The NBA announced the all-defensive teams today (don't know why it took so long) and Bulls center Joakim Noah easily received the most votes. That makes sense, since he also won defensive player of the year, although it seems like that happened about 3 months ago.
Jimmy Butler made the second team all-defense, while Taj Gibson and Kirk Hinrich were relatively high in others receiving votes. Of course, that also explains why the Bulls are going to pursue Carmelo Anthony this summer. Too many defensive players. They need some scorers.
In the past, NBA coaches have voted for the all-defensive teams, but that may have changed this year.
MILWAUKEE -- It’s a game off for first baseman Anthony Rizzo tonight as the Cubs resume their 10-game road trip tonight at Miller Park. Rizzo has started all 51 games until today. Mike Olt gets the start at first base, with Luis Valbuena playing third. It’s possible shortstop Starlin Castro will get one of the next two games off this weekend.
The Cubs made another roster move today, placing closer Hector Rondon on the paternity list and activating reliever Pedro Strop off the disabled list. Strop went on the DL May 7 with a groin strain. Earlier this week, reliever Wesley Wright went on the paternity list, but he’s back, and Blake Parker has been sent back to Iowa.
UPDATE -- Griffin is also getting a second interview in Utah, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
According to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer and other sources, Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin interviewed for the Cavaliers head coaching job on Tuesday.
It's an interesting opportunity for Griffin, since the Cavs have a rising star in Kyrie Irving, the No. 1 overall draft pick (again) and some flexibility to revamp the roster this summer.
No real favorite has emerged for the Cavs job, who fired Mike Brown one season into his second stint on the job. Vinny Del Negro has been mentioned as a candidate. Cleveland's GM, David Griffin, permanently hired this month, spent most of his NBA life with the Phoenix Suns.
There’s a dangerous trend showing up in the prelude to the June 26 NBA Draft. Foreign big men with no American basketball experience are littering many of the mock drafts.
The Bulls own picks No. 16 and 19, and could use some depth inside. But before falling in love with Clint Capela video, remind yourself how little Bismack Biyombo has accomplished during three NBA seasons.
When a big man hasn’t played college basketball in the U.S., it feels like he hasn’t been properly vetted and therefore, predicting NBA success becomes very difficult.
There always seems to be a million things going on when the White Sox return home from a road trip, and today is no different.
Let's get right to it:
-Chris Sale comes off the disabled list and returns to the mound tonight for the first time since April 17, when pitched 7 innings against the Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field and allowed 1 run on 1 hit while striking out 10.
Sale also threw a career-high 127 pitches vs. Boston, and he wound up being sidelined with a strained flexor muscle near his left elbow.
Fortunately for Sale and the White Sox, season-ending surgery was not required. Now the Sox' ace is back, and he will be watched very closely.
General manager Rick Hahn was asked if he talked to manager Robin Ventura and pitching coach Don Cooper about Sale's pitch count tonight.
Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery provided more suspicious good luck for the Cleveland Cavaliers. There’s no way they can screw up this one, right?
Anyway, here’s an early mock draft, knowing plenty could change before June 26.
1. Cleveland – Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas
He still has the most star potential in this class and will fit in great with last year’s No. 1, Anthony Bennett. Just kidding about that last part.
2. Milwaukee – Jabari Parker, SF, Duke
First-round centers haven’t worked out very well since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, so look for the Bucks to pick Parker.
3. Philadelphia – Joel Embiid, C, Kansas
Embiid is the obvious pick here, but what about Nerlens Noel, who’s been out longer than Derrick Rose? The Sixers have plenty of team-building ahead.