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What Made LeBron James Contact Former Chicago Bulls Star After The Playoff Elimination in 2010

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Over the course of a 17-year career that is still going strong, LeBron James had partnered with a lot of superstars in the NBA. While his most memorable moments have come when he played alongside Dwyane Wade for the Miami Heat, the King himself wanted to team up with a star from the Chicago Bulls.

 

 
Dial back the time to 2010, where the Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. The Celtics, led by Paul Pierce, ousted LeBron and the Cavs in five games.

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The Cavs’ opponents in the first round of the playoffs were the Chicago Bulls. LeBron James and his team made less work of them. However, there was one particular player who got the eye of King James. It was Chicago’s 22-year-old point guard Derrick Rose, who caught the eye of James with his dazzling skills. After losing out on the conference semi-finals, the four-time MVP did something which might surprise a lot of readers.

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Why did LeBron James phone up Derrick Rose after he lost to the Celtics?
Before his spectacular triumph in 2016, James had never won a title playing for the Cavs. In 2010, he felt enough was enough. The time had come for James to explore other opportunities that were awaiting his approval.

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Seeing Rose play with the Bulls tempted LeBron to call him and make him an offer. Well, not an offer, but a proposal of some sort. As reported by the Deccan Herald a decade ago, James called up Rose to explore his options to become teammates. “Word is, James said he likes Rose’s game, likes his team, and would welcome the chance to play together,” wrote Mike McGraw of the Herald.

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“The James phone call to Rose was mentioned by ESPN reporter Scoop Jackson and confirmed by a league source. Rose has been taking things slowly since the Bulls season ended with a first-round loss to Cleveland, but he visits the Berto Center on occasion. The source said the James-Rose conversation did not last very long.”

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LeBron James’ call to Derrick Rose to discuss the possibility of the pair becoming teammates never elevated further. If James had joined the Bulls, the current state of the league would be different. One can be certain that he would have brought a championship to end the drought endured by the windy city. The Bulls’ last NBA title came in 1998 when Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson bowed out with their ‘Last Dance.’

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AFDB: Independent Panel Submit Final Report On Adesina

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An Independent Review Panel has exonerated the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, of any ethical wrongdoings.

The panel was set up by AfDB Bureau of Governors, following a complaint by the United States.

It reviewed the process by which two previous organs of the Bank – Ethics Committee of the Board and Bureau of the Board of Governors – previously exonerated Adesina.

Former and serving African heads, led by ex-Nigerian leader, Olusegun Obasanjo, declared support for Adesina.

Members of the panel were Mary Robinson, former President, Republic of Ireland and ex-United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Gambia, Hassan B. Jallow; and Leonard F. McCarthy, former Director of Public Prosecutions and ex-Head, Directorate of Special Operations of South Africa.

In January, sixteen allegations of ethical misconduct were levelled against Adesina by a group of whistleblowers.

But after a review, the Bank’s Ethics Committee, in March, described the allegations as “frivolous and without merit.”

The findings and rulings were upheld by the apex Bureau of the Board of Governors in May.

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The report of the independent panel states that it “concurs with the (Ethics) Committee in its findings in respect of all the allegations against the President and finds that they were properly considered and dismissed by the Committee.”

The panel said it “considered the President’s submissions on their face and finds them consistent with his innocence and to be persuasive.”

The decision clears the way for Governors of the Bank to re-elect Adesina to a second five-year term as President during annual meetings of the Bank scheduled for August 25 – 27.

The former Minister for Agriculture in Nigeria, was awarded the prestigious World Food Prize in 2017 and the Sunhak Peace Prize in 2019 for global leadership in agriculture and for good governance.

In AfDB, Adesina ensured of setting up offices in several African nations to get closer to its clients.

He oversaw the Africa Investment Forum that has attracted $79 billion in investment interests into projects in Africa between 2018 and 2019.

Adesina led a General Capital Increase campaign that culminated in the Bank’s shareholders raising the institution’s capital from $93 billion to $208 billion, in October 2019.

In June and July, Standard and Poors and Fitch Ratings affirmed the ‘AAA’ rating of the AfDB, with stable outlook.

The AfDB, under Adesina, launched a $10 billion crisis response facility to boost African nations’ ability to tackle the health and economic effects of COVID-19.

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