While many see the Derrick Rose signing as a response to Kyrie Irving’s recent trade request, Irving’s teammate Richard Jefferson provided some poignant insight on his podcast recently.
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Former NBA player Stephon Marbury, in the twilight of a prolific career in China, said that former MVP Derrick Rose was wronged by the amount of money he received to sign with the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
Rose, hampered with ongoing knee injuries over the last five seasons, joined the Cavs on just a one-year deal worth a little over $2 million — a dramatic pay cut from the max deal he once had with the Chicago Bulls and the $21 million he made with the New York Knicks last season. Still, Rose made it clear in previous interviews that he was chasing a championship, not dollar signs, which is why he ultimately chose Cleveland over a more lucrative deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Nevertheless, Marbury still thought Rose was robbed, and that LeBron James should have done more than recruit him — tweeting that “my man should be eating healthier.”
“I think it’s a crime that Derrick Rose is being paid this amount of money, when you have guys that can’t chew gum and walk making more,” Marbury ranted in a chain of tweets. “I’ve watched guys that shouldn’t be in the game let alone the money (they’re) getting. DRose is a Monster! Really? A MVP for that amount of money. Not even haters will agree with the price tag.”
Rose averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists a game last season with the Knicks — in his first campaign away from his hometown Bulls.
Marbury, who also played for the Knicks during his prime, has built a successful career in China for the past eight seasons. He plans to retire after his final season with the Beijing Fly Dragons. “Starbury” has surely cashed in away from the U.S. He has an upcoming movie in China titled, “My Other Home,” which is set to debut on Aug. 4. In the trailer for the movie, Marbury said: “China gave me a new light. It healed my soul.”