Although it generally lacks the hoopla surrounding the NFL draft and the depth of baseball’s marathon affair, the yearly NBA draft still generates a respectable buzz, particularly for the teams that land in the coveted lottery slots at the top of the board. I’m actually quite happy that the Indiana Pacers did not fit into that category this year, because the Blue and Gold turned in a fine 2011-12 season that took them out of lottery contention. …
Jeff Foster, who played his entire 13-year career with the Indiana Pacers, officially retired. It was a move that was announced last week after he learned that he’d need back surgery.
Only 24 players in NBA history have played their entire career with one team and lasted 13 years.
Pacers veteran forward/center Jeff Foster announced his retirement from the NBA on Wednesday, saying that he could not continue to play the game due to chronic back problems. Foster spent all 13 of his seasons of his NBA career with Indianapolis, with a career average of 4.9 points…
Pacers post player Jeff Foster retired Wednesday after 13 seasons in the NBA, all with Indiana, because of chronic back problems. Foster played just 142 minutes in 11 games this season, averaging 2.3 points. A highly popular player for his on-court hustle, he ranks in the top 10 in franchise history in eight statistical categories.
Derrick Rose is falling apart despite being a youngster. Part of Rose’s health problems can be attributed to his extremely aggressive playing style of constantly driving to the hoop
For Rose to prolong his playing career, last year’s NBA MVP needs to adapt his game by further developing his passing and mid-range shooting effectiveness.
A more concerning condition Rose revealed to reporters is he’s had tendinitis in his legs since playing at Simeon High School. Rose said he tends to overcompensate his back because of the tendinitis, thus indirectly affecting his lower back.
The first three-plus NBA seasons had Rose constantly driving to the basket with strong penetration. The Chicago native has taken numerous beatings inside by bigger players like Jeff Foster of the Indiana Pacers and Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic.
Rose’s style of play certainly is not conducive to staying healthy. He’s 6’3″, 190 pounds and driving the lane like a bigger small forward like LeBron James (6’8″, 250 pounds) who could take taxing punishment better.
However, Rose is going against very physical post defenders like Foster (6’11″, 250 pounds) and Howard (6’11″, 265 pounds) who make Rose pay by laying him out with elbows, body shots and high-impact landings.
Having tendinitis and lower back problems don’t help matters much for Rose, especially with this relentless driving style. Tendinitis weakens his jumping abilities, so Rose overcompensates his back to gain extra lift.
Putting extra stress on his lower back greatly increases more concerning back problems like pulled muscles, slipped discs or vertebrae compression.
A good back is essential to being an effective NBA player, just ask Hall of Famer Larry Bird. When his back gave out, Larry Legend was just a shell of his old self.
To avoid debilitating back injuries, Rose needs to do is become more of a facilitator and jump-shooter so he will not physically burn out before his time.
Every summer, D-Rose has constantly worked on his three-point and mid-range shooting, improving each year. Rose has been scoring 22 points a game this year on just 17.4 shots a game, down from 2010-11′s 19.7 attempts.
Rose has become a more efficient scorer, and he needs to use his mid-range shot more. While Rose’s superior driving skills sets him apart, his career stands a high chance of ending early if he fails to change how he scores.
The second part of Rose’s game is becoming more of an efficient facilitator like Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul. That is something Rose has shown this season, as he has made better decisions with the ball.
Rose has improved his high-low passing and has been able to set up teammates like Kyle Korver and Richard Hamilton for wide-open baseline jumpers.
With offensive weapons like Carlos Boozer, Hamilton and Korver, Rose doesn’t have to score 30 points every game for the Bulls to win. Rose can pick apart defenses more with his passing, as the Bulls are 11-1 in games their star collects eight or more assists.
While Rose’s strong driving abilities make him a special player, it can also shorten his playing career as it draws damaging contact. Further honing his jumper and passing skills will prevent Rose from taking on too much taxing wear and tear.
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The Indiana Pacers announced Saturday the re-signing of veteran forward/center Jeff Foster to a contract. The Pacers also announced the signing of free agent forward/center Jeff Pendergraph to a contract along with four NBA Development League players, Jarrid Famous, Tyren Johnson, Darnell Lazare and Matt Rogers. Per club policy no terms of the contracts.
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A source familiar with the situation has told TKB that Pacers center Jeff Foster, who the Knicks reportedly have had interest in, is leaning towards remaining in Indiana.
“He has interest in NY but his preference is Indiana,” the source said.
TKB has also learned the Pacers stepped up their efforts in hopes of keeping Foster considering they don’t want to lose him to the Knicks. That said, they aren’t going to offer more than a 2 year deal and may not offer as much as the Knicks, who are considering the full mid-level.
The Lakers are also interested.