Written by Darin Ford | 18 July 2012

Dribble... dribble... dribble... dribble... PASS!... turnover...dribble... dribble... dribble...LAY-UP?!...(annnnnd)...(watch below)...

Yeah, that just happened. NASTY.

Second year Bull, Jimmy Butler, shined today yesterday in his Summer League debut. 25 points on a team that came back from down over twenty at one point is a sizeable feat.

What's your take on the dunk?

I'm impressed with the dunk ... but not too impressed with the team's performance in day one. Comment with your thoughts usng Twitter, Facebook, or even LiveFyre.

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Written by Darin Ford | 17 July 2012

After a loss to start up our Summer League season, let's go ahead and fast forward to the preseason schedule for the up-and-coming 2012-2013 season.

October 9 - at Memphis

October 12 - Cleveland (Champaign, IL)

October 13 - at Minnesota

October 16 - vs. Milwaukee

October 19 - vs. Minnesota

October 23 - vs. Oklahoma City

October 26 - Indiana (South Bend, IN)

What do you think of the schedule? Wins? Losses?

The current 7-or-so man roster couldn't win one. I'm sure that once the team comes together I'll think differently. Based on a particluarly quick simutaion in my head, I'd say we could nab at least 3 wins. Yeah, Uncle Drew's squad has a bright future and Milwaukee is always above/below average but I think that both of those should be sure fire wins.

Then you get to the "ehh ... I don't know" better half of the schedule. Memphis ain't easy, Minnesota added Brandon Roy and a healthy Ricky Rubio to the roster, Indiana was nipping at our heels last year and looks better than they did and do I really need to say much about OKC?

HttH will be in attendance at (most definitely) the game in Champaign. By then we'll have our full-scale video blogging inititave launched.

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Written by Darin Ford | 16 July 2012

Well Bulls fans ... we have yet another let down.

With O.J. Mayo headed to the Mavericks, Kyle Korver traded, Ronnie Brewer and C.J. Watson gonzo, the Bulls' backcourt looks awful thin for next season.

With Derrick Rose sidelined for most of the season, the for sure guards on the roster next season are Marquis Teague, Kirk Hinrich, Rip Hamilton and Jimmy Butler. Hamilton is aging, Hinrich is aging and often injured, Teague's a rook and Butler might as well be too. We don't have a back-up center or small forward at the moment which makes the team a rather small one.

There are sizeable holes all over this roster. The fates of John Lucas III and Brian Scalabrine have still yet to be determined but the word out of the Bulls' Camp is that neither player with be on the payroll next year.

With all of that hullabaloo above, we take a look into free agency to try to fill one of the many holes.

The thing?

They're aren't any "game changers out there."

The Bulls will still chase Courtney Lee who is reportedly Phoenix's new main target. Not to mention the Celtics have been hot on his trail since news broke about Avery Bradley being out for almost half the of the upcoming season.

Names like Delonte West, Grant Hill, Martell Webster and Johnny Flynn all come to mind as possible fits. However, Hill and West are both expected to return to their teams or join a contender, especially Hill. And let's be honest the Bulls are not a contender anymore.

The front office continues to sway back and forth between matching the offer sheet for Omer Asik. It was reported over three days ago that they will match and retain the 7-foot Turkish center, but now people are saying he's outta town.

Sad reality has begun to sink in for Bulls fans. As we all know they're hasn't been anything really to be excited about this offseason outside of Teague's drafting. And to my knowledge, the only people hunky-dory with Hinrich's return are aspiring Luvabulls and fan girls.

It really is slim pickins for the Bulls as they scour free agency for the diamond in the rough or a blatant steal. Right now though, the Bulls need to focus on fielding a 12-man roster. Hopefully the Summer League will reveal some goodies for us and we can find a nice fit there. Hopefully.

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Written by Darin Ford | 16 July 2012

Courtesy to Facebook partner, Chicago Bulls Fan Talk, a Bleacher Report article was dug up and forwarded to us. Well, that B/R article presented a peculiar idea that drastically changes the complexion of the 2012-2013 Bulls.

The sign-and-trade looks like this:

CHI receives - O.J. Mayo, Jordan Hill. B/R says, "Memphis re-signs Mayo to three-year deal with team option for the fourth year at around $8-$9 million per year and sends him to Chicago. Los Angeles re-signs Jordan Hill to three-year deal worth around $3 million per year and sends him to Chicago. ... Chicago uses the $5 million trade exception it acquired by sending Kyle Korver to Atalanta and the $2 million difference between Hamilton's outgoing contract and Hill's incoming contract to acquire Mayo from Memphis."

MEM receives - two future draft picks. B/R says, "To facilitate the three-team trade, Memphis essentially receives something for nothing (Mayo's unrestricted free agent departure will net the Grizzlies nothing without sign-and-trade deal). Memphis uses its unrestricted free agent to acquire two of Chicago's future second round draft picks. This trade would work out for Memphis because it is able to sign-and-trade Mayo for some value without bringing back any salaries in the process. As an unrestricted free agent, Mayo will leave Memphis and the team will not receive any compensation for his departure."

LAL receives - Rip Hamilton. B/R says, "The trade would work for Los Angeles because the Lakers are in need of help at the wing positions. Hamilton would arrive in L.A. hungry to compete for a championship. He is owed $5 million next season and the Lakers would only be on the hook for $1 million for the following year if they desire to part ways. Hamilton would provide the win-now-Lakers (as evidenced by the Nash trade) with another proven veteran to help with Kobe's chase of a sixth NBA championship. The Lakers would only need to re-sign Hill to make the trade work. Although Hill is thought to be in the Lakers' long-term plans, Hamilton's acquisition is more important because of L.A.'s immediate win-now concern."

Clearly we win big time in this deal.

Mayo replaces Hamilton ... Hill fills the back-up 5-man role previously owned by Omer Asik. The trade makes us younger and more athletic. Yeah, it makes us a little smaller and not as rigid, but it's still a better talent outcome. Some say the Mayo could be the perfect fit alongside Derrick Rose. I'm not to convinced. The idea of putting a fairly similar Mayo alongside Rose seems a little James-Wade like.

Both Mayo and Hill came into the league with high expectations but have yet to fill them. Hill was selected No. 8 overall in the 2009 NBA Draft but has been a measly back-up four and five man throughout his short career. Meanwhile, Mayo -- who was picked No. 3 overall in 2008 in the Draft but then later traded for Kevin Love -- has been the sixth-man in Memphis the last two years while having some off-the-court issues. (O.J. at one point was the top recruit in the nation while in high school; he headed a class with the likes of Eric Gordon, Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, Nolan Smith and beyond.)

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Written by T.J. Watson | 15 July 2012

Last time I went over the Jordan vs. LeBron dilemma, you can read that here.

But now, I think it's time that I tackle this very subject at hand. Many have said that Jordan is better than Kobe and then you have some people that say Kobe is better than Jordan.

1) Scoring:

Jordan wins this battle. Just because Kobe has the higher single game scoring output doesn't make him the better overall scorer. Kobe entered the league as an unfinished product out of high school. So his scoring average should be higher than it is. His scoring average throughout his 16 year career is 25.4 points per game. While Jordan's career points per game average is 30.1. Kobe's points per game average will most likely drop a little bit as he begins to decline even more in his playing ability.

2) Rebounding:

Jordan wins this comparison. Kobe just wasn't as good of a rebounding guard as Mike was. Granted Kobe is sitting on 5.3 rebounds per game, but Jordan retired with 6.2 rebounds per game. Kobe's average would be expected to drop below 5 maybe. Jordan's average may have been higher if he didn't have players like, Oakley, Grant, Cartwright, Pippen, and Rodman on the Bulls' dynasty teams in the 90's.

3) Ball Handling/Passing:

Jordan wins this, but it was a close call. Both Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant played under Phil Jackson for a big chunk of their separate careers in the NBA. Therefore they both ran the famous triangle offense under Phil and Tex Winter, the creator of the triangle offense. Both players have average assist totals. While Kobe is still going in the game and Mike is retired Jordan still holds a higher average. Not by much though, Jordan averaged 4.9 assists per contest while Kobe is just 0.2 below that mark. Yet again for Kobe's case, that should drop, not by a lot, but just a little bit.

4) Steals:

Jordan wins this category as well. Mike averaged 2.3 steals a night while Kobe is at a modest 1.5 steals per game. Jordan had three seasons with two or more steals a game, Kobe only has one. Bryant's season high for steals per game is 2.2. Jordan once averaged an amazing 3.2 steals per contest. He should have been arrested for stealing the ball that much!

5) Blocks:

Jordan will win this as well. Notice the trend? Now let me say this, Kobe is right behind Mike on most of these. So it's not like “His Airiness” is blowing out the “Black Mamba” for that matter. Jordan is the better shot blocker here though. His career average for blocks per game is 0.8, Kobe's average is 0.5. That number should drop some more.


Jordan wins the pure offensive battle. If these two greats went toe-to-toe in a one on one, it would be fun to watch the two battle it out. Jordan would win the game, but not by much. Bryant has the best footwork in the current day and age of the NBA and the second best in history in my books. Jordan being the best at using his footwork. The two players can both drive to the lane, split defenders, dunk, lay it in, and then some. They both have amazing jumpers from mid-range. Not the best three-point shooters, but that is the one area that Bryant has on M.J.. Both players have a great post game. This is where the footwork and basketball I.Q. comes into play. Bryant is the only man in today's game to have similar footwork in the post compared to Jordan himself. Jordan's footwork and spin around jay was almost impossible to guard. Once Jordan retired he passed that onto Kobe Bryant in a sense.


Jordan wins yet again. Both guys in their own primes were and are great defenders. Jordan just had this “it” factor about him on the defensive side of the ball. Maybe because of the back yard battles with his brother Larry? That may be so, but Jordan wins by a small margin. Jordan's hand speed and foot quickness, as well his unparalleled athleticism, was just too much for almost anyone Jordan played against. To put it like this, once you get either one of them mad on the hardwood, they will come at your throat like a bulldog that just got off of it's chain. They both can be relentless once in the zone. That zone is also impossible to break for either one of them.

Jordan changed the entire NBA landscape. Kobe has had some effect as well. Not as big as Mike's though. That will be something that almost nobody will be able to top for a long while. Jordan helped David Stern and the NBA out by globalizing the NBA as a global icon in Europe, Africa, and even parts of Asia. It is a sport that allows everyone to play a simple and yet challenging game to the best of their will power and ability. Many European players today said that the Dream Team of 1992, led mainly by Michael himself, was their own inspiration to get better at basketball and become some of the world's best. Kobe on the other hand, has some ties with countries overseas. He loves football, or soccer for the American term, and watches a lot of soccer matches. He too has given hope to some up and coming Euro-League players. Jordan just is many levels above Bryant though.

All-in-all Jordan wins it. Kobe Bryant put up a fight, a very good fight if I might add, and came in second place.

No player should really be compared to Jordan. It just isn't fair to that player or Jordan. Kobe is the only one that comes to mind that plays like Mike. It's just not as good as the real Mike.

T.J. Watson is a 16-year-old sports writer from Illinois. Watson, a huge Bulls fan,  is an aspiring NBA coach or GM. T.J. is very well versed in the game of hoops and has sound knowledge.

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Written by Darin Ford | 14 July 2012

We'll quickly chronicle the dismantling of the Bench Mob as each of the departed find a new home. We'll keep close eyes on Ronnie Brewer and John Lucas III to see where they go. But this article is devoted to C.J. Watson, the Bulls' back-up PG from 2010-2012.

Around 11:30 p.m. EST tonight, we got a tip from a source stating that C.J. Watson will find a new franchise quickly. And just 15 minutes later, ESPNNewYork reported that he inked a deal with the Brooklyn Nets to be Deron Williams' back-up.

Reports say that Watson is receiving a two-year deal worth the veteran's minimum (roughly $1.1 million) per season. The move takes the possibility of Derek Fisher joining the team out of the equation.

We wish C.J. Watson the best as he joins Brooklyn. See you this season, dude.

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Written by T.J. Watson | 14 July 2012

This was brought to my attention earlier today. It is a possibility that the Chicago Bulls could make a huge splash in free agency within the coming days.

The Bulls have said to be targeting UFA O.J. Mayo. With that news I became very happy at that moment. If that is the case, it seems like the Bulls may not match the offer sheet for Omer Asik, reported roughly of 3 yrs/25 million by the Houston Rockets. That means the Bulls would save loads of money for the third year down the road. Asik has a backloaded contract which would put him at around the $15 million price range as back-up center in the third year of that contract.

The Bulls have now signed Captain Kirk, Kirk Hinrich, to a deal. That means John Lucas III is gone for good. The only hole now is the shooting guard and center positions. We might even need to pick up another three just in case Deng decides to opt into surgery or on the off chance he re-injures his already beaten up wrist.

This is now giving me hope.

If we let Asik go, Houston is now in a hole. Raymond Felton is now a New York Knick yet again, which means they have two guys that can play point at a very good rate. Which makes me bring up the question, is Lin staying put? If not, Houston is going to be paying a big load out in three seasons. With Asik and Lin, that is $29 million for a third year.

With the possibility of Asik going and the Bulls giving O.J. Mayo a shot it seems like the Bulls might be able to contend next season. I have heard of some people say that Mayo is a scrub. He is better than Korver, Brewer, Watson and Lucas III.

Everyone is always saying we need an upgrade. Well, that upgrade comes with a capable scoring two-guard and someone that can shoot threes at a very good rate. Which means we need another big guy down low too.

If Asik is let go, Leon Powe is on the Bulls summer league roster and would be a nice fit. Let's not jump the gun, though. We need to see how Leon preforms in the summer league obviously, but it needs to be a thought in all of our minds.

T.J. Watson is a 16-year-old sports writer from Illinois. Watson, a huge Bulls fan,  is an aspiring NBA coach or GM. T.J. is very well versed in the game of hoops and has sound knowledge. 

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Written by Darin Ford | 14 July 2012

One word: joke.

Look, the 1992 Dream Team was a group of the most competitive, tough, basketball-smart, talented but yet seasoned collection of hoops players of all time. The NBA's current most talented player, Kobe Bryant, shed some light on the debate on whether or not the 2012 "Dream" Team could knock off the famous '92 Team. Of course, Kobe being Kobe claimed they (the 2012 Team) would defeat the original Dream Team because they were all older and the guys on 2012 Team are pretty much all in their primes. Most of the guys he was referring to were LeBron James, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Tyson Chandler, Andre Iguodala and Carmelo Anthony.

Alright so your telling me that Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, and Patrick Ewing weren't in their primes? OK, cool.

Clearly our very own Michael Jordan had somethings to say about Kobe's statements. Jordan said, "No comparison. For him to compare those two teams is not one of the smarter things he ever could have done. I heard Kobe say we were not athletic. But we were smart. He said we were too old, but I was 29 and in the prime of my career. Pip (Scottie Pippen) was 26 or 27, Charles Barkley was 29, Patrick Ewing was 29 and Chris Mullin was 29. Almost everybody was still in their twenties."

Ouch ... take that Kobe.

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Written by Darin Ford | 13 July 2012

The Chicago Bulls have traded Kyle Korver to the Hawks via Minnesota a source confirms.

The Tribune reported the rumored proposal earlier in this realease: "Pending a passed physical, the Chicago Bulls have traded Kyle Korver to the Atlanta Hawks via the Minnesota Timberwolves in a move that saves them $500,000 and nets what is expected to be a second-round pick from the Timberwolves. The Bulls had until Sunday to either guarantee Korver's $5 million option for 2012-13 or waive him and pay Korver $500,000. The Bulls had talked to the Hawks about trading Korver into Atlanta's traded player exception acquired in the Joe Johnson trade to the Nets. They ultimately used Minnesota to facilitate the deal." 

Korver, graduate of Creighton U., a three-point specialist, spent two seasons with the Bulls primarily as a back-up small forward.

The Bulls have been scanning the league to trade Kyle in recent days. In the event that they couldn't find a suitable trade situation, Bulls brass was going to non-guarantee the remaining money on Korver's contract outside of the guaranteed $500k.

As noted above the Bulls receive a second-round draft pick from the Bulls.

Reflection story coming up later today.

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Written by Darin Ford | 12 July 2012

Checkout the vid below:

Look forward to Taj making a league-wide name for himself in 2012-2013. We wish him the best of luck and know he had a blast during his short time with Team USA.

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