Rose denies those rumors in his book and says he even b…

Rose denies those rumors in his book and says he even bought Butler a $15,000 watch once as a gift to show the swingman he supported him. I always was cool with Jimmy, no matter what they were saying in the media. I was always cool with all my teammates. That’s what it is having teammates. I never had a problem with Jimmy. No confrontation, no argument or anything. In fact, when Jimmy had his trade stuff come up in Minnesota, he was confiding in me and I was counseling him, understanding what he was going through, how it wasn’t right. People always wanted to make it something between me and Jimmy in Chicago, wanting to see us go at it…Nah, nothing like that with me and Jimmy…Remember, I did buy him that watch that time with the Bulls. Just to show, “Bro, I ain’t whatever they may be saying.” It was light love for a teammate. I think it cost like $15,000. When you’re the veteran, sometimes you have to spoil your teammates.
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September 18, 2019 | 8:25 pm EDT Update
On Wednesday, some members of the Pistons organization joined Henry Ford for the sports medicine center’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. Detroit Lions team owner Martha Ford, 94, the widow of William Clay Ford, was in attendance. (The Lions also use Henry Ford for their team’s doctors.). “Our move to Detroit would not have happened without our partnership with Henry Ford,” said Arn Tellem, vice chairman of the Pistons. “Our organizations have worked side by side to create one of the best developments in medicine and sports, not in the region, in the world. This is a true game-changer for our team, franchise and the community.”
September 18, 2019 | 7:05 pm EDT Update
Pacers coach Nate McMillan echoed Bitadze’s disappointment in missing Summer League, adding the rookie would’ve played if he was able to. “We tried to do everything we could to try to speed up that visa,” McMillan said. “As soon as we drafted him, we talked about it that night. To try to get it, put a rush on it and get it so he could get back and play. I would’ve loved to see him play in Vegas. It didn’t work out, but it was good to see him in some runs in the month of August and September.”
Standing all of 6-11, the 20-year-old hovered above the media scrum surrounding guard T.J. McConnell. Phone in hand, using his best reporter stance, Bitadze jokingly asked the fellow newcomer what he knew about his native Republic of Georgia. McConnell answered deadpan, “Not a thing,” before firing back at Bitadze to tell him what he knew about his hometown of Pittsburgh. “Uh, nothing,” Bitadze said with a sly smile, drawing laughs from the reporters in attendance.
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