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The Biggest Beneficiary of LeBron Going to Cleveland is Derrick Rose

July 26th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Derrick Rose from Flickr via Wylio? 2011 Keith Allison, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio

Chicago holds Derrick Rose jokes in contempt; we’re way past being bummed out by them. Social media can chuck it up all they’d like (it’s been going for two years guys, we all laughed some of us cried – let’s move on now) because the memes and witty one-liners go away, they aren’t permanent fixtures in Chicago’s memory banks unlike that MVP trophy in 2010. Clowning on Rose is an insignificant part of the space-time fabric. Don’t read this as if it’s meant to be defensive, or that Rose is immune to scrutiny or ridicule. Some of it, warranted (i.e. media meltdowns in regards to handling questions pertaining to the condition of his knees).

But the reason we need to talk about Rose before we echt discussion towards matters of how the Bulls fared in free agency, or whether or not Doug McDermott is a home-run, or if Nikola Mirotic is the next great Euro talent – we need to focus on the one individual that held the rest of the Chicago Bulls inconsequential without him, and may have been so with him the past two seasons, anyway.

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Adding Shawn Marion to the Chicago Bulls Isn’t Very Practical, but It Would Be Welcomed

July 25th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Over the past couple of days on the tweeter network-y-thing Bulls fans have pondered up the idea of signing a former local (well, Waukegan and North Chicago are more like suburbs, but they certainly aren’t northern suburbs like Buffalo Grove and Lake Forest, either), Shawn Marion. The Matrix has had himself a distinguished playing career with averages over his fifteen year career coming to sixteen points, nine (wowza) rebounds, two assists, a steal and a half and a block per game. Pretty incredible considering the fact he’ll be most revered for his enigmatic jump (?) shot?

At any rate, Marion, 35, is still a useful basketball player transitioning from All-Star to role player over his career arch with ease that few master. Predominantly starting for the Dallas Mavericks over his past five seasons, Marion may be better suited coming off the bench for defensive purposes at this point. He still contributes offensively how and when he can, but his usefulness is in his versatility defensively – guarding both threes and fours.

Marion’s one of the better athletes the NBA has seen in the past ten years, and yet it’s pretty miraculous he’s been able to survive in the NBA as long as he has without much of an outside shot for defender’s to have had to respect.

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Chicago Bulls: the Backup Center Dynamic

July 24th, 2014 at 10:40 AM
By Christopher Terzic

Reigning Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah played and started 80 games last season for the Chicago Bulls playing 35.3 minutes a game at a relentless pace. For seven seasons Joakim Noah has poured his heart and soul on to the hardwood; as fierce a competitor the NBA has to offer. To his credit, the seven-foot Noah has rarely let a myriad of ailments, including: foot, knee, wrist, and groin injuries curtail his performance and output for the duration of his career. But, Noah is turning 30 this season, and his ferocious motor with which he plays could very well start turning nagging injuries into prolonged sideline stints.

Noah’s backup the past two seasons has been respected veteran Nazr Mohammed. While by all accounts, Mohammed is an appreciated mature locker room presence and a consummate professional – he’ll be 37 in September and isn’t a sufficient enough to mitigate the production lost while Noah gets a breather (or rather, catches his breath). Unless Tom Thibodeau is devising lineups using Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson, and Nikola Mirotic at the four and five together more frequently while giving Noah longer rests, the Bulls backup center position still stands to be an area to improve.

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Bulls Summer League Wrap up: Who Gets a Training Camp Invite?

July 23rd, 2014 at 11:37 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Finishing the Las Vegas Summer League 4-1, the Chicago Bulls have plenty of optimistic outlooks to take from Vegas. Although summer league is not an exact science for evaluating or indicator of sustainable basketball playing ability, it is the first time some rookies get their first taste of NBA level competition. It’s also a congregation of second-year players, D-Leaguers, ex-NCAAers, and Euro professionals. A crucible of hopeful and hope-filled ballers.

At any given time when watching a summer league game, you might recognize a name you haven’t heard from in years (you also will find some pretty questionable shot-selection in abundance). Yeah, you’ll see some hero-ball but it’s not because these guys playing in summer league are trying to “get theirs” or boost their personal statistics to ameliorate their next contract. Most of these guys are fighting for the slight opportunity to get an NBA contract.

That’s what makes summer league fun for the die-hard fan; summer league becomes a game within a game – trying to spot out what fringe player could conceivably earn an invite to an NBA training camp. Aside from studying the first-steps of the notable names headlining summer league, it’s the guys who’ve gone from Milwaukee to Melbourne to Moscow keeping their professional dreams afloat that make summer league more than a glorified exhibition.

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The Bulls Aren’t Trading for Kevin Love, nor Should They

July 23rd, 2014 at 7:49 PM
By Christopher Terzic

It’s late July, free agency is on its last legs with only a few signings of significance remaining that could transpire. So naturally, the time to fire up the Kevin Love to the Chicago Bulls rumors couldn’t be more appropriate. To briefly give you a timeline: Love, the disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves superstar power forward has made his desire to be traded and discontent with Timberwolves’ management public for a few months now. Only about a month ago the Bulls were engaging in trade talks with Minnesota, and during that time Chicago’s own superstar Derrick Rose spoke on his preference to play with Love as a teammate over then free agent Carmelo Anthony.

The Bulls were initially linked to Minnesota due to their potential trade offer containing appealing players and assets for Minnesota to work with in exchange for Love, a top ten NBA talent. The proposition from Chicago was to send guard Jimmy Butler, forward Taj Gibson, and multiple first-round draft picks to Minnesota (note: this was before the draft, when the Bulls had the #14 and #16 picks). Not to mention the Bulls’ dangled Serb Nikola Mirotic along the way.

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