13 at 12:20 pm ET|
Bulls star Derrick Rose, who missed all of last season while recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, will miss the remainder of this season after having surgery Monday morning to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee, the team announced.
Rose was injured in the third quarter Friday night’s game in Portland, when he lost his footing while changing direction transitioning to defense. He limped across the court, unable to put any weight on his knee, and left the game after the Trail Blazers scored. He was seen on crutches after the game.
“We, of course, feel very badly for Derrick. He’s in good spirits, about as well as can be expected under the circumstances, and he’s already thinking about his rehab,” coach Tom Thibodeau said Sunday, before the extend of the injury was revealed. “Typical Derrick. He’s concerned about his team, his teammates.”
Rose has played just 49 regular-season games since winning NBA MVP after the 2011 season.
|LeBron James sees ‘no rivalries’ for Heat in Eastern Conference||10.16.13 at 12:12 pm ET|
While Boston lamented the breakup of the Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett-Doc Rivers Celtics this offseason, the Heat said goodbye to one of their chief rivals. Apparently, for the team that has won three straight Eastern Conference titles and hoisted the Larry O’Brien championship trophy two years in a row, there are no more arch-rivals remaining.
“There’s tension … but there’s no rivalries,” LeBron James told reporters Tuesday. “There’s a lot of teams that want to knock us off. There’s a couple of teams in the East that hate us. And we know who they are.”
Teammate Dwyane Wade echoed James’ sentiment, and added that the bad blood with the Celtics would “transfer well” to the Nets.
The Heat reached the 2013 NBA Finals but faced some resistance from the Eastern Conference along the way. The Pacers took Miami to seven games in the conference finals before the Heat proved too strong in the end.
The renovated Nets, the budding Pacers, the star-studded Knicks and a Derrick Rose-led Bulls team will look to dethrone Miami this season.
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Manny Ramirez agrees to minor league deal with Rangers||07.04.13 at 8:23 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Padres at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Brewers at Nationals, 11 a.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Athletics, 4 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Mariners at Rangers, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Canadian Football League: Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Montreal Alouettes, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Manny Ramirez is getting another shot at the majors, and he even agreed to cut off his dreadlocks for the opportunity.
Ramirez, the former Red Sox star who was twice suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, agreed to a minor league deal with the Rangers. He’s slated to report to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday to start working out, and he’ll serve as designated hitter when he is activated. He agreed to “comply with our minor league rules on appearance and discipline,” said Rangers general manager Jon Daniels.
“[My salary] is the minimum wage, but for me it’s too much money,” Ramirez told ESPNDeportes.com, adding: “I feel blessed spiritually; I have no words to describe how happy I am.”
The 41-year-old has not played in the majors since early in the 2011 season with the Rays. He recently returned from Taiwan, where he hit .352 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs for the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.
“It’s kind of a no-risk flier,”Daniels said. “We like giving guys second chances. We know on and off the field the good and bad in Manny’s career. But we’re inclined to give him an opportunity here.”
Added Daniels: “We’re really just kind of going off the resume here a little bit. If he’s productive and we feel he fits our culture here in the clubhouse, we’ll give him an opportunity. If either of those ends don’t pan out, then kind of no harm, no foul.”
Ramirez was traded from the Red Sox in 2008, when Dave Magadan was in his second year as Red Sox hitting coach. Magadan, now the Rangers hitting coach, filled in his new team about Ramirez’s questionable behavior at Fenway.
“There were some bridges that were burned in Boston,” Magadan said. “It was unfortunate the way it ended up there because he did a lot of good things while he was there. But in the end it wasn’t pretty.”
♦ Alex Rodriguez grounded out twice in his second rehab start for the Class-A Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs, leaving him without a hit in two games.
“I don’t mind if I save all my hits for New York,” joked Rodriguez, who is recovering from January hip surgery.
Rodriguez, who is scheduled to play for the Yankees’ minor league team in Tampa on Friday, started a double play in the field, one day after coming up short on two bunts to him at third base.
“It wasn’t too bad,” he said. “That’s the first time in eight months I’ve gone out there back to back.”
The RiverDogs, who lost to the Rome (Ga.) Braves in 10 innings, 8-5, had a crowd of 7,667 after drawing 8,255 for A-Rod’s first game back on Tuesday. Rodriguez signed autographs for fans after leaving Wednesday’s game. He also posed for pictures with singer Darius Rucker, best known as the lead singer for Hootie and the Blowfish.
“I love this place,” Rodriguez said.
The feeling isn’t completely mutual. Here’s the reaction when A-Rod was introduced Tuesday.
♦ Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who came under some criticism when he sat out the postseason after receiving medical clearance, admitted he was “selfish,” but he insisted he made “the right decision.”
“I’m not a selfish guy at all, but having this injury and going through what I had to go through and being smart, it’s something that I had to be selfish with,” he said in a story on the team’s website. “I couldn’t worry about anyone else but myself and my health.”
Rose called sitting out “one of the hardest things I’ve had to go through in my life.” He said fans eventually will understand why he chose that route, once he returns to action.
“I think me going on the court and showing them and letting them know it was the right decision,” he said.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 4, 1983, Yankees left-hander Dave Righetti no-hit the Red Sox, allowing just two walks. Which Sox player struck out to end the game?
|Bulls’ Derrick Rose says he has no date set to return this season||02.13.13 at 10:07 am ET|
Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said in an interview with USA Today posted Tuesday that he has no target date for his return to the court, and indicated he might miss the rest of the season.
Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last season in the playoffs against the 76ers and has missed the entire 2012-13 season.
“I don’t have a set date,” Rose told USA Today. “I’m not coming back until I’m 110 percent. Who knows when that can be? It can be within a couple of weeks. It could be next year. It could be any day. It could be any time. It’s just that I’m not coming back until I’m ready.”
Rose said that right now he’s “probably in the high 80s. Far, far away.”
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said there has never been a specific date when Rose was expected back in the game.
“To me, it’s why we’ve taken the approach that we have,” Thibodeau said. There’s no timetable. It’s when he’s ready. We’re not measuring it against someone else’s timetable. It’s just this is Derrick. When he’s ready, he will go.”
|Derrick Rose recovering ahead of schedule||07.13.12 at 3:26 pm ET|
Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is recovering ahead of schedule, his brother Reggie Rose told ESPN on Thursday.
“He’s walking without a [brace],” Reggie Rose said. “He’s way ahead of schedule.
“It’s just keeping him focused, and we’re not trying to rush him. Basically just rehab, rehab, rehab. We haven’t put [anything] basketball in his face.”
Last season Rose tore his ACL on April 28 against the 76ers in the playoffs.
In June Rose’s surgeon, Brian Cole, also said Rose was recovering ahead of schedule. Rose underwent surgery on May 12.
|Report: Bulls guard Derrick Rose ‘ahead of schedule’||06.21.12 at 10:57 am ET|
According to Dr. Brian Cole, Bulls guard Derrick Rose is “ahead of schedule” in his rehab from a torn left ACL. Cole was the doctor who performed the surgery last month.
ESPNChicago.com reported that Rose flew to Alabama on Tuesday to consult with Dr. James Andrews, but Cole said that Rose worked with a therapist in Andrews’ office and not with Dr. Andrews. This trip was reportedly scheduled before Rose even had the surgery.
“Derrick is ahead of schedule,” Cole said in a phone conversation Wednesday night with ESPNChicago.com. “This was part of the plan established before surgery. This was not a consultation with another physician, but rather it’s working with another therapist in collaboration with the Bulls’ training staff.”
Rose tore his ACL in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Philadelphia 76ers when he landed awkwardly in the final minutes of the game. Cole said he is expected to miss 8-12 months after the surgery.
|Report: With Derrick Rose injured, Bulls to pursue Steve Nash, Jason Kidd||06.04.12 at 12:49 pm ET|
With Derrick Rose’s torn ACL expected to keep him out 8-12 months, the Bulls are in desperate need of a point guard if they hope to compete for the top spot again in 2012-13.
According to Aggrey Sam of Comcast SportsNet Chicago, a source tells him “the Bulls will take a run at future Hall of Famers Steve Nash and Jason Kidd in free agency.”
The pitch to both Nash and Kidd will be that Chicago gives both the best opportunity to win a championship, of which Kidd has one and Nash has none.
According to the same source, the rest of the team’s “core,” which includes Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Richard Hamiltion, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson, is “safe,” though team management is willing to listen to trade offers. Reserve big man Omer Asik is a restricted free agent this summer, though the report states the Bulls are likely to match any offers for him from opposing teams.
What this means for current backup point guard C.J. Watson is uncertain. After Rose tore his ACL in Game 1 of the Bulls’ playoff series, Watson stepped in and averaged 7.3 points and 5.5 assists per game in the series. The Bulls have until July 10 to pick up his $3.2 million option for 2012-13, but the Bulls could use that money to go after Nash or Kidd.
|LeBron James wishes Bulls’ Derrick Rose a fast recovery||05.30.12 at 12:10 pm ET|
LeBron James doesn’t have Derrick Rose‘s number, but that didn’t prevent the Heat forward from wishing the Chicago star the best on his path to recovery.
On Tuesday James used the media to deliver the message to Rose, who had surgery for a torn ACL he suffered on April 28 against the 76ers. James said he has never had a long conversation with Rose but enjoys the way the 23-year-old plays basketball.
“I don’t know what he’s going through,” James said. “I’ve never had that type of injury, knock on wood, so I can’t imagine what he’s going through. I just hope he comes back 100 percent, 110 percent, because I am a fan of his. I love the way he plays the game of basketball and what he brings to the game.”
James wasn’t the only Heat player who offered a wish for Rose’s speedy recover as Dwyane Wade did the same. Wade, who has dealt with his own injuries, said he wished Rose and his family well.
|Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau: Derrick Rose injury ‘not a death sentence’||04.30.12 at 1:04 pm ET|
One of the early stories of the 2012 NBA playoffs has undoubtedly been the news that Bulls point guard and reigning league MVP Derrick Rose tore his ACL in Game 1 of Chicago’s first-round series against the 76ers, a move that has led many to count the Bulls out of title contention.
However, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau does not see it quite the same way, as he said that while Rose’s loss certainly doesn’t help the Bulls, it’s premature to count his team out just yet.
“I think we all feel awful for him,” Thibodeau said Sunday. “Derrick’s not only a great player, he’s a great teammate, he’s a great person, but it’s not a death sentence. It’s not a death sentence for him, it’s not a death sentence for our team. He’s going to come back. He’ll come back better than ever. It’s just the way it is and we’ve got to deal with.”
Rose injured his knee landing on a jump stop with 1:22 remaining in the Bulls’ 103-91 Game 1 victory. Bulls general manager Gar Forman said that there was “absolutely no issue at all” with Thibodeau leaving Rose in the game at such a late juncture.
Over the regular season, Rose averaged 21.8 points and 7.9 assists per game in helping lead Chicago to the Eastern Conference’s best record for the second consecutive season.
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