Another prominent NBA player may be headed overseas. Nate Robinson hasn’t been able to secure a training camp invite so far, and now David Pick reports that the 5-foot-9 guard is considering an offer to play in China.
It’s been a rough couple of years for Robinson. His first season with the Nuggets, in 2013-14, was cut short by a torn ACL. He came back last year, but he was used as trade filler in January before being waived by the Celtics and signing a couple of 10-day contracts with the Clippers, who ultimately decided not to keep him around for the playoffs.
This disappointing end came after an impressive 10-year NBA career, which saw Robinson become a dunk-contest sensation in New York (he’s the only player ever to win it three times) and was an important contributor to the Bulls’ playoff run in 2013 while Derrick Rose was injured. But when you’re that small and rely almost entirely on athleticism to be effective, it can go overnight.
With that said, Robinson is going to do great in China, if he chooses to sign there. He fits the prototype of an explosive scoring guard who came over from the NBA and became a rock star in the CBA: Stephon Marbury, Bonzi Wells and Gilbert Arenas have all had phenomenal success there. Robinson is going to get buckets.
It’s been less than 24 hours since TMZ broke the news of a lawsuit being filed against Derrick Rose in civil court by an ex-girlfriend, claiming Rose and two of his friends drugged and raped her in 2013. Through a spokesperson, Rose issued a lengthy statement denying the claims. Now, Rose has issued a second statement, this one directly from him, to USA Today‘s Sam Amick:
“I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season,” Rose said in the statement. “I am not going to comment other than to say – I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent.”
That’s about all Rose could have said at this point. It would be irresponsible to speculate about his guilt or innocence with how little information is known.
A woman saying she was a former girlfriend of Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose has filed a lawsuit against him featuring some very serious and troubling allegations — that he and a friend had drugged and gang raped her. These came without criminal charges — she had not gone to the police about the alleged incident two years ago — but certainly were serious charges she made through a civil lawsuit seeking damages (read: money).
Derrick Rose responded through a spokesperson and called it all BS (in so many words. Via the tweets of Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal.
The plaintiff’s allegations are completely false and without any factual basis. This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete. Mr. Rose was in a non-exclusive, consensual sexual relationship with the plaintiff for over two years. The plaintiff expressed no complaints about Mr. Rose until various lawyers began to surface and demand that the plaintiff be paid millions of dollars. This is the third lawyer the plaintiff has retained in this matter. Two years have passed since Mr. Rose ended the consensual relationship with the plaintiff and her claims are as meritless now as they were two years ago. We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and that Mr. Rose will be vindicated. This lawsuit is outrageous.
The Bulls also issued a statement, and decided to stay out of this.
As I noted in the story we did on the woman’s lawsuit, I would caution jumping to any conclusions. None of us were there, we don’t know what happened or didn’t happen. The story has the potential to be spun toward a couple of stereotypes — the entitled athlete or the gold digging woman — and real answers are rarely that simple.
The elusive truth — which likely feels very different to the two people involved — could fall anywhere on a large spectrum.
With Rose, he knows the reality of being a star athlete in this country — if he plays well, these allegations will pretty much be forgotten or ignored by fans.