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March Madness Preview and bracket how-to

March Madness Preview and bracket how-to

April 10, 2018

The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament has basketball teams all throughout the United States tearing up the court to get a spot. The annual single-elimination tournament has become known ...

Main Campus March Madness Bars

April 3, 2018

The March Madness Tournament teams were announced on Selection Sunday. The next steps for fans are to ...

Act like a lady, play ball like a man

Act like a lady, play ball like a man

March 14, 2017

The women of the WNBA have inspired some of the greatest moments in my life. As a woman who is not-so-...

NBA All-Star Game: Who missed the mark?

NBA All-Star Game: Who missed the mark?

February 8, 2017

The NBA All-Star Game will be held on Feb. 19 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The starters fo...

Selling Out: NBA Adds Ads

Selling Out: NBA Adds Ads

May 24, 2016

The Philadelphia 76ers have been tagged as the first NBA team to sell ad space on their jersey’s. Starting...

Lower Rims, Lower Expectations

Spencer Jones, Sports Editor

April 26, 2016

It seems that there is always scrutiny pointed at women’s sports. This time the issue of lowering the rims in women’s basketball takes center court. Chicago Sky forward and the 2015 WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne has personally decided to make this her top priority going into the league’s 20th season. The ultimate goal ...

WNBA Draft Preview

Ashurina Chilmon, Writer

March 1, 2016

March Madness is right around the corner for women’s college basketball fans. Millions of viewers tune in to see their favorite teams square off for the championship, while WNBA general managers and coaches will also be scouting for new talent. The WNBA Draft 2016 will take place on April 14 in Uncasville, Connecticut at Mohegan...

Jimmy Butler Selected for 2nd All-Star Game

Jimmy Butler Selected for 2nd All-Star Game

February 2, 2016

Jimmy Butler, the NBA’s reigning Most Improved Player, was selected to his second consecutive All-S...

Bulls Inconsistency

Bulls Inconsistency

February 2, 2016

There is a term in basketball, “a trap game,” which alludes to a game in which a team mentally p...

Major College Sports Continue to Drop the Ball on Rape Allegations

Hailey G. Boyle, Arts and Life Editor

March 10, 2015

Rasheed Sulaimon of Duke University has become the latest college athlete to be accused of sexual assault. He was dismissed from the team earlier this year, but if history shows us anything, he will walk away uncharged. Sulaimon was dismissed from the team in January, but an article published on March 2 in The Duke Chronicle,...

Too Big, Too Strong, Too Fast, Not Good Enough

Matthew Greenberg

November 14, 2012

  Basketball season is underway and the Chicago Bulls are off to a fast 3-1 start heading into their Nov. 8 matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Bulls were a heavy favorite for a championship last year, but were unfortunately knocked out in the first round of playoffs. Since then, the Bulls have revamped their line-up and changed some things around, almost certainly NOT for the better. During the offseason the Bulls made multiple personnel changes through various trades, cuts and acquisitions. These changes focused around the Bulls top-quality bench players. The Bulls opted not to retain point guard C.J. Watson, who is now on the Brooklyn Nets, shooting guard Kyle Korver, who was traded to the Atlanta Hawks, Ronnie Brewer, who is now on the New York Knicks and center Omer Asik, who went to the Houston Rockets after the Bulls didn’t match their astounding contract offer. Why all the changes? These were players who managed to win even when stars Derrick Rose and Luol Deng missed a combined 39 games last season. To be fair, Asik’s contract would have been a steal for the first two years, and then death to the Bulls salary cap in the third, so it was a no-brainer to let him go. Watson, Korver, and Brewer, however, were all released for cheaper, and distinctly less skillful, options in Kirk Hinrich, Vladimir Radmonovic, and Marco Belinelli. How much cheaper? These changes saved the Chicago front office a couple hundred-thousand dollars per player. In the grand scheme of the NBA, this is absurd. Their contracts weren’t costing millions like Asik’s would have, but rather just a few thousand. Among the other changes to the roster were the loss of John Lucas III and Brian Scalabrine, and the acquisition of Nazr Mohammed, Nate Robinson and rookie Marquis Teague. There are still some familiar faces on the hardwood of the United Center. Starters Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Richard Hamilton are all returning for the Bulls this season, as is back-up power forward Taj Gibson, who thankfully had his contract extended and second-year small forward Jimmy Butler. The face that is painfully missing from the court is that of the Windy City Assassin, Derrick Rose. After suffering a torn ACL in the playoffs last season, Rose is expected to be out for the greater portion of the 2012-13 season, which means Hinrich will be getting the start for the majority of games. Experienced or not, Hinrich simply does not have the ability to lead the Bulls to a championship like Rose does. Until Rose is back on the court and healthy, the Bulls will struggle to reach their optimal performance level. Fans would be wary to expect another championship run in the upcoming years, but with head coach Tom Thibodeau at the helm and D-Rose working harder than he ever has before, there is always hope....

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