Don’t Worry, He’ll be Back

Earlier this week Derrick Rose was sidelined after suffering a torn meniscus. Rose has been out twice before for similar injuries in both of his knees. Both times Rose has worked his way back to performing at a high level. Many believed Rose was done after this injury.

Today,  after a successful surgery, Rose is expected to return before the end of the season in 4-6 weeks.

This is huge news for the Bulls who are still in the playoff picture. Rose’s return will be a huge momentum boost to the Bulls. As long as Rose can recover and get back to full strength the Bulls could make a run in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

 

Is the Third Time a Charm?

Last night Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose got bad news again. For the third time in his career he will be undergoing surgery to repair a tear in his knee. D Rose has missed 192 games in his last four seasons. Over the past three seasons the Bulls have paid him $52.8 million. That’s a large sum for someone who is spending most of their time on the bench.

Rose has came back from these injuries which is promising for him and the Bulls. After each injury Rose has returned to the court strong and performed at a high level.

After the injury players and fans took to twitter with mixed responses. Fellow players wished a speedy and successful recovery. Fans on the other hand joked about Rose’s third injury.

Rose will undergo surgery to repair his torn meniscus. Knowing Rose’s  work ethic he will put forth his best effort to get back on the court and perform at his best. We will have to see how serious the tear is and how long he will need to recover.

Weak Ankles or a Strong Crossover?

Last night the Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves played each other. The big story coming out of the game is the stability of Ricky Rubio’s ankles after James Harden crossed him over and drained a 3- pointer in his face.

Immediately twitter exploded about the play. Even the teams began to tweet about the play. Fortunately, the conversation between the teams was just playful banter and didn’t blow up into something controversial.

Should teams tweet at each other during a game? If its anything like last night I am totally for it. It gives the fans something else to get involved with. As long as the teams are respectful and keep the jokes in good taste, this could be great for professional sports teams.

Ricky Rubio, I hope your ankles are okay because James Harden destroyed them last night.

NBA Trade Deadline: Who is going where?

Today is one of the most hectic days for an NBA team’s front office. The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching and is the last opportunity for teams to make moves that could bolster their rosters. Some big trades are still on the table as the deadline is less than an hour away.

One of these trades is between the Brooklyn Nets and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Nets are looking to pick up back- up guard Reggie Jackson in exchange for center Brook Lopez.

Twitter has been exploding with rumors about player movement as well as reporting when trades have been made. #NBATradeDeadline has been trending all afternoon as fans and reporters anxiously wait to see if any big moves come up.

As with everything, there are those making jokes about teams that are at the bottom of the standings.

The New York Knicks who are at the bottom of the Eastern Conference and boasting a 10 win season need anything they can get. Their star player Carmelo Anthony is done for the season needing knee surgery. But in all reality, no trade will save them from this season.

The deadline is 35 minutes away. Will the trades still on the table go through? Or will they fall of the table? We’ll find out at 3 pm.

Swish Swish but no Tweet Tweet

On January 13, Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Mo Williams reminded NBA fans that he is still in the league after scoring an impressive 52 points against the Indiana Pacers. Twitter was soon flooded with tweets about Mo and how many people had forgot that he still played professional basketball. Many of these tweets came from fans and fellow NBA players. The tones of these tweets were very different between the two groups. Many fans posted memes or made jokes about Williams. Some of the posts included clips from the video sharing app, Vine. Other fan tweets made references to the movie Space Jam, asking “Which MonStar took over Mo Williams’ body” and alluding to “Michael’s Secret Stuff.” On the other hand, fellow players congratulated Williams and began using the hashtag #50pointclub.
What caught my attention most about the social media coverage of this record-setting performance was that the bulk of information about the game did not come from popular sports outlets such as ESPN or NBA.com. Many informational tweets came from independent sports writers and smaller websites. While ESPN and NBA.com did have a few posts they were for the most part lacking in information. The best article to be posted on twitter came from CBS sports
ESPN and NBA.com gave more Twitter coverage to sporting news that felt were less newsworthy than Mo’s performance. NBA.com posted tweets about the scores of ongoing games at a faster rate than any commentary on the 52 point outing. ESPN dedicated most of their Tweets to Duke losing to Miami, which is an impressive defeat but still doesn’t compare to when an athlete, especially one who has all but disappeared from the league makes a statement like Mo did that night. I feel that these bigger outlets should have dedicated more time into this story. It was something no one would have expected and from some of the first tweets about it, almost seemed to be a joke. Nevertheless, congrats Mo Williams, you made a statement to reaffirm you are still a member of the NBA and apparently still have some fuel left in the tank. Hopefully the next time an athlete who isn’t considered a superstar puts on a performance like that, the large sports news outlets will dedicate more time and share the news over social media.