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Word on the Street: Want to buy Michael Jordan's car?

Word on the Street: Want to buy Michael Jordan's car?

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010
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Michael Jordan puts car up for sale

Despite just 962 miles on the odometer, basketball superstar Michael Jordan is selling his 2007 Mercedes McLaren SLR 722. But, it won't come cheap, folks. The car, which is priced at roughly 475,000 brand new, is being shopped for 430,000. (YahooSports.com)

Bulls cut roster to 13

The Chicago Bulls have waived Roger Powell, Kyle Weaver and John Lucas III in an effort to get the roster down to 13 players. (CSNBullsInsider via Twitter)

Huet wishes he was still with Hawks

Cristobal Huet, the backup goalie during the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup Championship last season, was shipped to Switzerland during the summer as part of a cost-cutting program the Hawks launched to get under the salary cap prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. But, Huet isn't exactly refusing to look back at life in the NHL, admitting to ESPN.com that he'd rather be playing in the league. (ESPN.com)

Kerr believes Heat won't break Bulls' 72-win barrier

Former Bulls guard and current TNT analyst Steve Kerr doesn't believe the newly remodeled Miami Heat will surpass 72 wins in the upcoming regular season, despite their loaded talent.

"I just don't think that's a record that's going to be touched," Kerr said in a conference call. "Those were very unique circumstances with Michael Jordan coming back after his playoff failure after his return from baseball. He was so motivated and it seems like he won about 10 games on his own that year because he decided he didn't want us to lose. He had such an incredible edge." (Chicago Tribune)

Illinois ranks as No. 16 in preseason poll

According to USAToday's coaches' poll, Illinois is tied with Washington for 16th in the preseason rankings. The Illini join Michigan State, Ohio State, Purde and Wisconsin in the Top 25, with Minnesota and Northwestern also receiving votes. (Chicago Tribune)

MLB considering adding 7-day DL for concussions

As the NFL is cracking down in an effort to try to keep its players safe and sound, the MLB is reportedly following suit and looking into instituting a 7-day Disabled List for players with concussions. (Chicago Tribune)

Fire's C.J. Brown to retire

Defender C.J. Brown will follow Brian McBride's lead and retire at the end of the 2010 season. Brown, who spent every one of his 13 years in the league with the Chicago Fire, announced his decision Thursday. (CSNChicago.com)

Lineup changes could be on the way for Bulls: 'It's still up in the air'

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Lineup changes could be on the way for Bulls: 'It's still up in the air'

It’s tough to call the position battle for the backup point guard spot on a Lottery-bound team important, but here we are two days into the Bulls’ season.

It won’t move the needle in NBA circles and Dwane Casey won’t be putting in additional time getting ready for Saturday’s game, but there appears to be potential for change in Fred Hoiberg’s rotation.

One day after an embarrassing display in a season-opening loss to the Sixers, Hoiberg said the Bulls have yet to make a decision on a potential lineup change for tomorrow’s affair against the Detroit Pistons. Kris Dunn, who missed Thursday’s game for the birth of his first child, was not at practice on Friday and may or may not be available for the home opener.

That could prompt changes after Cam Payne, inserted into the starting lineup, was largely ineffective, failing to score on 0 of 4 shooting in 21 minutes.

“We’re gonna see how practice goes today and then make that decision,” Hoiberg said. “It’s still up in the air on what we’re gonna do.”

The loss certainly can’t fall on just Payne, as the Bulls went lifeless after a 41-point first quarter that had them in the lead after 12 minutes. From there the Sixers outscored them by 29 in the second and third quarters, facing little resistance from a Bulls defense that doesn’t appear to have made much improvement from a year ago, Dunn or no Dunn.

Philadelphia shot 48 percent from the field, scored 20 fast-break points and 46 points in the paint, cruising to 102 points through three quarters before reserves finished things off. Even with Dunn the defensive prospects don’t look good, meaning Hoiberg might have to make changes to ignite the offense that scored just 35 points in those second and third quarters.

The Bulls could go a few different routes. Zach LaVine’s hot hand in the first quarter – 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting – saw the ball in his hands, and he even added two assists.

“It's a collective effort. You've got to have all five guys out there trying to play the right way and again, we found a recipe with Zach, especially in that first unit, where we let him bring the ball up the floor,” Hoiberg said. “We ran a couple actions where he was the facilitator and we put Cam in the corner. So a lot of that will be dictated by who has it going on a particular night and last night it happened to be Zach, so he was the one that was doing a lot of facilitating.”

Past a point guard-less lineup, the backups to Payne – Ryan Arcidiacono and Tyler Ulis – could also see extended minutes going forward.

Arcidiacono had 8 points and 8 assists in 28 minutes, though the majority of those stats came in garbage time. Still, he hit a pair of 3-pointers and didn’t turn the ball over, and five of his assists resulted in makes at the rim.

Ulis, acquired off waivers last week, could inject some life into the second unit.

“He’s ready. He’s done a good job in practice,” Hoiberg said. “We’ve gone through the system with him as far as what we expect and if there’s a point in the game where he can go out there and we feel he can help us, I’m confident that he’ll go out there and give us good effort.”

The point guard rotation isn’t the key to unlocking the Bulls as a lockdown defensive team, or no longer suffering the offensive dry spells that happened Thursday. But in a season that’s already showing signs of adversity, shaking up the lineup might be Hoiberg’s only chance.

The Way We Hear It: Khalil Mack will probably play after all

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The Way We Hear It: Khalil Mack will probably play after all

The Bears are back in Chicago and Tom Brady and the Patriots are in town! With a week of practice wrapping up today, here's what's been happening in the lead up to Sunday's Bears-Pats matchup: