The Struggle is REAL for LeBron and the Cavs

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LeBron admits this season is the hardest for him

When the Cleveland Cavaliers swapped Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas who, at the time of the trade, was still recovering from the injury he sustained during the last playoffs, many people were worried that this deal would have a rippling effect to the success rate of the Cavs. Despite getting Derrick Rose who was also dealing with his own injury problems among other matters, and Dwayne Wade, the defending Eastern Conference Champions are not as dominant as they used to be during the previous 3 seasons despite LeBron James playing another MVP-worthy season.
The Cavs began the season inconsistently and right now, they are nowhere near the super team that they should be. Why? If they are, then they should be holding the best record in the Eastern Conference, to say the least. Instead, the Cavs are in the 3rd spot in the East with a 26-17 record- 7 games behind the East-leading Boston Celtics.
Recently, LeBron James, who is averaging 27 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks in 43 games this season has finally admitted one thing that has been observed by many: the 2017-2018 season has been the hardest for LeBron. 

How bad is it? 

Since December 19, 2017, the Cleveland Cavaliers have gone 3-9 and are riding on a 4-game losing streak. The Cavs lost to the Golden State Warriors, twice, and to the Celtics of Kyrie Irving. But one of the ugliest defeats that the Cavs have to endure this season was the one against the Toronto Raptors, 133-99. That, by the way, was the most lopsided defeat that has been absorbed by the Cavs. It was so horrible that LeBron James was seen yelling at his teammates at the bench as if he was the coach. 


If the Cavs can’t figure things out before the playoffs, it will put Tyronn Lue’s coaching job in jeopardy and worse, it will almost secure LeBron James’ ticket out of Cleveland. However, we shouldn’t count the Cavs just yet because whether we like it or not, the Cavs are still seasoned for another Finals trip assuming the Cavs make it past the Celtics. And who knows? These struggles might benefit the Cavs in the long run. 

By the Numbers: 3 Things that Failed the Cavs Against Indiana

And because of these things, the Cavs endured their 4th consecutive loss

The Pacers outscored the Cavs, 32-22 in the 4th quarter to come out with the win.

The defending Eastern Conference champions reloaded themselves during the busy off-season, bringing in Dwayne Wade back alongside LeBron and getting Isaiah Thomas and a bunch of role players from Boston in a deal that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics. 
While those deals made the Cleveland Cavaliers, a much-stronger-on-paper “super team” which, according to their fans, can finally match-up well against the Golden State Warriors- should both teams meet again in the NBA Finals.
Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and stay in the course of the regular season, for now. 
8 games into the new season, the Cavaliers are now 3-5, the same record that LeBron James has in his 8 trips to the Finals. 
After starting the season with a win over the Celtics which was followed by another victory against the Bucks, the Cavs went 1-5 since then, including 4 straight losses, the last one from the hands of the Indiana Pacers who are by the way, playing well despite being without a consistent center or a superstar after trading away long-time star player, Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the early months of the 2018-2018 off-season.
So what happened to the Cavs against the Pacers? Below are the numbers:

22% Shooting from Deep

Let’s start with the worst one. To begin with, the Cavs are shooting 34% from long distance during the course of those 8 games- placing them tied for the 19th spot in that category. Against the Pacers however, LeBron James and company only made 7 OUT OF 31 ATTEMPTS from the 3-point line- that’s 22% 3-point field goal shooting, folks. And yet they allowed Indiana to hit 16 of their 26 attempts from that area. You see the difference? It was a huge difference. 
Need any more? Here are the players who miserably struggled from outside:
  • Kevin Love: 2 of 6
  • LeBron James: 1 of 5
  • JR Smith: 2 of 6
  • Jae Crowder: 0 of 5
  • Kyle Korver: 1 of 5

8 Turnovers for The King

While there’s no doubt in everyone’s mind, or at the very least, in the minds of his fans, that LeBron James is on a course to win another MVP this season. But, how can you even win a basketball game if you are careless with the ball? Despite his 33 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists against the Pacers, one of the many things that haunted LeBron and eventually the Cavs, was his 8 turnovers- that’s half of the turnovers Cavs had during the entire game. 

Lack of Intensity from the Starters

If your starters are struggling, then pray that your bench steps up. In this case, the bench of Tyronn Lue outscored the bench players of Indiana, 34-18. The problem was: the Cavs’ starters failed to match the intensity and consistency of the Pacers’ first five as the latter outscored the former, 106-73. Indiana could have beaten the Cavs by relying on their starters alone but fortunately, they had little help from off the bench. 


Maybe the Cavs are dealing with many things nowadays, LeBron’s impending departure, Derrick Rose’s injury, Dwayne Wade coming off the bench, possible chemistry issue. You name it. Maybe having too many superstars have finally caught on the Cavs. Maybe it’s affecting their chemistry to begin with. Maybe. Maybe. Maybe. If they don’t sort things out by themselves, then they won’t be making it back to the Finals this season. Just maybe. 

Derrick Rose Got a 2nd Chance Inside and Outside the Court After Being Cleared of Rape Case

Derrick Rose may bloom again after issue outside the court was cleared.

Derrick Rose Second Chance

Derrick Rose was one of the most promising players before injuries ruined his once bright career, but it isn’t the only issue he is experiencing. Derrick Rose ex-girlfriend accused him of rape back in 2013 and while this incident got nothing to do with basketball, it is still a baggage that Rose has carried in his head for some time.
Last Wednesday, however, the Jurors have officially cleared the former MVP of the accusation.  Derrick Rose and two friends was in a lawsuit of gang raping his ex-girlfriend when she was incapacitated from drugs or alcohol.
Derrick who will be playing with his 3rd team in his 9 year career is up for a fresh start and is en route to proving critics wrong.  Rose signed for a veteran minimum to play with LeBron James in Cleveland in hopes for a championship ring.

So Much Love: China Really Really Really Love Derrick Rose!

Derrick Rose is a hero in China

Derrick Rose Crying in China

Derrick Rose recently visited China and he got a surprise of a lifetime after a Chinese fans showed him a tribute video. 

Derrick Rose at 28 and a former MVP has been through a lot of ups and downs in life, and during those times, fans in China has never stopped loving him and the proof is in this video that made the now Cleveland Cavalier shed tears. 
Derrick Rose has also suffered too many injuries in his career and this year fans from China offered some inspiration and support.  
This almost made me cry. 

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Derrick Rose Sides with the Koreans, Plays Against K Pop Stars!

Because the Koreans recently defeated the Gilas Pilipinas and we were so impressed with their skills, we are bringing some Korean K Pop basketball action with the newly acquired guard of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
ICYMI: NBA star Derrick Rose, of the New York Knicks, visited South Korea for the first time to play basketball against kpop superstars! Derrick Rose landed in Korea on August 15, 2016 for an Adidas event held at Lotte World Mall, greeting his Korean girl kpop superstar fans. Several girl Kpop superstar made their way over to see the NBA player, among kpop stars were NS Yoon-G and Jessi. New York Knicks’ point guard Derrick Rose visited Korea to promote his signature sneakers “D Rose 7”

LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Eric Bledsoe and others in Las Vegas, Wait a Minute?

Eric Bledsoe for Kyrie Irving in the works?

LeBron James will be working out with Derrick Rose, Eric Bledsoe and others in Las Vegas, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
We want to let you know that as early as now all these are just rumors. Eric Bledsoe and LeBron James know each other for awhile and this is not the first time they will be working out together again. Only this time situations have changed and when people see them together it could add more fuel to the flame.
LeBron James and Eric Bledsoe share the same agent in Rich Paul.
What LeBron James think of Eric Bledsoe?
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Do you think Kyrie Irving and Eric Bledsoe trade will happen?


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Lakers Got Their Back up Point Guard After Failed Negotiation with Derrick Rose

No Rose will be wearing Purple and Gold, Lakers Moved on and Signed Tyler Ennis

Ennis has agreed to a two-year deal with the veteran’s minimum. Ennis will be a backup point guard for Lonzo Ball, assuming that they would use Jordan Clarkson as back up shooting guard and not point guard. Tyler Ennis was a member of the Lakers last season but wasn’t really playing enough minutes and he should expect the same thing especially with Lonzo Ball around. Ennis is going to be a Los Angeles Lakers filler, as the Lakers is already looking ahead for the big 2018 free agency.

Rose Alley Oop to Antetokounmpo: Bucks is Getting Close to Making This Happen

Rose and Antetokounmpo could be teammates soon!

Rose Alley Oop to Antetokounmpo: Bucks is getting close to making this happen

Derrick Rose at 28 should still be in the prime of his game but due to injuries, many teams have written him off their list. It’s just too risky to sign a Derrick Rose to a contract especially after everything he has gone through.
Bucks may be willing to risk as Coach Kidd has shown willingness and interest to meet him again for the second time to maybe potentially close the deal.  The only problem would be getting Rose to agree to a 5 million contract for the first year due to a limitation in the salary cap space.
Derrick Rose in the past 3 years have actually played around 60 games per season, averaged about 31 minutes per games and produces 17 points with 4 assists per game. It’s not bad at all.
It will be an exciting season for the Bucks if this negotiation pulls through, seeing the Greek Freak and Derrick Rose in the same uniform will be an eye candy.
Do you think acquiring Derrick Rose will be a good move for the Bucks?

Derrick Rose Saved His Life and Avoided Lebron James’ Raging Dunk

Watch as New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose as he just had to look out for himself and ran away to let James with a powerful dunk during the first quarter last Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. 

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 Also check out Kristaps Porzingis when he avoided defending James as well later on that same half.
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Lillard, Rose and Lin Headline Asian Summer Tours. Who’s coming to PH?

Lillard, Rose and Lin Headline Asian Summer Tours. Who's coming to PH?

 After a season of playoff runs and making highlight reels, the league’s best will head overseas to Take on Summer. Inspired by the grueling off-season training, mentality and hard work that prepare the game’s best for the upcoming season, the latest adidas Basketball tours will connect millions of fans to their favorite athletes.
“My approach to basketball has always been this; you can only get out of the game what you put in – and that’s what Take on Summer is all about,” said point guard Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers. “That’s the mentality I bring to my training and being able to share that attitude overseas to fans and players is an honor. I’m excited to get back to China, Taiwan and the Philippines to spend time with some of the best hoops fans in the world.” 
Fans attending the Take on Summer tours will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and interact with their favorite players at exclusive events including basketball demonstrations and games, in-store appearances, social media campaigns and more.
Damian Lillard Tour
Take on Summer tips-off when Damian Lillard arrives in Beijing on June 8 and his tour continues through June 14 with multiple stops in China and visits to Taipei and Manila. Damian is coming off an outstanding season where he posted careers high in points (25.1) and assists (6.8). His play and team dedication led what was widely believed to be one of the bottom teams in the Western Conference to the second round of the NBA Playoffs in one of the season’s biggest stories.
City                                             Date
Beijing                                 June 9-10
Chengdu, China                  June 11-12
Taipei                                   June 13
Manila                                  June 14
Jeremy Lin Tour
Charlotte Hornets point guard Jeremy Lin will arrive in Guangzhou, China on June 18 and make multiple appearances in China. Lin’s consistent play helped lead the Charlotte Hornets to the NBA Playoffs.
City                                             Date
Shenzhen, China                June 18
Guangzhou, China             June 18-19
Shanghai                            June 20-23
Beijing                                June 24-25
Derrick Rose Tour
Derrick Rose is coming off one of his best seasons in recent years and showed his trademark playmaking and explosiveness. He will visit Asia August 10-17 with stops in China and South Korea. More specific plans will be announced at a later date.

Zombie-inspired editions of the D Rose 6 and D Lillard, will scare you starting Oct 31

Get ready to get the best treat this Halloween from Adidas. Sneakerheads, Just in time for Halloween, adidas unveiled the “Ballin’ Dead” pack, featuring zombie-inspired editions of the D Rose 6 and D Lillard 1.
October 31st…the zombies coming out the dirt
Face mask cover skins the same way it covers hurt
A disguise for the day, be someone else for what it’s worth
A time to be who you would like for once on God’s Green Earth
D Rose 6, Zombie 
The D Rose 6 features a core black upper embossed with a reflective zombie brain pattern that bleeds onto a pink STABLEFRAME midsole. Green drip graphics overlay adidas branding on the tongue, complementing the glow-in-the-dark outsole and D Rose logo prominently displayed on the heel. Pink hits at the toe cap and FITFRAME heel cage contrast the silhouette’s deep purple accents for a haunting look.


D Lillard 1

The D Lillard 1 features a two-tone upper with core black hues and a slime green base running from heel to toe. A glow-in-the-dark midsole with pink splatter oozes to the outsole, while a reflective brain pattern overlays the dark silhouette. The pink lace system and heel pull tab contrast purple accents and glow-in-the-dark finishes.  
Dame also delivered a Halloween-inspired #4BarFriday featured in the sockliner:

The D Rose 6 (Php8795), and D Lillard 1 (Php6295) drop this Halloween at select retailers and 

Bulls and Pistons are Victorious in Opening Night

Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons both got a positive result on the season opener, after winning games against Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks respectively.

Bulls beat Cavaliers in a close game, 97-95 in United Center, Chicago. It was a very tight game and many beautiful plays shown by both sides. Cavaliers performed really well, and played as a solid team, but unfortunately fell short, even though they dominated in second, third and fourth quarters. Bulls led the Cavaliers 26-17, but Cavaliers stepped up and actually led Bulls for the rest of the quarters, 23-20, 28-25 and 27-26.

Jimmy Butler was the hero on the game. His steal on the last seconds Cavaliers’ attempt through Lebron James that intended to catch a pass from Mo Williams inbound ball secured the victory for the home team.

A little surprise on the line-up for the Bulls; Nikola Mirotic starts over veteran Joakim Noah. And it turned out pretty well. Mirotic ended the game with 19 points, and 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. The hero Jimmy Butler added 18 points for the Bulls. Bulls’ superstar point guard, Derrick Rose playing with a protective mask after undergoing fractured orbital bone surgery. He scored 18 points and 5 dimes. Pau Gasol had a block party, 6 blocks under his name on this season opener.

Meanwhile, Lebron James noted 25 points for Cavaliers,with 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Mo Williams, started his second stint with Cavaliers well, with 19 points and 7 assists against the Bulls. Kevin Love added 18 points and newly signed forward, Richard Jefferson made 10 points.

Another scene from the game was that President Barack Obama attended last night’s game in United Center. From his tweet, he seems very happy that Bulls ended up victorious.

Meanwhile in Philips Arena, Atlanta, The Hawks hammered by Detroit Pistons 106-94. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the star for the Pistons, scoring 21 points and 4 rebounds. Pistons’ big man Andre Drummond was having a game as well, with 18 points and 19 (yes, nineteen) rebounds for the away team. Marcus Morris added 18 points and 10 rebounds.

For the home team, German point guard, Dennis Schroder led the team with 20 points, while forward Paul Millsap has 19 and Jeff Teague scored 18. Hawks looked struggling without DeMarre Carroll, who left the team for Raptors in free agency, offensively and defensively, and Kent Bazemore, who played to fill Carroll’s spot, scored none.

Derrick Rose launched D Rose 4 Shoe in Chicago, check out the video!

Just a perfect poster shot for Derrick Rose and his new signature shoe, we have been featuring Derrick Rose quite a lot recently and we just cant stop, we like him. check out the official press release from Adidas. The new DRose 4 shoe and the homecoming video of Derrick Rose in Chicago. Hopefully he play this season.

What do you think of the shoe?

Derrick Rose in Chicago

Chicago Bulls point guard’s signature shoe features new design elements representing his distinct on-court play and off-court demeanor
PORTLAND, Ore., SEPT. 22, 2013 – adidas today unveiled the D Rose 4 signature basketball shoe and apparel collection – the latest in a line of premium and personal signature products designed for Chicago Bulls point guard, Derrick Rose. The D Rose 4 features an exclusive, tailored design inspired by Derrick’s distinct on and off-court personalities and will launch worldwide on October 10, just before Derrick hits the NBA court.
“When I’m out on the court I’m doing everything in my power to win, and off the court I’m a pretty laid back guy who likes to spend time with my family,” said Rose. “It’s cool adidas used this in the design of the shoe, and it performs great on the court and looks really nice off it.”
Divided by a bold line at the ankle, the front and back of the shoe represent the two distinct on and off-court personalities of Derrick. With tough and strong materials and innovative technology, the back heel was designed to highlight Derrick’s game and enhance his explosive and attacking style of play. The front of the shoe, made with premium materials and a sleek, clean design, represents Derrick’s relaxed and understated off-court style. 
“On the court Derrick is a competitive and explosive player, but off the court he transforms into a humble person who is deeply dedicated to his family, team and the city of Chicago,” said Lawrence Norman, vice president, adidas Global Basketball. “This is what makes him truly special in this sport and this shoe, unlike any other, showcases these two sides of Derrick.”
In addition to reflecting the two distinct sides of Derrick, the D Rose 4 features updated performance and style characteristics that help to elevate his game and represent his unique style of play.
The shoe uses adidas’ Crazyquick outsole traction system – the company’s latest performance innovation – that gives Derrick maximum control and flexibility for quick moves on the court. adidas’ new SPRINTWEB technology, dynamic GEOFIT ankle support and improved molded SPRINTFRAME enhance the support, comfort and control of the shoe.  And, in what has become a trademark on Derrick’s shoes, the three reflective stripes on the back heel remind Derrick’s opponents of his quickness when he drives past and over them on the court.
The D Rose 4 also includes detailed style elements to deliver a clean off-court look. Premium elements include the gloss upper pattern featuring a modern material finish and smooth synthetic leather, a reflective D Rose logo on the ankle collar and an eye-catching hologram material overlaid by perforated synthetic leather to highlight the shoe’s prominent D Rose logo on the tongue.
In addition to the new shoe, the latest from the signature collection uses adidas’ most premium products and includes fleece sweatshirts and pants, tees, shorts, hats and socks to hook up with each colorway of the shoe. 
Both the D Rose 4 and apparel collection feature the distinctive D Rose logo with three petals that revolve around the letter “D” and number “1” in the center. Derrick and adidas collaborated in 2012 to design and unveil a logo that represents his unique style of play and his family who helped guide him from Englewood to the NBA.
The D Rose 4 launches at retailers in the Philippines on October 10 for PHP 7995 in three different colorways. Four other editions will launch through the end of the year.
The D Rose signature collection is also available October 10.
About adidas Basketball

adidas has been providing innovative products to help the world’s best athletes perform at elite levels for more than 60 years, from past legends to today’s superstars, such as Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Candace Parker, Tim Duncan, Damian Lillard and Jrue Holiday.  On April 11, 2006 adidas and the National Basketball Association signed an 11-year global merchandising partnership making the adidas brand the official uniform and apparel provider for the NBA, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the NBA Development League (D-League) beginning with the 2006-07 NBA season.

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Derrick Rose go all in for Chicago

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose and adidas go all in for Chicago. Derrick Rose has spent the summer training and just returned from meeting fans during the D Rose Tour, which spanned 10 countries and 13 cities across Europe and Asia, including the Philippines. To celebrate his return to the game he loves more than anything, adidas debuts a new film, “all in for Chicago.” View film here.
The “all in for Chicago” film showcases Derrick reflecting on his future and his relationship with his fans and the game. This journey concludes with Derrick reinforcing that he’s ready to prove to his fans that he can be the best on the court.

Fans can join the Derrick Rose conversation at the adidas Basketball Facebook Pageand on Twitter and Instagram with @adidashoops.
Do I deserve my name on a shoe?
Did I deserve the world lifting me up when I was down?
Will I be able to give my city…the ultimate thank you?
Can I do what it takes to be remembered?
It’s time to prove to my fans that I’m still focused.
It’s time to show the world that I can still do this.
I’m all in for Chicago.  

Derrick Rose vs Samurai in Japan video

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For those waiting to see Derrick Rose back in the game, this video may be a good sign for things to come. Derrick Rose an NBA MVP is currently in Japan for his Adidas world tour, and he did not disappoint the fans by showing them his handles and his quick move, he even got a challenge from two Samurai. 
Before you check the video I want to remind you that Derrick Rose will be coming to the Philippines as well as part of the Adidas tour catch him in person on September 15 and 16 at the Araneta Coliseum, Mariott  Hotel and at MOA. 
Derrick Rose vs Samurai, in Japan 

Derrick Rose one on one moves

Do you think Derrick Rose will have a good season? comment if you like Derrick Rose?

Derrick Rose still think he is the best player in the NBA

Derrick Rose still think he is the best player in the NBA, can’t argue if the question is who was the best player in the NBA a couple of years ago, but someone need to remind Derrick Rose that its already 2013 and since then players like Lebron James have dominated the game. To give credit too Derrick Rose he really was an amazing player and it is good that he is still very confident about it, but he needs to put into consideration that he might not be the same after the almost career ending injury that he suffered. For those who believe that he will be the same player, I salute you, you are a true fan but you need to open your eyes as history tell us that injury changes a player game and it’s not usually upward. 

Do you think he is still the best player?

ESPN: Derrick Rose is not scared

Derrick Rose is one of the most anticipated and talked about player in the upcoming NBA season, For one he was an NBA MVP and people are expecting a lot from him, but most of us are wondering how he will be able to cope up from his injury. Will the injury change Derrick Rose game? One thing we know for sure Derrick Rose is not afraid to play the same type of game he was playing when he was an MVP.

Derrick Rose ad will give you goosebumps

I love this Derrick Rose advertisement. #thereturn advertisement by a Adidas just gave me goosebumps, I am not  a big fan of Derrick Rose but the recent Adidas commercial is really doing a good job not just advertising their new line of Derrick Rose products but it also doing a perfect job in making Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose fans that Derrick Rose will return and be the same player.  What do you think?

Video: Derrick Rose Crying in front of Media

Crying Derrick Rose broke down at the launch of his apparel line and new show in Chicago this morning.  Who could not help himself After watching an emotional introduction showing a video about growing up in a rough part of Chicago. Derrick Rose breaks down while watching “The Return” launch video showcasing his determination to get back to the court. “We ain’t supposed to be here, at all, but God made a way. It’s truly unreal and I’m glad to have true fans out there,” said a sobbing Rose. Derrick Rose maybe crying now but I am sure that he will be happy once his  brand new logo, sneakers, shirts, shorts, etc are sold. Derrick Rose crying and emotional.

Video: Derrick Rose Crying in front of Media

The Return of D Rose: Episode 1 ‘BELIEF’

 The Return of D Rose: Episode 1

Derrick Rose and Adidas made a short documentary of Derrick Rose injury , all his hard work , his down fall and his come back. Here is the first episode of the Return of D Rose series. Derrick Rose is one of the best basketball player today but only time will tell if the injury will change his game, but no matter what change happen inside the court you can never change his heart and belief.

 Watch The Return of D Rose: Episode 1 ‘BELIEF’

Who has the better crossover D. Rose or J. Crawford?

I know some of you have a better match up or player in mind but these two players are considered one of the best in crossing over people. 
So what do you think? Who has the better crossover D. Rose or J. Crawford? 
Do you have any other players in mind, share it below?

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