(Chicago Sun Times)–The Rose/Turner rivalry heated up this week when Turner was asked about finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference and playing the Bulls instead of the Heat. “That means we’re dodging the tougher team,” he told the Delaware County Times. Rose shook off Turner’s comment, but there is little question that the rivalry is for real. It started, at least publicly, in March of 2007. It was of one of the biggest games of the year, a showdown between Simeon and St. Joseph at Northwestern. Rose was regarded as the top player in the state. Turner was challenging Rose for player of the year honors. At halftime, standing near center court, Turner said “Derrick Rose ain’t [crap].” Not everyone heard it, and it didn’t seem to be directed at anyone in particular, but it was unmistakable. In the second half, Rose and Turner really went at it, jawing back-and-forth the entire time. Late in the game, Turner scored on a layup and was fouled. Before shooting the free throw, Turner turned around and said something to Rose. An official approached Turner at the line and defused the incident. Turner scored 29 points, including 20 straight during one stretch, doing his best to back up his bold words. Rose scored 29 as well, and Simeon won 74-66. After the game, Turner’s quotes raised plenty of eyebrows. “I was better than Rose,” Turner said. “With me guarding him he didn’t do much. He knows that, and I know that.”
Three things about this article.
- Has Evan Turner been a punk his entire life? Like his comments about “dodging the tougher team” by playing the Bulls instead of the Heat got my attention. I haven’t heard anyone say Evan Turner’s name since he got drafted. If you asked me what team he was on I legit would have guessed the Shanghai Sharks. So that’s kinda big talk for a scrub that hasn’t done shit in the league. Then I read further down in the article and realized it was a pattern of behavior. The “I was better than Derrick Rose” quote immediately following a game where both players scored 29 points and Rose’s team won is just asinine. Turner isn’t even a has been, he is a never was.
- Is Evan Turner the dumbest guy on the planet? The last thing the Sixers need in the world is a pissed off Derrick Rose. I would have predicted Bulls in 6 games before those comments. Now I think the Bulls will sweep them.
- Does Derrick Rose like ANYBODY in the NBA? Legit question. I feel like Rose hates the NBA culture as much as I do. Rose is the only guy who seems to understand what a bunch of selfish, soft, arrogant, assholes the NBA has become. Rose HATES Lebron. He HATES Dwight Howard. He HATES Rondo. And I guess he REALLY HATES Evan Turner. I love that about Rose. Just a winner’s attitude. No time for hugs and handshakes with the scum bags on the other team. He has a game to win.
This series is OVER!!! LETS DANCE!!!
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