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All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Can Bulls afford the Brandon Roy risk?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 06/30/2012 - 20:16
Yahoo.com's Adrian Wojnarowski published a list of Brandon Roy's comeback finalists. The former Portland all-star is planning to meet with the Bulls, Pacers, Mavericks, Warriors and Timberwolves. According to the report, Roy will likely visit with team representatives in his hometown of Seattle this week. Who wouldn't want a three-time all-star to fall into their laps? The thing is, Roy retired a year ago because of knee problems. He's reportedly been undergoing special treatments in Europe and feels ready to mount a comeback. He was amnestied by the Blazers last year and it's been written that he will be paid the remainder of his hefty contract. So money shouldn't be a big factor when Roy chooses a new team.

Teague now, shooting guard later

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 06/29/2012 - 00:14
So was drafting Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague a surprise move for the Bulls? Not really. Most of us were expecting a shooting guard, but you could have said the same thing last season when they went with small forward Jimmy Butler. I think what the Bulls did in both cases was try to get someone who could succeed in the NBA in a specific role and not try to shoot any higher. Butler's role is defense. Teague, obviously, figures to spend most of his career as a backup point guard to Derrick Rose. "Our philosophy is and will continue to be, if two guys are comparable and one guy can fit more of a need, then we may go that way," general manager Gar Forman said. "But we're going to go with the best talent that's available, that can fit within our system and culture."

Anthony Parker retires from basketball

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 06/27/2012 - 23:00
Naperville native Anthony Parker made a remarkable return to the NBA after spending six years in Europe. But at age 37, Parker decided it was time to hang up the sneakers. He announced his retirement from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. After starring at Naperville Central and Bradley University, Parker was the No. 21 pick of the 1997 NBA Draft, chosen by New Jersey, but immediately traded to Philadelphia. He spent two years with the Sixers, one in Orlando, then found himself out of a job. So he headed to Europe and found a home with Maccabi Tel Aviv, leading the Israeli squad to the Euroleague championship in 2004. Two years later, he returned to the NBA with Toronto.

Pistons send Ben Gordon south

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 06/26/2012 - 20:47
Detroit unloaded former Bulls shooting guard Ben Gordon on Tuesday, sending him to Charlotte for Chicago-area native Corey Maggette. The Pistons will also send a future first-round pick to the Bobcats. This deal will save them roughly $15 million in salary, because Maggette is in his final year at around $10 million, while Gordon has two years left at $25 million. Signing Gordon to that hefty free-agent deal in 2009 never made sense. He was a bad fit with the Pistons and never averaged more than 13.8 points. In his final season with the Bulls, Gordon posted 20.7 ppg. This moves seems to suggest Charlotte will not select Florida SG Bradley Beal with the No. 2 pick of Thursday's draft. The Bobcats are expected to trade the pick or take Kansas PF Thomas Robinson.

Deng taking trade rumors in stride

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 06/26/2012 - 10:40
Bulls forward Luol Deng is in Houston, where something that has never existed before – a Great Britain Olympic basketball team – has opened training camp. He spoke to Ian Whittell, one of his longtime British media pals, about trade rumors. “I believe there is always to some extent truth behind rumors,” Deng said, according to espn.com. “But as an athlete, if you get caught up in them, you are really wasting your time because it's not something you can control. "If I was a GM, I would be shopping players around, too. I've got to show that I'm doing something. … As much as I want to stay on the team -- I love Chicago, I love the Bulls -- at the same time, I know the business part of it. Sooner or later, all the rumors are going to come up.”

Was Heat coach serious with this comment?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 06/23/2012 - 20:08
LeBron James tried to do the right thing after Game 5 on Thursday. He played well, was appreciative of his first NBA title and even apologized for last year’s post-Finals comment. You know, the one where he basically said he didn’t care about the millions of people rooting for him to lose, because they’re stuck in their miserable lives and he’s a millionaire, win or lose. So credit James for giving an honest effort toward rebuilding his popularity. But then Miami coach Erik Spoelstra stepped to the podium after the contest. He probably thought he was helping the cause, but instead provided the NBA world with another anti-Heat rallying cry. Here’s what Spoelstra said, according to the quote sheet:

Rose's jersey slightly less popular overseas

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 06/21/2012 - 15:02
Derrick Rose had the NBA's best-selling jersey on nba.com and at the NBA Store in New York City. The international count, unveiled Thursday, has Rose No. 2 in jersey sales, behind Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. Bryant actually finished third on the domestic list, behind Rose and Knicks guard Jeremy Lin. Broken down by region, Bryant and Rose ranked 1-2 in China and Europe. In Latin America, LeBron James was second and Rose third. The rest of the international best-sellers were Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo, Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant from Nos. 4-10. Rose will miss the start of next season while recovering from knee surgery.

OKC's survival depends on playing smarter

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:26
The Thunder is going home regardless after Thursday’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The challenge for OKC, trailing the series 3-1, is to make sure it has another game to play. Oklahoma City picked up its free-throw percentage (15 for 16) in Game 4, but needs to get a lot smarter to pull off a win in Miami. The Thunder has the star power to win this series. Russell Westbrook delivered one of the all-time great Finals performances with 43 points on 20-of-32 shooting on Tuesday. Kevin Durant is at 30.3 points and shooting 55 percent in the series. Boneheaded plays have been costly, especially in Game 4. In general, OKC has too many defensive lapses, whether it’s a player out of position, absence of help defense or a needless foul.

Thunder has faltered at foul line

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 06/19/2012 - 15:03
While falling behind 2-1 in the NBA Finals, Oklahoma City’s greatest failure has been surprisingly simple. The Thunder hasn’t connected at the foul line. The best free-throw shooting team during the regular season at 80.6 percent, OKC has slumped to 70.1 percent (54-for-77) during the Finals. Oklahoma City was within a basket in the final minute of Games 2 and 3, but couldn’t finish it off. In those two contests, the Thunder was outscored by 19 points at the foul line. Part of that could be attributed to not getting calls, but it’s also a matter of Miami shooting 88 percent at the stripe (53-for-60), compared to 68 percent (34-for-50) for OKC.

Game 2 will be vital for Heat

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 06/14/2012 - 10:11
Maybe Game 1 of the NBA Finals can be written off due to uneven circumstances. Oklahoma City had three extra days of rest because Miami went to seven games with Boston. The Celtics had a short rest before the Eastern Conference finals, got pounded in the opener, then played the Heat tough the rest of the way. But for Miami to make this a series, it needs a win tonight in Game 2. It will be tough to sweep all three games in Florida, so the Heat should try to find a way to avoid falling behind 2-0. Otherwise, OKC will likely return home for Game 6 with no worse than a 3-2 series lead.