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Smack / Aug 5, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Lakers Trainer Gary Vitti On Kobe Next Season: “You’d Be Crazy To Bet Against Him”

Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers trainer Gary Vitti has been a very busy man over the past two seasons. Aside from Kobe Bryant‘s injuries, the Lakers have dealt with extended absences from other players including Steve Nash and Pau Gasol. Vitti spoke about his role on the team this week, and also expressed a lot of confidence in Kobe’s ability to remain an elite player for this upcoming season. Read More »

Smack / Jul 29, 2014 / 6:15 pm

Chicago Lyricist, Common, Talks Bulls Title Chances, LeBron’s Return & More

Common

Besides providing fans with cogent lyricism in his rap career, Chi-town emcee Common has proven he’s a force to be reckoned with on the basketball courts as well. That was a big topic of discussion when we chatted by phone with the 42-year-old South Side native when discussing his most recent musical endeavor, Nobody’s Smiling. Read More »

Smack / Jul 23, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Taj Gibson Says D-Rose Will “Come Back Dominant”

Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose

It’s been so long since Derrick Rose was the player grade school kids only vaguely remember from his 2011 MVP season, it’s hard not to think he’s been stranded on Neptune in the ensuing years. He hasn’t, and — in case you forgot — he played this past season, albeit as a shadow of his former self during 10 regular-season contests before injuring his other knee. He’s come back from two major surgeries, though, and he could have suited up in June. Teammate Taj Gibson, for one, thinks Rose will “come back dominant” next season. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, Latest News / Jul 12, 2014 / 6:15 pm

Pau Gasol Agrees To Join Bulls

Pau Gasol

After being wined and dined by the NBA’s elite for almost two weeks, Pau Gasol has made a decision on his future. The Spanish superstar announced his choice to play for the Chicago Bulls on twitter this afternoon. Read More »

2014 Free Agency / Jul 12, 2014 / 10:00 am

Report: Bulls Close To Deal For Pau Gasol

Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol

After yesterday’s stunning announcement LeBron James was headed back to Cleveland, the dam on the rest of the 2014 free agency class is starting to break. Pau Gasol, who has been rumored in New York and — most recently — San Antonio is nearing a deal to join the Chicago Bulls, Yahoo! Sports reports. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, Latest News / Jul 10, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Spurs “Inching Closer” To Bulls As Favorites To Sign Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol

With the decisions of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony firmly on the horizon, free agency’s other big-name players will soon be choosing their destinations, too. One of the most highly-sought secondary stars available is Pau Gasol, who has been courted by almost every prominent team in the league. And according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the San Antonio Spurs are “inching closer” to the Chicago Bulls as favorites to land him. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, Latest News / Jul 8, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Reports Differ On Gasol’s Interest In OKC

Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol is one of the most sought-after free agents on the market. After a week of incessant wining and dining by his distinguished suitors, reports of Gasol’s preferred destinations are finally emerging. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, NBA / Jul 3, 2014 / 3:30 pm

The Top 10 Questions That Will Be Answered During NBA Free Agency

United Center welcome for Carmelo Anthony

Say what you want about the NBA — that its regular season is too long, that there isn’t nearly enough parity, that tanking is ruining the league, or that there’s too much flopping — but there’s one thing even the fiercest of NBA critics can’t deny: the league’s offseason is, by far, the most eventful and interesting of any sport. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, Latest News / Jul 3, 2014 / 10:30 am

Kobe Bryant Flies Back For Lakers’ Pitch To ‘Melo

Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony

When you’re an NBA superstar, you’ve ascended to some pretty exclusive company. That’s probably why all the NBA stars are friends — much to the chagrin of older generations of players — and why collusion is a very real and somewhat pernicious threat in the contemporary NBA. Regardless, Kobe Bryant is flew back from Europe last night to attend today’s Lakers pitch to free agent Carmelo Anthony. Kobe joins a long list of stars involved in their team’s July pursuit of the 6-8 former scoring champion. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, Latest News / Jul 2, 2014 / 11:30 pm

Report: Boozer Amnesty A “Done Deal”

Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer

The Chicago Bulls have eyes for Carmelo Anthony. But to gain the requisite cap space it will surely take to acquire him, the Bulls need to pull off major salary cap gymnastics by augmenting their roster. The easiest way to begin that process? Using the amnesty provision on Carlos Boozer. According to a report, Chicago has finally decided to do just that. Read More »