Two Bulls voted among NBA's best pure shooters


Two Bulls voted among NBA's best pure shooters

Sports Illustrated recently asked 146 NBA players who they think is the best pure shooter in the league, then posted the results in a photo gallery.

The top two players on the list are no surprise. Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics was voted the best pure shooter in the NBA with Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki No. 2.

Bulls sharpshooter Kyle Korver came in No. 3. In 2011-12, Korver made 178 of 412 field goal attempts for 43.2 percent and made 118 of 271 3-pointers for 43.5 percent.

Anthony Morrow (New Jersey Nets), Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), James Jones (Miami Heat), Jason Kapono (Los Angeles Lakers), Steve Novak (New York Knicks), Ryan Anderson and J.J. Redick (Orlando Magic), Wesley Johnson (Minnesota Timberwolves), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks also were among the top-15 to receive votes.

Korver wasn't the only Bull on the list, however, as point guard Derrick Rose came in at No. 15. Rose shot 302 of 695 (43.5 percent) from the field and 54 for 173 (31.2 percent) from behind the arc in 39 games while battling several injuries in the regular season. Those numbers were down from his MVP campaign in 2010-11, when he shot 44.5 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from 3-point territory.

Do you agree with these rankings? Are either of them surprising to you? Let us know by commenting below.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.

Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th. 

Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.

The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.

Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.

Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.

"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"

Paxson famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch the series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.

"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"

Watch the video above to see the interaction.

Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.