Chicago Bulls as HBO’s “The Newsroom” characters


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It’s criminal that The Newsroom ends this Sunday night. The HBO serial just got started in 2012. Seeing NBC pull the plug on “Friday Night Lights” was enough to drive one to tears, but at least you could take some solace in the fact that FNL went out on top. As sad and unjustified as it’s demise was, as least they gave you a chance to work through the five stages of grief. The Newsroom, on the other hand, is being put to bed while it’s still on an upward trajectory.

As for the Chicago Bulls..it’s becoming clear that their championship window will be closing sooner rather than later. They could reach the NBA Finals this year if Rose stays healthy. But beyond 2015, it’s obvious that the clock is ticking on this franchise as well.

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Derrick Rose makes statement; let’s applaud athletes who do


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The worst thing you could say about Derrick Rose right now is the old, shopworn cliche “just shut up and play” (or something along those lines). The backlash against him right now is to mainstream sports what the backlash against Natalie Maines and the Dixie Chicks was to mainstream music in 2006. See the documentary “Shut up and sing.”

It’s the same basic, abhorrent concept. Those ripping Rose right now for speaking his mind are just re-hashing the old platitude of “hey, just perform for us, don’t think.”

“Go up on stage on do your thing, but don’t have any personality at all or dare be a free-thinker.”

This reprehensible idea is anything but new, and it’s just as offensive now as it has been the millions of other occasions that it’s been espoused.

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Joakim Noah is correct, D Rose coverage has been effing lame!


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The over-analysis and meta-analysis of Derrick Rose is lame. Totally lame dude.

Just like Eric Cartman would say. Just like Joakim Noah did say. Every time Rose gets a little bit dinged, everybody freaks out. Every time Rose falls, people act like it’s the end of the world. Every time Rose says the wrong thing and/or reminds us that he’s very bad at talking, the masses flip out.

Joakim Noah is right. RELAX!

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Derrick Rose: fierce competitor, poor public speaker


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It’s not news that Derrick Rose is really great at playing basketball, but not great at talking. In one-on-ones, back during say 2009 and 2010 when he was made more available for such exclusives, he was a pretty decent interview. But when there’s a big press conference, or a huge media swarm around him, Rose does not excel. He’s a MVP basketball players, not a public relations major.

Despite how his comments sounded yesterday, and how they were (mis) interpreted, he is a hard core competitor with a really strong love of the game. He has a strong desire to win a championship; but he doesn’t care about winning the presser.

None of what I just said is Earth-shattering. Yet, for some reason this became huge news yesterday.

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Latest updates on Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah injuries


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The Chicago Bulls beat the Orlando Magic last night, despite no Joakim Noah and no Derrick Rose. Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 21, as the Bulls moved to 3-1 on the very young season. They’ll head up I-94 to take on their little brother the Milwaukee Bucks tonight. Here’s the injury report.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (10/31/14)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely early 2016 NBA Mock Draft.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (10/30/14)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs have NOT been taken into account.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013. [Read more…]

2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (10/30/14)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs have NOT been taken into account.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013. [Read more…]

Jalen Rose picks the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals


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NBA on ESPN/ABC Analyst Jalen Rose is very high on the Chicago Bulls this year. You’ll recall his playing days in Chicago (2001-03, then a brief return in 04). If Rose is right, then I’m sure The Sports Bank’s base (have to “appeal to the base,” using a political phrase as Election Day nears) will be very happy.

Jalen was on conference call with Doug Collins (yes, more past Chicago Bulls, you can hear that podcast here) as ESPN’s NBA Analysts took questions from the national media to preview the season.

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Doug Collins would start Doug McDermott over Mike Dunleavy


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It’s the only one of the Chicago Bulls starting five positions that’s up for grabs. Who do you put at the three: Doug McDermott or Mike Dunleavy? Current ESPN/ABC Analyst Doug Collins was the Bulls Head Coach from 1986-1989 and led the team to the Eastern Conference Finals. As ESPN’s NBA Analysts took questions from the national media to preview the season, Collins talked about what he thinks Tom Thibodeau will do at the small forward position and why.

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Top ten Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls questions this season


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NBA season tips off Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. ET for the Chicago Bulls and the returning Derrick Rose when they visit the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony, “the one that got away.” As the season is about to commence, ESPN had their lead team of commentators, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, on conference call to preview the upcoming season with the media.

The very first question was about Derrick Rose. The second was on the Bulls chances in the East. So let’s get this party started.

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Who gets the final Chicago Bulls forward roster spot?


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It looks like the Chicago Bulls will go with five guards and seven forwards this season. Given the health history of Derrick Rose, it’s mandatory to have two guys on the roster who can run the point behind him. So with Rose, Jimmy Butler, Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks as locks, the final guard slot goes to E’Twaun Moore (as we’ve chronicled before). Especially now that Kim English and Ben Hansbrough have been waived.

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