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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Doug McDermott to Bulls: Chicago gets their new Kyle Korver


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With Doug McDermott joining the Chicago Bulls it means you now have “Dougie McBuckets” joining “Jimmy Buckets.” (So get ready to hear those catchy nicknames over and over until you learn to love them)

Yes, Jimmy Butler and Doug McDermott will play on the wings in Tom Thibodeau’s offense, looking to be shooter/scorers to take the pressure off Derrick Rose. The Bulls acquired the 11th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft (Doug McDermott) and forward Anthony Randolph from the Denver Nuggets, for Chicago’s 16th and 19th picks and the lesser of the Bulls’ two 2015 second round picks (Chicago’s and Portland’s).

And with it, the Bulls have their new Kyle Korver; kind of.

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2014 NBA Draft Grades: Eastern Conference


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The 2014 NBA Draft is over so let’s hand out some grades.  As always, there are initial winners and losers but the true reveal will come years down the road when we see what type of players these guys develop into.  Here are my 2014 NBA Draft grades from the Eastern Conference teams who owned the first four picks of the draft.  Click here for my pick-by-pick NBA Draft grades. [Read more...]

2014 NBA Mock Draft- First Round FINAL


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HAPPY NBA DRAFT DAY!

Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  The draft order is based on the final standings since the NBA Draft Lottery doesn’t take place until May 20th.  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.

So without further ado, here is our FINAL 2014 NBA mock draft.  UPDATED: 6:00 PM CST

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2014 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (6/26/14)


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HAPPY NBA DRAFT DAY!

Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  The draft order is based on the final standings since the NBA Draft Lottery doesn’t take place until May 20th.  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.

So without further ado, here is our latest 2014 NBA mock draft.  UPDATED 11:00 AM CST.

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