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Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley and the importance of pre-draft interviews

Feb 3, 2011, 11:20 PM EDT

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When we talk about draft picks we discuss athleticism, outside shot, basketball IQ, college success, vertical leap and the other things we as fans can see and measure.

But maturity and passion for the game and the craft matter more in how a player develops. Competitiveness matters a lot. We can’t measure it, and a lot of teams seems to ignore it.

To illustrate the point comes a fascinating story from The Jerry Tarkanian Show on Tuesday night, as told  by Clippers’ Director of Player Development Dave Severns (via the Jack Fertig blog).

Remember that the Chicago Bulls had the first pick in the 2008 draft. Coach Vinny Del Negro and owner Jerry Reinsdorf had personal interviews with the guys they were considering to be the No. 1 pick, including Derrick Rose of Memphis and Michael Beasley of Kansas State. Serevens takes the story from there.

During the session with Beasley, there were a couple occasions in which (one of) his (two) cell phones went off.  Believe it or not, he answered the calls!

New head coach Vinny Del Negro advised him that he was meeting with the owner and that, at that time, there couldn’t be too many things more important than listening to what Mr. Reinsdorf had to say and answering whatever questions the people at the meeting had of him.  When Reinsdorf posed the question, “What about college basketball bothered you most?” Beasley contemplated for a moment and said, “When you go on the road and the referees make bad calls.”

When it was Rose’s turn in front of the brass, he sat up straight and was totally focused.  He had a thorough grasp of the magnitude of the encounter.  He put his ego aside.  Consider this is a guy who won back-to-back state titles in high school and went 38-2 in his only season in college, dropping the national championship game in overtime.  His answer speaks for the kind of guy Derrick Rose is and why he’s destined for (even more) greatness.  What was his response to Reinsdorf’s question, “What about college basketball bothered you most?”

“Losing.”

  1. pff - Feb 4, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    krikey…Beez is a clown

  2. tubal22 - Feb 4, 2011 at 12:33 AM

    “What about college basketball bothered you the most?”

    “When the heat started coming on Coach Cal and he couldn’t pay me for like 2 months. And then they found out I had someone else take my SAT’s for me, that sh*t was fo’ real dog. But that’s all in the past. Just give me the ball and as long as I get my 25-30 shots a night I’ll be aight.”

    • dirksimmons - Feb 4, 2011 at 1:22 AM

      That answer is Jordanesque. What a freakin’ stud.

      • bears1013 - Feb 4, 2011 at 1:52 AM

        he was dripping with the mj mojo on wednesday when he said pregame how he felt personally responsible for the last loss to the clippers and all but guaranteed a victory that night, and then delivered a jaw dropper.

  3. bears1013 - Feb 4, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    d rose is a blessing to the city of chicago, any time i see beasley and rose go head to head i think about how awful the bulls would be if they made to fatal mistake of picking that loser clown.

    tubals clearly a timberwolves fan, salty that his team is forever stuck in the black hole of losing. hand in hand with pro teams like the pirates and wild, never to even sniff the finals for as long as you’ll live.

    • lebronsinsecurity - Feb 4, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      Dude, if you are going to try and talk sh*t about Minnesota, at least get your facts right,, Pirates?? Who the h*ll are the Pirates??

      • bears1013 - Feb 4, 2011 at 10:04 AM

        thats why i said pro teams. dont be so dense

    • ThatGuy - Feb 4, 2011 at 10:52 AM

      You realize the Wild are ahead of the Blackhawks right now and have made the playoffs more times in their first 10 years than any expansion team in the past 30 years right?

    • dmo84 - Feb 4, 2011 at 2:22 PM

      I think the Wolves have done alright being that they never have drafted higher than third. David Stern made sure the Bulls got the first pick being that D Rose was from Chicago. How did those back to back picks (2 and 3) work out for the Bulls(Eddie Curry and Tyson Chandler)? Or how about Jayson Williams? Or trading LaMarcus Aldridge for Tyrus Thomas? The Bulls have wasted more early lottery picks than the Wolves ever had a chance at.

    • tubal22 - Feb 5, 2011 at 12:00 AM

      I’m actually a Jazz fan. You might know of the Jazz. You’ve got 3 of our sloppy seconds on your roster.

      If you want to know how awful the bulls would have been with Beasley, it shouldn’t be that hard for you. Just go back and look at your 98-04 seasons, where you were 119-460. In particular your 2000-2001 season where you won 15 games.

  4. hnirobert3 - Feb 4, 2011 at 7:42 AM

    I wonder how the dynamic of the NBA would be different today if the Heat got the first pick and took Rose, with the Bulls taking either Beasley or Mayo. Would LBJ and Bosh have come down and taken even less money to play with Wade and Rose? Would the Heat have made a play for more of a post presence like Boozer or Stoudemire? Would LBJ have been a lock for either the Bulls or Knicks?

  5. 1historian - Feb 10, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    I think Beasley has a world of physical talent but that’s not enough when you have the #1 choice. I remember reading about Rose when he was in H.S. in the Chicago Tribune and then watching the tournament that year and then the final game and Rose is 19 years old and he is in complete command of the M.S. team at all times even into the o.t.
    IMO it came down to this (and still does) – when the season is on the line with the next shot, play – whose hand should the ball be in?

    Beasley might grow up someday but IMO he’ll never be THE MAN.

  6. 1historian - Feb 10, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    hnirobert3 – Interesting speculation, but LBJ died in 1973.

    ha-ha

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