He’s no Omer Asik, but he will have to do.
The Bulls reportedly are about to add depth at center with the signing veteran Kyrylo Fesenko to a one-year, none guaranteed deal, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. The decision to sign him came after working him out on Monday.
While this is a non-guaranteed deal and the Bulls may well cut him before the season starts, they have been looking for a veteran big they could bring in to camp but then will have to release due to the hard salary cap they bump up against. Technically they could re-sign Fesenko in November to avoid cap issues, but to officially tell Fesenko they plan to do that is not permitted. Watch it happen anyway with a nod and a wink, but it’s not to be that obvious.
Fesenko played most of his career with Utah but had a cup of coffee — three games and 17 total minutes — with the Pacers last season. He’s a big body — 7’1” and nearly 300 pounds — but he has not been an efficient scorer or rebounder. He’s fine as a third big man at the end of the bench, just don’t expect much more.
He can fill a role with the Bulls. But Chicago is going to miss Asik this season.
Bill Bridges, a star as a Kansas Jayhawk who went on to have a 12-year NBA career that included being part of the 1975 Golden State Warriors championship team, has passed away, according to the University of Kansas.
Bridges was an undersized power forward at 6’6″ but he was a beast on the boards who averaged 11.9 rebounds a game for his career and more than 13 a game for six straight years at the peak of his career. That 11.9 per game average is still 27th all-time in NBA history.
A New Mexico native, Bridges was a three-time All-Star (all as a member of the Hawks), two-time All-NBA Defensive team, and was part of the 1975 Warriors title team. Besides the Hawks (St. Louis and Atlanta) and Warriors, Bridges played for the Sixers and Lakers.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
The majority of guys in the NBA are not built for the NFL. Blake Griffin the tight end makes a huge target for a free safety to line up. Kevin Durant is a little thin. Carmelo Anthony? Come on now.
But there are a few guys who might be able to, and on his show Dan Patrick asks Kevin Love about it today (see the video above). Then DP tries to take the obvious call of LeBron James off the table.
Nate Robinson as a DB? He’s athletic enough but at his height he would be a target for tall receivers. I like Dan Patrick’s suggestion of Russell Westbrook the free safety — he is certainly athletic enough.
Love also picked himself as a QB. Um, no. I’m not sure his outlet passing skills translate.