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Word on the Street: Bosh backs Rose, backs off Asik

Word on the Street: Bosh backs Rose, backs off Asik

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
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Bosh backs Rose, backs off Asik

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh had some strong words for the Bulls' young center Omer Asik the last time the two teams played on Jan. 15. The Bulls won that game 99-96, but Bosh was forced to sit out the fourth quarter after rolling his ankle in a loose-ball scramble with Asik.

After the game, Bosh was critical of Asik. During Thursday morning's shootaround, however, Bosh backed off his criticism.
"I never watched the tape until about two weeks ago. After I watched the tape, I was like, 'Ok, it wasn't as bad as I thought it was.'"Bosh had even better things to say about Derrick Rose, calling him - not his teammate LeBron James - the league MVP.
"LeBron has won the last two," Bosh said. "He is my teammate. But Derrick has had a phenomenal season. Looking at their record and how improved they are as a team and how much improved he is as a player, I think it's close. But I think I would give it to Derrick if I were a voter." (ChicagoBreakingSports)
Wainwright out for the season
Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, who was reported yesterday to have suffered an elbow injury, will be out for the entire 2011 season. He will undergo Tommy John surgery, which has a usual recovery time of 12-18 months. His loss creates a significant hole in the Cardinals' rotation. (Hardball TalkNBC Sports)Ex-Bull Hinrich traded to AtlantaFormer-Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich is headed to Atlanta. Hinrich and teammate Hilton Armstrong were traded to Atlanta by the Wizards on Wednesday night in exchange for Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford, Mo Evans, and a 2011 first-round draft pick.
Hinrich, 30, was a the Bulls' first-round pick in 2003 and is considered a tough, hard nosed player by many around the league. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)Anthony's debut highest rated Knicks game since JordanCarmelo Anthony's debut with the New York Knicks on Wednesday night was must-see TV. Wednesday's game was the highest rated regular-season game at Madison Square Garden since Michael Jordan's infamous "double nickel" game 16 years ago in which Jordan dropped 55 points on the Knicks.The Knicks say the game generated a 6.75 household rating, nearly doubling their previous high this season of 3.61 when the Celtics visited on Dec. 15 (The Canadian Press)
NFL, Union making 'some progress'According to the federal mediator overseeing talks between the NFL and the players' union, the two sides have made "some progress" over their seven consecutive days of face-to-face meetings. However, the mediator said that "very strong differences remain."
"Just continue talking, man -- that's what we're doing," Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday said as he got into a car. "I think ownership -- everybody -- needs to know that we're all committed to it and committed to getting something done." (ChicagoBreakingSports)Schaumburg Flyers evictedThe Schaumburg Flyers minor-league baseball team is being evicted from Alexian Field for owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid rent and fees. This news leaves a major hole in their minor league schedule and begins to raise questions about fielding a new hometown team.The team has been ordered by a Cook County Circuit Judge to vacate the field by March 6, leaving the city of Schaumburg free to negotiate with other teams. (chicagotribune.com)
Canadiens acquire ex-Hawk SopelThe Montreal Canadiens acquired former-Blackhawks defenseman Brent Sopel and forward Nigel Dawes from the Thrashers for Ben Maxwell and a fourth-round pick. Sopel is expected to help bolster the Canadiens penalty kill and also adds size to a small blue line.
Sopel was one of the players that fell victim to the Blackhawks offseason purge to get their roster under salary cap after winning the Stanley Cup Championship. (Sporting News)Ryan denies using racial slur with DuersonFormer Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan denied accusations that he used a racial epithet with the late Dave Duerson. Duerson, in an interview last November, said that upon first meeting the former Bears coach, Ryan told him he would not be with the team long and used a racial slur.
Ryan's responded Thursday. "I never used that word," he said. "It's not in my vocabulary." (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Corey Crawford expects to make season debut for Blackhawks on Thursday vs. Arizona

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Corey Crawford expects to make season debut for Blackhawks on Thursday vs. Arizona

The wait is almost over.

After missing nearly 10 months with a concussion, Corey Crawford said he expects to start on Thursday when the Blackhawks take on the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center. An official decision will come following the team's morning skate.

"It feels good to be back to myself," Crawford said. "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling clear. ... It was a pretty long process. But I think the most important thing was not to rush anything. When I finally was out, it got to a point where I wasn’t in shape to play and it was time to rest and it’s unfortunate it took a lot longer than I would’ve liked. 

"It’s been long, but finally, just to get back and be practicing with the team has meant a lot. It’s good to get to this point now when you’re really close to playing. Practices have been great, been getting timing a little bit more and getting up to speed and reading shots and all that, so it'll be nice to finally get in one."

Crawford's last appearance in an NHL game was Dec. 23, 2017 against the New Jersey Devils when he allowed three goals on seven shots in 13:22 of action before getting pulled. So of course, emotions will naturally be running high, especially in front of the hometown crowd.

"I'm sure I'll be a little anxious getting into it," Crawford said. "Some nerves. But we'll see. We'll wait until the morning, but I'm definitely excited I can tell you that."

It's obviously terrific news for the Blackhawks, who have picked up eight out of a possible 10 points to start the season and are getting their two-time Stanley Cup winning goalie back between the pipes. It's been a long time coming, and Crawford is coming back into a healthy situation where the Blackhawks are in a good spot in the standings.

"It's great news, I'm sure it'll be exciting for him exciting for our team, exciting for our fans and the organization as well," Patrick Kane said. "It’s probably a good situation all around. Cam [Ward] has done a great job of playing in the net so far. Crow is really good in practice right now, so I’m sure he’s itching to get back, too. We’ve had a good start here. It’s something we want to keep going, and I’m sure him coming back on home ice, in front of our crowd, will be a fun one for him and for our team."

There's no doubting how important Crawford is the team and organization. While there may be a little bit of rust early on, the Blackhawks are expecting him to look like his old self.

"He means a lot to the team," Quenneville said. "We felt last year was a good example of how important he was and how well he was playing for us, as well. We’ve gotten off to a decent start and he was a big factor in it. We know that goaltending is such a big part of the team and your success a lot of nights depends on him and his consistency’s always been in place.

"But he looks good in the net. He’s been off for a long, long time. Is there rust? Do we expect rust? I think the way he’s competing and practicing and finding pucks, he looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. So we’re looking forward to him getting in there and getting comfortable and how he’s feeling going forward will dictate a lot of the decisions about him going back in."

Bill Belichick scoffs at Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison

Bill Belichick scoffs at Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison

All of the good graces Bill Belichick may have won on Tuesday afternoon -- when he compared the Bears' offense to Kansas City's -- are officially gone. 

Today, when talking to reporters, a Khalil Mack-Lawrence Taylor comparison came up. Belichick, who coached LT as the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator in the 1980s, was NOT having it: 

"Wait a minute, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor now. I’m not putting anybody in (LT’s) class. Put everybody down below that. With a lot of respect to a lot of good players, we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor."

A bit harsh, Bill. 

For what it's worth, here's Khalil Mack's 2018 projection, assuming his latest ankle injury doesn't make him miss time: 

20 sacks, four interceptions, 16 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries

That's .5 sacks less and four INTS, 16 FFs and 4 recoveries more than LT had in his 1986 MVP season. And yeah, maybe "they didn't record tackles/fumbles in 1986" and "16 forced fumbles would not only blow the current record (10) out of the water but is just plain unrealistic" but whatever, we're just sayin'. 

UPDATE: shocker, LT agrees: