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The start of Spring means the NBA playoffs are around the corner.  This should be good news all around for basketball fans, if you’re like me and completely bored of an even more uneventful NBA regular season than what is to be expected.  Yes, Chef Curry is still cookin, Kobe is still retiring, Lebron is still mad, George Karl is still in Sacramento, and the Spurs are still good.  The story lines have remained the same across the league since Halloween, and aside from a few Boogie tirades, Lebron social media standoffs and Blake Griffin blackouts, this season has lacked the high stakes and high drama we need to come from 7 games between Golden State and San Antonio, and the possibility of Boston, Miami or Toronto knocking off a tumultuous team in Cleveland.

With the postseason in view, the next few weeks aren’t only important to those 16 teams who will see the court in mid-April, but also to the organizations who are already looking toward next year, or have been for months.  NBA tank-a-thon 2016 is in full effect in Philly, LA and Phoenix, but come June 23rd, will it even matter? There’s a significant yet rarely discussed major detail in the tanking discussion – losing the most games rarely gets teams the coveted number one draft slot they so desperately want out of the draft “lottery.”

To be transparent, I support about 90% of conspiracies I hear about in general, and fully believe that there is no NBA Draft Lottery for the top 3 picks.  Those picks are bestowed upon the teams selected by Adam Silver, and David Stern before him, in order to keep parity in the NBA to the best of their ability while maximizing revenue and dominance in the major markets.  While I know this is constantly debated and there is much evidence to the contrary, I don’t really care to hear it, and basically operate under the assumption that this is fact.

That aside, it’s also important to note that the 2016 draft class is very shallow with a significant talent drop off after the first two picks – likely Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram – and there is abundant skepticism as to whether either of them will become a franchise, super star, foundational leader wherever they end up.  In some ways that makes getting a top 2 pick even more significant than in other years, but on the other hand, maybe it’s best for teams not to cash in their good karma in what might be a wasted year.

With that in mind, who has the best chance of locking up the draft’s top pick?  Let’s see…

If they were to show the draft balls on TV, as it stands now, Philadelphia and their impressive 9-64 record have the largest claim to the #1 pick with a 25% chance of opening their envelope (do they still do envelopes?) last.  They are in such desperate need of that franchise player to round out their squad of top picks in Joel Embid and Jahlil Okafor if they can ever stay healthy, and probably should be rewarded for what has been just an epic tank job, and potentially their best work to date.  But I just don’t see it.  They’re going to get a top 3 pick given that they have a 64.3% chance of landing on the medal stand, but the #2 spot seems like a better place for the Sixers so they don’t have to make the Simmons or Ingram decision, and can just play the hand they’re dealt.

That 9-64 record in Philly is particularly remarkable this year given that they have 7 more losses than even the Los Angeles Lakers.  The Lakers have been nothing short of terrible, and it comes at an optimal time when LA would have to give up their first round pick to Philly if it fell outside of the top 3.  Instead, the Lakers have a 55.8% chance of keeping their pick, and a 19.9% chance of it landing at #1, making it less discernible when Silver selects them to be the next and forever home of Ben Simmons, the kind of star that LA requires, forming an up-and-coming big 3 with D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle.

And there’s no one that would hate that more than Boston.  But Boston is in a weird spot with this year’s draft.  They’re seemingly in an incredible spot given that they have Brooklyn’s pick, and the 4th best odds of landing in the #1 spot, at a time when they’re urgently in need of a star to put them over the top.  On the flip side, their team is young but not that young and they’re actually a contender in the East given the right match up.  The star they need has to contribute now, not in a few years when their current core is on the decline.   If Silver bestowed #1 on the Celtics, it might make the most sense to complete some type of blockbuster trade that gets Boston star power this year.  But having the #1 spot go to the highest bidder doesn’t sound like the best thing for the NBA.  Boston and everyone else would be better off if they were to land #3, grab a role player who can help win some games, and continue their efforts to bring KD, Kevin Love or Boogie to the City on a Hill.

So that’s my prediction for this year’s “lottery” – Lakers, Sixers, Celtics (via Brooklyn) 1,2,3.  Minnesota’s too small for Silver to let them rise to dominance with Wiggins, Towns, LaVine AND Simmons, and the Bulls’ chances are too small at 0.5% to pull another Derrick Rose scenario so blatantly.  But there are still 3 weeks left in the season and anything can happen.  In the meantime, you can follow tank-a-thon 2016 here to stay updated on the odds across the bottom of the league.

And for the record, I know videos like this exist; I just choose to ignore them.

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LeBron James and Mike Beasley’s Casual Style

source: @kingjames

source: @kingjames

LeBron James is no stranger to style…even when he is dressed down. King James recently Instagrammed a photograph of himself and fellow Heat player Mike Beasley.  They both look cool and collected in their snap-back caps and sneakers.  Miami Heat players are always cool and collected. Well…when they are not in Chicago. The Bulls  beat the Miami Heat (95-88) in overtime Sunday after Jimmy Butler blocked LeBron James at the end of regulation.

With his 20 points, prescription 12 rebounds, 7 assists and five blocks Joakim Noah was not playing any games.

“I want what they have — a championship,” Noah said. “One day, we’re going to have to get through those guys.” Yes we can, Jo-No. Yes we can.

Men’s Wearhouse unveils a Golden State Warriors Sport Coat

source: nba.com

source: nba.com

The Golden State Warriors recently teamed up with the Men’s Wearhouse to offer limited-edition Joseph Abboud sport coats. Each jacket is individually-numbered with the Warriors brand interior lining.

The Warriors and Men’s Wearhouse hosted Pop-Up Fitting Studio Nights at Oracle Arena on Sunday, March 9 (against the Phoenix Suns) and Tuesday, March 11 (against Dallas the Mavericks) . They will host one more on Friday, March 14 (against  the Cleveland Cavaliers). The suits are only available during these fittings. Fans who wear the jacket to future games will also receive special VIP treatment. This includes access to the coveted Warriors court side Club.

Celtics Saint Patrick’s Day Jerseys 

source: probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/

source: probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com

Here we go with the sleeved jerseys again! I guess the madness will never stop. The Boston Celtics have recently unveiled a special Saint Patrick’s Day jersey. The solid green jersey has “Celtics” in bold gold letters across the front and a gold trim around the neck. These jerseys are paired with green shorts that have gold trimming along the sides.

James Harden’s Rodeo Inspired Outfit 

source: @houstonrockets

source: @houstonrockets

The Houston Rodeo is the world’s largest livestock show that takes place from March 4-23. It’s no wonder that James Harden arrived at the Toyota Center looking like he was ready to ride a bull! On Friday night, Harden rocked a  white button up and paired it with a 10 gallon hat. Harden’s getup certainly did not interfere with his performance against the Pacers that night. He led the way with 28 points 4 rebounds 4 assists and 3 steals.

“We’ve been playing well since the beginning of the new year. We’ve kind of gotten a feel for each other and we have gotten better. Our guys are healthy. O(mer Asik) has been back and Pat(rick Beverley). The guys are just playing at a high level.” (NBA.com)

Vanessa Bryant’s Chanel Clutch

source: @ladyvb24

source: @ladyvb24

Vanessa Bryant often uses social media to express her love for Coco Chanel. Who could blame her? Bryant recently Instagrammed a photograph of her fabulous Chanel clutch and Yves Saint Laurent spiked boots. I wish that her husband’s season with the Lakers was just  as fabulous.

Kobe Bryant has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2013-2014 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kobe missed the beginning of the season because he was recovering from his Achilles injury. He returned and played six games before sustaining from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee.

source: probasketballtalk.nbc.com

source: probasketballtalk.nbc.com

“Obviously this has been a frustrating and disappointing season, but I appreciate all the support I’ve received from the Lakers and the fans, and look forward to being back and ready for the start of training camp,” Bryant said in a statement released by the team. (Pro Basketball Talk)

 

That’s it for now Divas! No worries.  I will definitely be back to keep you fabulously posted on the hottest court side chic! 

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Back-to-back games this weekend for the Bulls as they take on the aging Boston Celtics tonight in Boston followed by the young and explosive Grizzlies back home on Saturday night. Our Chicago Bulls continue to prove their doubters wrong this season and they’ll need to keep it going this weekend with two tough back-to-back games. Check out the ins-and-outs of both match-ups and get your baller-babe on this weekend!

What You Need to Know Bulls vs. Celtics: 

  • It’s definitely a battle between “old school” and “new school” but which will prove to be more victorious? The notoriously talented trio of Rajon Rondo, pilule Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett may be old, search but will Carlos Boozer, click Luol Deng and Joakim Noah contain these wise guys on their home court. Both teams have been hot in January, however Boston is coming off a heartbreaking loss to the New Orleans Hornets this week. Hopefully the Bulls can add another dent in the green machines egos.
  • Speaking of confidence boosters, Kevin Garnett was chosen as an All-Star starter for the Eastern Conference. This guy may be 36, but he’s still got some serious game and is one of the best defensive centers in the league. Rajon Rondo also made the backcourt for the East’s All-Stars for his passing and playmaking skills at point guard.
  • Carlos Boozer has been an absolute monster in 2013 – he’s really taken the saying “New Year, New You” to heart. He racked up 36 points and 12 rebounds in the Bulls OT win against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. The Bulls will need the Booze Cruise to be the X Factor in this showdown since their other hot-shot Luol Deng has a minor ankle injury and may not be 100%.
  • A Doc Rivers and Tom Thibodeau showdown is always something worth tuning into. Coach Thibs worked under Rivers in Boston before taking on his head coaching role with the Bulls.

What You Need to Know Bulls vs. Grizzlies

  • The Grizzlies are fourth in the Western Conference and still fighting hard to keep up with the OKC Thunder, L.A. Clippers and San Antonio Spurs. Despite their young front court, these guys are absolutely an elite team in the West.
  • It’s going to be a defensive showdown between the Grizz and Bulls at the UC. The Grizzlies are one of the Western Conference’s toughest teams on defense, known as the “grit and grind”.
  • Whichever team is more prominent on offense will take the cake in this game. Neither team has the highest scoring averages in the league – the Grizzlies especially struggling on offense as of late. If Carlos Boozer can stay hot against this Memphis team the Bulls can definitely gain the upper hand.
  • We’ve got some key match ups for Saturday’s throwdown. If Kirk Hinrich can force turnovers against Memphis point guard Mike Conley, the Bulls can steal the momentum. Joakim Noah will have to contain big man Marc Gasol (brother to Paul Gasol – yes they’re both just huge men). It’ll be a battle of the forwards as well with Boozer and Luol Deng shutting out big men Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph. Trade rumors have surfaced for both Gay and Randolph so hopefully they’ll be a little distracted and possibly a bit off their A-Game.

What’s Next: 

Chicago is fighting hard to stay in the race while they wait for their superstar Derrick Rose to rejoin the lineup. The Bulls and Celtics tip off for the third time this season at 6PM Friday night on ESPN and the Bulls and Grizzlies meet at the UC at 7 PM on Saturday. You can tune in on WGN to catch the game. It’s back-to-back Bulls this weekend, let’s go!

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Happy New Year Bulls fans! With 2012 behind us, help the Bulls look to take January by storm. Chicago finished off the calendar year at 16-13 and 9-6 for the month. December was a bit of a roller-coaster for the Bulls as they were able to defeat some of the Eastern Conference’s top teams, but also choked against one of the very worst.

The Bulls were a team held to very few expectations entering the 2012-2013 season, but our Bulls are fighters and have proven many of their haters wrong. It hasn’t been an easy ride thus far as every win has been a collective team effort of heart, sweat and intensity.  Let’s take a look at the good and the bad of the final days of 2012.

The Good: The Bulls did some Eastern Conference damage in December. They beat the New York Knicks twice (once at home and once at Madison Square Garden), they locked up a home win and a road win against their playoff rival Philadelphia 76ers, and to top things off they also beat the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics.

The Bulls reserves are proving that this new crew is just as powerful as the “bench mob”. Marco Belinelli came out of his shell producing some extra offensive power when Rip Hamilton was locked down due to a foot injury and Belinelli took his starting slot.

Nate Robinson has done his fair share and is an obvious spark-plug off the bench. His additional scoring power has kept the Bulls alive in many of their close games. Jimmy Butler plays less than 20 minutes a game, but makes every minute count.

Rookie point guard Marquis Teague has shown promise with his excellent court vision and decision-making. Teague has appeared in 16 games as Kirk Hinrich has suffered a string of injuries.

The Bad: Despite the positive wins, they also had some rough losses. Chicago rode the struggle bus Christmas Day getting blown out by the Houston Rockets 120-97. Don’t get me wrong, since the addition of James Harden the Rockets have been playing well, but it’s always embarrassing to lose by 20 plus points. Apparently Charlotte has Chicago’s number, because the 8-23 Bobcats defeated the Bulls 91-81, a 10 point deficit.

Overall Assessment: Finishing 9-6 on the month is definitely a positive for the Rose-less Bulls. The last few games of December were rather rough to watch as they got spanked by the Atlanta Hawks, trampled by Houston on Christmas Day, and defeated by the lowly Charlotte Bobcats.

If only Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich could get their offensive mojo flowing consistently our Bulls could consider themselves a playoff contender. It’s still quite early in the season for any serious predictions, but the Bulls are in decent shape starting out 2013.

December’s Most Valuable Players: 

Joakim Noah

Messy Bun Swag is taking over Bulls nation. It’s still early, but it looks like Noah is having the best season of his career playing at an All-Star Caliber and making his presence known as one of the most elite centers in the league.

Noah’s biggest improvements come offensively where he is lethal in the low post, but he is now dangerous from the outside sinking jump shots (funky motion and all).  Jo-No scored 30 points and racked up 23 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons early in December and had a game winning triple double against the Celtics mid-month.

Luol Deng

Deng. He. Still. Good. Deng is a player who makes his impact on both sides of the court averaging 40.3 minutes a game. Offensively he leads the Bulls with 17.5 points per game.

In comparison to other elite teams the Bulls lack fire power which leaves much of the offensive load resting in Deng’s hands. Defensively Deng shuts down league superstars such as Carmelo Anthony with stifling defense.

Marco Belinelli

Boy oh boy can things change in a month! In November Belinelli was barely getting playing time and 30 days later he’s starting in place of an injured Rip Hamilton and averaging 10 points a game.

What to Watch in January: 

1/4 at the Miami Heat: Chicago heads to the city where the Heat is on! This is the first Bulls vs Heat match-up of the season and is definitely worth watching. Will our guys be able to defeat the Eastern Conference leading Miami Heat?

1/9 & 1/30 vs Milwaukee: The Bulls will face the Central Division chasing Milwaukee Bucks twice this month; one home game at the UC and one road game at the Bradley Center.

1/11 at New York Knicks: They’ve got another Bulls vs Knicks match-up at Madison Square Garden. Can they our men in red go 3-0 for the season against NY?

1/14 vs. Atlanta: The Bulls have a shot at redemption against the Atlanta Hawks who are standing in 3rd in the Eastern Conference. Hopefully the cards will be in Chicago’s favor the second time around at the UC.

1/19 vs. Memphis: Chicago will take on the Memphis Grizzlies (who have been dominating the Western Conference) for the second time this season, but this time the show will go down at the Madhouse on Madison.

1/21 vs. LA Lakers: Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and the Lake-Show are heading to Chicago. Although the Lakers aren’t have their greatest season hopefully they’ll get their coaching debacle figured out and put on a good show against the Bulls.

Bring it on 2013 – we’re going to keep on Bullieving!

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Last night the Bulls suffered an ugly 80-71 road loss to the Memphis Grizzlies scoring their absolute lowest total points this season. Shake it off boys! The Bulls will have to find their scoring mojo as they turn around and face the Boston Celtics tonight at the United Center. The Celtics are 1-0 against the Bulls this season, buy viagra but have lost  their last two games on the road. Boston is hungry for a win and our guys will be looking to prove they can beat their old foes in this rematch.

What You Need to Know:

  • Basketball has two main components – offense and defense. When your team only has one of the two key ingredients losing is inevitable. Kirk Hinrich returned to the starting rotation against the Grizz, search but he didn’t bring much offense to the table, just four measly points accompanied by four turnovers – we’ll call it a wash? Honestly the whole team struggled offensively against the Grizzlies and will need to produce higher stats to pull off a win against the Celtics. Carlos Boozer was the standout player in Memphis with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Tonight we’ll see some familiar names, the usual Celtic suspects. Boston’s big three Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo are still running things for men in green. Last time the two teams met-up in Chicago Rondo racked up 20 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and five steals – he was a complete animal. As Eastern Conference rivals, there’s no way Rondo won’t be out for blood again tonight against the fragile Hinrich and his fellow Bulls. However, the ever talented weasel (aka Rondo) has racked up 33 turnovers in his last six games – the Bulls need to take advantage of this obvious weakness in the Celtic’s point guard. I’m envisioning some serious Joakim Noah/Taj Gibson dunks after a fast break!
  • Boston will face a completely different back court than they did back in November as Chicago had to mix things up when starter Rip Hamilton took up residence in the looker-room after indefinitely injuring his foot. Marco Belinelli has started the last eight games for the Bulls and has found his rhythm with his newly acquired team. 
  • The Bulls have been out-rebounded in their last few match-ups. We’re looking to you Jo-No and Booze Cruise to get nasty on the boards and produce some second chance points tonight. Please and thank you!

Your Take Away Piece:

“It’s never easy to take on two tough teams without a break to rest-up, but this is what proves the weak from the elite in the NBA. This game is a must win for the Bulls who have already lost to the struggling Celtics this season. Tough defense, strong rebounding and some scoring consistency is a triumphant formula for Chicago tonight.”

What’s Next:

It’s back-to-back Bulls! With nothing left on TV due to the winter finales last week (Gossip Girl finale was last night – an end of an era) this is the perfect time to watch your favorite NBA team compete against one of their biggest rivals. The two beasts of the east get things started at 7 PM on CSN Chicago.

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Despite a desperate fourth quarter rally and overcoming a 12 point deficit, viagra the Chicago Bulls suffered a 101-95 loss at home to the Boston Celtics. A comeback win was so close you could almost taste it, doctor but in the end All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo could not be stopped.

It’s absolutely a rough week Chicagoans; Bulls lost to an Eastern Conference rival, pharmacy Bears lost to the Texans at Solider Field AND we don’t have any Blackhawks happening to lift our spirits. Luckily, the Bulls get to take on the Celtics three more times this season and even things out. Here’s how it all went down.

What You need to Know:

  • Rajon Rondo may be a scrappy little scrum, but he proves time and time again why he’s one of the best point guards in the league (he’s also quite the fashionista during press conference). Rondo had 20 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists all while completely dominating Bulls point guard Nate Robinson. The PG extended his double digit assist streak to 31 games. With all of his passing, Rondo aslo led the C’s starters into double digits as well. Just a night’s work in the life of Rajon Rondo. Kevin Garnett finished with 15 points, many of which generated from Rondo’s setups.

    (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

  • With Derrick Rose out of uniform for the majority of the season the Bulls knew offense would be a bit of a struggle. Luol Deng has really stepped up as the consistent and strongest offensive power on the team racking up 26 points and 11 rebounds against the Celtics. The pleasant offensive surprise of Joakim Noah had 17 points and 11 rebounds as well. Even Carlos Boozer contributed 15 points (a VAST improvement to his zero points against the Timberwolves on Saturday), but didn’t end up playing the fourth quarter.
  • We know they’re a new unit, but the Bulls bench lacked productivity Monday night. As a whole they scored 18 points and not one player was in double digits for rebounding. Last season the Bulls held their ground offensively even while Rose fought off the injury bug.  If Chicago is going to win basketball games, their bench cannot allow teams to get up 12 points and is going to have to produce points while the starters rest.
  • Boston also shattered a Bulls current streak. The Celtics are the first team to score over 100 points on the Bulls since April 8 of last season (sigh). The Bulls can’t slip up on defense this early in the season!

Your Take Away Piece:

“A Bulls loss is never the way to start a week, but the season is still young. Both the Bulls and Celtics are defensive minded teams basically flying under the Eastern Conference radar. No one really gives them the time of day in championship discussions, however both teams continue to show they are contenders.”

What’s Next:

The Bulls are packing their bags and jet setting to the west coast for a five-game circus road trip. First up are the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday at 8 PM on CSN Chicago (I know PST is a killer on weeknights for us CST ladies). A win at home against the Celtics could have been a confidence booster before the journey. Let’s just hope they all remember to pack their defense and scoring swagger!

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