There is certain news in every sport that is worth revisiting and analyzing. The NBA is no exception, and there is plenty of buzz to go around that should be questioned.
This time right before the regular season actually starts is one of the most unsure times for fans. News about player health, last-minute transactions and possible roster moves abound, with many of them raising questions.
Here are my thoughts on a few pieces of recent news.
Derrick Rose May Not Play Next Season
Derrick Rose is a huge part of the success the Chicago Bulls have had during the last two or three seasons. We know he will be out for a while already, but a recent rumor indicates Rose could be out for much longer than anticipated.
According to an interview Rose did during media day (per ESPN), the possibility exists that Rose could miss the entire 2012-13 season. Rose tore his ACL back in May during the Bulls’ very first playoff game.
While such an eventuality is anything but impossible given the injury Rose has suffered, I just can't see him missing the whole season. Why? Because of the guy it is coming from.
Does anyone really believe that Rose will stay off the court until the 2013-14 season? Well, no one should. This guy lives for this game and this team, two facts that are obvious if you have ever watched him out on the court. There is no way he would allow himself to be sidelined this long, even if his health was at risk and especially if the Bulls really need him.
No coach can tell Rose what to do in Chicago. If he wants to play, he will. That is why he will at some point during the 2012-13 season.
Adam Morrison Could Retire
Adam Morrison has been one of the biggest NBA busts of all time. It sounds as if he could be sick of that status and ready to leave his whole NBA career behind him.
According to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com, Morrison stated that he would retire if he did not make the Portland Trail Blazers’ roster for the regular season. The Trail Blazers are the most recent team in a long string of teams to give Morrison a chance to be an NBA player.
In my opinion, this is complete nonsense.
At this point in his career, Morrison would redeem himself simply by proving he could get on a team and play in a third-string role. Retiring would be dumb when that is all that you have to do. Granted, even that is not easy, but Morrison is still a guy who was good enough in college to be a third overall pick. He has the talent necessary to be on a team or D-League team, and that should be good enough to not retire at this point.
Deron Williams Re-Signed with Brooklyn Because of Mark Cuban
Where Deron Williams would end up in free agency after the 2011-12 season was a source of much discussion and debate. Eventually, Williams decided to re-sign with his current team, the Brooklyn Nets, spurning his hometown Dallas Mavericks in the process.
Mark Cuban apparently had a lot to do with that decision. According to Roderick Boone of Newsday, the fact that Cuban was not in the room when Williams met with the Mavericks played a part in his decision to stay in Brooklyn.
To me, that just cannot be true. While Williams says it played a part, I have trouble believing him wholeheartedly. If he wanted to go home to Dallas, he would have. The truth is that he clearly wanted the bright lights of Brooklyn.
While Williams claims Cuban’s absence contributed, it doesn't make any sense for it to be a major factor into the decision. Just like the other news we have outlined here, there are clearly some questionable aspects about this report.