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Fear the Links: The what-if of Derrick Rose’s career

That and more in today’s links.

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Happy Monday, everyone. Here are today’s links.

ICYMI from Fear the Sword: Iman Shumpert will play Monday against the 76ers, the Cavs credit their blitzing defense for their recent improvements, Cedi Osman scored 21 points in his first G-League assignment, Osman and Ante Zizic have been recalled by the team ahead of Monday’s game

At ESPN, Kevin Pelton explores the what-ifs of Derrick Rose’s career. Considering that is career seems in doubt at the moment, and that he’s been so entirely ravaged by injuries, what he could have been is a really interesting, and fascinating, question.

At SB Nation, Seerat Sohi writes about the Wizards, who have been both really good and really bad this season. Complicating that further is John Wall’s injury, which will keep him out for a few weeks.

At The Athletic, Jon Krawczynski writes about Wolves forward Nemanja Bjelica and how the Serbian was able to find his footing in the United States.

Lastly, in weird basketball news, Alabama had to play 3 vs. 5 basketball in a game recently. And they still almost won.