NBA superstar Rose goes to NY Knicks in a multiplayer swap

admin   •   June 24, 2016   •   2121

FILE PHOTO: Derrick Rose (Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports)

FILE PHOTO: Derrick Rose (Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports)

Six-year NBA veteran and former league MVP Derrick Rose was acquired by the New York Knicks on Wednesday in a multi-player trade. Chicago sent Rose, swingman Justin Holiday and a 2017 second round draft pick to the Knicks for center Robin Lopez, point guard Jose Calderon and combo guard Jerian Grant.

Rose, 27, will be teaming up with star forward Carmelo Anthony and rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis to form one of the more formidable teams in the Eastern Conference. The former league MVP, who was also the top pick in the 2008 rookie draft out of Memphis, brings along solid career averages of 19.7 points and 6.2 assists per game.

Derrick Rose was a highly touted player, with his knack for scoring and his daredevil moves to the basket. He carried the University of Memphis Tigers to the US NCAA championship game against the University of Kansas Jayhawks in 2008, where they lost in overtime. He was then drafted by the Bulls in the NBA rookie draft the same year, where he led the team to the best record in the East for the 2010-11 regular season. He was poised to be a perennial All-Star and apparently will carry Chicago back to its glory days in the 90’s. However, there are doubts if he could still deliver for the Knicks considering that his past several seasons have been cut short with ACL (Anterior Cruciated Ligament) injuries on both of his knees. He missed the entire 2012-13 season, and missed the majority of each of the succeeding seasons.

The rise of another big-time scorer, guard Jimmy Butler, was also a factor for Rose being shipped to the Knicks.

On a positive note, Rose was able to play in 66 games for the 2015-16 season, averaging 16.4 points per game, his best performance in 5 years.

He will be paid $21.3 million on the last year of his contract. He will enter free agency after the 2016-2017 NBA season.

Eight-year veteran center Robin Lopez, who averages 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and close to 2 blocks in 82 games for the Knicks, will give the Bulls a strong defensive anchor and a reliable substitute for starting center Joakim Noah.

Veteran point guard Jose Calderon, on the other hand, will bring leadership and stability in the backcourt for the Bulls. The undrafted Spaniard has career averages of 9.9 points on 47.4% shooting and 6.5 assists each game. He also is a reliable three-point shooter, posting a high clip of 41.2% from outside the arc.

Jerian Grant, a six-foot-five rookie combo guard out of Notre Dame, was the 19th overall pick in last year’s draft. He averaged 5.6 points and 2.3 assists per game as a rookie.

Justin Holiday is a third year swingman out of University of Washington. He won a championship ring with the Golden State Warriors in 2015. He averaged 4.4 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1 assist in three years playing for four teams. #

Written by: Jerlo Kevin Rialp

Vince Carter retires after NBA record 22-season career

UNTV News   •   June 26, 2020

Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter officially announced his retirement from professional basketball on Thursday (June 25) after an NBA record 22-season career during which his high-flying dunks made him one of the game’s top players in his prime.

Carter, widely regarded as one of the greatest dunkers of all time, had previously said the 2019-20 NBA campaign would be his last but had not addressed his playing status since the NBA suspended its season in mid-March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“I am officially done playing basketball professionally,” Carter, 43, told the “Winging It” podcast.

Carter, the first NBA player to feature in four different decades, signed a one-year deal with the Hawks last August.

However, their season is over as they did not qualify for the NBA’s 22-team format for restarting action in late July at Disney World amid the novel coronavirus.

Carter played for eight teams during his career but will be most remembered for his time with the Toronto Raptors, where he put the Canadian city on the basketball map and earned the nickname “Air Canada” for his feats above the rim.

After his first season in Toronto, Carter was named the NBA’s rookie of the year in 1999. He was then named an All-Star for each of the following eight seasons.

In his second season, Carter won the Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend with a dazzling display that further increased his stardom and helped ignite basketball’s popularity in what had otherwise been an ice hockey-mad country.

Carter, who ranks 22nd on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, averaged 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game during a career that also included stops in New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, Memphis, Sacramento and Atlanta.

He also helped USA Basketball win gold medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and 2003 FIBA Americas tournament. (Reuters)

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League approves plan to resume NBA season in July at Disney World

UNTV News   •   June 5, 2020

REUTERS – The National Basketball Association (NBA) Board of Governors have approved a plan to restart the suspended season with a tentative July 31 start at Disney World, Florida amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the league said on Thursday (June 4).

The plan would see 22 of the NBA’s 30 teams play eight games to determine a 16-team playoff field that would follow the traditional post-season format with four best-of-seven series that would crown a champion no later than October 12.

The league said approval from its Board of Governors, which came on the day originally scheduled for the start of the NBA Finals, is the first formal step among the many required to resume the season.

According to ESPN, the vote on the format was 29-1, with the Portland Trail Blazes voting against the proposal.

All games, practices and housing would be at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex which is inside the Orlando resort and has multiple hotels and arenas, and would allow the league to limit outside exposure.

The NBA was the first North American sports league to suspend its season due to the COVID-19 pandemic after one of its players tested positive for the new coronavirus in mid-March.

The 22 returning teams would be comprised of the eight teams from each of the two conferences currently in playoff positions plus the six clubs that are six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences.

If everything goes according to plan, the NBA said the 2020-21 season would begin on Dec. 1.

The league also said it plans to hold its 2020 NBA Draft Lottery to determine the order of the first 14 selections on Aug. 25. Lottery teams would be comprised of the eight clubs that do not participate in the restart and the six that go to Florida but do not qualify for the playoffs.

The actual NBA Draft, typically held in June, is now scheduled for Oct. 15.

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Jordan’s autographed game-worn sneakers from his rookie season sold for record $560,000

UNTV News   •   May 18, 2020

NBA great Michael Jordan’s autographed game-worn sneakers from his rookie season fetched a record $560,000 (463,380 pounds) in an online auction, Sotheby’s said on Sunday (May 17).

The Air Jordan 1s, designed for Jordan in 1985 and the first ever signature sneakers, were expected to sell for between $100,000 and $150,000 in the auction.

Known for selling multimillion-dollar art, Sotheby’s held its first auction dedicated entirely to sneakers last year and had then set a world record of $437,500 for a pair of 1972 Nike running shoes known as the “Moon Shoe.”

“We saw tremendous bidding up until the moment the sale closed, with the value more than doubling in the final hour alone,” said Brahm Wachter, Sotheby’s director of eCommerce development.

“That coupled with strong international bidding from six countries on four continents shows not only the incredible appeal of Michael Jordan… but also that sneaker collecting is truly a global and growing market.”

Like most of Jordan’s basketball shoes, they are a mismatched pair in a size 13 (left) and size 13.5 (right).

The auction coincided with the 35th anniversary of the Air Jordan brand and the screening of the 10-part ESPN documentary “The Last Dance” about the Chicago Bulls and Jordan. The final two episodes of the show are set to air later on Sunday.

The shoes were sold by collector Jordan Geller, the founder of the sneaker museum Shoezeum in Las Vegas. (Reuters)

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