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GREENBURGH, N. Wes Unseld Wizards Jersey .Y. -- Most NBA observers probably wouldnt label Derrick Rose as elite at this stage of his career. But Rose believes he fits that description and that its only a matter of time before he shows it to others.Rose was asked after Knicks practice on Monday if he wants to show this season that he still is an elite point guard.Yeah, but I know I am, he said. Thats no surprise to me. Its only a matter of time until I put it together. All the hard work I put in, everything how I dedicated my whole life to this game, what I sacrificed. Its only a few that did it and thats doing it. So its all about just putting it together.Its only natural for players to have confidence in their abilities, but Roses production in recent seasons has fallen short of elite levels. Last season, Rose averaged 16.4 points on 42 percent shooting and handed out 4.7 assists per game for a Bulls team that missed the playoffs.Knicks president Phil Jackson traded for Rose in June and would, obviously, love to see the guard return to the elite form he showed earlier in his career, when he was named the youngest MVP in league history in 2011. Since that season, Rose has dealt with several significant knee injuries; due to those injuries and various others, the 28-year-old and has played in less than 40 percent of his games in the last five seasons.Rose missed a little over two weeks of training camp earlier this month while attending a civil trial in Los Angeles over allegations that he and two friends gang-raped an ex-girlfriend. He returned to the Knicks on Friday after a jury found Rose and his two friends not liable of the accusations. Rose has spent the last four days working with coaches and teammates ahead of the Knicks season opener Tuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.Im very excited. We got a lot of great pieces, Rose said after practice Monday. Were learning how to play together. Were learning chemistry. But it comes from experience and it comes with playing with each other.Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Rose has looked strong in recent workouts. But Hornacek would also like to see Rose look for his own shot more often in certain situations.I think theres going to be times when Im going to have tell Derrick be more aggressive, Hornacek said Monday. There are times hes trying to set his teammates up, which is great for a point guard. But a lot of the early offense in the open court hes a hard guy to guard. Hell be on the attack.... He feels hes got great players on his team that he can rely but theres going to be times that hes going to have the advantage and were going to want him to attack.Rose believes that the Knicks will be difficult to guard in the pick-and-roll with players like Joakim Noah, Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis, Courtney Lee and Brandon Jennings.Its pick your poison, Rose said. My job is to create a double team so the weak side has a hard time closing down on shooters.Hornacek has said Rose may need some time to get used to the offense after being away during the civil trial. Knicks doctors have been keeping a close eye on him over the past few days to monitor his stress levels following the trial.Anthony expects Rose to grow more comfortable with repetition after being away for the civil case. He also believes Rose will benefit from expectations in New York that are different than those he faced in his hometown of Chicago.I dont think hes playing with any type of load on his shoulders, hes not thinking about injuries, Anthony said Monday. Whereas before he was coming into training camp rehabbing, now he got a chance to just practice and put everything behind him and focus on basketball. So when you have a talent like that who is coming into the season with a clear mind and a focus that he has, it can be exciting. Juwan Howard Jersey . The veteran safety was a starter for the Bengals from 2008-2012. He totaled 41 tackles and three interceptions while starting all but four of the 13 games he played last season. Troy Brown Jr. Jersey . It was hard for Luck to pull off another comeback, or even get into the end zone, while standing on the sideline. Rivers threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to rookie Keenan Allen and Nick Novak kicked four field goals to give the Chargers a 19-9 victory against the Colts on Monday night. http:///...rdan-wizards-jersey/ . Newcastle dominated in the early stages but City weathered the storm and then raised its game in extra time. Negredo broke the deadlock from close range after a simple move in the 99th minute before Dzeko took the ball round goalkeeper Tim Krul to seal the victory in the 105th. There were times on Sunday at the Atlanta Open when John Isner probably wished he had gone to Rio for the Olympics.While the temperature in Rio during Serena Williams 6-4, 6-2 over?Daria Gavrilova?was a pleasant 77 degrees, the?thermometer in Atlantas Atlantic Station seemed on the verge of exploding as the mercury ticked above 90, with the humidity making it feel even hotter.Not as hot as Isners opponent, Nick Kyrgios, though. Isner, the three-time defending champion, staggered and stumbled in the first-set tiebreaker on wobbly legs, looking conspicuously woozy. Although he went through the motions, Isner folded in two tiebreakers. Kyrgios went on to win the title match 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) .The conditions were tough, Kyrgios said afterward. But its always tough against John.Not as tough as it has sometimes been in the past. Isner seems to have misplaced his talent for winning tiebreakers this year; hes 24-23 in them on the season, a disappointing mark for a player with a humongous serve.But the terms for anyone playing Isner in the U.S. summer are still daunting. It was one of the reasons Isner chose not to travel to Rio. But there were others. While?Roger Federer takes enormous pride in being a citizen of the world, Isner is comparably gratified being a former Georgia Bulldog and citizen of the great state of North Carolina. He enjoys one big sea-to-shining sea advantage among those amber waves of grain.Theres more. For these Olympics, neither the ATP nor the WTA is awarding rankings points. With 250 points from Isners win in Atlanta last year dropping off, and the Olympics being both unpredictable and loaded, his decision might not be noble. But it is understandable.Kyrgios is a different case altogether. Unlike Isner, whos on excellent terms with tennis powers in the U.S., Kyrgios has been engaged in a running battle with the Australian establishment. He pulled out of the Olympic Games (following in the footsteps of fellow malcontent Bernard Tomic) in June, claiming he had been subject to unwarranted attacks and unfair and unjust treatment at the hands of the Australian Olympic Committee. John Wall Wizards Jersey. The 21-year-old from Canberra, now ranked No. 18, claimed on his website that he had the backing of Tennis Australia. But Kyrgios charged that the federation had engaged in a month-long campaign of public and private disparagement and pre-empted further controversy by pulling his name from consideration. (Although Kyrgios would have been eligible by ranking, Olympians still must be nominated by their federations, which work closely with the Olympic committee.)All that is backstory. The front story is that both men who bailed on Rio, along with the likes of Sam Querrey, Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic and others (including some women, led by No. 3 Simona Halep) are either in a position to enhance their rankings or at a potential advantage for the climax of the summer, the US Open.For a nine-day event, the tennis in Rio will exact a heavy toll physically and emotionally. Some of the players will be competing in three events. Olympic tennis players will be welcomed back by the blazing heat of the Cincinnati Masters, a combined mandatory event. A week after Cincy ends, the US Open gets underway.The pros who declined to take part in the Olympics were rewarded with chances to boost their rankings. Theyre also on a more sensible schedule with less emotional stress. And they have a little more wiggle room in their schedules in the weeks ahead. Kyrgios has already felt the benefit of turning down his country. He won just the second title of his career Sunday, added 250 rankings points to his total and pocketed almost $110,000. (The Olympics offers no prize money.)The points will be enough for Kyrgios to change places with the player ranked one rung above him. That happens to be Isner.Maybe the big American should have gone to Rio, after all. ' ' ' 
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