SportsNet - February 2013
The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and the Chicago Bulls’ roster looks just the way it did a week ago. Although the team’s inaction has provoked its share of grumbling (including some from Derrick Rose’s brother), Chicago will reap the benefits of its patience down the road.
In the first place, making a move for the sake of making a move would hardly have changed the outcome of the Bulls’ 2012-13 season. Chicago is already safely in the playoff picture at 31-23, and whether or not Derrick Rose returns, the Bulls will not be ready to dethrone the Heat in this year’s postseason.
Nothing the Bulls could realistically have done this week would have altered either of those situations.
Looking at the longer-term picture, the primary incentive for Chicago to make a deal was to cut salary to get under the luxury tax threshold. Smart though that option would’ve been from a financial perspective, it’s hardly a big enough gain to justify trading a useful contributor at a loss.
Borussia-Park is the setting on Sunday of what promises to be an enthralling match between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund.
Gladbach have just one point from their last three Bundesliga encounters, whilst free scoring Dortmund have found the net fifteen times in their five Bundesliga matches since the turn of the year. The black and yellows have won four of those matches, with their only slip up at home to Hamburg.
Last week Marco Reus was the hat-trick hero for Dortmund as they clinically dismantled Eintracht Frankfurt, whilst Gladbach went down 1-0 to Rafael van der Vaart’s sublime strike in Hamburg.
The Foals have also had to contend with their Europa League travels this week. They lost 2-0 to Lazio in Rome (5-3 on aggregate) plunging out of Europe for this season. Tiresome and fatigue could well play its part in the latter stages of the match. This could be dangerous against the high tempo, high pressing game Dortmund love to play at.
“He is the future of Inter”
Even the Nerazzurri President, Massimo Moratti could not hide his admiration for the little schemer.
It is all there.
An angelic titter; fuchsia boots, the vintage scouse curls of black hair draping over a friendly face, dancing Samba across the Anfield turf to the beat of a Surdo drum in his head. Philippe Coutinho has it all. He is the next Kaka, the next Ronaldinho, the next Rivaldo.....or an Italian supercar, says Inter Milan centre half and former teammate, Juan Jesus. “For me, he is a phenomenon. He is like a Ferrari. When he is dribbling with the ball at his feet, you just can’t catch up to him,” the Brazilian once enthused.
As for what Coutinho thinks of himself, he is a little more humble: “I’m just Coutinho, a kid who's getting better. Ronaldinho is an extra-terrestrial who’s won everything. I’d be happy to achieve half of his success.”
But with the lissom of a Turkish belly dancer and the plumage of an Azure Jay, ‘Philipinho’ carries a certain flounce of flamboyance.