Tweet of the Night: John Calipari excited to see the return of Derrick Rose

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After a year-long absence, Derrick Rose finally made his debut at the United Center for a rousing ovation on Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons.

The point guard did not disappoint, scoring 22 points in 22 minutes and doing acrobatic stuff like this. There were questions heading into the preseason about whether Rose would be as explosive as he was prior to his knee surgery, but with each passing game, he has put those questions to rest.

His college coach John Calipari saw the action and had this to say:

Derrick RoseThere is certainly reason for excitement. Rose looks like he hasn’t skipped a beat, and he continues to believe and say that he has actually become even more explosive than what he used to be. Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago has details:

“I think I’m way more explosive now,” Rose said after scoring 22 points in 22 minutes. “Like getting to the rim. I think I can take contact a little bit better. And as far as jumping-wise, I think I can jump even higher. They tested my vertical — I increased it by 5 inches. I just didn’t show it yet because there’s no need to.”

“The biggest thing is after you have an ACL or any injury, it’s the mental part,” Rose said. “And for me not to think about anything no more and actually be reacting to the defense and the offense, it feels great knowing that I’m safe. I don’t have to worry about anything at all, even if I go to the hole and get contact and fall any type of way, that I could easily get up and bounce right back and play the way that I normally know how to play.”

Schayes: 10 Predictions for 2013-14 Season


crystal ballIs it an honor to go last? I hope that’s what Sheridan was thinking when he assigned my the final edition of our senior staff writers’ 10 Season Predictions.

The funny thing is that I am enough of a senior citizen to have had each of our esteemed prognosticating vets (Sheridan, Mark Heisler, Jan Hubbard, Chris Bernucca, Peter May) cover me with a notebook and tape recorder in their hands.

And now I am an ink-stained wretch just like them. Woo-hoo.

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Heisler: 10 Predictions for the 2013-14 Season

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Counting down to the exciting 2013-14 season …crystal ball

And counting, and counting, and counting.

The preseason may be on, but I’m holding the excitement until something happens. By that I mean something bigger than media day, where all involved tell us what they’d like most, as if sitting in Santa Claus’ lap, asking for a pony.

The tipoff is they have media day in Charlotte, and everyone is just as optimistic there.

Personally, I try to measure my (yawn) excitement level, according to the advice of long-time NBA hand and once-again Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis, who said, “The preseason has nothing to do with the regular season. And the regular season has nothing to do with the playoffs.”

SH Blog: Derrick Rose says his vertical is five inches higher than before surgery

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One night of preseason in the books, and nobody good hurt. I think that qualifies as a success.

NBA Rumors and News for October 6, 2013

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Sunday, October 6

Daily Trivia: Derrick Rose played in his first game NBA game in more than a year last night with the Chicago Bulls. What Indiana Pacers player made his return to basketball yesterday after not playing last season?

Norris Cole may be available
Posted at 06:13 PM ET
The Miami Heat’s Norris Cole may be available, the team has explored what the backup point guard may bring in return, reports Sam Amico of FOX Sports. There’s been no other reports about Cole’s possible availability. He already has two rings to his name and is entering his third season in the NBA. In two seasons he averaged 6.1 points per game and two assists in 19.7 minutes of playing time.

Derrick Rose improves vertical
Posted ar 03:26 PM ET
After his first game back from injury, Chicago Bulls’ star Derrick Rose said his vertical increased from 37 inches pre-surgery to 42 inches, reports Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. Rose has been sidelined the past 18 months after tearing his ACL in the 2012 postseason. In his preseason debut Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers, Rose scored 13 points, had three dimes but had four turnovers in just over 20 minutes of playing time.

Nuggets coach Brian Shaw has no regrets about not landing Lakers job
Posted at 11:19 AM ET
Denver Nuggets It was only a matter of time until Brian Shaw landed a head coach position in the NBA. After the Indiana Pacers made it to the Eastern Conference Finals with Shaw mentoring the players as an assistant coach, the rest of the league picked up on his ability to lead a team. In an interview with Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post, The Denver Nuggets’ coach said he has no regrets about not landing the Los Angeles Lakers’ coaching job two years ago when Phil Jackson retired. “You know, it’s the nature of the business. I found that out pretty quickly. I preach to our players to get on to the next play; let that last play go, and I try to do the same thing, too. Every decision is not my decision. It’s not going to work out the way I want it to work out. So I’ve just got to move on.” The Nuggets will play the Lakers on Sunday in Los Angeles in preseason action.

NBA Rumors and News for October 5, 2013

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