SportsNet - February 2013

Chicago Bulls News: Bulls Won’t Regret Standing Pat At NBA Trade Deadline

on February 22 2013 10:27 PM
Chicago Bulls News: Bulls Won’t Regret Standing Pat At NBA Trade Deadline

 

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 Mönchengladbach v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga Preview

on February 22 2013 5:26 PM

 

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 no Ronaldinho, but Coutinho can become 'boss'

on February 22 2013 4:23 PM

 

“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.

Same Old: Tony Parker And The Spurs Still Setting The Standard, But For How Long?

on February 22 2013 2:09 PM
This was a big win for the San Antonio Spurs. In more ways than one. Last nights 116-90 win over the Los Angeles Clippers cemented the Spurs as the hottest team in the NBA. With the best record in the Western Conference and add to that a healthy margin to boot. It will take a supreme effort from the teams below them to surpass them and gain Home Field advantage in the Playoffs. Not that Home Field was much of an advantage last year, as they were ousted in 5 games by the Oklahoma City Thunder. It should be tight again this year in the West and you couldn't say with any confidence who will make it to the NBA finals. The Spurs have their critics, some stating that they will always fall short of their main goal of a Championship. The main criticism of this team is their age. Can a team full of thirty-somethings. Cope with the intensity of a deep playoff run?

Same Old: Tony Parker And The Spurs Still Setting The Standard, But For How Long?

on February 22 2013 1:46 PM
This was a big win for the San Antonio Spurs. In more ways than one. Last nights 116-90 win over the Los Angeles Clippers cemented the Spurs as the hottest team in the NBA. With the best record in the Western Conference and add to that a healthy margin to boot. It will take a supreme effort from the teams below them to surpass them and gain Home Field advantage in the Playoffs. Not that Home Field was much of an advantage last year, as they were ousted in 5 games by the Oklahoma City Thunder. It should be tight again this year in the West and you couldn't say with any confidence who will make it to the NBA finals. The Spurs have their critics, some stating that they will always fall short of their main goal of a Championship. The main criticism of this team is their age. Can a team full of thirty-somethings. Cope with the intensity of a deep playoff run?

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