Welcome to "The Monday Morning Shootaround," Bleacher Report's recap of the weekend that was in the NBA. In this week's edition of the MMS, we'll explore what the loss of Derrick Rose means to Chicago, revel in the greatness of Chinese basketball commercials and tell you why you should carry hand sanitizer at all times.
The Opening Tip
* Obviously, the big news of the weekend is the devastating injury to Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. Late in Game 1 of Chicago's first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Rose landed awkwardly after a jump stop and immediately grabbed his left knee.
An MRI on Saturday afternoon revealed a torn ACL—a crushing blow to the Bulls' playoff hopes. The injury occurred with Chicago up by 12 points with 1:20 left, so it's fair to question why Rose was in the game in the first place. Head coach Tom Thibodeau bristled at the suggestion that Rose should have been on the bench at that point, but it's something that Bulls fans will wonder about for years to come.
On a much less important scale, Rose's injury also means that he won't be able to represent the United States at the 2012 Olympics.
* Unfortunately, torn ACLs were a common theme. Knicks guard Iman Shumpert tore his left ACL in the third quarter of New York's 100-67 loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday. With Jeremy Lin already on the shelf, Knicks coach Mike Woodson will have to rely heavily on Baron Davis and Mike Bibby for at least the rest of the series.
* The series might not last that long, however. In Game 1, LeBron James (32 points) outscored the Knicks' starting lineup (30 points) all by his lonesome, and Miami forced New York into 27 turnovers. Carmelo Anthony was a minus-35 against the Heat on Saturday—if that kind of play continues, then expect Miami to sweep.
* The Lakers-Nuggets game on Sunday was injury free, and Andrew Bynum's triple-double (10 points, 13 rebounds, 10 blocks) led Los Angeles to a 103-88 victory. The 10 blocked shots tied a playoff record, and is the first playoff triple-double with blocks since Hakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Rockets accomplished the feat 22 years ago.
* The best team performance of the weekend comes courtesy of the Los Angeles Clippers, who erased a 27-point deficit to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-98 on Sunday night. As you may have assumed, the comeback was sparked by...Reggie Evans and Nick Young, who combined for 26 points and 15 rebounds off of the bench.
This didn't happen over the weekend, but it bears mentioning here: 14-year veteran Brad Miller played his final NBA game on Thursday night. The undrafted Miller was never an elite player, but he was a two-time All-Star who was a very productive center for the better part of a decade. We here at the MMS wish Miller all the best as he enters the next stage in his life.
If you were to take the NBA Playoffs, and combine it with the video game Soulcalibur V, you'll get the video below. That's the best explanation that we could come up with...
The Full-Court Press
* Thanks to the help of a few coin flips, the odds for the 2012 NBA Draft Lottery have officially been set.
* If the Yahoo! story on the National Basketball Players Association wasn't damning enough, the NBPA is also under investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
* In case you missed it—and you probably did—the Washington Wizards finished the regular season as the hottest team in the Eastern Conference. After the final buzzer of the year, Wizards PG John Wall threw former teammates JaVale McGee and Nick Young directly under the nearest bus.
* Allen Iverson is currently leading a promotional tour of former NBA players in China. In the wake of Stephon Marbury's success this season, the former No. 1 overall draft pick will reportedly speak to a number of teams in the hopes of joining the Chinese Basketball Association next year.
* Sekou Smith of NBA.com says that the debate about LeBron James's MVP credentials this season is an open-and-shut case.
* The MVP question is also part of the latest B/R NBA Roundtable as the writers of Court Vision discuss the hot button issues of the day.
* In a compressed 66-game season, the Charlotte Bobcats lost 22 games by 20 points or more. Are we still convinced that they wouldn't lose to the Kentucky Wildcats?
* The new Brooklyn Nets logo and apparel has been unveiled, and everything that we've seen so far is pretty sharp. The team itself? Not so much.
* In other Nets news, forward Gerald Wallace will opt out of his contract this offseason. With Deron Williams planning to explore free agency as well, the Nets may be lacking a fair amount of star power once they move into the Barclays Center next season.
* Ever wanted to play professional basketball? Well, here's your chance to make your dreams come true. At this point, you might even be able to sign with the Nets.
The Four-Point Play (Notable long reads from around the Web)
* In the era of branding and commercialization, has the NBA lost its soul? Benjamin Polk of The Classical muses on six players who keep the soul alive in the Association.
* James Herbert of Hardwood Paroxysm takes us inside the season of Nets rookie Marshon Brooks.
* Much to the surprise of no one, Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried—affectionately referred to as the "Manimal"—is a beast in the weight room.
* And even if you're only a casual fan of pro wrestling, this Grantland piece comparing current NBA players to WWE superstars is spot-on.
The Tweet of the Week
While many people use their Twitter account to provide the most inane details of their day-to-day lives, Phoenix Suns forward Josh Childress actually takes a moment to give us all some sage advice:
Josh Childress's Twitter feed: Information for life.