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Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 at 3:33 pm  |  26 responses

Photos: Hoops For Troops Tour

Derrick Rose, Joe Johnson, the Lopez twins and others visit Hawaii.

by Peter Walsh / @goinginsquad

Some of the NBA’s best have traveled to Hawaii to spend time with and entertain America’s troops and their families as part of the USO’s “Hoops For Troops” tour. During the first two days of the week-long tour, players such as Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose and Joe Johnson amongst others have lead youth clinics, shared basketball techniques, toured military facilities, played one-on-one against military personnel and, most importantly, uplifted the spirits of wounded soldiers. “Supporting our nation’s military community has always been important to me,” says Derrick Rose, via a press release. “Whether I am extending my thanks to our troops on the front lines, visiting military families back at home, playing ball with wounded warriors, or participating on USO tours like this that are designed to uplift the spirits of those stationed around the globe, it is an honor for me anytime I am able to give.” Click through the gallery above to get a closer look at the players’ experience on the USO tour thus far.

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  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Oh, I’m so hating!
    Look at pic #20!
    Army and Air Force always get the best chow halls!
    Ours always looked like you were eating at an abondoned warehouse or some sh*t.
    Even that Stryker looks brand new…
    Props to the players, they didn’t have to do this.
    Kinda makes you wonder though, how many of them would’ve been down to visit Camp Leatherneck instead.

  • Stillballin

    Now we all know that a 7ft tall man can’t be a helicopter pilot.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I wonder if dude in #4 is a Bulls fan?
    WE ARE EVERYWHERE!

  • Yann Blavec

    @ Enig, there are Bulls ‘ fans even here in france.

  • paul

    I don’t get why Derrick Rose wants to support Americans dealing out death all over the planet for oil and global domination. Does he not think this through at all? American military have supported the reported racist slaughter of blacks in Libya. Why do you support this, Derrick? Don’t you have better things to support? How about homeless in Chicago?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    We don’t just deal out death all over the planet for oil and global domination, Paul.
    We do it for fun, too.
    SMH…

  • MLK4Life

    Derrick is supporting the troops who deserve to be supported. You can’t argue against that whether you agree or disagree with the wars that our country has unfortunately engaged in.

  • gani

    did anyone see joe johnson in the pictures? i must have missed him somewhere because i couldn’t find him in any of the pictures.

  • purity

    Supporting the troops has absolutely nothing to do with the wars fought for reasons that are worthy to others than yourself. My guess is you think the world is out to get you too, huh?

  • ALEX80

    Americans are afraid of pretty much anything and anyone,(Insecurity,Mexicans,Hot sauces,places with no electrical openers with wi-fi, Arabs,Arab food,Blacks, even the ones from New Zealand,Craig Hodges,the moon,07 PHX Suns, themselves, etc…) that is why they need to be very well protected , to intimidate the whole planet. So ,please support .
    for more info please visit
    http://www.goarmy.com , They’re all smiles.

  • ALEX80

    SLAM is also afraid.

  • Rnz

    @paul, im guessing youve just finished reading a book about human rights or something. Im not american, I found that most of the reasoning behind US waged wars are ridiculous, however..supporting the troops doesnt mean you support the war. You wanna hate? hate the leaders, not the troops. Their job is to follow orders, no matter how illogical it may sound…to a certain extent, soldiers are also a casualty of war.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @rzn yes their job is to follow orders, but they are there out of their own will, they did not get drafted right.

  • Rnz

    @Fiyah yes totally agree with you…but I can be sure that most of the people that join the draft doesnt have a political motive…the problem today is we got people with political and business motive using soldiers to serve their purpose.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^agreed, my point is if u join a army u should be aware of the motives of the political and busniness leaders so that u know what u r fighting for

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Yes, because at 18 we’re ALL smart and mature enough to “be aware of the motives of the political and busniness leaders so that u know what u r fighting for”.
    Quite frankly, if you’ve never served, I’m inclined to just tell you to shut the f*ck up.
    It’s our business and our business only why the f*ck we serve, and you can thank us for being the main reason you can criticize without fear of persecution or death.
    Of you can not.
    I don’t give a sh*t.
    Thanks.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    *or you can not

  • Yann Blavec

    # 13 why did I majored in sociology ?

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    just saying if u r going to responsible for killing people u better know for what cause. no need to get rude

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Sorry, spit hot fiyah.
    I just get sick of all the anti-troops bs, didn’t mean to go off.
    The military at its most basic is just like any other entity.
    There are good workers, and bad workers.
    Good leaders, bad leaders.
    Most of us do buy into the idea that we’re protecting America, defending its freedoms, all that good stuff.
    But we’re not stupid, we know a lot of leaders have their own hidden agenda.
    Like Iraq, kind of hard to believe it was JUST about WMDs when you got an oil-rich country and the Vice Prez happens to be the former CEO of Halliburton.
    I signed up because of 9/11, and I do believe the military is mostly doing good.
    Unfortunately, the actions of a few ruins it for the rest, like the Abu Ghraib BS or the “kill team” killing unarmed civilians in Afghanistan (thanks, Army!) so now we all have to hear how we’re all out there killing innocent people, and that is far and away not true.
    And your average Marine, sailor, airmen or soldier is only going to think about what is going to keep them alive – what their most basic mission is.
    Seek out and destroy the taliban and insurgents.
    Or operate the Predator drone.
    Or destroy unused ordinance.
    Or whatever their mission is, I’d still like to think having a military full of (in your opinion) misguided youth is much better than the alternative of having no military at all.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    thanks for an honest response, no military at would probably not be a good idea considering other countries wouldn’t do the same. I’m not against defense, i just question the US having military precens in so many countries in the name of “defending our freedom” and “bringing democracy” when the consequences are terrible and counterproductive. U seem well informed, i think a lot of people become well informed, usually after they serve, which in some cases is to late.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    what i meant by the last sentence is that if they were well informed b4 serving, they might not serve at all.
    Unrelated to our disussion, did u see the Tillam story, if so, what were your thoughts, since u saw it from a different perspective than me i’m sure.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    Tillman story that is

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I agree with you to an extent, if service members knew EXACTLY what they were getting themselves into, and the reality of what goes on as opposed to what the recruiters are feeding you, a lot of people would choose not to join.
    And I also agree the US military presence in so many countries where frankly they probably are not needed is perplexing.
    There’s a lot of “Veterans against the Iraq War” type groups for a reason, but I do think we need to be in Afghanistan right now.
    Certain places in Africa and Asia? Not so much.
    As for the Pat Tillman story, I mean I was serving in the Marines when that happened, and I was outraged when it came out that he had died as a result of friendly fire.
    Not so much because he was a victim of friendly fire, but that’s an unfortunately not out of the ordinary occurrence.
    But the cover up, the fact that the US Army lied about what actually happened at first ticked me off.
    I really can’t justify that, and trust me a lot of us lower-ranking service members were ticked off about it too.
    I’d like to think my own branch, the Marines, would never do something like that, but who knows?
    Oftentimes, as bad as some civilians may treat veterans and service members, we get the worst treatment from our own.
    Look at how horrible the Veterans Affairs is being run.
    VA hospitals are a joke!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I’d also add that personally, if I was told exactly what my experience would be like, what was really going on (which only the top truly knows) and all that, I’d still join.
    I didn’t join for the benefits or for school or any of that nonsense.
    I joined to serve in the Marines.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    thanks man, peace

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