Archive | August, 2010

Derrick Rose had a productive weekend

Team USA is now 2-0 in the FIBA world championships. They’re not going to draw comparisons to the Dream Team of 1992 or even the so-called Redeem Team of 2008…but they’re doing pretty well for a group widely (and rather correctly) referred to as Team USA’s “B” team. It’s been great to see these guys band together. Now let’s […]

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Deng the Destroyer (of Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Thanks to their 94-85 overtime win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, Great Britain improved their record to 6-1 and earned a spot in next year’s European Championships. I know stats can lie, but I’m pretty sure that victory wouldn’t have been possible without Luol Deng’s 38 points and 13 rebounds. Said Deng: “I just wanted to come out […]

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Scottie Pippen to be bronzed

Number retired? Check. Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame? Check. Bronze statue in the United Center? Soon to be check. According to Adam Fluck of Bulls.com: “The Chicago Bulls have plans to unveil a bronze statue of Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen that will be displayed permanently in the United Center at some point […]

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Ranking Luol Deng

According to Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo!’s Ball Don’t Lie, Luol Deng is the eight-best small forward in the NBA, behind LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Gerald Wallace, Andre Iguodala, Danny Granger and Paul Pierce. Here’s Dwyer’s commentary: “After a year or two in the wilderness, Luol finally got his wits about him in 2009-10, […]

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Derrick Rose versus The World (well, Spain, anyway)

In yesterday’s warmup game for the FIBA world championships, Team USA eked out an 86-85 win over Spain in Madrid. What a way to celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day…thanks Team USA! I know. The final score isn’t very impressive considering the expectations for any squad named Team USA. But in all fairness, Spain — the defending world champs — suffered only […]

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Forget about Carmelo Anthony…

As you probably already know, Carmelo Anthony is available…insomuch as he has yet to sign a contract extension with the Nuggets and reportedly wants out of Denver. Since this news broke, ESPN’s Trade Machine has been getting worked so hard it just applied for the witness protection program. Naturally, one of the hot rumors is a potential ‘Melo-to-Chicago […]

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Questions about the 2010-11 Chicago Bulls: Part 1

1. Will Derrick Rose ascend to superstardom? Due to a preseason ankle injury, Rose got off to a slow start last season. But if you check out his splits, you can see the month-by-month progression that earned him a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. This progression was punctuated by a blistering April in […]

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2009-10 back-to-back game results

During last week’s post about Chicago’s scheduleapocalypse, I mentioned that the Bulls play a league-high 23 sets of back-to-back games…just like last season. Here’s how the Bulls did in the second game of back-to-backs last season: Overall record in back-to-backs: 10-13 Home record: 4-3 Road record: 6-10 Record versus playoff teams: 3-7 Record versus non-playoff teams: 7-6 Double-digit […]

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