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Odds & Ends-Volume 84


OddsEndsI’m gonna come right out and say it, Derrick Rose is soft.DRose13

I get that’s he has been hurt a lot the past couple of seasons,but it was comments last week to TNT’s Rachel Nichols that has forever etched his softness in my eyes.

“I’m thinking about long term. I’m thinking about after I’m done with basketball. Having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to, I don’t want to be in my meetings all sore or be at my son’s graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past. [I’m] just learning and being smart.”

It is comments like Rose’s that make me question his commitment to his team and the game. It was bad enough he was a pussy for not playing in the 2013 NBA Playoffs and now he is too much of a wuss to come back out to play again. If this is how he really feels, then he should probably retire. The Bulls deserve better than him anyways.

Lance Stephenson of the Charlotte Hornets is at it again,making himself an embarrassment to professional sports. The same guy who blew sweet nothings into LeBron’s ear during the Eastern Conference Finals decided to take flopping to a whole new level.

In the first minute of Saturday night’s game at Golden State, Stephenson is seen trying to work around a few bodies where he then appears to slap himself in the face and then flail his arms in the hopes of getting a foul drawn. And guess what? He did!

While it is argued that the officials made the right call,the way he sold it was downright pitiful. It’s kind of ridiculous how guys try and sell foul calls and it’s crazy that this one even worked. I don’t know how much respect I had for Stephenson before this,but if I did, it’s been waning for a while.

JonasGrayIf you didn’t know the name Jonas Gray before last night,you’re probably now used to hearing it.

The Patriots tailback is now the starter after losing Stevan Ridley to a season-ending injury,and he had quite the coming-out party in Indianapolis on Sunday night.

Gray had 199 yards on 38 carries and four touchdowns, a team record for most rushing scores in one game. The Patriots used Gray the same way they used LaGarrette Blount in the playoffs last year against this same Colts squad, by running the ball and continuing to do it.

The great thing about this team is how they find talent and plug in guys where they need to. Gray went undrafted out of Notre Dame and was on the practice squads in Miami and Baltimore before coming to the Patriots initially on the practice squad before being activated to the roster. Gray is just another success story for New England as they continue to the toast of the AFC.


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