25 Days of Lolla: Bulls hit the lotto in 2008


25 Days of Lolla: Bulls hit the lotto in 2008

This summer, Lollapalooza is expanding to four days as the iconic festival celebrates its 25th anniversary!

To help celebrate, we will be taking a look at each year of the festival and what was going on in the world of Chicago sports at that time.

Today is all about the year 2008.

Dates: August 1 - 3
Locations: Grant Park, Chicago, IL
Lollapalooza artists: Lupe Fiasco, Rage Against the Machine, Gnarls Barkley, Kanye West, Wilco, Nine Inch Nails, MGMT, Mark Ronson, K'naan, The National, Girl Talk

Notable Chicago sports moment: Bulls beat 1.7% odds to win the #1 overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft and go on to select Chicago's own Derrick Rose with the top selection.

How Chicago sports teams fared in 2008:
Bulls: 4th in Central
Cubs: 1st in NL Central, lost to Dodgers in NLDS 0-3
White Sox: 1st in AL Central, lost ALDS to Rays 1-3
Blackhawks: 3rd in Central
Bears: 2nd in NFC North
Fire: 2nd in East, lost Conference Finals to Crew 1-2

Check out the rest of the #Lolla25 countdown here.

Four-day passes for #Lolla25 go on sale March 22 at 10 a.m. but we are giving away passes now here!

Report: Jimmy Butler granted permission to avoid media day on Monday


Report: Jimmy Butler granted permission to avoid media day on Monday

On Saturday morning, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that Jimmy Butler had been granted permission to avoid the Timberwolves media day, amidst the drama created by his trade demand:

The decision comes as no shock, as no one fully expected the Timberwolves to execute a Jimmy Butler trade in 24 hours.

It will take a while for this situation to come to a conclusion, as Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and Tom Thibodeau—already prepared to hold on to Butler following his trade demand—will surely look for the best trade offer that still gives them the ability to be playoff contenders. 

Some NBA fans, like the ever-relevant Rob Perez, were not fans of Minnesota shutting down more drama before it could get started:

It is not yet known if Minnesota is actively engaging in trade discussions with any of the teams on Butler's preferred teams list (Clippers, Nets, Knicks).

If they have, there is a reasonable chance that a Butler trade can be done by early-October. A source from the NBA board of governors meeting told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, "The owner's trading him..... It's just a matter of when."

The sooner a deal is done, the sooner the Timberwolves can start to integrate their new piece(s) before their season opener in San Antonio. 

Inflammatory arthritis to keep Omer Asik out indefinitely


Inflammatory arthritis to keep Omer Asik out indefinitely

It was announced on Saturday morning, that Omer Asik will be out indefinitely. 

Asik had an arthritis flare up over the summer, and that is the key to his current diagnosis. The Bulls acquired Asik last season in the Nikola Mirotic trade with the New Orleans Pelicans.

He has two years and north of $22 million left on his contract (including this current season).

The Bulls never expected Asik to play heavy minutes, and this injury puts his 2018-19 season in jeopardy, 

This is Asik's second stint with the Bulls, as he played with Chicago in the first two seasons of his career.