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On Derrick Rose’s Injury, The Fallout & 10 Potential Losers

By 04.30.12

3. Nike

Guilt by association here. Jason Petrie, Nike senior footwear designer and the man behind LeBron signature line of sneakers, caught a severe case of foot in mouth on Saturday, letting loose a few ill-thought out words via Twitter regarding Rose’s injury. Included in his now deleted messages (which still can be seen here) were assertions that “Pooh,” Rose’s childhood nickname, “chose poorly,” which we can assume is in reference to his sneaker brand of choice. Petrie didn’t stop there, attempting to defend his remarks but as anyone whose had a Twitter meltdown can attest (we see you, Brian McKnight), what’s done and said in 140 characters is tough to erase in that same limited space. Petrie has since apologized but the damage to Nike’s well protected image takes a blow for his initial remarks. – Gotty™

4. The NBA

Remember when Magic was injured in the ’89 Finals? The Bulls obviously aren’t as loaded as the Lakers so Rose’s absence has even greater significance. Minus the Bulls, a heavy favorite, the eventual champ will have an asterisk whose footnote reads “But that was the year the league’s reigning MVP was injured and did not participate in the Playoffs.” Without Rose, the league misses a golden opportunity to showcase a hard-nosed player with an old school work ethic, very much the opposite of most of the marquee players. – Gotty™


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TOPICS#NBA
TAGS2012 NBA PlayoffsadidasCHICAGO BULLSDAVID STERNDERRICK ROSEEVERYTHING ELSEHEADLINESJason PetrieSMOKE BREAKSPORTSSpotlightTom Thibodeau

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