Summer League Action is already underway for the Top 2-Rookies in the NBA. Former Memphis Tiger Derrick Rose, the Leagues' Number One Draft pick, leads the Chicago Bulls Rookie squad against Number-2 pick Michael Beasley and the Miami Heat in the Orlando Pro Summer League Opener..
Rose is playing despite battling a bout of Tendinitis in his knee..something he said developed during his lone season as a Tiger because of his own stubbornness is not wanting to get off the court.
Rose says he would stay in the gym for hours until U of M Coach John Calipari instructed the Managers to Lock him out because getting MRI's for knee pain.
He says he wanted to prove he's worth the hype...just like tonight now that he's finally made it to the NBA. Rose struggled out of the gate with 10-points on 3 of 8 shooting, 4-assists and 5 turnovers. Beasley had Big Numbers....28-points in just 22-minutes to go along with 9-rebounds.
Miami whallops Chicago 94-to-70.