Knicks' Davis advises Rose on recovery process

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Knicks' Davis advises Rose on recovery process

NEW YORKIf anybody can relate to Derrick Rose, these days, its the Knicks backcourt.

From Jason Kidd to Oak Park, Ill., native Iman Shumpert, New Yorks guards, from old to young, have undergone serious early-career knee injuries.

Kidd, a future Hall of Famer, wasnt a high-flying athlete on the level of Rose, but had some explosiveness in his younger days, particularly prior to having microfracture surgery. Shumpert, in his second NBA season, tore his ACL the same day Rose did and while hes nearing his return to the floor, lingering is the question of whether he regain his prodigious leaping ability.

Then, theres Baron Davis, a player whos been the victim of multiple knee injuries throughout his playing daysstarting with a torn ACL after a dunk in the NCAA Tournament when he was at UCLAand after yet another devastating injury in last seasons playoffs, it appeared as though his career was finally over.

Davis, who isnt officially retired and is still rehabilitating his knee with the Knicks while serving as an unofficial team ambassador, has been keeping an eye on Roses progress, especially since the athleticism of the point guards at the same stage of their careers is remarkably similar.

It was a hard thing to go through, but mentally, it put me in a place where I just became even more reckless and went even hard. Coming back after the injury, I became more explosive because I learned how to jump properly. I learned how to balance it and both legs were strong, so I was able to jump off one leg, two feet, it didnt really matter, he told CSNChicago.com.

With D-Rose, hes such a great athlete, that thats the least of his problems and him being grounded for a little bit is going to help him improve his game and gradually get back to where he needs to be. But his footwork and everything, itll be better than it was before he got hurt.

Davis, a Los Angeles native, met Rose, who spends his summers in L.A., there during a past offseason and has kept in touch ever since. After Roses injury last April, Davis has been dispensing advice to the younger player.

I text D-Rose all the time, said Davis, who called Rose his favorite player in the league.

Just texting and keep encouraging him, he continued. Hes got it. Just have supreme confidence and know that youre coming back.

He reminds me of me when I was 20, 21, early in my career. I always say hes the closest comparison.

Given that Davis persevered through multiple injuries to be a productive NBA player, there could be worse things to be compared to.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Bulls welcome Cavaliers to town

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Bulls welcome Cavaliers to town

In the latest installment of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, the panel previews the Bulls' matchup against the Cavaliers. 

Luke Stuckmeyer is joined by Mark Carman (WGN Radio), David Schuster (670 The Score) and Kendall Gill to break down the keys to a Bulls win. Later, Vincent Goodwill (CSNChicago.com) joins Luke to discuss the team's progress. 

Finally, LeBron James pays off his World Series bet and the entire media world is there to see it. 

Check out the SportsTalk Live Podcast below: 

LeBron James pays off bet, rocks Cubs uniform to the United Center

LeBron James pays off bet, rocks Cubs uniform to the United Center

One month after the Cubs were crowned World Series champions for the first time in 108 years, fans witnessed something else they assumed they’d never see in their lifetime.

LeBron James made good on his lost bet to Dwyane Wade, donning a head-to-toe Cubs uniform prior to the Cavaliers’ tilt against the Bulls on Friday. Wade won the bet after the Cubs came back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

Wade met James inside the United Center tunnel after the Cavs’ team bus arrived, with a swarm of media contingent elbowing for a glimpse of James. Even Clark the Cub was in attendance to see James complete his end of the losing bet.

"Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. Before I walk into the United Center and get bombarded with cameras and everything, I lost this bet. And this is unfortunate what I have to go into the arena in: pinstripes all the way down to the shoe. Yeah, I mean all the way to the World Series patch on the arm," James said in a video uploaded to Uninterrupted. "My Indians gave everything they had. And the Cubs came back and showed what true champions is all about. Meanwhile, I’m pinstriped up walking into a national televised game in Chicago because of a bet I lost. So, you’re all welcome.”

The four-time MVP wore the Cubs’ home white pants, a No. 23 jersey with “James” on the back over a blue sweatshirt, and a Cubs hat. James also wore a custom pair of his own white Zoom Soldier 10s with blue accents to complete the outfit.

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James joked with Wade in the tunnel for a minute before heading to the Cavaliers locker room, where another group of reporters and photographers were waiting to capture James’ walk of shame. Even Kyrie Irving was amazed the scene of media personnel waiting for James, saying “I didn’t realize it was this big a deal.”

Fred Hoiberg joked during pregame availability that he was going to wear his Cubs uniform to the game. And though he didn’t catch James entering the arena, he was glad to see Wade and James enjoying the bet.

“It’s all in good fun,” Hoiberg said. “He and Dwyane obviously have an unbelievable relationship. Two very good friends that won championships together, so yeah pretty cool. All in good fun.”

Well, that was something...

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