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The Derrick Rose Dilemma

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New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose and a group of friends were recently found not guilty in a highly publicized civil rape case. Rose and two friends were accused by an ex-girlfriend of Rose’s of taking advantage of her while she was intoxicated. According to court documents, the woman invited Rose over to her apartment a few weeks after Rose had ended their relationship with a text message. A few hours later Rose and his two friends arrived and engaged in sexual activity with the woman.

The woman, who chose to remain anonymous, contends that she was too intoxicated (and may have been drugged) to consent to sex with all three. In this civil trail, the woman and her attorneys were seeking $20 million in damages.

Like in many rape cases, the details and accusations are very disturbing. However, the most disturbing comments and ideology may have come from Rose himself. Regardless of his guilt or innocence, Rose’s idea of sexual consent needs to be re-examined.

This all seems a bit fishy when you consider that when asked in his deposition if he had an understanding of the word “consent,” Rose replied “No, but can you tell me?” – Complex.com

During the trial Rose defended himself by stating that the racy texts he exchanged with his ex-girlfriend confirmed sexual consent. He also believes that the woman’s sexual history confirmed sexual consent. A lot of the testimony discrediting the plaintiff  amounts to victim shaming.

Rose’s obvious ignorance when it comes to the definition of consent is scary. Also, his verbiage during the course of this civil trial makes it really hard to root for him this NBA season. Sports fans have had to wrestle with their morals a lot in the past year.

Last NFL season, football fans had to watch Greg Hardy suit up on Sundays with some horrible accusations hanging over his head. An ex-girlfriend of Hardy’s accused him of choking her, throwing her onto a couch of loaded assault rifles and threatening to kill her if she told the media about it.

After serving a lengthy NFL suspension, Hardy suited up for the Dallas Cowboys last year. Cowboys fans were torn between their love for their hometown team and their hate for the alleged actions of Hardy. Hardy’s baggage and diminished skills have him employed this season.

Another example playing out this NFL season includes New York Giants kicker Josh Brown. Brown:

Giants kicker Josh Brown admitted to physically and emotionally abusing his wife and called himself a sex-addicted “deviant” who viewed himself as “God” and his wife as “my slave”, according to entries in his own journals, emails to his wife, and a letter he wrote to friends, which were obtained by SNY – Sny.tv

The New York Giants have not commented on these discoveries from Brown’s journal. The next logical step would be to release Brown so that he can get the counseling and help he needs.

Although all three cases are very different, Rose, Hardy and Brown call into question whether or not an athletes treatment of women should affect their ability to earn such a lucrative living on a public platform. Also, as fans, how do we separate the athlete/team from the man.

In particular, Rose is in his first season playing for a Knicks team desperate to improve from last season’s 32-50 record. Rose’s ability to help a team win has never been in question (while healthy). However, each time he takes the court this season, his judgment and character will be.

 

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Williams scores 24, Knicks beat Bucks 122-97 in opener

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Theeeee New York Knicks annihilated the Milwaukee Bucks tonight. Melo moved the ball and the bench came up huge all night long. As a life long Knicks I’ve learned to celebrate the little things and live in the moment. I’m enjoying this moment…

Source: Williams scores 24, Knicks beat Bucks 122-97 in opener

Carmelo Anthony on the Media Machine, Knicks and Staying Sane in NYC: Stay Melo

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Carmelo Anthony is back after an injury filled season. No one can deny Melo’s ability to set the Garden court on fire with his scoring but can that translate to wins for the New York Knicks this season. VICE Sports gives us a peak at Melo behind the scenes.

The Jeremy Lin Phenomenon

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After two big games in two big wins for the struggling New York Knicks Jeremy Lin has become the toast of New York City. What’s remarkable about this is that the NY Giants just won the Super Bowl and Lin has still found his space in the sports section.

Lin’s surprisingly exceptional play comes just at the right time for the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony has been fighting injuries for most of the season while Knicks point guard Toney Douglas seems to be fighting with the rim that he hits constantly with his errand three point shots. Rookie guard Iman Shumpert is talented but has failed to run the Knicks offense effectively.

Eventually, coach D’Antoni got tired of his players trying to get him fired with their lethargic play and gave Lin the keys to the Knicks offense which now looks like a Corvette instead of a 1995 Buick Regal.

Although Lin has only played like a superstar for two games, the MSG crowd has embraced the 6’3″ guard from Harvard. His smile and his ability to run the pick and roll are hard to ignore. There is no doubt that his Asian and Ivy League roots play a part in the buzz surrounding him and probably even played a role in the opportunity he was given to show his talent up to this point. Lin has finally been given a shot at being a starting point guard and so far has a A+.

The absence of Baron Davis and the absence of Toney Douglas’ talent will definitely give Lin an opportunity to prove to the league that these two games are not a fluke. Hopefully he can be an All-Star guard for the Knicks for the next ten yeard. However, if that does not work out he can always become president.

 

Glimpse into the 2011 NBA playoffs

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This season’s version of the NBA playoffs have already featured the elimination of the western conference’s top seeded San Antonio Spurs, a 46 point game from the Orlando Magic’s All-Start center Dwight Howard and a 40-foot three-point bank shot from the Atlanta Hawks sixth man scoring machine Jamal Crawford that helped eliminate Howard’s Magic. The Boston Celtics swept the injury depleted New York Knicks while Kevin Durant lead the Oklahoma City Thunder over the New York Knicks, I mean Denver Nuggets. The championship contending Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and defending champion Los Angeles Lakers also advanced to the second round.

At the beginning of the season I predicted the south beach marriage of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh would lead the Miami Heat to a championship this season. That prediction was looking pretty bad when the Heat started the season 9-8 and lost their first three match-ups against the defending eastern conference champions, the Boston Celtics. However, the Heat won their last regular season game against Celtics pretty convincingly and now lead the squad from Bean town 2-0 in their eastern semifinal best of 7 series.

The Heat have looked super human and the Celtics have looked their age. While Miami moves up, down and over the court at will, the Celtics have looked…..old. Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are all fighting injuries while Rajon Rondo has looked disinterested on defense the past two games.

The Heat will capture this series in 5 games and will defeat the Chicago Bulls in the eastern conference finals. As long as Carlos Boozer continues to play poorly, the Bulls will have no chance to reach the NBA finals.

Blake Griffin is on a mission to take over L.A.

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L.A. Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin missed the entire 2009-10 NBA season because of a knee injury he suffered during a preseason game. Griffin is fully recovered now and has picked up where he left off at Oklahoma.

Although the Clippers are off to another poor start this season, Griffin has given Clipper Nation hope for the future. Griffin’s signature game came against the New York Knicks last month. Griffin scored 44 points and looked like he was using a trampoline to jump over the Knicks defenders. Of course the Clippers lost, but Griffin’s performance had basketball fans and social networks buzzing for days.

Griffin is averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds this season, and unlike the usual rookie, has performed great against the NBA’s top teams and players. If Griffin continues to make waves in the NBA, and the Clippers find competent individuals to run their organization, he could become the face of L.A. basketball.

Griffin most resembles the Reign Man, Seattle Supersonics forward Shawn Kemp, only with a lot more skill, and a monstrous work ethic. With Eric Gordon as his Gary Payton, great things can happen in Clipper-land.