by Marcel Mutoni

New York @ Chicago: I still can’t get over Derrick Rose’s incredible injury from yesterday. Unlike some of you, I don’t think he got sliced up by some crazed groupie or anything like that, but the story does come off a tad fishy. I mean, who the hell cuts an apple in bed?

Whatever the case, Rose is sticking to his story:

”It’s the truth, so I’m not worried about that,” he said. ”I called my mom, and she was like, what are you doing? It was just a freak accident. I was very scared. I’m going to get somebody else to cut [the apple]. I’m not cutting it no more.”

Lakers @ Kings: Phil Jackson has something nice to say about Sacramento? Surely, you jest:

“I think they play harder then we do,” he said after Monday’s practice. “We’ve won a majority of the games lately, but I’m always amazed at how hard they play. That’s an indication of how they’re after this rivalry and try to make a good game of it. I’m impressed with their energy on the court. We have to meet their energy.”

Utah @ Minny: Approximately 73 people – including both teams – will be on hand tonight at the Target Center to celebrate Jerry Sloan’s 20th year as the head coach of the Utah Jazz.

On the opposing bench, Kevin McHale will begin his second coaching career, marking the 223rd coaching change in the L since Sloan took over in Utah. Something tells me that, twenty years from now, we won’t be celebrating Mr. McHale in the same way as Jerry.