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Did Derrick Rose consider retirement while away from Knicks? He says ‘hell no’

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Derrick Rose admitted he was overwhelmed while AWOL – his excuse for not communicating his absence to the Knicks. He reportedly even considered retirement.

Of course, he denies that. Strongly.

Mike Vorkunov:

File this under: What else is he supposed to say?

If Rose wasn’t considering retirement, he wasn’t considering retirement.

If he was, he wouldn’t want to admit that. That’d be considered a sign of weakness for a player in his position – just 28 and headed toward free agency.

Rose was clearly dealing with something intense Monday, and being away from his son is known to weigh on him. It’s certainly possible Rose had the extreme thought of retirement in the moment.

But that doesn’t mesh with what we know of Rose (which obviously isn’t the entire picture). His entire image rooted in basketball, and he has worked his entire life to reach this level. That effort only increased after each of his serious injuries, as Rose has willed himself back onto the court again and again. That doesn’t seem like someone pondering retirement – but he also didn’t seem like someone who’d leave his team in the dark about his whereabouts during a game. We clearly don’t know everything about him (or any player, for that matter).

As Kurt warned, Rose won’t publicly share every detail of Monday, so he and the Knicks will leak explanations – true or not – that fit their desired narratives. The corollary: Others will leak to fit their agenda.

Rose embarrassed the Knicks. It wouldn’t be unthinkable if a member of the organization leaked this retirement story to embarrass Rose, whether it’s true or not.

Did Rose ponder retirement? I don’t know. But I know he denied it and is playing again. Even with the previous reports planting the idea, it’d still be a MAJOR shock if Rose retires anytime soon.

Grizzlies fan absolutely owns kids halftime scrimmage (video)

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The Grizzlies lost for the 15th time in their last 16 games, a 25-point drubbing at home against the Heat, last night.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Memphis.

This young fan – while playing in the halftime scrimmage – stopped his dribble, stepped on the ball, whipped off his youth jersey to reveal a Marc Gasol jersey, flexed, re-started his dribbled then drove for a basket.

Matt Ellentuck of SB Nation:

The Grizzlies don’t deserve this hero.

DeMarcus Cousins pushes Trevor Ariza after whistle, gets technical foul (video)

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For better or worse, DeMarcus Cousins is moody.

Just after getting dunked on by Clint Capela, Cousins showed his frustration by pushing Trevor Ariza after a whistle. The Pelicans center got his NBA-leading ninth technical foul – automatic suspension triggered at No. 16 – but I’m surprised this didn’t escalate beyond just that.

Paul George floors Jeremy Lamb with crossover, hits step-back 3-pointer over him (video)

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The Thunder suffered a rough home loss to the Hornets, but at least Oklahoma City produced a couple fun highlights.

Not only did Russell Westbrook have this powerful dunk, Paul George put the moves on Jeremy Lamb.

David West pump fakes past one Trail Blazer, posterizes another (video)

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David West is 37 years old.