Thankfully Football Saves Us From Football


Stephen A.Smith

Everything gets pushed aside for the start of NFL training camps.

Is Kevin Love getting traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Not nearly as important as a cocky, highly questionable rookie quarterback for the lowly Cleveland Browns. The size of the most recent Jose Abreu home run? Psshh.

Was it bigger than Jay Cutler’s new shaggin’ wagon?

Much like the way the commencement of baseball Spring Training fills us with a sort of revitalizing vigor every year, this version of the start of the NFL season (not to be confused with the draft or minicamp or the Hall of Fame Game or your team’s first preseason game or the third preseason game that’s like almost real football or the Thursday game of Week 1 or Sunday of Week 1 the next week) stirs up those savage desires to watch controlled violence.

Football makes everything better.

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Chicago Bulls Pau Gasol is very interested in medical science


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I was courtside for the last time Pau Gasol suited up for the Los Angeles Lakers. It was the evening the Lakers debuted their black “Hollywood Nights” uniforms. What a way for Gasol to go out, a home blow-out loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, the laughing stock of the NBA. Actually, the Bucks are so bad they might be a laughingstock in the ACC. And on New Year’s Eve no less.

Today Pau Gasol was formally introduced to the media as a member of the Chicago Bulls. And his press conference was, exactly how most of these types of press conferences usually go: platitudes, cliches, making nice….and other yawn inducing discussion. It’s mostly the fault of the PR handlers and agents, although media don’t help the situation because they often ask pointless, boring softball questions.

However, one reporter asked Pau Gasol an interesting question and it led to a very interesting narrative.

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Real Madrid addition Nikola Mirotic upgrades Bulls forwards


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Nikola Mirotic is now in the second city today . He signed a deal worth $17 million over three years. And the Chicago Bulls paid more than $3 million for his buyout. He’ll probably play the role of a stretch four in the system of Coach Tom Thibodeau.

“I anticipate him spreading the floor,” said Coach Thibs today as Mirotic was unveiled to the media in Chicago today. That’s a very formidable front line now, when you combine Nikola with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. And with the amnesty of Carlos Boozer, the forwards will be automatically better on defense. And of course, if Nikola Mirotic plays hard nosed defense, he’ll fit right in.

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More Money For Sports In Brazil And Chicago, More Problems


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Thing about television is that it only shows you the unpleasant and the uncomfortable when it makes for better theater. Rarely is such the case in viewing sports. Besides the actual game action, a national broadcast is going to feed you shots of local peculiarities and regional foodstuffs during timeouts.

Going in and out of commercials you get the blimp views of the stadia amid a lit up downtown at night, stock footage of hustle and bustle during the daytime, and shots of some unique piece of architecture soundtracked by a song from and/or about whatever city the game is in. Oh, hey, look at the city-native-but-now-probably-expatriate celebrity in the stands totally trying to go unnoticed in that black baseball cap. (8,974 screenshots get tweeted.)

And Drake. There’s always Drake.

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Rick Telander Tied Chicago Violence To NBA Free Agency For Some Reason


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He did it.

It wasn’t easy.

It took a lot of pandering, false parallels, unfair doling out of responsibilities, and a pinch of dog whistle, but Rick Telander managed to connect this city’s position in NBA free agency to the plague of gun violence here. It’s brilliant in its absurdity, magnificent in how dually counterproductive it is to both the topic of sports contracts and to people being murdered en masse.

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Why can’t the Chicago Bulls ever land big name free agents?


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Carmelo Anthony is not coming to the Chicago Bulls, that’s just reality. They’re not getting Pau Gasol either. Lance Stephenson doesn’t fit the system. So your biggest name free agent addition would be Trevor Ariza or Chandler Parsons.

Sorry, Chicago Bulls fans, quoting 1990s 2-hit wonder The Rembrandts “that’s just the way it is baby.” You recall the hard core recruiting of Tracy McGrady- it didn’t turn out.

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Twitter reacts to Carmelo Anthony visiting the Chicago Bulls


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Happy Carmelo Anthony visits Chicago day.

This isn’t the 2010 NBA free agent summer of love, but it’s still a great “silly season.” I truly get into this aspect of the league way more than the actual games. I love the business/transaction part of the NBA. As predictable and boring as this year’s NBA Finals, and Conference Finals were, my feelings are in the opposite for this year’s free agency period.

Now Carmelo Anthony has opted out of his contract with the early exit clause, let’s get this party started.

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Chicago Bulls: what are the non Carmelo free agent options?


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Happy Carmelo Anthony visits Chicago day. This isn’t the 2010 NBA free agent summer of love, but it’s still a great “silly season.” I truly get into this aspect of the league way more than the actual games. I love the business/transaction part of the NBA. As predictable and boring as this year’s NBA Finals, and Conference Finals were, my feelings are in the opposite for this year’s free agency period.

So if Melo isn’t coming….then what?

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Chicago Bulls co-front runner for Carmelo Anthony this summer


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Happy Carmelo Anthony visits Chicago day.
This isn’t the 2010 NBA free agent summer of love, but it’s still a great “silly season.” I truly get into this aspect of the league way more than the actual games. I love the business/transaction part of the NBA. As predictable and boring as this year’s NBA Finals, and Conference Finals were, my feelings are in the opposite for this year’s free agency period.
Take us away Adrian Wojnarowski.

Now Carmelo Anthony has opted out of his contract with the early exit clause, let’s get this party started.

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Derrick Rose is not interested in recruiting; and this isn’t news


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Derrick Rose isn’t known to be much of an active recruiter of NBA free agents. But that doesn’t mean he’s not interested in getting the Chicago Bulls to add more pieces.He is very competitive; and quite interested in making the team better. It’s just that he’s bad at talking. This isn’t news.

Rose is a less than effective and engaging public speaker, and as 2012-13 showed us (with the horrible way he and his camp handled the public information surrounding his rehab and return), impression management is certainly not his thing.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft (6/30/14)


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Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is in the books, draft nets like myself can look ahead to next year’s class.  Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  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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How can Cameron Bairstow fit in with the Chicago Bulls?


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The Chicago Bulls selected Cameron Bairstow with the No. 49 pick in the draft last night, and the reaction consisted of comments in the vain of:

“They drafted another white guy?!”

Well, the former 6’10″ power forward of the New Mexico Lobos might actually have a role with the Bulls come next season.

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