NBA backcourt grades -
The Bulls have been addressing their frontcourt needs for years and have neglected their backcourt causing them to lack depth. The Bulls will miss Ben Gordon’s scoring ability and will need more out of Luol Deng and 2012 Team USA probable Derrick Rose. Chicago will be in the middle of the Eastern pack this season but will contend for a long time after 2010.
PG Derrick Rose, Lindsay Hunter
G Kirk Hinrich, Jannero Pargo
G/F Luol Deng, John Salmons
B+ seems like a decent grade, but most teams got an A. With Derrick Rose, the Bulls should be a lock for at least a B+ ... and if Salmons can continue what he did last year, we should be an A for sure.
D-Rose is the 'cover boy' for a video game (sort of) -
Derrick Rose has been tapped as the frontman for NBA 2K10: Draft Combine. Sure, it's not prestigious as the Kobe Bryant-helmed official title, but Rose seems the perfect fit for the super demo.
You may be asking yourself at this point, What is Draft Combine and why should I drop $4.99 to download it on my Xbox or Playstation 3?
A 2K Sports press release explains it all:
In NBA 2K10: Draft Combine, fans will begin their career at the ATTACK Athletics gym in Chicago by building their own custom player and working with a mentor, the 2K Insider, to step up their game through a variety of challenging basketball drills and 5-on-5 games to increase their NBA draft stock. The greater a player excels at a particular drill, or in completing specific game objectives, the more valuable skill points they will receive which can be used to improve one of over 30 key player attributes. Fans can then take their custom built players in NBA 2K10: Draft Combine and use them in the all-new My Player career mode in NBA 2K10 launching this fall, allowing them to continue their journey toward becoming an NBA legend.
Rose, last year's rookie of the year and the first pick in the 2008 draft, knows what it takes to prep for the draft -- which is perhaps why he was picked for this.
Bulls rookie James Johnson break-dancing at the rookie photo shoot ...
Bears starters might get extended tick Saturday -
Lovie Smith conducted his final fully padded practice before the team departs this weekend for Buffalo -- Thursday's workout is scheduled to be in shells.
Preseason games tend to be mundane, but Smith spiced it up a little by forecasting extended playing time for the first team Saturday night.
Fans watching Saturday's game against Buffalo might get an extended look at quarterback Jay Cutler.
"We're anxious to play a good team," said Smith. "They have a lot of talent on the Buffalo team, and it'll be a big test for us. They'll [the Bears' starters] play into the second quarter, and we'll just see how it goes. We have a certain amount of play we'd like for them to get. We use that to tell us a lot. They'll probably play a little bit more than you probably think they will."
Ozzie gets a warning from MLB -
Major League Baseball vice president of discipline Bob Watson issued a warning to the Chicago White Sox and manager Ozzie Guillen over Guillen's threat to retaliate, but MLB will not suspend or fine Guillen, a source told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine.
After three of his players were hit by Cleveland Indians pitchers on Saturday, Guillen warned on Sunday that if one of his players gets hit, and he believes it was on purpose, the opposing team will suffer the consequences.
"If I see someone hit my player, and I know they hit him on purpose, it's two guys going down," Guillen said Sunday. "I don't care if I get suspended. I rather have me suspended for two games than have my players on the DL for 30 days."
And Tiger leads the PGA at -5!