Where Do The Bulls Go From Here?

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On Friday night Derrick Rose suffered a right meniscus tear against the Portland Trailblazers, and he’s scheduled for surgery today putting his 2013-2014 season in jeopardy. Like most Bull fans, and NBA fans in general this injury news really stung for me. Not because it ruined the Bulls NBA title dreams, but because I’ve witnessed another terrible knee injury for Derrick Rose. This is a guy who did everything right by sitting out an entire year to rehab his knee just to come back a better player. Now he comes back this year, and injures his right knee is just unsettling. Now I’ve heard all the so called Bull fans, and NBA fans all around raise questions about Derrick Rose regarding his health. I even heard the word  “injury prone” being tossed around. People have already started raising doubt about him never being the same player again. I believe if Rose does the exact same thing for his right knee as he did for his left knee he will come back just fine. This injury should wake up the Bulls front office, and make them realize that they’re left with no choice and need to blow up this core. This team is a great team in the regular season, but come playoff time they don’t have enough scoring options to compete with the Miami Heat. I’ve always said you can’t win a championship with Luol Deng being your second best player. This isn’t a shot at Deng, because he’s a good player, but the Bulls need more than that from their second best player, and that’s something Deng can’t do. It’s been reported that Deng would like a raise in his salary (he’s currently making 14million), and that’s something the Bulls can’t do. Deng has piled up a lot of mileage on his body due to him ranking first in minutes played the last several years. Bulls missed plenty of opportunities to trade Deng for years especially when his value was high around the NBA after the 2011-2012 season when he made his first All Star team.  Now they’re left with no choice, but to trade him rather than watching him walk after the season. I’ve used the ESPN trade machine, and looked at some trades that may work for the Bulls if they finally decide to trade Deng.

Jameer Nelson And Aaron Afflalo for Luol Deng: Bulls can look to trade Teague, and have Jameer and Kirk run the point for the rest of the season. Kirk is a free agent after this year so you’re ultimately allowing Jameer to be your pg next year. In my opinion Afflalo is a guy that’s very underrated around the NBA. Is he enough for the Bulls at shooting guard? Maybe, and maybe not but it’s better than having two small forwards in your starting 5, and I’m sure Afflalo can provide more of a scoring punch than Deng.

Marcus Thornton and Jimmer Fredette for Luol Deng: I don’t like this trade at all, but if the Bulls are really looking to move Deng they could consider this. Jimmer is a free agent after this year and I think he could still be a solid player in the NBA if he’s used right. People have to remember the guy knows how to shoot the rock. I was more of a fan of Marcus Thornton when he was in New Orleans. I think he’s a solid player, but I’m not too sure if he’s a piece the Bulls need especially with him making 8million dollars the next two years (Remember the Bulls are cheap).

Eric Gordon For Luol Deng: I know no one likes this deal, and I dont blame you but if Gordon somehow stayed healthy for a full season it’s something I would consider. This would be a trade that helped both teams. The Pelicans need a small forward, and the Bulls desperately need a shooting guard that can score, and take some pressure off Derrick Rose. I know the Bulls have their dreams set on landing a big star in free agency, but lets be honest the Bulls haven’t been too successful at landing big name free agents. Unless you would like to consider Eddie Robinson, and Ron Mercer big names. If they don’t have confidence in landing Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love this offseason and next this should be a trade they at least consider.

Personally I feel like the Bulls should trade Deng and tank the rest of the way so they can get a lottery pick in this highly talented 2014 NBA draft. But I know a Tom Thiboeau team would never do such a thing.

I’m not sure what’s the next move for the Bulls, but I do know they need a trade and reshape their roster. Rather that’s Deng or somebody else on this roster, I just know something needs to be done. I would probably say Noah, Rose, and maybe Butler are my untouchables. But anyone can be traded for the right offer. I’ve never put my hopes and dreams into John Paxson, and Gar Forman making moves to improve this roster. But I do know this injury may give everyone an idea about what kind of front office the Bulls have. Along with what they do in the next two offseasons.

And for everyone who thinks a trade isn’t possible just remember even Gilbert Arenas, and Joe Johnson got traded once. Just know that no contract is untradeable in the NBA.

I just pray Derrick Rose has a speedy recovery, and hope that he can continue his NBA career injury free.

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Drake And Rihanna Make It Rain

So much for Drake being a guy that’s  looking to settle down. As Drake and Rihanna made it rain at V Live strip club in Houston. Rihanna attended Drakes concert earlier in the night, and they ended the night at the strip club dropping whopping 17k. If you were wondering, according to E! news Drake dropped 12k, while Rihanna dropped 5k. If you work there to earn money for your college tuition, and weren’t in attendance that night you definitely missed out.

Side Note: E! News also reported that Drake and Rihanna looked like a couple.

Lets see if anything materializes with these two. We’ll keep you posted!

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NFL Week 10 Review

Late post, but here are your 5 things we learned from week 10.

1. The Panthers defense is legit. Lead by middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, the Panthers went into San Francisco to defeat the 49ers 10-9. In a all out defensive battle, the Panthers was the last team standing. This looks like a scary team come playoff time. They have another challenge this Monday night when they take on the New England Patriots.

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2. Nick Foles leads the Eagles into Lambeau Field to face the Aaron Rodgers less Packers. I have to say this team looks better with Foles at quarterback over Michael Vick as they defeated the Packers 27-13. Foles went 12-18 for 228 with three touchdowns. Foles   has now thrown for 10 touchdowns the past two games with no interceptions. Lets see if Foles keeps up his hot streak this weekend against the Washington Redskins.

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3. Whoever had the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Jacksonville Jaguars winning in the same week should try their look with the lottery this week. Both teams got their first wins of the season. They’re both now 1-8 on the season, and are in great shape to receive a top 5 pick in the 2014 NFL draft. It’s been a tough year for all professional football teams in the state of Florida.

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4. The Arizona Cardinals are looking like playoff contenders. They defeated the Houston Texans 27-24 to move to 5-4 on the season. I’m a believer in their defense, but I need to see more from their offense. They will look to move to 6-4 this weekend when they take on the one game winning streak Jaguars.

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5. I’m not sure if the Saints the best team in the NFL, but I do know they have the best offense in the NFL (besides the Broncos). They embarrassed the Dallas Cowboys by defeating them 49-17. I’m definitely looking forward to them taking on the Seattle Seahawks in a couple of weeks.

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NBA First Week In Review

The NBA season finally kicked off last Tuesday night, and I couldn’t be more excited. Here’s my first week assessment.

1. The Indiana Pacers are very good. Lead by superstar Paul George, they’re the only undefeated team left in the NBA. Lets not forget Danny Granger is out the first three weeks of the season nursing a calf injury. Look for them to be one of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference all year.

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2. Dwight Howard looks like the Dwight of old. Yes he’s healthy, and FINALLY happy. Dwight is averaging 17.4ppg to go with 14.6 rpg. Expect to see great things from him and star shooting guard James Harden this year. The Houston Rockets biggest question mark to me is their defense, but they can certainly score with anyone in the league.

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3. The Golden State Warriors look great. They’re off to a 4-1 start, and they’ll only get better as the season goes on. They have two lights out shooters in Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson that can carry the team on any giving night. Look for this team to continue to grow, and yes people they’re a legitimate NBA Finals team.

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4. The Bulls have been awfully rusty to begin the 2013 campaign. As they’re off to a 1-3 start to begin the year. Derrick Rose has struggled shooting 28% from the field. They need to cut down on the turnovers, and score more on offense. Remember offense has been their biggest problem the last several years. No need to panic Bull fans I believe in Derrick Rose and this team.

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5. The Suns, Bobcats, and the Sixers will compete every night. So much for the “Tank For Wiggins” idea everyone thought the bad teams around the NBA were doing. As these three teams have competed every night and they’re a combined 9-6. Yes each team is 3-2, but they’ve been in every game they played early on. As the Bobcats defeated the Raptors and Knicks, and the Sixers defeated the Heat and the Bulls. If these teams are planning on tanking they better do it sooner than later. The Suns look like they have a star in the making in Eric Bledsoe. No wonder why they call him mini Lebron. The Sixers look like they found their point guard of the future in Michael Carter Williams

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6. The Knicks are sluggish out the gate starting off the year 1-3, and to make matters worse they’ve lost their leader on defense in center Tyson Chandler for 4-6 weeks due to a fractured right fibula. Who will step up while Chandler is out? Will that be Amar’e or Kenyon Martin? Knicks must get their defense in order, and get Melo on track. If they continue to lose games and give up points, how long will Mike Woodson remain the head coach? Lets not forget owner James Dolan expects a championship this year.

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The season is still very young, but we look like we’re in store for another great NBA season.

Future Drops New Single

Some people may call him Future, others call him Future Hendrix, and others call him Future Jakcson. But you can call him whatever you want, just know the man is a rising star in the music industry. Future dropped his new single that features Miley Cyrus, and Mr Hudson titled “Real and True”.  This new single will be on Futures new album which is titled “Honest”.

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