Seriously though, I love this comparison -
Imagine a point guard-size LeBron James. Kind of intimidating, huh? Well, that's how one NBA scout described what the Celtics are dealing with right now in Chicago rookie Derrick Rose.
"He's a LeBron guard," one Eastern Conference advance scout said. "His power and speed is unmatched. It can be Rajon Rondo. It could be Chauncey Billups. It doesn't matter. He'll outpower you."
Rose outpowered the Celtics Saturday in Game 1. The NBA Rookie of the Year front-runner had a career-high 36 points, 11 assists, 4 rebounds, and 1 steal in 50 minutes of the Bulls' 105-103 overtime victory. The No. 1 overall pick made 12 of 19 shots (many on drives), nailed all 12 free throws, and earned several assists on alley-oops to wide-open shooters.
While the Celtics had numerous other issues to tackle during practice yesterday, one notable concern was figuring out how to make Rose wilt. Boston will need an answer in Game 2 tonight at TD Banknorth Garden to even the best-of-seven series.
"It's just going to be fun out there," Rose said. "I know there's going to be a little more attention on me."