Give Rajon Rondo credit for honesty. When interviewed at the Red Bull "King of the Rock" event on notorious Alcatraz Island, the speedy Celtics All-Star point guard named the fans at Chicago's United Center as the league's most obnoxious crowd.
"Id say Chicago," Rondo told RedBull.com. "Ever since a couple years back in the playoffs, me and Kirk Hinrich got into it and theyve been booing me and heckling me ever since."
At least Rondo put his answer into a personal context. Bulls fans have a long memory and now that the hometown team has ascended to an upper-echelon squad following Rondo's dust-up with fan favorite "Captain Kirk," in the Bulls and Celtics historic first-round series in 2009. Chicago supporters have let him hear it.
The fact that Rondo faces off with league MVP Derrick Rose in a matchup of two of the game's premier point guards also puts a target on his back. However, while fans at the UC may have a personal animus toward Rondo, it would be unfair to call the "Madhouse on Madison" crowd the league's most obnoxious, although the likes of Pacers veteran big man Jeff Foster might disagree.
Passionate? Yes, but when it comes to over-the-top behavior, the fans at Rondo's own home arena in Boston have to be up there, along with the crowds in Salt Lake City, New York, Denver and Philadelphia. Rondo is on the money when he cites Golden State's fans -- despite the Warriors' perennially losing ways -- as the NBA's loudest. Though fans in Portland and Oklahoma City could give them a run for their money.
Really, this debate comes down to semantics. One man's "obnoxious" is simply another man's "intense," which is what Rondo calls the crowd at Boston's TD Banknorth Garden. How would his former Celtics assistant coach, Tom Thibodeau, compare the two arenas now?
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Doug McDermott is going to have to change his Twitter handle.
McDermott, via his @dougmcd3 Twitter account, announced on Friday that he's switching from Jersey No. 3 to No. 11 for the Bulls next season.
McDermott, who had worn the No. 3 jersey since his days at Creighton and over the past two seasons in the NBA, unselfishly gave up his number to new Bulls guard and future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade, who has worn the No. 3 every game throughout his 13-year career.
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As for what Wade had to give up in return? McDermott hasn't revealed his prize.
"It's in the works," McDermott said via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
McDermott becomes the first player to wear the No. 11 jersey on the Bulls since Ronnie Brewer in 2014.
Other notables to wear No. 11 for Chicago include B.J. Armstrong, Sam Vincent, Lindsey Hunter, Clem Haskins and A.J. Guyton.
I think somebody needs to explain to Derrick Rose what a "super team" is.
In a recent interview with NBA.com, Rose talked about the expectations with his new team — the New York Knicks — and how "they" are saying the Knicks are a super team.
Here's the full quote responding to the question about expectations:
They’re high. I mean, with these teams right now, they’re saying us and Golden State are the super teams, and they’re trying not to build that many super teams, and Adam Silver came out with the statement and this and that. And the expectations I think of us, we just want to win. Talking to Melo and all the guys who’ve been around. You’ve got Brandon who just signed for one year, he’s got to show why he’s there. I’ve got to show why I’m there. Joakim has to show why he’s there. Everybody’s trying to prove themselves. When you’ve got a group like that, it’s like, alright, I know everybody wants to do that, but we’re going to break this down as simple as possible, and try to win every game. I think winning takes care of every category, as far as being an athlete. You look at endorsements, being on the floor, almost everything — I think winning takes care of all that. And if you’re in the league, winning takes care of all the mistakes, or if you have any problems on teams.
So Rose thinks the Knicks — a team that finished 13th in the East and 12 games out of the final playoff spot last season — are a super team now?
And who is "they"? It's hard to imagine even the most optimistic Knicks fan sitting on a barstool declaring this squad a "super team."
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From that team that went 32-50 last season, the Knicks added Rose, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, Brandon Jennings and Justin Holliday.
Sure, that looks like it could be a very solid roster with Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis also in the fold and if Rose and Noah show flashes of their former selves, the Knicks may be a force to be reckoned with.
But given the Knicks didn't actually sign Dwyane Wade, not sure how anybody could call that a "super team."
Guess it wouldn't be a basketball offseason without D-Rose putting his foot in his mouth, eh?
How close were the New York Knicks to signing Dwyane Wade?
Carmelo Anthony says it was a lot closer than you think.
The Knicks star said his team had a realistic chance to sign Wade, and if his decision was made sooner, the Knicks "probably" would have wound up with the three-time NBA champion.
“There was a chance. There was definitely a chance," Anthony said on Wednesday at Team USA training camp. "We would have had to pull a rabbit out of a hat in the 25th hour.”
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A lot would have had to happen for the Knicks to land Wade, as they traded for Derrick Rose ($21 million with one year left) and signed Joakim Noah (four years, $72 million), Courtney Lee (four years, $50 million), Brandon Jennings (one year, $5 million) and Lance Thomas (four years, $27 million).
Wade ultimately left the Miami Heat after 13 seasons and signed a two-year, $47 million deal to return to his hometown Bulls.