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NBA 2K18 releases the all-time Bulls roster...sort of

NBA 2K18 releases the all-time Bulls roster...sort of

NBA 2K18 released its all-time Bulls roster on Tuesday. Well, most of it. We think.

Check out the players below and we'll break down each one (including the mystery legs in the background)

From left to right:

Joakim Noah: A fairly easy choice considering his entire career. Noah played nine seasons in Chicago, averaging 9.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 blocks in 572 games. He won Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 and was named First Team All-NBA. He also finished fifth in MVP voting and became the face of the franchise post-Derrick Rose injuries.

Jerry Sloan: Another easy choice. Sloan spent 10 seasons as a player for the Bulls, averaging 14.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 696 career games. He was an All-Star twice and made six All-Defensive NBA teams. He was an assistant in 1978 before becoming head coach in 1979. He spent four seasons with the Bulls before beginning his illustrious Hall of Fame career with the Jazz.

Derrick Rose: You knew he was going to be on the list. The youngest MVP in NBA history was simply breathtaking in his seven seasons with the Bulls. He was a three-time All-Star, averaged 19.7 points and led the Bulls back from one of the ugliest stretches in franchise history. The knee injuries slowed him down entirely, and he'll never be what he once was, but his spot in Bulls history is cemented.

Artis Gilmore: The best left-handed player in Bulls history is also the best center in Bulls history, averaging 19.3 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks over seven seasons. He led the NBA in field goal percentage twice, was a four-time All-Star and led the Bulls to a pair of playoff appearances.

Luol Deng: We see you back there, Lu. One of the most recognizable (and probably tired) Bulls was an absolute fixture of the organization for 10 seasons. He averaged 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 637 games. He was twice named an All-Star (while leading the league in minutes both years) and made the All-Defensive Second Team in 2012. An all-time Bulls team wouldn't feel right without him.

Michael Jordan: Um, yeah.

Dennis Rodman: The Worm was another easy choice for this list. His three-year stay in Chicago resulted in three championships for the Bulls, where Rodman averaged 15.3 rebounds (leading the league all three seasons) and set the tone every night for Phil Jackson's squad.

Scottie Pippen: Another no-brainer. Let's keep moving.

Horace Grant: The power forward for Scottie and MJ averaged a cool 12.6 points and 8.6 rebounds in seven seasons, winning three titles in the early 90s while donning his famous goggles. He made the All-Star team in his final season before taking a big payday from the Magic in 1994.

Toni Kukoc (we think): This could be one of two players: Kukoc or Pau Gasol. But seeing as he's just a smidge taller than Jimmy Butler (to the right) we'll guess it's the 6-foot-7 Kukoc and not the 7-footer Gasol. All Kukoc did in seven Bulls seasons was average 14.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists out of primarily sixth man role. He was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 1996, and he was instrumental in the Bulls' second three-peat. He's littered across the Bulls all-time record books, including 3-pointers (9th), assists (10th) and steals (10th).

Jimmy Butler: The youngest player on the all-time Bulls team is the third of three current players no longer with the Bulls. Butler became a star during his six seasons in Chicago, improving his scoring in each season, being named to three All-Star games and earning All-NBA Third Team honors this past season. He didn't leave on the best of terms, but a player of his caliber deserves a spot on this squad.

Mystery guys in the back: To the right of Rodman in the back, we're going to guess that's Steve Kerr. The second digit looks like a "5." It's also a good bet that on the left side Bob Love is behind Artis Gilmore. Chet Walker may be back there, too. We're still holding out hope that Captain Kirk Hinrich took the team photo and is part of the team.

The worst seventh-inning stretch performances of all time

The worst seventh-inning stretch performances of all time

Just 14 years ago, Cubs fans heard quite possibly the worst rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" ever. 

Ozzy Osbourne, lead vocalist for Black Sabbath, took the mic that 2003 afternoon at Wrigley and made eardrums bleed. It was that painful. 

It got "In the Loop" thinking, what were some other horrendous singing performances? 

From Da Coach to Scottie Pippen, the video above mashes up the worst of the worst. 


What would be the best 3-on-3 squad for the new Olympic sport?

What would be the best 3-on-3 squad for the new Olympic sport?

The Olympics have a number of sports come and go over the decades. Another new one has sparked some excitement among basketball fans.

Coming to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo is 3-on-3 basketball. It's unclear what type of players will be competing in this, but the combinations have basketball fans salivating.

On In The Loop, Mark Schanowski and Nick Friedell (ESPN) gave their picks for the best 3-on-3 teams among current NBA players and a selection from the 1992 Dream Team. Watch the video above to see the full discussion.

Friedell's active players:

"If it's me, 3-on-3 right now with the guys in the league I'm going with Kevin Durant, LeBron (James) and Kawhi (Leonard) and I'm saying gonna say good luck scoring, for anybody. Because I know they can get going offensively but defensively, LeBron and Kawhi, and give you whatever Durant can give you I think that will top anybody."

Schanowski's active players:

"If we're going with current players I would love to see Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant back together again. They wouldn't pass to each other, but it would be crazy to watch. My third would be Steph Curry, who might be the best shooter we've ever seen."

Friedell's Dream Team players:

"I'll go with Michael, Scottie and Karl Malone just in case somebody wants to knock somebody over and give even more physicality to it. But I mean Michael and Scottie could beat a lot of those countries I feel like 2-on-3 with how dominant they are on both ends."

Schanowski's Dream Team players:

"Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were past their prime. You had Patrick Ewing and David Robinson as centers so I'm not sure they'd really fit in the 3-on-3 format. I think what I would do is go with Jordan, Pippen and Clyde Drexler, who could switch on everything. You don't really have a great shooter. The best shooter on the Dream Team might have been Chris Mullin. He didn't play many minutes in that. You think about Charles Barkley, a great offensive player who was dominant in the Olympics. He's not going to guard anybody so I don't want him in 3-on-3."