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Rose, Mayo rookies of the month

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Derrick Rose should have won rookie of the month for November just for the move in this You Tube video.

Here's the release from the NBA:

NEW YORK, December 1, 2008 - The Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose and the Memphis
Grizzlies' O.J. Mayo today were named the Eastern and Western Conference
T-Mobile Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played from the start of
the season (Oct. 28) through November.

For every point scored by the players named the T-Mobile Rookie of the
Month, T-Mobile will donate $20 per point scored to school districts in
Phoenix, in support of a season-long effort to better the various youth
communities in Phoenix, the Host City of NBA All-Star 2009. The four
Phoenix school districts that will benefit from the donations are the
Creighton School District, Isaac School District, Phoenix Elementary School
District, and Roosevelt School District.

This month T-Mobile will donate $7460 on behalf of Mayo and $6260 on behalf of
Rose winning the T-Mobile Rookie of the Month Awards. The donation is part of
the overall T-Mobile Rookie Program and builds on T-Mobile's strong appeal to
the nation's youth as the official wireless partner of the NBA.
Other highlights of T-Mobile's partnership with the NBA include the
T-Mobile Rookie of the Year, T-Mobile Rookie of the Month Awards, and the
T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, an All-Star competition between NBA
rookies and second-year players. During NBA All-Star 2009, T-Mobile and NBA
Cares will host more than 3,500 local students from the aforementioned
school districts in Phoenix, to sit in the lower bowl of the arena to watch this
year's T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam on Friday, February 13.

Rose is ranked first among all Eastern Conference rookies in scoring
average (18.4), assists per game (6.0) and minutes per game (38.0). He has
scored in double-figures in all but one game and has led his team in
scoring six times and in assists 13 times. He became the first Bulls rookie
since Michael Jordan, in 1984-85, to score 10 or more points in the first 10
games of his rookie season. His nine assists in his NBA debut tied for the
second-most by a No. 1 pick in his pro debut since the common draft began in
1966.

Mayo leads all rookies in scoring with 21.9 ppg, the highest scoring
average for a first-year player since Allen Iverson (23.4 ppg) in 1996-97.
He ranks in the Top 10 among rookies in seven major categories, including
scoring average, minutes, assists, steals, field goal percentage,
three-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage, and is the
first rookie to have four 30-plus point games within his first 17 career
games since Allen Iverson (five) in 1996-97. In addition, Mayo is on pace to
become just the fifth rookie since the 1996-97 season to average over 39.0
minutes, joining LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson and Shane Battier.

Here is a recap of the month for both Rose and Mayo:

Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
Nov. 1 vs. Memphis: Tallied a career-high 26 points, six rebounds, and three
assists in a 98-86 victory over the Grizzlies.
Nov. 11 vs. Atlanta: Matched a career-high in points (26) and rebounds (10) in a
113-108 loss to the Hawks.
Nov. 18 @ Los Angeles: Posted 25 points and nine assists in a 116-109 loss to
the Lakers.
Nov. 24 @ Utah: Recorded 25 points and nine assists in a 101-100 win against the
Jazz.


O.J. Mayo, Memphis Grizzlies
Nov. 5 vs. Sacramento: Tallied 28 points and had a career-high three steals in a
100-95 loss to the Kings.
Nov. 9 @ Denver: Posted 31 points, eight rebounds and three assists in a 100-90
loss to the Nuggets.
Nov. 10 @ Phoenix: Registered career highs in points (33), assists (five) and
steals (three) in a 107 -102 loss to the Suns.
Nov. 28 vs. San Antonio: Scored 32 points, four rebounds, four assists and three
steals in a 109-98 loss to the Spurs.
Nov. 29 vs. Oklahoma City: Registered 30 points and seven rebounds in a
111-103 loss to the Thunder.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference T-Mobile Rookies of the
Month were Charlotte's D.J. Augustin, Memphis' Marc Gasol, Miami's Michael
Beasley and Mario Chalmers, Milwaukee's Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, New Jersey's
Brook Lopez, Portland's Rudy Fernandez, Sacramento's Jason Thompson and San
Antonio's George Hill.

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