Tag:Chicago Bulls
Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:18 pm

Report: Bulls looking hard at Patrick Beverley

Posted by Royce Young

After the Heat waived guard Patrick Beverley Monday to trim their final roster to 15, it was pretty well understood Beverley wouldn't be available for long. Especially in a league where reliable point guards are always needed.

And as Beverley tweeted, he's got some good news.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com said that good news could be that Beverley signs with the Chicago Bulls, who have interest. The hangup is that the Bulls are likely waiting on Beverley to clear waivers first. The Heat guaranteed two years on Beverley's deal making him pretty unattractive to claim. But once he clears, Chicago is a prime candidate for the backup point man.

The Bulls cut John Lucas III last week and with C.J. Watson being more of a combo guard than point guard, Beverley could fit in well as Derrick Rose's backup.

Beverley showcased some serious skills in the preseason and if Mike Miller had not been injured and the Heat signed Jerry Stackhouse, Beverley had a decent chance to make the Heat roster as the third point guard.
Posted on: October 22, 2010 9:21 am

Shootaround 10.22.10: Engaged

Sasha Vujacic gets engaged to Maria Sharapova, the Bulls need to get engaged with one another off the floor, Mike Miller is disengaged for several weeks, and Dwight Howard is engaged on the microphone, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore

Remember that thumb injury for Mike Miller we shared with you yesterday? Yeah. So, Brian Windhorst is reporting that it's going to be "several weeks" on that . The new Era d' Heat is starting off swimmingly. All they need is an outbreak of cholera and a bus accident.

May the Fates bless you in your travels, Darius Miles. Miles was cut from the Bobcats yesterday , in what could be the nail in the coffin on his "career." Pay attention, Blake Griffin. This is what happens to Clippers.

Sam Amico of NBA.com and FSN Ohio says the Blazers, Rockets, and Spurs, but especially Blazers, are also interested in Anderson Varejao. We continue to be perplexed as to why .

Martell Webster will have an MRI on his back and miss the Wolves' preseason finale. The Wolves will just have to turn to the other 700 wings they picked up in the offseason.

Dwight Howard told the Orlando Sentinel that a lot of NBA stars get the kinds of Tweets LeBron freaked out about . “All of us get those kinds of Tweets,” Howard said. “People just feel that they can say whatever they want to say to us, and I don’t respond. People are going to talk when they’re hiding behind a computer or a cell phone. What’s the purpose of letting that affect what we do?” Anyone else get the impression Howard's got a serious beef with everything LeBron does? He's one of the few guys to call out James on things. He's more vocal than Boston. Oh, and Heat play Orlando in a preseason game tonight.

The Bulls' chemistry isn't really so much where it needs to be , via the Chicago Tribune talking to Derrick Rose: ""I wouldn't say it's all the way there," Derrick Rose said. "But being on the court with the guys, I definitely know what their strengths are, where to give them the ball in certain situations, just the way they play."At practices, our second team beat (the starters) four or five days in a row. That competing will make us better and help the team gel quickly." It's interesting to hear that, but part of that is probably the disconnect with the departures of players who were closer last year. Something to watch as the Bulls go forward.

So here's the Flex offense . No, seriously, here's the Flex offense.

Sasha Vujacic is now engaged to Maria Sharapova, in case you needed further proof the universe is cruel and unfair.

Ron Artest has been given a "Year in Sanity" award by Salon.com. So if the apocalypse shows up soon, don't say we didn't warn you.

Hear Dwight Howard. Hear Dwight Howard sing. Hear Dwight Howard sing "All-Star" by Smashmouth .
Posted on: October 20, 2010 11:47 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:56 pm

Michael Jordan's Mercedes Benz for sale on eBay

Michael Jordan's Mercedez Benz SLR 722 is reportedly being sold on eBay. Posted by Ben Golliver I won't kid myself and I won't waste your time: it really doesn't matter what I write in this space, because directly below these words will appear multiple pictures of NBA Hall Of Famer Michael Jordan's 2007 Mercedes Benz SLR 722, which is currently being sold on eBay. michael-jordan-mercedes-benz Please re-attach your jaw to your face.  This car is absolutely sick and, if given the option, I would trade my entire car for just one of the Lambo doors on this bad boy. Are you kidding me? michael-jordan-mercedes-benz-2 Both pictures via eCarlist. Follow the link for many more. OK, it's time for a few specs if you haven't passed out on me yet. 
  • 5.5L SEFI AMG supercharged V8 engine. 
  • 209 MPH top speed. 
  • 19 inch alloy wheels. 
  • 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds. 
And here's the sales pitch from the seller...
You are looking at a very rare Mercedes Benz SLR 722 in mint condition. Clean 1 owner Carfax. This was the one and only Michael Jordan's 722 with title signed by him! This car is loaded with carbon fiber from the hood to the floor pans and wheel wells. Still has Mercedes Benz factory warranty till aug of 2011 or 50,000. Comes with all papers, books, keys, trickle charger, k40 radar, and SLR car cover. Owned by the one and only, Michael Jordan. 
Best of all, the Benz has less than 1,000 miles on it. Worst of all, the price tag is $429,000+, which is more expensive than most houses. But I'd probably prefer to live in this Mercedes compared to most houses, so it seems like a good value all things considered. Is there room for a half-bath?
Posted on: October 20, 2010 7:19 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 8:36 pm

Central Division preview

Posted by Royce Young

Read Ken Berger's full Central Division preview

The Burning Question: Will this be the worst division in the league?

At first look, yes, it is. In fact, I looked two more times and yes, it still is.

There's just one team that appears capable of actually doing anything substantial. Now everyone is staring at the Bulls assuming there's a roster there that is ready to finish in the top four in the East and potentially push for the Eastern Conference Finals. But here's reality: We don't know a lot about that Bulls team.

Historically, they've underachieved a bit in what are supposed to be big breakout years. Carlos Boozer is a very nice addition and pairing him inside with Joakim Noah is lovely. But is that addition really all the Bulls needed to get over the hump? Forget the Boozer acquisition, the biggest thing for the Bulls is about Derrick Rose's maturation.

If he starts evolving into an MVP-style candidate the way he's talking, then yes, the Bulls will be there. But as for the rest of these teams? The Bucks are a group people are expecting something out of, but are they really a 50-win squad? Playoffs, yes. But true contender when their only offseason move was getting Drew Gooden, Corey Maggette and 14 other power forwards? Plus, Andrew Bogut has said he's maybe not even healthy, so that's not a big helper.

Other than the apparent top two in the Central, there's a big dropoff. The Pacers are on another crash course to win 30 games, the Cavs will be lucky to stay competitive and the Pistons are standing next to a cliff with one foot hanging off.

Now of course you could look at the Atlantic Division which has a big-time lineup of Boston, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Toronto and make a really strong case that group will be worse. And I'm not sure I could disagree with you. But at least the Atlantic has the Celtics, a team you know will be involved deep into the postseason. The Central has the Bulls, a team we all sort of kind of think will be. Big difference.
Posted on: October 18, 2010 11:10 am

Rose: "Why can't I be MVP of the league?"

Posted by Royce Young

When the GMs voted in their annual survey, most were a little shocked that one player wasn't on top. LeBron James, the two-time reigning MVP, only got a fraction of the vote. Kevin Durant led the way with Kobe Bryant, James and then Dwight Howard trailing behind.

But one player that feels a little slighted to not be mentioned is Derrick Rose. As he told Tim Povtak of FanHouse, "Why can't I be MVP of the league?"

It's a good question, really. Why can't Rose win the award? His Bulls are lined up to have a successful season, he's entering his third year and has been extremely good in his first two years and by all accounts, he's better than before. He's going to be the Bulls focus and he'll have plenty of attention of on him all year. It kind of adds up.

But at the same time, Rose hasn't even begun to touch what he's capable of. Watching him in the open floor is almost a revelation. He's not just fast, he's smooth fast. No player moves the way he does. It just looks good. Rose is flashy, but he has substance. When he's got the jumper going and he's creating aggressively, look out. Problem is, it doesn't always happen. But that's something that shouldn't surprise anyone from a guy that's played two seasons and is 21 years old.

(Quick timeout: How beautiful is that little jump-stop runner Rose has developed? I'm talking about the one where he dribbles down the floor acting like he's looking for someone to pass to, heads to the right side of the lane, plants quickly and in a blink, shotputs the ball at the rim. It's gorgeous. And pretty much unstoppable.)

Rose's biggest challenge is translating his quiet demeanor into strong vocal leadership on the court. But that comes with comfort. He's gaining in confidence. For example, this MVP comment. I don't think Rose would have said something like this two years ago. Not because he didn't believe it, but because he wasn't as sure of himself. He wasn't exactly sure how to express himself. And now he's getting there. Which is all part of the process.

In his first two years though, Rose was teamed with somewhat of a lackluster roster. He had Ben Gordon on his wing his rookie year and he's had Joakim Noah inside. He's had the often injured Luol Deng on the wing, but really at no point did Rose have a go-to scorer to rely on. He's kind of been forced to be the go-to scorer but always creative and distribute. Now, with Carlos Boozer on the interior and a couple weapons to kick to on the outside, Rose might be capable of scratching his statistical ceiling.

Could a 20-10 season be in the cards for Rose? Probably not, but with some of the defensive focus pulled off him, he could potentially score in the upper 20s while also handing out six, seven or eight assists a game. For instance, look at the damage Rose did last April against the Cavaliers in the playoffs: 26.4 ppg, 7.2 apg, 3.2 rpg, plus excellent percentages. That type of year is certainly something Rose has in him. Maybe not now, but eventually for sure.

 And if the Bulls are in contention, is that enough to at least put Rose in the MVP discussion? I'd think so. Hard to ignore numbers like that.
Posted on: October 14, 2010 10:20 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 7:50 pm

Could Michael Jordan score 100 points?

Michael Jordan said recently that he could score 100 points in today's NBA. Is that claim as ridiculous as it sounds? Posted by Ben Golliver If you've spent more than 27 seconds on Basketball-Reference.com  (or were alive and able to watch television during the 1980s or 1990s), you already know that Michael Jordan put up crazy numbers. How does a 47-point, 11-rebound, 13-assist, 4-steals, 2-blocks effortsuit you? Just ridiculous.
Jordan made some waves today claiming that he could score 100 points in a game if he played in the modern era, as part of a marketing effort for the NBA 2K11 video game
Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports offers the definitive takedown of Jordan's claim, noting the absurdity of Wilt Chamberlain's push for 100 points.
Wilt was a 7-2 dominant force going up against a 6-10 backup center on the New York Knicks back in 1962. He was able to put up 63 shots and attempt 32 free throws mainly because the pace was so, so much faster back in that era, and because his Philadelphia Warriors team was intentionally fouling the Knicks down the stretch in order to get Wilt the ball every time down court in a contest that was a 16-point game at the end of the first quarter. It was an absolute joke of a "contest," and though Wilt is to be commended for his brilliance, there's a reason why nobody has come very close in the 48 years since Wilt's 100-point game.

We all know Jordan's career-high was 69 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers, a far cry from his imagined target of 100. But a little Basketball-Reference digging and a stretch of the imagination reveals that perhaps 100 wasn't as untouchable for Jordan as it might appear at first glance.
  • In 1993, Jordan made a career-high 27 field goals in a loss to the Orlando Magic. He finished with 64 points; 26 of the 27 field goals were two-pointers, which was also a career high. 
  • In 1990 , Jordan made a career-high seven of 12 three-point attempts in a win over the Golden State Warriors, going for 44 points on the evening.  
  • And, in a 1987 win over the New Jersey Nets, Jordan converted a career-high 26 (out of 27) free throws on his way to 58 points.
So what if we combined all of these career-highs into one ultimate Jordan performance for the ages?   The 26 two-point field goals would be good for 52 points. The seven treys would add on an additional 21 points, totaling 73 points. Add in the 26 freebies and you've got ... wait for it ... 99 points.  Our mythical Jordan night still wouldn't quite match Wilt Chamberlain's perfect 100. But it would come pretty dang close.
Posted on: October 13, 2010 5:20 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 5:26 pm

The seven teams you should pick for LP Broadband

Posted by Royce Young

If you could pick only seven TV shows to watch , what would they be? Like seven shows, period. Once you picked them, that's what you're watching for the next season of programming. Wouldn't be easy, huh?

Would you go with your favorites? Would go with what's fun to watch ? Or would you go with something informational or important? Questions all that help determine the criteria on your selection.

It's a question die-hard NBA fans have to ask themselves every year when it comes to getting NBA League Pass Broadband. For a little less, you don't get the whole league. Just unfiltered access to seven teams. But the hard part - and kind of the fun part - is figuring out what seven squads you want to have any time you want them. 

Who would I pick? Well I'm glad you asked. Here's my seven choices:

1. Miami Heat - In my crude rating system that I just made up as I was typing this sentence, the Heat pretty much score high in everything. Watchibility . Interesting-ness . Talent on the floor. Importance to the league. And of course the fact they're one of the league's three or four absolutely legit contenders.

I mean, how could you not include the Heat? Even if you hate everything about them down to their weird looking mascot, this is the most intriguing NBA roster well, since I can remember. Because of what's going on in South Beach, the NBA offseason took precedent of Major League Baseball and NFL training camps. Yeah, so it's kind of a big deal.

And how could even think about missing any of it this year? Yes, they will be on national TV a lot. But you're not guaranteed to get every big performance there. What if the biggest Heat story of the year happens some random February night against the Raptors where Dwyane Wade and LeBron both explode for 40? Or in late March, there's a little argument on the bench between LeBron and Bosh? How could you be willing to miss that?

2. Los Angeles Lakers
- Every game the Lakers play, it's an event. Kobe Bryant doesn't have that many games left and how could you give up the chance to watch one of the greatest ever try and win a sixth ring?

What makes the Lakers interesting? It's all in what they are. First, they're the Lakers . They're Hollywood basketball. They're Jack Nicholson sitting courtside , Phil Jackson running the show, Kobe hitting big shots. And Ron Artest doing potentially who knows what night-to-night. It's can't-miss stuff.

Plus, for a lot of teams, playing the Lakers is the biggest game of the month. It's just a little more important and a little bit more meaningful to both the team and its fans if the game's not in L.A. So you can expect packed houses, fired up crowds, pumped up teams and good basketball.

3. Milwaukee Bucks
- You know who I had here originally? The Celtics. And why did I take them off? I don't really know, honestly. Because the Celtics are definitely a good team to have. But I guess I just don't find them all that interesting. They're old, potentially washing up and they're going to have 50 percent of their games on TV anyway.

So instead, I'm going with an upstart team featuring a fun scorer in Brandon Jennings, an emerging center in Andrew Bogut , an underrated forward in Ersan Ilyasova and a dark horse contender in the East.

4. Washington Wizards
- I for one, am fascinated by this team. First, Gilbert Arenas. He's the league's most interesting personality. He makes up stories about being hurt. Like Jerry in the Seinfeld episode George asked him to not be funny, Arenas is touching his dark side and trying to be serious. And like Jerry, he can't not be funny. With that beard, it's impossible to take Arenas completely serious (though he's shaving it off soon).

More than that though, this team is coming off a season full of incredible turmoil, plus it has some of the most erratic personalities in the league. Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee and extremely talented but borderline on the headcase chart. Josh Howard never minces words. Al Thornton is already a little perturbed about his role. And then of course there's John Wall who is supposed to now be the face of the team. Put it all on the court together and you've got an intriguing team to watch .

Plus, any time you can get a good look at one of the future talents in the league as a rookie, it's a must. Don't you wish you could go back and watch LeBron James for 82 games as a rookie? Or Dwyane Wade? Or Kevin Durant? John Wall is almost a guarantee to be great and here's your chance to watch him get started. Here's your chance to watch him evolve and grow. I wouldn't want to miss it.

5. Oklahoma City Thunder - In terms of pure excitement, there probably isn't a more fun team to watch in the league. They're got exceptional athletes. They've got exciting young players. They've got talent. And best of all, they're actually good.

Watching Kevin Durant score is like a Sunday afternoon nap. You're never unsatisfied with what you get. Durant scores in the most boring exciting way possible. It'll be the third quarter and a graphic will flash at the bottom and you'll see a line of 27 points on 10-16 shooting and you'll only remember three of his baskets.

And while Durant scores in the quiet, efficient way, Westbrook scores in the loud, look-over-here way. This team is something you can't miss. Nobody knows how good they can really be and what makes them so fun to watch is that they never take a play off and truly love each other. They play hard and they play together. Nobody is more refreshing.

6. Los Angeles Clippers - Just look at that starting five. It looks pretty good, right? Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Ryan Gomes , Blake Griffin, Chris Kaman - looks nice.

But what makes the Clippers a team I wouldn't want to miss is Griffin. From the small pieces we've gotten in preseason, he's going to provide at least one "WHOA!" moment a night. Whether it's a block, an oop or just a stuff over three defenders, Griffin is always going all out.

Add in the fact that when Davis is locked in, he's as good as any guard out there and the evident emergence of Eric Gordon as a scoring guard and you've got a team that could maybe make some noise. Griffin and Kaman on the inside is as good a looking interior one-two you'll find and the fact they don't get much spotlight in a city that has lights to spare makes them just a little more cool to watch .

The problem with picking the Clippers though is that a month in when two key players are hurt, Baron Davis is already putting on weight and taking quarters off and you realize Vinny Del Negro is the coach, you'll really regret picking them. But it's almost becoming an NBA tradition to be interested in the Clippers in October. The talent is there and they should be fun.

7. Chicago Bulls - The new Bulls era is off to a bit of a rough start with Carlos Boozer breaking his hand because of a gym bag. But this is a team transitioning in a weird way. They're combining their exciting young talent with quality veterans. The Baby Bulls of a few years ago fell apart, but this group is set up to actually compete.

But forget that. Derrick Rose is the only reason you actually need. End to end, he's just about as exciting a player as you're going to get. He just moves differently than other guys. Even a simple thing like a driving layup has another kind of flash, another kind style with Rose.

He may not be there in terms of stepping into the truly elite, but he's a can't-miss player. And with him on a team that's going to be good with players that are also talented, exciting and interesting, the Bulls are definitely a must-watch .

Obviously the two toss-ups on my list are the Clippers and Wizards. Those could be HUGE mistakes come January. Substitute in the Celtics and Magic and you've got a guaranteed solid seven. Or the Spurs and Mavericks. Or the Blazers and Hawks. Or the Jazz and Nuggets.

Or just say screw it and buy the whole League Pass and watch on TV. That's probably a better call. This season is going to just be that good.
Posted on: October 11, 2010 4:48 pm

Report: Bulls not investigating Boozer's injury

Posted by Royce Young

When athletes are injured in freak accidents it's easy for people to go "Hmmm." Especially those signing the checks. It happens a lot that the story originally relayed isn't what really happened. Monta Ellis initially told the Warriors he was injured playing pickup ball before it was revealed he was hurt on a moped. You know, that sort of thing.

And according to a report from the New York Daily News, the Bulls were planning on investigating the recent hand injury suffered by Carlos Boozer. Boozer claimed he broke the hand tripping over a gym bag while he went to answer the door.

But wait a second. That might not actually be true. (The report, that is.) From both Bulls insider Sam Smith and the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson, maybe the Bulls aren't actually investigating the injury. In fact, Smith called the story a "media fabrication."

What's the cause for distrust? It's mainly because of the way Boozer's hand broke. As Johnson mentions, Boozer's type of broken hand is often referred to as a "boxer's fracture," meaning exactly what that suggests. That Carlos Boozer punched something. Some fans even thought that it could have to do with Boozer's recent divorce. So if you add that up, Boozer got mad, punched a wall or something, thought "Oh crap, I'm gonna get in trouble," and then made up a story about a trippy gym bag.

Johnson's report mentions that there were no scraped knuckles, no swelling or no redness when Boozer was examined by team doctors.

However, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated who is a boxing expert as well as NBA reporter, said he talked to two doctors and both said, without examining him, they "highly doubted" it could happen the way Boozer described. Breaks like Boozer's usually involve closed fist punch. So maybe it's not that easy to close the door on it.

Only Boozer really knows what the story is but this much is sure: The Bulls don't appear to care at this point. Nor should they. They just locked Boozer up for five years and $80 million. I don't think it would be getting the relationship off to the best start if they started prodding and poking around Boozer's injury. In a subtle way, they'd be calling their new star a liar, totally compromising trust and loyaty before this thing even got started. So it's probably in Chicago's best interest just to take Boozer's account at face value.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau put it simply: "It's a non-issue to us."

Doesn't sound like it should be either.
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