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Bulls Wed Nov 12 2008

To The Hole: Let's Get This Party Started's ever evolving take on the NBA and the superstars that hulk, lurk and shine within. First off, I'd be remiss as all Hell to not proudly endorse and encourage y'all to come to this. The pizza is damn good and you'll be able to meet real sportswriters as opposed to bums like me. So, yeah, if you like pizza, books and watching the NBA, please, embrace this shill. Onto the bball talkin'.

Derrick Rose!!!!! ZOMG!!!

Dude's got me speaking in tongues; seriously, his rookie campaign as a point guard is reminiscent of the Chris "Man-Child to Man" Paul assault on the league in the year of 05-06. To put things in comparison, Rose's, bottle-rocketesque ascension is equivalent to a rook qb putting a team on his shoulders and carrying them through the savages of a 16 game schedule, all the while seamlessly dominating and reading defenses like they were so many pre-K primers. Please, I implore you to spec Rose's stat line from last night. 26 points, 10 rebounds along with 6 dimes and a scant 3 turnovers? That's like Steve Nash and Baron Davis' statistical lovechild!

Meanwhile, on the same box score check out what skull-crushing force of Satan*/Atlanta Hawk center, Al Horford, did to Chicago's beloved Toros. He was definitely eating his Wheaties yesterday morning and morphed into full on "Horford SMASH" mode. 6 blocks? Yes, please!

Regarding the League's full-grown Super Stars as opposed to the still budding Rose and Horford, LeBron James, aka: MVP-Elect, who has been imposing a season-long headlock to the entire Association; has been more dominant than usual as of late, averaging close to 36 ppg, 9 boards and 5 assists over his last five games-that's good, real good.

This past Saturday, To The Hole had the great fortune of catching both LeBron and Rose, live and in-person at the United Center as the Bulls and Cavs clashed. Watching these two freaks live merely reemphasizes the fact that they are both fully equpped to re-direct any game at any moment. The game was very close for three quarters and then the Cavs, like all good teams, took care of matters in the money quarter, but for about a quarter and a half it was really Rose and Ben Gordon versus LeBron.I can't overemphasize what LeBron is like live, you really just need to witness it yourself. But with Rose, his quickness and court-awareness is even more incredible when you're watching it live. His virtuoso presence on this Bulls squad is almost lost at moments with how clumsy the Bulls can be on offense; but Rose, at times, makes every single Bull player better -NO EASY FEAT. So yes, have faith Bulls faithful the Rose Child can still lead you to a better tomorrow. The present (and near-future) still belongs to LeBron.

*No, Al Horford's not actually a disciple of Satan, he's a nice guy who loves his mom almost as much as he likes destroying the opposition's power forwards.

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