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Word on the Street: Buehrle Gold Glove winner?

Word on the Street: Buehrle Gold Glove winner?

Monday, Nov. 8, 2010
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Buehrle wins second Gold Glove award?

The Gold Glove awards are scheduled to be announced Tuesday, but a well-placed source reported that White Sox ace Mark Buehrle will win his second consecutive award for his exceptional defense.

According to a Facebook post Monday, Jamie Buehrle expressed her happiness for her husband's honor.

"So proud of my husband," Jamie Buehrle posted Monday. "He is now a TWO time gold glove winner!!!" (ChicagoBreakingSports.com)

Bennett OK after car accident

Bears receiver Earl Bennett is OK after being involved in an early-morning accident Monday that totaled his car, multiple sources confirmed.

According to entries on Bennett's Twitter account, Bennett said he was OK but his car, which he refers to as "Ole Skool," wasn't as fortunate.

"Thanking God I'm alive!!!!," Bennett tweeted. "Drunk guy ran into back of my ole skool we smashed into wall ole skool done!!! But I'm alive that's all that matters," (ChicagoBreakingSports).

Comcast SportsNet earns two Emmy Awards
Comcast SportsNet was the recipient of two Emmy Awards from the ChicagoMidwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The 52nd annual ceremony was held in Chicago on Saturday, November 6, (CSNChicago.com).
Nuggets' Anthony: Chicago a 'top 3' NBA City
Carmelo Anthony had a lot to say after the Nuggets' shootaround at Moody Bible Institute. Amongst his comments, Anthony praised Chicago and the Bulls, saying Chicago is in the top 3 of NBA cities, (ChicagoBreakingSports).

White Sox lose Triple-A Charlotte manager

The White Sox recently lost Triple-A Charlotte manager Chris Chambliss, who was hired by Seattle to be the Mariners' hitting coach.

But the Sox might receive some minor consolation, as former major league catcher Tim Laker is expected to join their minor league staff. Laker, 40, managed the past two seasons for the Mariners' Double-A West Tenn affiliate. A Seattle source confirmed that Laker is no longer with the organization.

Laker was a catcher for parts of 11 seasons with seven major league teams, (ChicagoBreakingSports).
Should NHL Hall of Fame voting be made public?

The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto welcomes its newest class today, with former Minnesota North Stars great Dino Ciccarelli; women's stars Cammi Granato and Angela James; and builders Jimmy Devellano of the Detroit Red Wings and the late Daryl Seaman, who founded what's now the Calgary Flames.

As with any year, there are annoying controversies that linger during the celebration. This year's class debates:

That the voting for the Hockey Hall of Fame should be made public.

The question is: Would making those totals, andor those voters' decisions, public do anything to improve the process?

Or is this simply another case of fans and media craving another debate topic, another argument to wage over the airwaves?

Vote totals in the NHL aren't exactly state secrets. The League began real-time All-Star Game voting a few seasons ago, where fans could reload a page and see the numbers climb. The NHL Awards vote totals are released the night of the show; if players are red-faced about it, they've not made a stink over them. (Despite the fact that Alex Ovechkin(notes) had more first-place votes for defensive player of the year than Patrick Marleau in 2009-10.)

The Hall of Fame obviously isn't an NHL property, and thus keeps its vote totals close to the suit jacket. The Baseball Hall of Fame isn't an MLB property either, but releases vote totals for players so fans and media can see who came closest to meeting the necessary threshold of support for induction, (Puck Daddy, Yahoo! Sports).

Blackhawks score two Emmys

The Blackhawks are doing some winning -- off the ice. They took home Emmy Awards from the ChicagoMidwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Saturday night for their ''One Goal'' advertisements with coach Joel Quenneville and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, and for the ''Blackhawks TV'' television program, (Chicago Sun-Times).

Derrek Lee has surgery

Former Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee recently underwent surgery on his right thumb to repair a torn ligament that he suffered during the Cubs regular season opener. Lee, who is a free agent heading into the 2011 season, is expected to recover in time for spring training. Assuming he is healthy, Lee will join a talented list of free agent first basemen that includes Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn, Lance Berkman and others. (Yahoo! Sports)
Cubs interested in Adrian Gonzalez?

CSNPhilly recently posted a report that the San Diego Padres are open to trading All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez before the start of the 2011 season. Gonzalez, who will turn 29 in May, is a two time gold glove winner who hit .298 with a .393 on base percentage and 31 home runs in 2010. The Padres would prefer to keep their star first basemen, but Gonzalez' agent recently informed the team that his client would be seeking a contract on par with other star first baseman such as Ryan Howard (five years, 125 million) and Mark Teixeira (eight years, 180 million). A contract of that size is likely far out of the price range of a small-market club such as the Padres. Additionally, ESPNChicago.com recently suggested that the Cubs may be interested in acquiring Gonzalez. (CSNPhilly.com)

There are 600,000 reasons you won't hear Gar, Pax or Hoiberg discuss losing

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There are 600,000 reasons you won't hear Gar, Pax or Hoiberg discuss losing

The Bulls made headlines on Tuesday when VP John Paxson announced that David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne would be entering the rotation, thus continuing the youth movement in Chicago.

On the surface the moves make sense. The 24-year-old Nwaba, the 25-year-old Felicio and the 23-year-old Cameron Payne will be replacing 28-year-old Justin Holiday, 29-year-old Robin Lopez and 25-year-old Jerian Grant. The Bulls want to see what they have in these younger players who haven't played much; they already know what they have in Lopez and Holiday, and Grant (like the other two) is under contract through next year.

OK, got that? Here's why they're making the move: they're sitting 8th in the NBA Lottery standings and really want to move into the top-5 to give themselves a chance at what should be a loaded front-end of the draft class. It's pretty obvious, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either named Gar Forman, John Paxson or Fred Hoiberg.

And here's why: On Wednesday Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined a whopping $600,000 by the NBA for comments he made on a podcast regarding tanking. The Mavericks are currently 18-40, the third worst record in the NBA. This comes a season after they finished 33-49, netting them the No. 9 pick that turned into talented point guard Dennis Smith Jr.

So when Cuban was asked about the best interests of his Dallas team, which touts young talent but clearly isn't headed for the postseason in 2018, he said this on the House Call with Dr. J Podcast:

"I'm probably not supposed to say this, but, like, I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night, and here we are, you know, we weren't competing for the playoffs. I was like, 'Look, losing is our best option. [Commissioner] Adam [Silver] would hate hearing that, but I at least sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans were going to be this summer, that we're not going to tank again. This was, like, a year-and-a-half tanking, and that was too brutal for me. But being transparent, I think that's the key to being kind of a players owner and having stability."

Cuban isn't wrong, and the Mavericks sure as hell aren't the only team tanking. But to come right now and admit that losing is the team's best option wasn't, as Cuban predicted, going to sit well with the league office.

Commissioner Adam Silver sent out a memo with the fine that said Cuban's comments "which concerned his perspective on the team's competitive success this season" were "detrimental to the NBA."

So while the Bulls are going about their business in trying to lose as many games down the stretch as possible, don't expect anyone to admit it's the reason behind their personnel moves. There are 600,000 reasons why.

NBA Draft Tracker: Michigan State's Miles Bridges

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NBA Draft Tracker: Michigan State's Miles Bridges

NBA general managers were fully expecting to see Miles Bridges declare for the 2017 draft after a solid, but unspectacular freshman season at Michigan State. Bridges arrived in East Lansing as one of the nation’s top prospects, and his impressive leaping ability led to a number of highlight reel plays for Tom Izzo’s Spartans.

Problem is, Bridges didn’t show much versatility to his offensive game because of an inconsistent outside shot and inability to create shots off the dribble. Bridges probably would have been a late lottery pick last year on athletic talent alone, but to his credit, he decided to go back to Michigan State for his sophomore season and work on some of his weaknesses.

Unfortunately for Bridges, he really hasn’t shown much improvement year to year. Yes, he’s leading the Big Ten in free throw shooting at 89%, but his other numbers are basically flat from season to season. Bridges averaged 16.9 points a year ago, 17.1 this season. He shot .486 from the field in 2016-17, .477 this year. Even with all the work he put in on his 3 point shooting, his percentage has dropped slightly this season, from .389 to .376. Rebounding is also down slightly, from 8.3 to 6.8. 

Bottom line, Bridges is once again projected as a late lottery pick.

How does he fit for the Bulls? It’s no secret small forward and center are the two positions of need heading into the 2018 draft, and the 6-7 Bridges would give the Bulls another athletic frontcourt player who fits the pace and space game Fred Hoiberg prefers. Bridges could be a real weapon running the floor with Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine for alley-oop dunks, and he should continue to improve as a 3 point shooter.

The Bulls are hoping to land a top 5 pick to add one of the elite players in this draft, and unless the Pelicans drop into the late lottery, Bridges will probably be gone by the time that selection comes up. He’s probably a bit of a reach in the 6 to 10 range, but if positional need and athletic potential are the most important factors for the Bulls, Miles Bridges could be the choice if they don’t improve their position in the current lottery watch standings.

Personally, I would prefer either Kentucky’s Kevin Knox or Villanova’s Mikal Bridges (no relation) over Miles Bridges as a small forward prospect, but all 3 players offer different skill sets that could be helpful to a young, developing team like the Bulls.

The dream scenario would be drafting a young center like Deandre Ayton, Jaren Jackson Jr. or Mo Bamba with a top 5 pick, then coming back to add one of those 3 small forward prospects with the 1st rounder they acquired in the Niko Mirotic trade with New Orleans. We’ll all have to wait until the lottery is held on May 15th to see if the Bulls are in position to add two more foundation pieces to their rebuilding project.