Derrick Rose had a phenomenal rookie season after being selected first in the 2008 NBA Draft. He won the rookie of the year award averaging 16.8 ppg and 6.3 apg during the regular season leading his young Chicago Bulls teams to a playoff appearance. He excelled even more in his first NBA Playoff experience scoring almost 20 a game (19.7) while taking down 6.3 rebounds per game. Rose showed exactly what made him the number 1 pick overall, proving his outstanding athletic ability is just as outstanding in the NBA. Everything is just peachy for Rose and the Bulls, they choose a franchise point guard, a seemingly stand up guy, or so we thought…….
Seemingly moments after a game seven loss, after fighting hard as the underdogs against the reigning world champions, dirt was unveiled about a guy upset about a loss. The allegation was related to his admittance into the University of Memphis. Just as all those admitted to a university must meet certain criteria regarding academic prowess, athletes are subjected to the same criteria. Whether the situation was they did trust his academic capabilities (think he is retarded) or just laziness by all parties, Rose was accused of cheating on the SAT. Either way you look at this scenario, it does not bode well for the Rose’s character. However the spotlight was partially taken off Rose and shifted to Coach John Calipari, who had also been accused of being a part of Marcus Camby receiving money while he coached at UMASS. Does Calipari’s influence or lack-there-of (depending on what you think of the situation, but come on you saw Blue Chips) take responsibility off of Rose? Does anyone except for Rose have the final decision on him taking his own SAT? I question a lot of people’s judgment in this situation, but none more than Derrick Rose. [Read more..]