Bobby Portis Teammates Have His Back

The in-house Bulls competition between Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis has become less opaque, and a little bit clearer. Portis is on the court playing, he is at practice, he is part of the team, he has atoned, while Mirotic is all into his feelings. Mirotic is still laying out his ultimatum: it is him…

It’s Okay to Grow Up Baby Bulls

All you need to know is that Bobby Portis decked his teammate of three seasons and said teammate went to the hospital with a broken face and a concussion. Nikola Mirotic won’t be able to return until-best estimate- November 15th, if it is on the light side of the 4-6 week recovery, and December 1st,…

The Julius Randle Extension: Yes or No?

The 2014 draft class is eligible for contract extensions of three more years at a higher salary. A few will benefit. Others, without extensions, will be restricted free agents in the summer of 2018. Offering an extension is fraught with complications and in a lot of ways can backfire. The message beforehand is to proceed…

Miami Be Patient

When Jimmy Butler was traded on draft night, the clock was ticking on Dwyane Wade who had just opted in hours earlier to the last year of a two year deal. It wasn’t a surprise that Wade would rather swim blindfolded with killer whales than risk $24 million, particularly at his age. He is already…

Would You Want Deron Williams?

In the spring of 2009, Deron Williams was the best point guard in the NBA. His 21.1 PER, his 10.7 assists per game, his ungodly assist percentage of 47.8, his 19.4 points per game on 47% shooting, and his leading his team into the playoffs said so. Williams had the advantage over every other point guard…

Building Around Mike Conley Starts Now

2016-17 Grizzlies Weaknesses: 30th: Field Goal Percentage, 2-Point Percentage. 29th: Points Scored. 28th: Pace, Small Forward Points. 27th: Defensive Rebounding, Starters Points,Fast Break Points. 26th: Non-Paint Points. 25th: Shooting Guard Points. 24th: Total Rebounding. 22nd: Blocks 21st: Assists 2016-17 Grizzlies Strengths:: 2nd: Field Goal Percentage (Defense). 3rd: Opponent Points. 7th: 2-Point Percentage (Defense), Center Scoring. 10th: Offensive Rebounding, Points in the Paint, 3-Point Percentage (Defense)  7th: Defensive Rating. This is a new era in Memphis Grizzlies basketball.…

The Hawks Have a Perception Problem

Two years ago, the Hawks were sitting pretty as the best team with the best record in the Eastern Conference. The only thing to ruffle their feathers was the Thabo Sefolosha broken leg by cop injury. And the collective media shout that no way, no how, hell would have to freeze over before they beat…

Dirk and Retirement? Not So Fast

The Achilles tendon bothered two of the greatest scorers in NBA history. Kobe Bryant never fully recovered from his torn Achilles and Dirk Nowitzki dealt with Achilles pain early in the season last year.  No matter. Nowitzki will return to the court for his 20th year and possibly, if he feels like it, his 21st.…

Paul George Wants A Divorce

Paul George’s temperature has risen to the point of boiling. Now it is just about to burst. George told the Pacers he intends to fully pursue free agency. His choice is the Lakers. Duh. This is a secret everyone knew about because George didn’t hide it from his friends who then told told their friends and…