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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Derrick Rose sorry for costing fans free Big Macs

CHICAGO -- With the crowd chanting "M-V-P" in the final 4.3 seconds Tuesday night at the United Center, Derrick Rose walked away from the free-throw line feeling like Will Ferrell's comically inept character from the movie "Semi-Pro".

Big Mac
Mmm-hmm. This is a tasty burger. Too bad Bulls fans didn't get free ones Tuesday night.

Rose even apologized, despite the fact his 32 points and nine assists led the Bulls to a 99-95 victory. The issue? He knew he cost each fan in the sell-out crowd of 21,919 a free Big Mac. McDonald's gives away its signature burgers every time Chicago scores at least 100 points in a win at home.

"I feel like Jackie Moon off of 'Semi-Pro,' " Rose said. "That's all I was thinking about, man.

"I saved McDonald's a lot of money, so they should be happy."

In the 2008 film, Moon was owner and coach and also a player with the American Basketball Association's Flint Michigan Tropics, who had a promotion one night in which they gave away free corn dogs if they scored at least 125 points. With 30 seconds left in the game and the financially strapped Tropics leading 124-117, Moon pleaded with his teammates -- saying they didn't have corn dogs -- to run out the clock. He even blocked a shot by a teammate, but another teammate eventually scored. Moon fled the arena.

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