SPORTINGNEWS- Derrick Rose could soon be adding a nine-figure shoe deal to his $94 million basketball contract.
ESPN.com reported Friday that the Chicago Bulls point guard and reigning NBA MVP is nearing agreement with adidas on a so-called "lifetime" contract that could pay him as much as $250 million over 10 years.
One reason for adidas' willingness to pay, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein: Rose is adidas' strongest competition to Nike endorser Kobe Bryant in China. Rose outsells Nike's LeBron James in that country, according to Stein's sources.
Adidas also employs Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, as NBC Sports notes.
Some Clippers home openers have featured as much sizzle as lettuce.
But even with Chauncey Billups sidelined with a strained groin, a buzz and star power filled Staples Center on Friday night. That's what happens when a woebegone franchise turns into "Lob City" after high-profile offseason acquisitions.
Plenty of eyes looked past the courtside celebrities to see substance: Specifically, Chris Paul versus Derrick Rose. (MORE>>>)
"It's very sad, but everybody knows it's not our fault," the Chicago Bulls point guard and reigning NBA most valuable player said Saturday. "If it was up to us we'd be out there playing. I think that is wrong and I know they could easily take care of it."
The 23-year-old Bulls star talked about the lockout and his training regimen during downtown appearances introducing a new adidas shoe line. (MORE>>>)