Rose sat out last spring’s playoffs in something of an unfulfilling series-by-series watch because he refused to return to action until he felt he could dominate like he once did before getting injured during the 2012 playoffs. Apparently, he’s back in full health and full spirit.
“It’s coming along, but I’m like a perfectionist,” he said after scoring 24 points in 27 minutes in a preseason game last week. “I’m think I’m not there yet. It’s just building my confidence.”
5 Not In Our House!
Thirteen NBA teams have new head coaches for this season. The L.A. Clippers are one, upgrading with Boston’s Doc Rivers after they dumped Vinny Del Negro. It didn’t take Rivers long this fall to target the Clippers’ culture by ordering large banners of his players placed over the rival Lakers’ championship banners and retired jerseys whenever Rivers’ team plays home games.
Hall of Famer and Los Angeles-raised Reggie Miller was almost giddy about the news.“I love it, it’s about time,” said Miller, now a TNT analyst. “You cannot tell me that any Clippers coaches before have not thought about that and gone to management. It took Doc Rivers to come in here. You play in the same building, how could you not cover them up? I think it’s a brilliant move. You are telling your team, ‘We’re taking over L.A. and we respect the banners, but this is our time.’ ”