Sunday, March 6, 2011
Wade having regrets about not joining the Bulls?
NBA superstar Dwyane Wade might be having reservations about not joining forces with fellow Chicago native Derrick Rose on the Bulls.
Sam Smith of Bulls.com has mentioned he heard rumblings of Wade's regrets, writing:
"Ive never heard anything from Wade, and I did raise the subject with him at the All Star game. But Ive heard numerous team officials wonder how much Wade regrets not joining Rose in Chicago..." (Bulls.com)
Hornets' Paul out for Monday's game against Bulls
Chris Paul, the New Orleans Hornets' star point guard, will miss Monday's game against the Bulls with a concussion. Paul collided with Cleveland point guard Ramon Sessions while diving for a loose ball and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher. (Chicago Tribune)
Bradley fires men's basketball coach
Jim Les was fired Sunday from his post as head men's basketball coach at Bradley University. Les coached the Braves for nine years, compiling a 154-140 record over that span, including 74-88 in the Missouri Valley Conference. But, Bradley was just 12-20 this year, including a 4-14 record in the Valley, good for last place. (Chicago Tribune)
The Bulls are still scrambling to add depth at point guard and found another body to throw in the rotation.
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Bulls "are planning to sign" Shaquille Harrison. Harrison was waived by the Suns on Monday.
In order to complete the move, the Bulls are reportedly waiving center Omer Asik.
Harrison went undrafted out of Tulsa in 2016. The Suns signed him and sent him to the then NBA D-League. Last season, the 25-year-old from Kansas City played in 23 games and made two starts in the NBA. He averaged 6.6 points and 2.4 assists in 16.7 minutes per game.
The Suns signed Jamal Crawford earlier this week and waived Harrison. The Bulls apparently have swooped in.
This move comes just six days after the Bulls added Tyler Ulis, who was also waived by the Suns. Ulis didn't play in the season-opening loss at Philadelphia.
Kris Dunn will miss his second straight game Saturday against the Pistons. His absence against the Sixers showed the lack of depth at guard for the Bulls. Cam Payne started at point guard and split minutes with Ryan Arcidiacono. Payne went 0-for-4 in 21 minutes and led coach Fred Hoiberg to say potential lineup changes are "still up in the air."
Harrison can now join Payne, Arcidiacono and Ulis in a battle for backup minutes at point guard when Dunn returns to the lineup.
Sunday's game against Tom Brady and the Patriots will be a tough test for the Bears, but it looks like they're going to receive a big break.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski didn't travel with the Patriots to Chicago and is "highly unlikely" to play Sunday.
Avoiding Gronkowski, who is one of Brady's favorite targets, would be a huge break for the Bears' defense. In six games this season, the tight end has 26 receptions for 405 yards and a touchdown; in 14 games last season, Gronkowski had 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.
Gronkowski has not officially been ruled out yet, though time is running out for the Patriots to make a decision.
Meanwhile, Khalil Mack appears set to play Sunday despite dealing with an ankle injury. Between having Mack on the field and Gronkowski off of it, good news keeps coming for the Bears' defense.