A Year Later, Let’s Look Back at the Derrick Rose Trade- That Is, Through the Eyes of Gilbert Arenas

June 22, 2016: The Bulls sent Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday, and a pick to the Knicks in exchange for Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant, and Robin Lopez. For the Knicks, who’s management has been among the worst in all of sports in recent seasons, this was a very low risk move, trading average players for a former star who has been crushed by injuries and had just one year left on his contract. While Rose’s numbers were not bad last season in New York, it is just another deal that falls under the laughingstock of moves Phil Jackson has made due to the Knicks performance on the court as a team this past season. One of my favorite moments of the season was when the Knicks decided not to trade Derrick Rose for Ricky Rubio. Head-to-head, you may agree they should choose Rose in favor of Rubio, but the Knicks chose Rose instead of Rubio due to Rubio’s “injury history”. Wait, what?

  • Rose missed Games 2-6 against the 76ers in the 2012 Playoffs, as well as all of the 2012-13 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee in Game 1 of that series
  • Rose missed all of the 2013-14 season from November 22 on after tearing the meniscus in his right knee
  • While it was much more successful that his 2013-14 campaign, Rose played in just 51 games in 2014-15 due to multiple knee injuries

*just over a month after the non-trade*

But Rubio is the one to be concerned about, of course.

While this was comical, the greatest moment in Derrick Rose’s tenure as a Knick (he still could be resigned this offseason) happened on Instagram the day the trade news was broken.

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No. Chill. Gil. Just weeks after he tormented Nick Young and his son,

Gil went viral again, this time on his Instagram page. Gilbert Arenas does not post too often, but he is a must follow for when he does. Let’s try and breakdown Gil’s unique analysis on this trade.

“Hold up wait a min…..I take a nap and wake up to this sh*t here….#Drose just got traded for #Calderon and#RobinLopez? #HUH”

  • Of course he had just woken up from a nap. Still confused, checks his phone, probably thinks he’s still dreaming and takes him a few minutes to realize the news is real.

“#ayeshacurry the NBA must be rigged girl lol”

  • Perfect timing with this one, as this was just 3 days after the finals ended and 6 days after Ayesha’s spoiled-child-not-getting-what-they-want twitter rant.

“#philJackson just got derrick rose for (two scratch and sniff lotto tickets, one of shawn kemp 9 kids and bootleg copy of #riri cd (music of the son WITHOUT #PonDeReplay )😂😂.”

  • The randomness gets under way, compares the 3 players the Knicks traded to other “useless” items.

“I’m not saying #chicagobullsGM is doing #crack, all I’m saying is this move was very CRACKISH….this is like tipping a crackhead outside a #nightclub for waving you over 4 the FREE PARKING SPACE (I was saving this for you big man) #YouJustDontDoIt”

  • Bulls GM Gar Forman has to know not to being tipping crackheads outside of night clubs just for waving him over to a free parking space.

“this is embarrassing CHICAGO…. I could have giving u a better deal then what you got.”

  • No Chill Gil for #chicagobullsGM

“I need derrick rose on my #YMCA team so ill give u (the cell phone #deangelorussell used to film his teammates confession last season, I have clear sound bite from when#royhibbert got slapped in preseason by#trevorbooker…u can clearly hear him say#OUCHHHHn*ggaThatHurts and ill throw in two #AllAccessPasses to go see Meek Mills Back stage in #toronto during #ovofest hahaha do we have a deal CHICAGO??”

  • Arenas 100% still plays at a local gym or in some sort of men’s league. It’s only a matter of time before he makes his Big 3 debut. Now THAT is something I would love to watch.  (Also giving DLoading and Trevor Booker some love)

“Im sorry yall but Phil Jackson must have a tape of the bulls GM playing with #caitlynjennerBalls or something to agree to that trade😂😂😂😂#PhilRealMVP #BlackMailTrade??”

  • The Zen Master! Genius! I’m shocked this tactic does not have the Knicks in position to win a championship this season.

No Chill Gil’s hashtag game is unlike anything we have ever seen. #OUCHHHHn*ggaThatHurts, #caitlynjennerBalls, and the countless other hashtags on random words. If you read as much as you can on the internet about Gilbert Arenas’s past on and off court, as well as check out his social media, you’ll discover he is truly the most interesting man in the world. This country needs another segment of Gilbert Arenas tormenting Swaggy P’s life. Kanye said it best. Name one genius that ain’t crazy.

Another Champion Goes Into the Books for the Greatest Playoff Tournament There is in Sports

Wow…

That’s all that can really be said after another absolutely magnificent College World Series. And I was one who thought the 2016 Coastal Carolina comeback couldn’t be topped, but man did the 2017 tournament showcase so many amazing aspects about college baseball on and off the field.

Personally, I think one of the most moving moments was even before the final 8 teams secured their spots in Omaha. 64 teams played in 16 different regionals with the winner of each regional squaring off in a 3 game series dubbed the “super regional”. One of these super regional matchups that caught the attention of some baseball fans was the Florida State – Sam Houston State super regional. Like many of you, I had never heard a peep about Sam Houston State previous to this year, and the games and line scores isn’t exactly what made this matchup memorable. Sam Houston lost the series in two games. Game 1’s score was 7-6 and then in game two they got their doors blown off 19-0. The press conference following game 2… in a word… chilling. It gave a sense of what it means to be a team and a family, what the sacrifice of such a team is like, and what it takes to be a true winner. What may be shocking to many is that all of this was spoken by the losing teams coach. And if you haven’t already and you’re a sports fan (which you should be if you are on this blog… if you’re not a sports fan and you have read this much gtfo of my article) this stuff is must watch (and conveniently right below).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEPNkUrwS7U

Then, right before the 8 team tournament was about to begin the 1-seed, Oregon State, suffered a pretty big blow off the field. A Beavers’ top pitcher who was leading the 54-4 team had sex crime charges reach the public. After a couple of days of speculation before the tournament kicked off, the team and pitcher decided it was best for him not to participate in the College World Series.

When the tournament kicked off the play didn’t let the fans down either. Teams like Florida State, Cal State Fullerton, and Texas A&M who weren’t even ranked on certain polls were some of the final 8 teams left to fight for a national championship. A few of the most intriguing matchups were Oregon State against LSU and Florida against TCU. Both matchups had 3 games apiece and both matchups also ended in a double elimination game. Oregon State won the first matchup between them and LSU sending LSU to the loser’s bracket. LSU then had to complete the impossible… defeat Oregon St. 2 games in a row to make it to the CWS Final. A feat that seemed highly unlikely considering Oregon hadn’t lost 2 consecutive games all season. In 2 games that featured some wild defense, a few sick dingers, and some controversial calls LSU came advanced. A lot of the same could be said about the Florida TCU matchup. The main difference was that that Florida jumped to the 1-0 series lead before TCU answered back in a game that many thought would carry over into game 3. TCU put together a 9-2 win in game 2 and their whole team effort stood out. However, Florida punched their ticket into the Final with a 3-0 win in game 3.

The Florida v. LSU Final was set, and all that the fans had to do was sit back, relax, and enjoy the excellence that was about to come. Actually, if you are an LSU fan you also probably threw some garbage on the field, remotes at your television, and tantrums to your mother at some point during the series because you are uneducated about the rules of the game and thought you were getting screwed on every close play. Game one was and down to the wire with Florida eventually pulling away with the 4-3 win. Florida’s Brady Singer fired 7 solid innings, always pitching with a lead. Singer’s performance was one of my favorite of the tournament throwing 112 pitches and truly emptying the tank. It wasn’t a perfect outing, Singer gave up 8 hits and 3 runs, but his 12 strikeouts were dominating and you could tell that he left all that he had on the field.

Game 2 may have ended with a 6-1 score, giving Florida their first National Championship in school history, but the craziness to get to that point started in the 7th inning. With runners on first and third, no outs, and down by one LSU hit a chopper to the right side which was fielded, tossed to second, and thrown to first completing the double play – but also tying the game. Immediately after the slide at second, the second base umpire CORRECTLY called a dead ball caused by a reckless slide into second base, called the runner out at first, and sent the runner who originally scored back to third. And the game remained 2-1 with two outs. The next batter lined out squashing the LSU rally. In the bottom of 8th LSU rallied again. The leadoff runner reached base, got to second on a wild pitch, and was bunted to third and Florida unable to catch the speedy bunter was left to defend another situation with runners on first and third and no outs. Again, they found a way to do so. With LSU’s 3,4, and 5 hitters up the 3rd batter struck out, the 4th batter failed a hit and run and hit a ground ball that Florida’s first baseman snagged and threw home to get the runner on third, and the 5th hitter lined out to end another rally. Florida tacked on 4 in the top of the 9th and dogpiled after 3 quick outs in the bottom of the 9th.

https://twitter.com/NCAACWS/status/879904502484258820

You know… It’s watching games like the ones we constantly see in the CWS that give me the most excitement as a fan. I give ESPN a lot of shit, but I gotta give them props for giving an amazing level of the world’s greatest sport national airtime. To me, this tournament is slowly creeping its way up my list of annul sports tournaments that are must watch, and if you haven’t already, you need to give these guys a shot to get your attention. I guarantee after watching a few innings of one of these games you won’t want to change the channel.

https://twitter.com/Shelby_Granath/status/879884729155244032

We’ve Made a Petition to Release Tyler Clippard

This guy just flat out STINKS. Can’t watch him pitch anymore. If Joe keeps managing the bullpen this way, soon enough it’ll be #FireGirardi. But for now, it’s #ReleaseClippard. Sign the petition, and help us make a change in the Yankee community.

https://www.change.org/p/brian-cashman-release-tyler-clippard?recruiter=599704103&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

Phil Jackson Fired, Knicks Fans Can Return to Normal Level of Misery

IT’s OVER!!!! Good God, it’s finally over. Phil Jackson and his Zen Master bullshit are finally gone. The same guy who almost traded Porzingis, handed the glorified traffic cone that is Joakim Noah $72 million, and hired Derek Fisher as head coach is finally gone. It’s actually crazy how many bad moves he had to make before getting fired.

Now that he’s finally gone, what’s the next move for the Knicks? First of all, stop with this Carmelo buyout talk. I’m fed up with Melo too, and I legitimately don’t think the Knicks can be successful whatsoever with him. However, he’s still a really talented player, and the best asset the Knicks have besides Porzingis. While his trade value isn’t nearly as high as it was a few years ago, the Knicks might as well get SOMETHING for him. Plus, misery loves company. Why would us Knicks fans let him chase a ring in Cleveland and get nothing in return when Melo can stay here and continue being miserable with us?

Next, whoever takes Phil’s place needs to let Porzingis know this is his team. The guy has a real chance to be a Top-10 talent in the league for the next decade, and him making New York his permanent home would be huge for the Knicks. Superstars like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have publicly said they like Porzingis’ game, and the Knicks should do everything they can to make sure he’s luring players of that caliber to New York rather than leaving to join them in, say, Los Angeles.

Finally, whoever takes over for Phil needs to do some damage control. Bringing in washed-up injury-prone veterans like Noah and Derrick Rose isn’t the answer. The Knicks need to get younger, stockpile draft picks, add athletic guys who can defend the perimeter and shoot. Porzingis is a star, and hopefully Frank Ntilikina pans out (we passed up Malik Monk for him so he’d better.) If they can add enough enticing pieces, and get rid of the reputation of a “toxic” environment Phil created, New York could be a landing spot for some big-name free agents in a year or two. Who knows, maybe the Jimmy Butler trade doesn’t work out and Karl-Anthony Towns wants to come home and play at The Garden?

Bottom line, we’re free, Knicks fans. And it feels good to be just normal Knicks fan miserable again.

Retiring #21 Across Baseball: Why It Should Not Happen

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First off, let me say that I am one of the biggest Roberto Clemente fans around.  I wear his jersey to Yankee and Mets games just to show him the respect he deserves, and suffer through questions and statements like “Are you a Pirates fan?”, “Why are you wearing that jersey the Pirates suck”, “This is Yankee Stadium, wear the right jersey”, and so on and so forth.

I do all that because I feel he is a forgotten legend, and more people need to know about the accomplishments he achieved on and off the field.

Clemente is notable for finishing his career with exactly 3,000 hits, and then having his life cut short in a plane crash where he was headed to deliver relief supplies for earthquake survivors in Nicaragua.  He was a hero and a top of the line example of how to be an upstanding and influential citizen.

Now, with that said, there is 0% chance his number should be retired around baseball. Jackie Robinson has his number retired because he changed the foundation of baseball and America by breaking the color-barrier. He did something that literally only one player could do.  It was revolutionary and iconic. If you want to retire everybody’s number who was a good guy, you’re gonna have no numbers left.

Adding to that point, every other player gets his number retired nowadays.  The Yankees literally have no single digits left and have a slew of other numbers gone too.  The Red Sox just retired David Ortiz’s #34 the other day, and there are countless current players that are on their way to similar honors.  Pretty soon, teams are going to have to recycle some numbers or starting using triple digits, which is absurdly ugly.

The more numbers you retire, the less special each and every following retirement feels.

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My point is this: While Roberto Clemente should be remembered and honored more so than he is, when a jersey number is retired ACROSS THE MLB, this guy should be breaking barriers and ending injustices around the world.  That’s why Jackie is the only person to ever have this honor, and in my humble opinion, it should remain this way.

Why Living in South Jersey Sucks if You Aren’t a Philly Sports Fan

I’m just gonna come straight out and say it; Philadelphia sports fans are the cancer in the sports world. Forget PED’s, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and the Golden State Warriors, it’s the Philadelphia fans that take the cake.

If you’re not a Philly sports fan, first off, congratulations. You aren’t one of the several people who swear a rookie quarterback (Carson Wentz) who had a 16/14 TD/INT ratio walks on water. You don’t obnoxiously screech “TRUST THE PROCESS” every chance you have like Cartman did with cursing in the episode of South Park when he gave himself Tourettes. And that’s only the beginning.

For starters, every Philly team sucks. The Phillies haven’t been remotely relevant since players like Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Shane Victorino (who was definitely off the shits with Adderall to help control his “ADHD”. You weren’t slick Shane, you weren’t slick) were on the roster.

After their World Series victory in 2008, (which was nine years ago for all of the butt hurt ten year-olds in my Twitter mentions every time I tweet something remotely negative about the Phillies) the Phils went into a mildly slow downward spiral. 2009: lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series. 2010: lost to the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS. 2011: lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS. 2012: finished 81-81. Since then, their best record was 73-89, including 4-straight below .500 seasons. The Phillies suck.

The next team I’m going to slander: The Eagles. Not only are you the worst fans in the NFL, you also just suck in every category there is. Jason Peters is a washed tackle at best, and Fletcher Cox goes offsides at least twice a game. Alshon Jeffery is not that good, and don’t get me started on how good Wentz would be if only he “had weapons.”

A 3-0 start every season doesn’t mean anything when you’re in Philadelphia, because the second you lose back to back weeks early on, you swear it’s over. To be fair, it always does signal the beginning of the end for you guys. However, that’s no way to act. In week 5 of the 2016 season, the Eagles lost in the final seconds of the game on a Darius Slay interception of Carson Wentz, handing the Eagles their first loss of the season. I couldn’t tell you the amount of “Here we fucking go again” tweets I saw on my timeline. For Christ’s sake, you were 3-1 (week 4 bye) and still in first place for your sorry ass division.

I’m barely gonna badger the Flyers, no Stanley cups in over 40 years and you guys rudely pissed away the coach who battled Sidney Crosby (who cries during sex) and the Penguins to game 6 (being down 2-0) with a team who should not have gone as far as they did.

The Sixers have been historically bad for awhile. Yes, Dr. J and The Answer were both legends, but that’s about it. Simmons hasn’t played a second in the NBA, while Embiid has more tweets than he does minutes on the court since being drafted four years ago. Fultz is a good choice at #1 overall, although I personally don’t think he’s the final piece in “rebuilding the process”, whatever the fuck that means. As a Detroit fan, I get shit from almost everyone I went to school with. It’s always “Your city’s bankrupt!”, “Detroit’s so scummy!”, etc. Listen to me, while half of that may be true, we’re historically better in every sport, and are currently even or better in each sport, varying with each sport. “Lions blew the snow bowl in 2013!”, “Matt Stafford sucks!”, “The Pistons are ass!”, “Who the fuck throws an octopus on an ice rink?” Trust me, I don’t fully understand that last one either, but hey, that’s better than having a man in a giant green suit supposedly from the Galápagos Islands (I bet half of Philadelphia fans can’t even spell Galápagos) as a mascot.
Bottom line, Philly fans are to the sports world what coleslaw is to sides at restaurants; No one wants/likes you. I hate you, coleslaw. And I hate you too, Philly fans.

Taylor Swift’s Video Congratulating Russell Westbrook Makes Me Irrationally Angry (Or Maybe Not?)

Before I start, let’s get one thing straight: I have absolutely no issues with Taylor Swift’s music. She has countless jams and classics. If you don’t think a 20-year old male should enjoy Taylor Swift’s music, then screw you, you also make me irrationally angry. No, this is about Taylor Swift the public figure. The one who will date guys for five minutes just to get another song out of the breakup. The one who dances awkwardly at award shows, giving everyone else the same uncomfortable feeling as when you’re the only sober one around your drunk friends.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a HORRIBLE dancer. But there’s a time and place for bad dancing, and these award shows don’t seem like it. Anyway, we are Below the Belt SPORTS, not People Magazine (little free advertising there – you’re welcome People Magazine), so let’s get back to why Taylor Swift is the topic of discussion today.

Russell Westbrook won the NBA MVP award last night after a stellar 2016-17 season in which he averaged 42 triple doubles. I’ve never been a huge fan of Westbrook’s, because even though he’s an amazing player, his shot selection is questionable at best. I always had a feeling Durant would leave him in free agency, even if I didn’t know he’d become the biggest sellout in NBA history and join the Warriors. But nonetheless, you can’t doubt Westbrook’s ability, and even though I think you can make the case for LeBron to win the MVP every year, Westbrook was clearly deserving of the award. Here’s where our good friend Taylor comes in:

She looks great, I’ll give her that. But I thought she was just trying wayyy too hard. The part that surprised me was the end when she said she’s never even met him? What’s that about? Russell is married, but if this is Taylor’s way of sliding in his DMs, I take back everything I just said. If she’s trying to get a piece of the newest NBA MVP (I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt that she doesn’t know he’s married because marriage is sacred and stuff and she seems like a nice girl), then I respect the SHIT out of this move. 2017 is the Summer of Shooters, and what do shooters do? They shoot, baby. So shoot your shot, Taylor. If it doesn’t go in, just Shake it Off.

(You didn’t think I’d get through an entire Taylor Swift blog without a poor Shake it Off reference, did you? I understand if this makes you so angry that you want to report me to the government, I’ve provided the link for those of you who do here.)

https://www.usa.gov/online-safety