SportsNet - August 2012
Since Derrick Rose became the face of the Bulls franchise four years ago, Chicago has been trying to surround the superstar point guard with top-notch shooters. According to one recent report, the Bulls' latest quarry is a former division rival who's still on the free agent market.
According to Fox Sports' Sam Amico, Chicago is among several teams pursuing former Bucks sniper Michael Redd. The 33-year-old guard is an unrestricted free agent after playing 51 games for the Suns a year ago.
On the face of it, Redd is just the kind of player the Bulls need to complement Rose (once the latter returns from ACL rehab). Redd would be an inexpensive addition to the bench while still providing valuable offense with his still-formidable catch-and-shoot skills.
However, backcourt depth in and of itself is no longer the issue for the Bulls that it has been in the past. This offseason, the Bulls have already added three free-agent guards with impressive shooting pedigrees: Marco Belinelli, Kirk Hinrich and Nate Robinson.
It has become a ritual. Every game at Sevilla's stadium, Ramon Sanchez -Pizjuan, the crowd starts to applause and sing, no matter what's going on on the pitch. It's in the 16th minute. They're not crazy: they are just paying tribute to Antonio Puerta. A talented winger that died in a hospital, just a few days after he collapsed in front of the eyes of all the spectators. It was a tragedy that hit all Spanish society.
Puerta was a rising star. He was a classy left winger that helped Sevilla to win two UEFA Cups and a European Super Cup against FC Barcelona. He was also capped for Spain's National team. He had a bright future and some big clubs, like Real Madrid and Barça, were interested in him. But, in the first game of the 2007/08 season against Getafe, it all ended dramatically.
Puerta had several heart failures that drove him to death. The first one was when he was over the pitch. The medical assistance was quick and the player even woke up and walked to the dressing room by his own. But that was a mirage. Once there, he suffered another attack and lost definitely the consciousness. After a few days struggling, he passed away.
There are few things funnier than this late July story about Knicks GM Glen Grunwald refusing to open his Las Vegas hotel door because a Houston official was waiting on the other side with the Jeremy Lin offer sheet. In Grunwald's defense, this incident apparently happened only a few hours after the Knicks GM completed a trade with the Rockets to get back former Knick, Marcus Camby. Listen, I'd go into hiding too if I traded away Toney Douglas to a person who not only knew where I lived, but would also soon realize, "I started the off-season with Goran Dragic and Kyle Lowry as my two point guards. Now, my backcourt belongs to this guy."
Hey Matt Flynn, you've clearly had a tough week after losing the starting job you were signed to inherit to rookie Russell Wilson but America wants to introduce you to somebody. His name is Bledsoe. Drew Bledsoe. Drew, this is Matt. You fellas should have drink. You've got a lot in common. Perhaps talking about your similar failures will make the pain go away.
Bledsoe's career didn't end after he was replaced by Tom Brady. He continued his career with the Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys before he was again replaced by another no-name. Tony Romo.
Worst case scenario, you can force a trade before the 2013 season. If you need a celebrity to provide guidance we'll schedule your appearance on Conan O'Brien's guest couch.
In 2004, O'Brien signed a new NBC contract, which would give him the coveted 11:35 timeslot that Johnny Carson and Jay Leno made famous. However, slowly but surely everything fell apart. After a few months, NBC returned Leno returned to the 11:35 slot as host of a 30-minute broadcast, and The Tonight Show was relegated to second-string at 12:05.