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Chicago Bulls Show Interest in Guard Leandro Barbosa

August 21st, 2014 at 2:13 PM
By Christopher Terzic

For the thirteenth and final roster spot, ESPN Brazil is reporting the Chicago Bulls have been rumored to be looking into adding veteran Brazilian guard Leandro Barbosa and formerly of the Phoenix Suns. Barbosa is turning 32 next season and has 11 years of NBA experience under his belt, including playoff experience while playing for the Mike D’Antoni coached, Steve Nash led ‘Seven Seconds or Less’ Suns’ teams in the mid 2000s.

In Barbosa’s best days, he was putting up 18 points a game off the bench in Phoenix, and was an integral member of those fast-paced, up-tempo Suns’ teams. Those days however are long gone, as Barbosa only managed to play in 20 games after signing with the Suns in January last season, and then fracturing his non-shooting hand in March.

Barbosa’s style of play has typically been synonymous with being a playmaker, which isn’t exactly true. His career Assist Percentage (AST%) is 15.5 percent, and over his career he’s only averaged 2.3 dimes a game. But what Barbosa does best, and at a high level, is shoot. He’s a career 39 percent shooter from 3-point range and has a 56.4 percent True Shooting percentage (TS%) for his career.

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Derrick Rose “Game Time Decision” Tonight in Exhibition for Team USA

August 20th, 2014 at 5:14 PM
By Christopher Terzic

NBA TV’s Matt Winer is reporting Derrick Rose may not play tonight, calling Rose a "game time decision" in Team USA’s exhibition against the Dominican Republic on NBA TV in Madison Square Garden. An earlier report from George Ofman from CBS Chicago also had brought attention to the possibility Rose would miss tonight’s game.

After reports yesterday being a mixed bag of sorts – later on in the day official word confirmed Rose was indeed suffering from soreness in his knees. But Rose missing a game altogether is of much bigger significance than some expected soreness.

Again, it’s only August. So if there’s a time to be safe, cautious, and extremely delicate with Rose, it’s now. Not to jump to anything further than what we know, but questions of whether Rose should be playing with Team USA or not will likely start to fester if he misses the game tonight.

UPDATE: Derrick Rose will not play tonight, per John Schuhmann at NBA.com.

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Michael Jordan Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge (VIDEO)

August 20th, 2014 at 3:02 PM
By Christopher Terzic

When the Greatest of All Time responds to the viral national craze known as the “Ice Bucket Challenge” which raises awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease – it’s a pretty big deal.

Chicago Bulls legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan responded to other video challenges from the likes of Derek Jeter, David Beckham, and Ray Allen.

Jordan accepted the challenged and also donated money to charity. He also, as per rules of the challenge, was allowed to call out new potential challengers (the rule is supposed to be three new people, but hey, it’s Michael freakin’ Jordan and it’s for a great cause).

First, Jordan challenged New York Knicks team president and former head coach of the Chicago Bulls Phil Jackson, and then Jordan challenged all of his teammates on the 1992 USA Dream Team. That means, we could get to see Charles Barkley get dowsed in ice water.

Or check out the video here.

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Derrick Rose Sits Out Team USA Practices, Unlikely to Start in Exhibition

August 19th, 2014 at 4:34 PM
By Christopher Terzic

In today’s addition of apprehensiveness and sensitivity regarding Derrick Rose’s health, Rose has sat out two consecutive Team USA practices at West Point Academy for planned rest given to the Chicago point guard. As NBA.com writer John Schuhmann reports – if Rose felt there were a need to take time off, practices in August are a good time for that.

Team USA plays the Dominican Republic National Team tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden in New York, and Rose may not be in the starting lineup of that game if the Team USA abides by protocol of a player not being able to start after missing the last practice prior to a game. The game against the Dominican Republic is only an exhibition, so effectively meaningless to Rose – who is all but certain to make the final cut.

As a few media outlets are reporting, Rose missing out on practice is less aberration and more a blip on the radar. But as with anything pertaining to Rose’s health: Chicago never feels completely at ease. Which to say, is certainly understandable.

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Revisiting Joakim Noah’s 2013-14 Season and Just How Historic It Was

August 18th, 2014 at 5:01 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Before winning the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year award, before being named All-NBA First Team, and before Joakim Noah single handedly refused to let the Bulls lose their season after suffering yet another season-long loss of Derrick Rose and Luol Deng was traded away – Joakim Noah was the NBA’s defining antagonist. Jo spoke his mind – demonstrative in celebration and blunt in defeat. He plays with an unrelenting energy that makes him loveable for fans of passion, and hateable for fans of watching overachievers come up just short. Noah’s your favorite teams’ least favorite player, and before when he was just another try-hard his detractors could dismiss him – but now, Noah’s in a league of his own as far as great big men in today’s NBA are concerned.

Noah’s 2013-14 season contains so many irregularities for a center; it’s hard to know exactly where to start. But how about this: Noah recorded 8.6 percent of the NBA’s triple-doubles last season, and his total (4) finished tied for second. No other player listed as a center was on that list. Defensively, only Noah, DeMarcus Cousins, and Andre Drummond averaged over a block and a half and at least a steal per game last season among centers. An exclusive defensive club for centers displaying a combination of above-the-rim and below-the-rim patrolling.

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