Joakim Noah, Will Bynum, Andre Drummond

Joakim Noah saves ball, Belinelli grabs it and wins it for Bulls (VIDEO)


This play sums up well why the Bulls are still winning despite being without the league MVP all season — hustle isn’t always pretty but it usually works.

The Bulls and Pistons were tied 82-82 with 14 seconds left, Chicago guard Nate Robinson had the ball when Marco Belinelli started a cut to the basket then retreated quickly to the corner. Robinson got him the ball and a good look, one that was well short and grazed the front of the rim. It started to bounce out of bounds.

Joakim Noah had run over his man (no call) and was in position for the rebound. But the ball bounced the other way and that’s when Noah made the play of the game — he chased it down, somehow saved it and when he threw it back in it bounced right to Belinelli slashing to the hoop. Belinelli made the layup, got the and-one foul and that was the ballgame. Bulls win.

It was the play of the night.

NBA All-Star, champion Bill Bridges dies at age 76

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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.

Kevin Love names NBA players he thinks could play in NFL


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.