Since I’ve eaten more candy in the last three days than I have in the last three years combined, I got to wondering whether Derrick Rose still subsists on his strict daily diet of Skittles and Gummy Bears, dating back to his days at the University of Memphis. Come to find out, the people at Skittles apparently bestowed him with a personalized vending machine for his home some time after he was drafted by the Bulls. In any case, he’s hired a personal chef in the interim, presumable for a couple of reasons: (1) he’s rich like that, and (2) I’m guessing he realized that the only thing he’s going to find at the end of that rainbow of fruit flavors is a giant pot of diabeetus.
Now onto the important stuff, like Mike Conley receiving a 5-year $40 million extension from the Grizzlies. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. I don’t know what else I’d expect from an organization that traded Pau Gasol for Kwame Brown, signed Darko Milicic to a multi-year contract, and took a chance on a desperate and emotionally unstable Allen Iverson at a time when quite literally the rest of the league thought better of it. It goes without saying that it’s tough to be a Grizzlies fan sometimes, especially when the front office is so consistent in its poor decision-making. Sure, they probably overpaid for Rudy Gay, but unlike Gay, Conley remains a largely unproven talent now entering his 4th season as a pro, coming off career best averages of 12 points per game and little over 5 assists, dubious stat lines at best when you consider the contract. What they should be doing instead is saving up their ducats to make a run at cats like Chauncey Billups or Rodney Stuckey.
In other adopted-hometown-team news, the Blazers, playing with heavy hearts since the passing of the legendary Maurice Lucas (aka “The Enforcer”), finished out the week 4-1 by blowing out the Bucks. I can’t say enough about (the inexplicably undrafted) Wesley Matthews. He’s one of those guys who just inspires confidence. What worries me is that the Blazers have been playing catch up in most of these games, but I’ll go ahead and chalk that up to it still being so early in the season. While the Vanilla Gorilla’s return appears imminent, there still seems to be no timeline for Oden. Adding insult to injury, earlier this week Oden became the first No. 1 draft pick not to receive an extension at the end of his rookie contract since the aforementioned Kwame Brown. Yikes!