Bulls: Derrick Rose will start against LeBron, Cavs


Bulls: Derrick Rose will start against LeBron, Cavs

The stage of set for the Bulls’ season opener, and after PA announcer Tommy Edwards introduces the first four Bulls players, Derrick Rose will come out in uniform and not a suit.

The encouraging 10-minute stint against the Dallas Mavericks was good enough for Fred Hoiberg to say Rose will be starting against the Cleveland Cavaliers in a nationally-televised contest to officially open the NBA season, but both are cautioning against taking any long-term views for him or the team based on one night.

“It’s a long year,” Hoiberg said. “That’s where in regards to Derrick, you have to be a little careful. It is a long season. It’s a marathon. You have to prepare your guys as best you can and try to keep them healthy. It’s great to get him back.”

He won’t be on any minute restrictions, per se, but he hasn’t played any organized basketball in quite a while, so it wouldn’t be surprised to see him get pulled after an early adrenaline rush.

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Rose is still recovering from his fractured orbital bone he suffered on the first day of training camp, but the left eye is considerably better than it has been in recent weeks, erasing the doubt many had about his availability for the season opener.

“When I play, I just play with one eye,” said Rose, who admits he still has double vision but will play with a mask for however long he deems necessary. “Close the other eye until my vision is back clearer. I just close one eye and go out there and play. It worked out for me.”

It worked out for him Friday in Lincoln Nebraska, where he provided 10 minutes of scintillating play, albeit in a preseason capacity. He was on the run, driving to the basket as opposed to settling for jumpshots, which he only did once.

Being a little lighter at 203 pounds as opposed to 212, he feels his body is able to get there quicker and avoid direct contact that wears on the body over time.

“Same weight I was when I won MVP (2010-11),” Rose said. “So feel a lit bit more lighter, and who knows? The way I was able to drive the ball [Friday], it felt good driving, and like I said, it boosted my confidence a little bit.”

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When he was told Hoiberg announced to the media he was starting, he smiled like a kid who’d never been amongst the first five. As he stated before about the injury, “at least it’s not my legs”, referring to three knee surgeries he’s had since the 2012 playoffs.

“I’m very excited, very excited as far as what I just went through with surgery, and just how much I miss the game,” Rose said. “My appreciation for the game just grew. My faith grew, as far as all this is out of my hands. I can’t control this. I just got to go along and take the good with the bad.”

NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules


NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules

After much discussion over whether or not the NBA should impose harsher penalties on teams for breaking the anti-tampering rules, an official decision has been made. The NBA Board of Governors passed a much more strict set of rules that will force teams to be compliant with the anti-tampering rules.

Among the new measures, the league will be selecting five teams per year that will undergo a "random audit", the maximum amount for a fine related to tampering has been raised to $10 million and team officials are required to save communications with agents for one full year.

The league will also retain the right to take the communication devices of owners if it is deemed necessary in investigations, though it has been stated that it is not something that Adam Silver wants to rely on moving forward. 

Though concrete details have not been released, possible punishments for tampering will reportedly include taking away draft picks, the voiding of contracts and more.

This is all in an attempt to create a more "even playing field" amid the belief that small-market teams are at a disadvantage when it comes to player movement. The new rules sound great but there is already fear among NBA GMs when it comes to how their privacy will be affected with this being a clear area of focus for the league. 

Along with the new, harsher tampering penalties, the league also announced that they have changed the language regarding traveling calls to "address the uncertainty around traveling." Another new rule announced was that teams are now required to announce their starting lineups at least 30 minutes before tipoff as opposed to 10 minutes, in an effort to "increase transparency for teams, media and fans." Teams will still be allowed to change their lineups up to the last minute if a player gets hurt in pregame warmups. 

All of the new anti-tampering rules approved by the league on Friday were a response to this wild NBA offseason we just experienced. There were many deals agreed to right at the start of free agency, such as the Bulls with Thaddeus Young, and the timing of those deals had many owners wanting the league to make tampering a greater focus. To a greater extent, moves like Anthony Davis forcing his way to the Lakers and Kawhi Leonard orchestrating he and Paul George's move to the Clippers are what got this package of anti-tampering measures passed.

Adam Silver has picked up a reputation as an NBA Commissioner who is very willing to listen to new ideas and make changes, and Friday's events support that reputation as he and the league continue to look for the best ways to get NBA teams to be in compliance with the anti-tampering rules. 

Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?


Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?

The Jonas Brothers are in Chicago for concerts that are taking place on Thursday and Friday night, and they have enjoyed quite a week. This week the trio has enjoyed a nice golf outing at Village Links in Glen Ellyn, had some quality BBQ at Bub City and even got the amazing opportunity to play a touch football game at Soldier Field. But one particular Bulls guard is looking to add another fun experience to their Chicago trip.

The Bulls organization welcomed the Jonas Brothers to the city with a set of custom jerseys for the trio and their significant others and that's when Ryan Arcidiacono chimed in with his offer. 

Since the Jonas Brothers have already got to play some football on the actual Soldier Field grass, Arci figured they might as well keep the Chicago sports-themed fun going and shoot some hoops with him. 

Now, Arcidiacono didn't make it clear whether or not he was offering for the Jonas Brother to get some shots up with him at the United Center, where their shows take place on Thursday and Friday night. But, either way, his time is running out as they will be moving on to Jackson County, MO for their next stop on tour on September 21.

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