NBA Summer 2016

The Atlanta Hawks signed Dwight Howard. This is huge for the organization. Not only do they upgrade, but they get him to play for his hometown Atlanta. The Hawks have a center in the middle who will maintain a presence, both offensively and defensively, in the middle.

Kevin Durant is being courted by several NBA teams and one only wonders where he’ll go. Will he make Golden State a better offensive team?

Serge Ibaka was traded to the Orlando Magic on Draft Day. It’s clear that Oklahoma City is rebuilding. What happens to Russell Westbrook?

Luol Deng has signed a deal to play for the L.A. Lakers. Puzzling move for the Lakers organization.



Bulls make late push

Tom Thibodeau’s squad of fearless and relentless and determined players are heading to the NBA playoffs and they want to surprise the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers. Out is Luol Deng traded to Cleveland. What becomes of the Bulls’ band of soldiers led by Joakim Noah? They have not accepted that this Bulls team isn’t the dynasty that had Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and had role players who knew what they needed to do. This is a band of Bulls who don’t have a role in the NBA and are surprisingly giving us a few nods and shakes because of Noah’s physical activity and Taj Gibson’s energy. Joakim Noah is rallying up the team with his spirit and fearlessness. If anything, I don’t think anybody would like to face the Chicago Bulls in the first round, because they are scrappy and hate to lose a basketball game.

Chicago Bulls Update

The Chicago Bulls are building for the future, as they try and trade Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Bynum and future draft picks. It’s a step forward for Chicago, as they try and move forward without him. Trading Deng means the Bulls will rebuild again and without Derrick Rose again, they won’t need a swingman type of perimeter player. The Bulls are trying to acquire Nikola Mirotic as they get a franchise-type player, this time not a point guard, but a power forward. The Golden State Warriors are interested in signing Kirk Hinrich, while the Houston Rockets want sharpshooter Mike Dunleavy from the Bulls. All these trades for Chicago means they want to get younger faster and as they try to get young, they’ll might need a change of personnel. 

More Game 2s

The Chicago Bulls survived Game 3 against the Brooklyn Nets. It was ugly, but they won behind Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng 79-76. Also, the Memphis Grizzlies earned their first win of their playoff series against the L.A. Clippers 94-82. The Miami Heat are up 3-0 on the Milwaukee Bucks winning Game 3 104-91. Lebron James was dominant and so was Dwyane Wade.

Bulls End Heat’s Winning Streak/Brooklyn Nets

The Bulls finally put an end to the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak. The Bulls beat the Heat 101-97 behind balanced team play and overall team defense and hustle and smarts. Kudos to the Chicago Bulls basketball team and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau for their work against the Miami Heat. The Chicago Bulls and the Brooklyn Nets are two NBA basketball teams I would not want to see in the first round of the Playoffs as it starts. I would like to see the Nets really battle it out with the Bulls in the first round of the NBA playoffs. It’s an interesting matchup to see. The Bulls have an outstanding and menacing frontcourt in Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, and Luol Deng while the Nets rely on the strengths of overall court smarts and basketball play of Brook Lopez, Deron Williams, and a bunch of role players.

Bulls and Derrick Rose

Is Rose coming back to play for the Chicago Bulls? I hope so. This Bulls team desperately needs a star presence. Having Kirk Hinrich or Luol Deng out there helps, but they’re no Derrick Rose. Joakim Noah’s first-time selection as an NBA All-Star solidifies his status as one of the NBA’s best and elite players of the era. The Bulls are underrated, and commentators are counting on Chicago’s chances of having to make it on top out of the East in a hurry. I sincerely hope so.

January 12th Games

Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder ruled yesterday’s games and the Chicago Bulls put away the New York Knicks 108-101. The Bulls played terrific defense until the last 4 and a half minutes of the 4th quarter. The Knicks came crawling back into the game. Luol Deng led all Bulls scorers with 33 points. Kevin Durant had 42 points, as OKC beat the L.A. Lakers 116-101.

Team World Basketball

If I were to construct a basketball team to play against the Americans, here’s who it would be: Tony Parker would be the point guard here. I like how he’s structured and wired to play his best basketball. Make layups. I also like Leandro Barbosa’s speed here too. Barbosa has a good shooting mechanic. At small forward, I’d put Andrea Bargnani, my guy from Italy. I like having a big guy who is seven feet at small forward. It creates mismatches for opposing forwards. Bargnani can put the ball on the floor if he is being guarded by a slow forward. Dirk Nowitzki is my starting power forward. No questions asked. Nowitzki is a shooting dynamo. You can’t stop Dirk from making his shots. You can only hope to contain him. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is a fabulous center who can make jump shots. At 7-3, you can’t defend his jump shot.  On the bench, I have Jose Calderon as my backup point guard who is a heady playmaker and offers steady floor leadership. Manu Ginobli is next on my list. I like Manu’s aggressive drives to the hoop. I like Carlos Delfino here. He is a good shooter and sometimes a willing passer. Then, I’ll have Tiago Splitter manning the power forward and center positions with his rebounding and shot blocking. Andris Biedrins is my backup center and will be relied upon for defense, energy, and rebounding. Patty Mills and Marco Bellinelli fill out the roster with their shooting. Luol Deng is a good option here because I like having Deng on my world basketball team. His all-around game will support his teammates on the offensive and defensive end. Ersan Ilyasova will help my team with his hustle and defense and shooting ability. Serge Ibaka will help here also with his defense and shooting ability. J.J. Barea from Puerto Rico will help my team get points at this point guard position. Then, lastly Kelenna Azuibuike will score points from his reserve shooting guard position. How about that? This is an all-European and African and South American basketball team.