Author: John Krolik


Scalabrine says 2010-11 Bulls were “not really close” to winning a championship


From CSN Chicago’s Aggrey Sam:

The always-entertaining Brian Scalabrine, currently playing in Italy for Benetton Treviso, recently did an interview with In it, he addressed a variety of topics, including last season’s Bulls team, which he described as “not really close” to winning a championship, in comparison to the two Boston Celtics teams he was a part of that made it to the NBA Finals.

“You lack experience at playoff level. Derrick Rose needs to go through the bumps and bruises of the playoffs to get over the hump,” said the popular reserve power forward, who won a title in 2008. “If you watched the games against Miami, the Heat knew how to get over the hump.
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James both have been in the finals and Dwyane has performed in the finals,” he continued, perhaps taking a subtle jab at the much-maligned James.

Michael Jordan had to get through the Pistons, and the Pistons had to get through the Celtics. It’s like once you go through that, then that’s when you become a better team.”

Click through to the full article to see what the popular former Celtics and Bulls forward thinks about the time he’s spent in Italy, how he’s still a fan favorite overseas, and what the current free agent’s plans for the future are.

Luol Deng considering playing overseas

Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

From’s Aggrey Sam:

Born in South Sudan and growing up in London, Luol Deng exploring the option of playing abroad during the ongoing NBA lockout doesn’t come as a surprise. A posting on the website of his agency, Interperformances, Tuesday, stated the Bulls small forward was “considering to play overseas.”

Deng reportedly told British-based website, “I always wanted to play in Europe.

“I always wanted to see what my game would be like. There’s a part of me, because of growing up in England, I’d like to be close to there.”

If Deng, who played for Great Britan’s team during this summer’s FIBA EuroBasket Tournament, were to go overseas, it would be a fairly big deal. Deng isn’t on Deron Williams’ level as an individual player, but he’s a key piece of the team that finished with the NBA’s best regular-season record last season — if Deng’s contract with a team in Europe makes it difficult in any way for him to return to the Bulls immediately after the lockout is resolved, Deng’s overseas sojurn could actually change the landscape of the Eastern Conference until he gets back with the team and re-acclimated to his teammates.

Reports: Lockout talks break down over BRI split

David Stern

According to multiple sources, the lockout talks between the player’s union and the owners have hit an impasse over the BRI split. The players want 52%, the owners want to give them 50%, and neither side is budging.

Talks for the day are reportedly over, and according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, no future talks have been scheduled yet.

Reports from multiple sources say more games will be cancelled today (or in the next 24 hours).

The issue was more than just BRI, the two sides got stuck on the final details of the system issues as well.

If you want to see basketball soon, there’s no good way to spin this — each side wants what it wants, and each side is willing to sacrifice games in order to try to get it. After a brief window of hope, things are looking grim once again.

Greg Oden can now run


From Oden’s Facebook page (via Blazer’s Edge):

In LA right now working out. I ran the other day for the first time in awhile. Felt good!

The 2007 #1 pick’s NBA career has been decimated by a series of brutal knee injuries, and he underwent the 2nd microfracture surgery of his career 11 months ago. One certainly hopes that Oden can somehow get all the way healthy and fulfill he promise he showed as a high school phenom, a one-handed college player, and during the relatively short amount of time he’s spent playing NBA basketball, so it’s good to see Oden making some progress.

LeBron James makes fun of his hairline, then tries to recruit Steve Nash and Jamal Crawford

Not shown: hair on LeBron's forehead.

LeBron James has drawn criticism over the past few years for coming across as narcissistic and/or programmed in his public statements, completely turning the city of Cleveland against him with “The Decision,” melting down in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals and the 2011 NBA Finals, and his receding hairline.

To his credit, LeBron showed a sense of humor about the hairline issue today, tweeting this picture with the caption “That was the last time my hairline was right and tight! LOL. Coming back soon though”

LeBron then tweeted the following:

Would love to see @JCrossover [ed: @JCrossover is Jamal Crawford] in a Heat uni! What u guys say?

Maybe @SteveNash in a Heat uni! So we can help each other get our 1st ring

(Crawford retweeted James’ tweet — Nash hasn’t tweeted a thing since Tuesday. Media silence!)

Crawford is a free agent, and could help the Heat by providing some scoring punch off the bench, but there is absolutely no way the Heat will have the money to sign him under any conceivable CBA agreement. Nash is not a free agent, and while the idea of a Nash/Wade/LeBron/Bosh offense is intriguing (Nash is one of the best outside shooters in basketball history, Wade already moves well without the ball, and Nash could be the one to actually get LeBron to move without the ball), there is absolutely, positively, no conceivable way that Steve Nash is coming to the Heat any time soon.

I don’t think Jamal Crawford or Steve Nash will be playing for the Heat any time soon, but I do think LeBron knows what he’s doing here, if only a little bit. After LeBron’s 2010 meltdown against the Celtics, he changed the discussion surrounding him to his free agency, which culminated in “The Decision” — while that may have been a PR fiasco, it did make a lot of people forget about just how poorly LeBron played during his last two games as a Cavalier.

Right now, the last few NBA games LeBron played were one of the worst Finals meltdowns we’ve ever seen from a superstar, but team LeBron doesn’t want us talking about that — they’d rather have us talk about how LeBron would fare as an NFL wideout, or how Steve Nash could share the ball with Wade and LeBron. In fact, team LeBron would probably rather have people talk about how stupid the idea of LeBron recruiting players or talking about playing in the NFL is than have people talking about those games against the Mavericks. So yes, LeBron talking about trying to get Steve Nash to take his talents to South Beach is stupid, but I happen to think there’s a method to James’ off-season/lockout Twitter madness.