With the recent comments made by Philadelphia 76ers guard and Chicago native, Evan Turner, propositioning an easier first round against the Bulls rather than the Heat, a vintage article circa 2007 covering a high school basketball game between Evans and Derrick Rose has made it’s rounds on the internet.
It seems the two had a bit of a rivalry in their high school days. According to the Chicago Sun-Times’ High School Confidential, in a 2007 matchup in which Rose’s Simeon triumphed over Turner’s St. Josephs, both Chicago native’s had some words for one another. Evan Turner, who scored 29 points in the 74-66 loss, told reporters “I was better than Rose, with me guarding him he didn’t do much. He knows that and I know that.” Rose who also finished with 29 points responded with “We both know who’s better, he’s just doing this to get a little bit of publicity. We’ll see who does more on the next level. It wasn’t like he did anything that impressive.”
Pretty outlandish words from a young Derrick Rose, who now wouldn’t be caught dead murmuring anything of that nature. In fact, Rose told reporters Wednesday night after catching drift of Turner’s “dodging the tougher opponent [by playing the Bulls]” revelation that he had “no comment”. For those thinking a Sixers/Bulls first round series may be a bland one, it could very well turn out to be quite the opposite.
Derrick Rose, hoops and the stare down: