Happy Friday everyone. Happy to be here talking to you, and I’m leading with Jeff Nomina’s video. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. By the way, in case you hadn’t noticed, we’re starting to build the video channel a bit. Hope you enjoy them because we’re having fun making them.
Signing Derrick Rose is a good basketball idea…
There’s really no downside to adding Derrick Rose to the Cleveland Cavaliers in July. Given the alternatives, there’s no player of the caliber of Derrick Rose that the Cavaliers could possibly add to their roster right now that could bring as much to the team. None of this is a guarantee that Rose will be the key to a championship, but there wasn’t a player this off-season – including Paul George or Jimmy Butler – that would have magically made the Cavaliers favorites over the Warriors.
The alternatives make the case even more obvious. The Cavaliers had a back end of the roster with Kay Felder, the D-Will twins, and Iman Shumpert. Derrick Rose played for an awful Knicks team and had 12 games in which he scored 25 or more points. You can’t just copy those points and paste them into a Cavaliers box score or anything, but on any given game day Derrick Rose can give you meaningful scoring in the mold of the Warriors bench.
Obviously, there are some things that we don’t know that much about. It’s hard to know just how leery of Rose we should be based on his off-court troubles even though his sexual assault court case went in his favor. That’s not the kind of thing that I feel like I have information to weigh in on, so I’ll just stick to the basketball. From that perspective, it’s kind of a no-brainer to add Derrick Rose if you can have him as opposed to many other alternatives at the Cavaliers’ disposal.
And yet, I spent the whole day yesterday listening to sports talk radio debate this as if it’s not a good idea. Derrick Rose is injury prone. Derrick Rose doesn’t fit with the Cavaliers. It’s as if because Cavs fans can’t do Ty Lue’s job and fit it all together in the abstract before training camp even begins that it’s destined to fail. Stop overthinking it. Derrick Rose is a good basketball player and better than many alternatives – including many the Cavaliers would be forced to use if they didn’t sign Rose.
The Defiant Ones was incredible…
HBO’s four-part docu-series – The Defiant Ones – about Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre’s rises to fame and power was incredibly well done. Having a subject matter that includes Iovine, Dre, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Nine Inch Nails, NWA, Snoop Dogg, Puff Daddy, and about a hundred others makes it seem like it would be easy to make a good doc. It was the way in which it was all weaved together that really made the difference.
Director Allen Hughes absolutely crushed it. He hopped back and forth between Iovine and Dr. Dre’s early days. They eventually crossed paths and worked together, but this game of subject matter tennis persisted for the whole movie until (spoiler alert) we end where we began with the sale of Beats to Apple.
For many, Dr. Dre’s story is pretty familiar. Even as someone who was pretty aware of Iovine’s career, I learned a lot about the ups and downs that I hadn’t been privy to in prior articles. It was a little bit long at four hour-long episodes, but I never found myself bored or not wanting to finish.
Here’s the trailer.