Derrick Rose Needs Help. Is Dwight Howard the Man to Give It?

If you are familiar with me and this blog, you will know very well how critical I have been of Derrick Rose.

When I first expressed my dissatisfaction towards the unwarranted love and elevation of the Bulls’ guard, I was a part of perhaps a one many minority. I am proud to say my two favourite sports media figures, Colin Cowherd and Dan LeBatard have since joined the outcasts, but we are still very much that.

That being said, he has impressed me thus far this year and I can say absolutely nothing bad on the character of the guy. From all accounts he is one of the most humble and genuine professional athletes you will meet, and I think that is reflected well by the way he handles himself on the court. No one is disputing that.

I still believe he is tremendously overrated because of his athleticism and his ability to make those SportsCenter Top 10 plays. He isn’t a pure point guard, rather one of these new breed of shoot first, turnover later guards like Russell Westbrook and John Wall. I much prefer my point guard to be like Chris Paul or Deron Williams. But he’s still certainly a top 10 player.

Let’s throw all of that aside and try and move forward with the issue. Derrick Rose needs help, and boy does he know it.

Perhaps we’ve never actually seen the real Derrick Rose. Perhaps this 9/28 shooting hog is not the man Chicago drafted. Whilst his supporting cast looks like the Dream Team compared to LeBron’s merry men in Cleveland, they aren’t even close to being good enough to beat Miami in a best of 7 series.

Joakim Noah is an unhygienic alien who is more interested in insulting the teams and players he is versing than boxing them out. Carlos Boozer is living up to the reputation he earned from lying to the Cavaliers and has proven to be the worst max contract player the league has seen in some time.

The funnies thing is, neither of these two players, who were supposed to be the foundations upon which Chicago would launch their championship assault, are even playing in the fourth quarter of games because their own coach has no faith in them. Instead he is looking to Taj Gibson and Asik off the bench to play around 9 of the 12 fourth quarter minutes. It’s unbelievable. From a Chicago point of view it’s infuriating, but from a Derrick Rose point of view it’s sad.

Rose is having to take 20-30 shots a game against the best teams to give the Bulls a shot. He still has no second option, rather three or four 3rd options.

Everyone was celebrating the fact they signed Richard Hamilton and he was supposed to be the guy to help them beat Miami. This was not just Bulls fans believing this, there were plenty of people at the almighty ESPN who too were on the bandwagon. They should be ashamed. What a ridiculous thing to say. I don’t know how these people have jobs. Hamilton turns 34 years old in 2 weeks.

34 years old! In his prime he wasn’t close to being a top 10 player. He wasn’t even a top 5 shooting guard?! So people are calling an ageing guy who’s best attribute was running around for 48 minutes off the ball, of which he can no longer do nearly as effective, the saviour of a championship contender?


Derrick Rose knows it. Perhaps that’s why he averages just 8 assists per game. Perhaps that’s why he takes 8 shots per quarter, making 8 field goals per game.

Maybe my criticism of Rose was unfair. He may well be the pure point guard in the Paul/Williams/Nash/Rondo mould.

Who knows?

We may be able to find out.

Late last year when Dwight Howard officially requested a trade, leading to him releasing a shortlist of teams he wished to be traded to, I was stunned to see one team omitted. The Chicago Bulls.

Supposedly Howard had no interest in moving to Chicago, as he felt it was no more of an image heightening market than Orlando. Clearly the idea of winning was not a real factor for ‘Superman’ (I put that in inverted commas because Shaquille O’Neal is Superman, so basically the commas mean sarcasm).

Surely he would have noticed they have this kid called Derrick Rose who is one good player away from seriously threatening Miami for the title of the league’s best team.

It wasn’t until a few days ago that Howard considered moving into the house that Jordan built.

“If I could play with Derrick right now and God wanted that to happen, it will happen. It has nothing to do with me not wanting to play with Derrick Rose. I love him. That’s my brother”.

First things first, the religious reference is more Dwight Howard bullshit. No I am not saying he is not a true christian, of course he is, nor am I saying the religion or religion itself is bullshit, but this is typical Dwight Howard. The guy is a phoney as they come. He constantly goes back on his word, like he did through the initial stages of his trade request, trying to save face and ensure he is still loved by everyone. I truly believe he cares more about sustaining a good image and being generally liked than winning. Big call yes, but I say it with 100% confidence. He’s full of it.

There’s two ways of looking at this, but they both may fit. Either Howard is using the religious reference to appeal to the general religious America, almost aligning himself with the Tebow phenomenon. No one is going to argue with him should he cite God.

The other thought is that this is just another Howard cover up to save face and ensure he does not receive blame for fantasising about other teams. He is so concerned with his image that he would use his religion as a shield to he could manoeuvre himself into the team he wished.

Reports suggest New Jersey/Brooklyn are still front runners to get Howard, and are his no.1 preferred destination. I wonder why…cough biggest market.

One thing is for sure, he will not be traded until after the All Star game. How devastating would it be if Dwight Howard returned to Orlando for the All Star game wearing the uniform of another franchise. There’s no way the Magic will let that happen. Also Brook Lopez will be back from injury around this time, meaning every team will be loaded to make their final bids for the game’s best center.

If I am the Chicago Bulls, I am offering everything but Derrick Rose. I’d give them Noah, Boozer, Deng, the United Center, Michael Jordan’s statue and Michigan Avenue Bridge. We’ll throw in Michael Wilbon and the nice old woman that sews the jerseys on the side and call it a deal.

Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard would make everyone scared, especially the Heat.

As a Miami fan, I am petrified just writing about this.


Tags: Basketball Brook Lopez Carlos Boozer Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose Dwight Howard Joakim Noah Lebron James Luol Deng Michael Jordan Michael Wilbon NBA New Jersey Nets Orlando Magic

  • strange

    rose HAS to take all those shots you fool. i could tell you didn’t know shit, but once i saw that you’re a miami fan, it all made sense.

  • EricWermes

    Overated my a$$…

    He’s a mini-Lebron if you can’t tell. Anyone in the league can see this…he had no backup PG…not other superstars to rely on. Heck…I won’t even say superstars. There are no other people of all star caliber on that team that were playing with him. Deng is close, and that’s it. He’s doing it on his own when it comes time to crunch time. If he had real shooters on the floor all around him…he’d avg about 12 assists a game. I’ll take the 30/8 Derrick any day though.

  • CCSilverman

    Noah is a good player. I don’t know why you are shitting on him. Deng is out and that really hurts them because he’s one of their best perimeter shooters.

    Rose has always been a scoring PG. It seems like most of his assists just come off of him driving and not having a shot and dishing it out. I don’t think Dwight Howard is the answer. But I KNOW boozer isn’t.

  • Sam McPhee

    @strange you didn’t see I’m a Miami fan because I’m a Cavaliers fan, so that was a blatant lie. The attempted insult, which was rather immature and unnecessary, didn’t make a whole lot of sense. I didn’t know shit but it makes sense not knowing shit if I were a Miami fan…….Ok…….

    Explain to me why he has to take all those shots. Why he takes 5 three pointers a game when he’s a terrible three point shooter. Why he takes long and contested jump shots when he is not a good shooter, and has a clear physical and athletic advantage over any point guard in the NBA. Sure Boozer has played shitty, but he was a given 20 and 10 guy, so don’t give me that regurgitated crap he has to win it single handedly. If he were a better point guard players like Noah, Boozer and Deng would take the pressure off him. It’s the reason average forwards thrive with Chris Paul and Steve Nash.

  • Sam McPhee

    @EricWermes I didn’t want to make the Cleveland LeBron reference because I believe if LeBron had the talent Rose has he would have made more than one Finals appearance before Miami and I daresay would have a ring. The best teammate LeBron ever had was Mo Williams/Antawn Jamison. Take your pick. Regardless of who you choose, I’d rather Noah, Boozer or Deng. You’re right about him doing it on his own, and his teammates haven’t done much to show him he can trust them, but as a point guard he should be putting them in the positions to do so, regardless of him being the star. I think he has a bit of the Kobe Bryant syndrome in that he knows he is by far the best player on the team and has to take every shot, regardless of who is guarding him and how bad the attempt may be. 30/8 Rose? Sure you’d take that if it existed. It’s more like a 24 and 8 Rose, but I’d much rather a 20 and 12 Rose, like you have a 20 and 12 Paul. I don’t think he is a natural point guard, that’s why I’ll disagree with you if he had better shooters. Remember he did have Bogans and Korver who are very good shooters, and Hamilton is in that category too. He just won’t ever be the kind of point guard Chris Paul is. That may be OK and enough to win a championship, but personally I prefer the traditional point guard style.

  • Sam McPhee

    @CCSilverman I am mostly shitting on Noah because I am a Cavaliers fan and he was extremely disrespectful to the franchise and the fans. Also because I am a big James fan I shit on him because of his whinging whilst he had his arse kicked in the playoffs and his general demeanour angers me. I never said he wasn’t a good player, I think he’s a richer man’s Anderson Varejao. Energy, blocks, rebounds, runs the floor, but a better offensive player. Deng has become a good perimeter shooter yes, but the biggest loss of being without him is the defense. One of the better perimeter wing defenders in the league and against Miami, nothing is more important.

    Certainly agree with you about the scoring mentality and his assists are usually a result of a drive and kick rather than setting up a look for an opponent. I agree that Howard and Rose wouldn’t necessarily fit perfectly because Rose isn’t a traditional point guard. Now should the Clippers make the trade I wrote about a few days ago being Griffin for Howard, and partnering Paul with Dwight, that is a horrifying thought. But if you’re the Bulls, who is going to turn down the opportunity to get, by far and away, the best big man in the league? They’d get it to work, the only issue would be the paint spacing and Rose would have to learn to take less than 25 shots per game but I still think it’s an improvement over what they have. Howard is an improvement over anything.

  • EricWermes

    @Sam McPhee @EricWermes
    Yo…now your ticking me off! Don’t even tell me Bogan is a great shooter. Yeah if he is playing a game of h-o-r-s-e at my company picnic. And Korver could not hit anything when it really mattered. I also didn’t say rose drops 30/8 every night, but I like it when he does other then the CP3 numbers, he is more dominating. If you want the true all around PG…he’ll give you that too. What happened when he met CP3…29/16/8…that is wtf happened, cp3 should’ve asked for an autograph afterwards. Derrick can score 30 a game whenever he wants, but he’ll get flack for it. And don’t tell me he doesn’t set up his teammates. Noah cannot hold the ball, Asik drops it all the times, Boozer too weak to finsih with with power. He hits wide open shooters all game long. The offense is also deisgned to have him move the ball all over the place, not just dribble around like CP3. Rose gives to Noah…then runs a circle around the court…noah shoots, dishes to someone else, or then back to rose with about 8 seconds left. The kid straight balls…why don’t you go look up the ESPN GM’s rankings and see what real basketball analysts rank him to other pg’s.

  • EricWermes

    @Sam McPhee You better just drop it man.

  • Sam McPhee

    @EricWermes@Sam What am I dropping? I don’t need to drop anything. Btw Bogans shot close to 40% from three last season, around 39%, so don’t tell me he’s not a good shooter. Mike Wilbon was disappointed they cut him altogether, so I’ll go with him. Korver wasn’t hitting shots because the coaching was bad and kept putting him on the floor in crunch time, meaning he had to go down the other end and guard LeBron and he absolutely destroyed him. He had nothing left because he can’t defend and was being forced to guard the best athletes in the game down the stretch. The only PGs autograph he should be asking for is Nash’s, maybe Kidd, certainly not Rose. Rose wishes he was Chris Paul. That was one game brother, Kobe scored 82 in a game, does that mean he can do it every night?

    Sure Rose can score 30 whenever he wants, but so can Paul and Deron, but they’re point guards that’s not what they’re supposed to do. Don’t tell me he misses out on assists because Noah and Asik drop the ball, that’s ridiculous, you can do better than that. Boozer is a good jump shooter, yes he’s been in bad form, but he’s certainly underutitlized.

    You’ve taken it the wrong way, none of this is criticising Rose and most of it is just my preference of having a true, pass first point guard. I’m aware of how good he is. GM rankings don’t interest me, I make my own conclusions, not the kind of person that sits back and takes the opinions of writers and GMs as to how I should view a player.

  • EricWermes

    @Sam McPhee @Sam
    Whatever stroke…your ticking me off. Was 32/13 ok for you? Let me know. Oh no, don’t, cause I know. Dudes missing two starters and is killing it…and will be starting with your boyz in the all star game too…if he was ridin in the west, he’d be starting there too. When CP3, Dwill…and old a$$ nash are behind him in the olympics, write another article. Paul has never one a game vs rose….think about that. He dominates ever other PG in the game that is supposedly good….straight dominates. Bogans averaged 4 points a game and couldn’t get open…Rose has to do everything, create every shot, intitiate every break, etc. Peace.

  • Sam McPhee

    @EricWermes@Sam Whatever stroke? OK I won’t ‘let you know’.

    If he was in the West he may be starting on popularity, which is all the All Star game is, but if it were picked by the coaches I think you’d find him on the bench.

    Few things on the house for you here. The most important is that the coach of Team USA is Coach K, Mike Krzyzewski. The dude plays a very organised offense, both in college and for the national team, and as such prefers to have point guards that play as such. That’s why you’ve seen Paul, Williams, Rondo and Kidd playing there during his greatest successes. You’re right he’ll be ahead of Nash though, considering Nash plays for Canada not for the USA, so there’s a lot of your credibility gone for that comment.

    Not so sure Paul has never beaten Rose, but maybe, just maybe, that’s because the Hornets were as bad as any team in the league other than Chris Paul. So again that’s an irrelevant argument.

    Bogans hit nearly 100 threes last season, at close to 40%, so I’d say he was able to get open. He isn’t a good player, but don’t tell me he isn’t a good shooter.

    The biggest issue here is that you have capitulated one the one tiny bit of criticism I had of Rose in an article that was written about how he was carrying his team and how he desperately needs and deserves help. None of this needed to be said. I appreciate you taking the time to comment, but the anger is not necessary, nor is the hate mongering. It was not intended to insult Derrick Rose, who is a stunning talent. Have a look at the title of the argument. I don’t know what else you want me to say.