Saturday, 29 April 2023

Where is Derrick Rose?

    Health is wealth and this is exactly very true to athletes in all events. Players on different fields are considered very lucky especially for those of 5 star quality since they receive huge pays plus many perks. And when bad luck happen most notably through injury, that's the worse that any player also could imagine. 
    This is the story of the very talented Derrick Rose. He was awarded the  prestigious Rookie of the Year award while playing for the Chicago Bulls and he also had the record of the youngest ever player to win the NBA MVP award. But who is Derrick Rose?

     He was born on Oct. 4, 1988 in Chicago. While he and his three siblings were raised only by his mother, Derrick started to develop his likings to basketball through the influence of his brothers. He studied at Simeon Career Academy. And on his first year playing for their basketball team, he averaged 18.5 points thus resulting on him helping the team to have a 24-1 record. 2006-2007, he led the team to 2 championships and he was chosen as Illinois Mister Basketball.  

     After high school , he received a scholarship from University of Memphis and he joined the basketball team wherein they had the record of winning 26 straight games. Due to his contributions, they reached the championship but lost to Kansas. After the season, he decided to join the NBA draft and fortunately, he was picked in the first round by the Chicago Bulls. On his rookie year, he averaged 17 points and 6.3 assists. On this first year, they reached the playoff but lost to the defending champion -the Boston Celtics. Though they lost, he attracted the attention of so many basketball fans since he equalled the record of Kareem Abdul Jabaar on getting the most points on a playoff game.


     Due to this enormous contributions, he won the Rookie of the Year Award. On 2009-2010 season his second year in the league, he suffered an ankle injury and he missed months of playing. Luckily in January 2010, he returned to the line-ip averaging 25 points plus 6 assists. On the following season, 2010-2011 season,  his big break came when he at 22, dominated the NBA with 25 points plus 7.7 assists average per game helping the Bulls achieved a 62-20 record. As a result, he was chosen as the league's MVP - the youngest player ever to win the prestigious award. on the next season, 2011-2012, Bulls enjoyed the magnificent performance from Rose who averaged 22 points and 6 assists. Thus tye decided to give Rose a 5 year $94 million contract. 

     However, on April 28, 2012, 1st round of the playoffs and against the Philadelpia Sixers and 12 points ahead, Rose penetrated the hoop and suffered an ACL on his left knee. With that incident, the fans had witnessed Rose's worst injury that destroyed his promising career. Season 2012-2013 came, he didn't play as a result of his injury. On October 5, 2013, Rose came back to the Bulls' line up but after playing for only one month, he suffered another injury. that resulted of him missing playing for the whole season. 

     2015-2016 season, he played for 66 regular games but unfortunately the team fell short and did not reach the playoff. As a result, he was traded to New York Knick on June 23, 2016. 2016-2017 season, he slowly regained his health but in April 2, 2017, he needed a surgery for his left knee that made him to rest for 8 weeks. Consequently he was not offered another contract. He was traded to Cleveland Cavaliers. On November 7, 2017, he suffered another injury. With this incident, all his previous injuries came back to his mind and he was thinking of retiring from the game definitely.  Sad to note though that from 2012-2017, he already suffered 32 injuries. Finally, last February 25, 2022, he underwent another procedure to check his skin infection and due to this, he was  ruled out indefinitely. 

     Knowing all these misfortunes by Derrick Rose, we can all say that indeed, health is wealth however, there also could be times that things will not go smoothly as we want them to be. 


Sunday, 27 March 2022

Amazing Talent- Kai Sotto

     Height is might- a very true statement especially in the world of basketball. And one prospect on this game who has this gift is Kai Sotto- a Filipino prospect who is considered as. a great talent and a great prospect in the world of basketball.

     But who is Kai Sotto? Kai comes from Las Pinas, Philippines. He is listed as 7'1 indeed a very tall player in the world of basketball. On a news last April 1, 2021, it was then announced that his services is taken by the Adelaide Sixers of the National Basketball League based in Australia. And to think that NBL is one of the best leagues of basketball in the whole world meaning that Kai will be given the tools to improve and learn all those stuffs that will make him great on this game.

                                                  Image by Varun Kulkarni from Pixabay 

     I have seen some of his games on NBL and I personally could see the potential that this young man possesses. He is not scared to compete against those big bodied and more senior players from opposing teams. His slams are so great to watch. With the league on its way, it is not impossible for Kai to develop intensely his skills and bring his talent to NBA hearing that this is his ultimate goal in his basketball journey. Good luck Kai. 


Monday, 27 January 2020

Goodbye The Black Mamba

        Today marks as one of the dark days of sports since this day, Kobe Bryant, the Black Mamba, died on a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. Considered as one of NBA's legends together with the likes of Michael Jordan, he was instrumental in bringing his team, Los Angeles Lakers to several championships. 

       When he joined the league in the year 1996, he was together with the more known Larry Drew and Michael Cooper at that time. " He debuted in the Summer Pro League  in Long Beach California scoring 25 points in a standing room only crowd.  He scored 36 points in the finale and finished with averages of 24.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in four games.

           As a rookie in 1996-97 he mostly came off the bench behind the more notable guards at that time like Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel. " Source-
           The world of sports and even outside of it woke up today in tears as they were told of the horrific news about his death. And what added to the pain was that he died in the crash together with his 13- year- old daughter Gianna who also is an aspiring basketball star. We all include in our prayers the eternal repose of his soul and we also pray for the peace of mind and heart of the family. 


Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Sports World in 2018

         Year 2018 indeed was filled with many exciting events in the world of sports. To name some of these big events, events like Winter Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Football's World Cup, Formula 1 Races and many more have resulted in new sporting heroes coming out and some old faces fading away from the limelight.

          Picking up a few of these sports, first in the tennis world, new interesting names that are coming out are the likes of Alexander Zverev, the 6'6" 21 yrs old German who made big waves most notably in the Roland Garros tournament

when he reached the quarter finals. Another new big name that came out last year was 21 year old Croatian Borna Coric, who made himself spectacular with victories over big names like Andy Murray and Dominic Thiem. 

Meanwhile in the Formula 1 races, the following emerged as the dominant drivers:
1. Lewis Hamilton
2. Valterri Bottas
3. Sebastian Vettel
4. Kimi Raikkonen
5. Fernando Alonzo
6. Sergio Perez


          In the world of boxing, prominent names that made waves last year are the following: Keith Thurman, Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua, Chris Eubank, and Luis Nery. All throughout the year 2018, several interesting bouts were held and in all of them, joy was evident on the faces of those triumphant ones while pain of defeat was rather displayed on the not so lucky ones. 


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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Life is Like A Race

          When we talk about life, so many things come into our minds. Things such as life is a constant change and life is like a race are the two common ones that we can think of and associate with about life. If life then is a race, we are therefore the participants of this race. 

          Yet this should be a healthy competition- a race that will expound our relationship with each other and with ourselves.
Keller Heartt We are competing with others not to the extent of hurting and destroying each other. On the other hand, as a healthy race, we are called to endure all challenges and possess the necessary zeal as well as determination to continue and finish the race.

         Finally let us all hope that this race called life will enable us to know more ourselves and to assist others in their own participation same as they will also assist us in our own journey.   


Sunday, 3 December 2017

Tennis World News

          Among the latest news in tennis is on Sam Stosur who is set to rejoin the whole Australian Fed Cup team next year so as to reclaim the nation's first final attempt in 1994. Stosur, 33, did not join this year's Fed Cup effort for she focused her eyes on all her schedules this year but luck was not on her side as she was sidelined by a hand injury and failed to participate in the Wimbledon and the US Open Championships. 

          Meanwhile, another known player who is making news nowadays is Bernard Tomic. Presently affected by his performance this year which was not really spectacular, he remains in doubt to be a wild card entry for the incoming world know event- the Australian Open.
Winning a merely 10 games this year, he had a difficulty performing well all throughout this year.

          Finally, one Australian player who is making marks this year is the 17th ranked Ash Barty. The Queenslander is presently the highest-ranked unseeded player from the distaff side. All throughout this year, Barty had noteworthy performances especially in the recently concluded WTA Wuhan Tournament in China wherein she beat four top- 15 players. 

         Hence, these are but just a few of the latest developments that the world of tennis is offering to us nowadays. 



Wednesday, 27 September 2017

What's Up With the World of Sports

          The world of sports nowadays is very much alive with all its latest happening. Whatever your sports inclination is and either you are an active follower of a certain discipline or a mere spectator, there are lots of reasons to feel excited on what is going on in the sports world. 

To cite some of these developments, allow me to share with you the following: 

1. The world heavyweight championship between the present champion Joseph Parker against the  equally heralded Hughie Fury. And although it was reported that the camp of Hughie was not satisfied with the decision but nevertheless, WBO itself through its VP was satisfied with the outcome of the game;

2.  Then last Saturday, one of the well publicised fight of the year was staged. The ever popular Triple G fought against the slugger Saul Canelo to a 12 round fight draw. This result also brought some controversies to some sports fans for they fell that Tripe G deserves to be the winner of the fight. And with this atmosphere surrounding even at the post fight, the fight, talks are ongoing for a possible rematch between these two exciting boxers. 

3. In the world of basketball particularly the National Basketball Association, several stories also made the headlines and one of them is the update on Derrick Rose as he makes his way to the Cleveland Cavaliers to be its point guard.
Athlete, in whatever sports he is in, always dreads the idea of having an injury and that exactly what happened to Rose. He was heralded as the next big thing a few years ago but then his performance was clouded by his strings of injuries and this brought to a halt to his exciting career.

4. Finally in the world of Australian football (footy), the whole Melbourne city is filled with enormous excitement as the city prepares for the AFL Grand Finals this coming Saturday at the MCG. The building up of the emotions of the fans is such in a highest level that they started to make things as excitement as ever as they prepared for this week's finals. Both teams' (Adelaide vs Richmond) fans are so eager to witness this another addition to the much illustrated world of Australian football. Good luck to both teams and may the best group win.