Five Things To Watch: Chicago Bulls

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derrick rose 300x160After Derrick Rose shredded his ACL in the first game of the 2011-12 playoffs, Chicago Bulls management decided the injury shredded the team’s chances at competing for a title and proceeded accordingly.

From the instant the front office decided to jettison useful contributors from the famed “Bench Mob” in favor of lesser, slightly cheaper approximations, the 2012-13 campaign was a bit of a throwaway season. Rose seemingly got the message and took it as an opportunity to sit out the entire season and make sure that he was really, really fully recovered before making his return.

But what a throwaway season it was! 

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Bernucca: Will the $30 Million Player Become Extinct?

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Jordan_by_Lipofsky_16577Like three to make two, the 10-second violation and low-top sneakers, the $30 million NBA player may become a thing of the past.

A handful of stars have approached and even crossed the magical monetary mountaintop, which is something when you consider that the collective bargaining agreement has a maximum salary restraint.

Michael Jordan – who else? – was the first player to make $30 million in one season, negotiating about an 800 percent raise after the 1995-96 season. That was Jordan’s first full campaign after returning from his first retirement, when he led the Chicago Bulls to a record 72 wins and was MVP of both the regular season and NBA Finals.

Jordan took a 10 percent raise to $33.14 million for the 1997-98 season, his last before retiring again. Since then, both Shaquille O’Neal and Kevin Garnett easily could have crossed the threshold had they not reworked their deals to take less money over more years.

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Tweet of the Day: NBA drops 2013-14 Schedule on the Masses

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It’s official:  The NBA will be back.

The 2013-14 season will be in full swing in just 84 days—that’s a  little more than two-and-a-half months.

[SH Blog: NBA Releases Schedule]

The league released the new schedule Tuesday evening and the season opens with three games on October 29th, two of which are marquee match-ups.

SH Blog: NBA Releases Schedule

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jamesdurantIt seems as if all we do these days is look ahead.

On Tuesday, the NBA officially released its schedule for the upcoming season.

Opening night will take place on October 29th which will kick-off the season with three games. We’ll warmup with the Orlando Magic visiting the Indiana Pacers on NBATV, then settle in for two of the better rivalries the NBA has to offer: Bulls/Heat and Lakers/Clippers in the nightcap on TNT. 

Bulls-Heat Opens 2013-14 NBA Schedule Filled With Awesome Intrigue, Matchups

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150px-NBA_TrophyThe NBA’s popularity is on the rise, and the league isn’t wasting any time getting its fans engaged with the 2013-14 season.

The season opens on Tuesday, Oct. 29 with LeBron James and the two-time defending champion Miami Heat getting their rings before hosting the Chicago Bulls in a game that should feature the return of Derrick Rose.

James has won the MVP four of the last five years. The only time he did not win it in that span was 2011, when Rose won it.

That is the opener of a doubleheader on TNT that will be capped by the Clippers taking on the Lakers in a reprise of the Hallway Rivalry. It could also be mark the return of Kobe Bryant, who is making unprecedented progress in his recovery from his torn Achilles tendon, prompting reports that he could be ready by Opening Night. 

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