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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will be back, but he’ll never be same

FILE- In this Nov. 10, 2014, file photo, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose holds his head after being fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago.
FILE- In this Nov. 10, 2014, file photo, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose holds his head after being fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago. AP

Rose will be back, but he’ll never be same

This, that and the other thing:

▪ It’s a shame that when we look back on the career of Derrick Rose, we will wonder what could have been.

For the third time, Rose will have season-ending knee surgery – the second consecutive time on his right knee. Since his MVP season in 2010-11, he has played 95 games in three seasons.

This is not to say his career is over. NBA and Chicago Bulls fans can expect to see Rose on the court again, perhaps sometime next season. But much like Chris Webber following his terrible knee injury during the 2003 postseason, Rose will never be the player he was or the superstar he could have been.

His game relies on his ability to start, stop, cut and jump through the key and toward the basket. Unfortunately, those MVP skills he’s developed since childhood were built on clay knees.

▪ Despite all the engineering and technology that go into making a Sprint Cup race car, Joey Logano proved on the “Late Show with David Letterman” that mathematics isn’t a prerequisite to becoming a driver.

As Letterman’s guest Monday night, Logano talked about his victory in the Daytona 500 on Sunday and showed off the winner’s trophy.

At one point, Letterman remarked, “Those cars weigh like a ton, right?”

Logano was quick to answer: “No, maybe not that much. They’re what, 3,100 pounds?”

The studio audience laughed, Letterman looked dead-pan into the camera, and Logano had the look of what’s so dang funny?

▪ At the ripe old age of 30, LeBron James told the Cleveland media he can no longer eat the same as he did when he was 18, noting that he’s cut down on hs McDonald’s intake. When reporters reminded James that he’s on McDonald’s payroll, James quickly rebounded: “Every day, every day, every day. I had it this morning. Egg-and-sausage McMuffin. All day.”

Yeah, we believe you.

▪ Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather likely has a new fan in Daniel Orton.

The former Kentucky basketball star was cut from the Purefoods Hotshots of the Philippine Basketball Association after he said “it’s a joke” that Manny Pacquiao plays for the Kia Carnival, a team the boxer owns.

“It’s like he went to the United States and insulted the name of Martin Luther King,” one team official said.

Scouting reports say Manny’s a much better fighter than he is a point guard.

Victor Contreras


What to watch

NBA, Golden State at Cleveland, 5 p.m., TNT: It’s a matchup of MVP candidates Stephen Curry and James.


On this date

1935: Babe Ruth is released by the New York Yankees and signed by the Boston Braves. Ruth hit .181 with six homers in 28 games before retiring June 2.

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