Lakers 108, Bulls 93
Pace Eff eFG FT/FG OREB% TOr
Chicago 96.0 96.9 48.2% 14.3 21.3 15.6
LA Lakers 112.5 48.9% 19.6 29.2 12.5
Just too big, too good. They actually fought with them for a lot of the 1st half, but when the Lakers started hitting 3-pointers it was one team they couldn't stink out. ANALYSIS!
I did actually think Rose looked more sprightly, a lot of close finishes didn't happen and he was really going up against the trees. And John Salmons had a decent game. And Noah still rules.
But yeah, the Lakers are the ideal. Though when I see the Bulls walk in to their arena and get waxed I can't help but wonder if Bulls braintrust actually sees the Lakers as an ideal, or instead laugh at their overextended payroll.
Union chief planning session with Stern
NBA players' association director Billy Hunter plans another negotiating session soon with commissioner David Stern, and here's something that might come up.
The union says total player compensation will fall this season, which would be only the second drop in the salary cap era that began in the 1984-85 season.
The amount of the drop can't be determined yet, since more deals will be signed during the season. Nor is it particularly surprising given the economic difficulties some teams have faced.
The league warned clubs during the summer of an impending drop in next season's salary cap, and some were careful with their spending. Veterans such as Allen Iverson found limited to no interest, while restricted free agents such as New York's David Lee and Nate Robinson, and Charlotte's Raymond Felton couldn't even get an offer from anyone beyond their own teams.
Source: White Sox, Vizquel near deal
The Chicago White Sox are in negotiations with Omar Vizquel's agents, Arn Tellem and Tom Reich, to sign the shortstop for the 2010 season, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The source said a deal is close to being done.
Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com first reported the White Sox were close to signing Vizquel.
Vizquel would back up Alexei Ramirez at shortstop and Gordon Beckham at second.