What's up world. I apologize for the lack of posts, especially from the Bulls-end as of late however it's difficult to give great insight when the Bulls are playing arguably, the three worst teams in the league. I know the distribution of playing time Tom Thibodeau has given is a hot button issue as of late but it has been the entire year. Should he play or should he not play? One thing we know for sure is that Tom Thibodeau will play his players as if they are 100% healthy IF they are available to play. We just have to live with it.
In recent days or maybe weeks, I've heard so much about torn wrist ligaments, toe injuries, back spasms, and minutes Derrick Rose and Luol Deng should play, my head is about to explode. Instead, I will focus this post on something a little bit more fun, this year's NBA All-Star game which will be played at the end of the month in Orlando, Florida.
The Bulls Will Be Sharing Tom Thibodeau (and coaching staff) with the East Squad for One Weekend - With last night's compelling (most compelling part of last night's win was what Will Ferrell was going to say about each player) win over New Orleans and losses from Miami and Philadelphia, Tom Thibodeau sealed his fate for him and his coaching staff to coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars in All-Star Weekend. Thibs was pretty quick to interrupt ESPN's Nick Friedell when asked about being coaching the All-Star Game, read the quote here.
Sorry Tom, you're going to have to look forward to the questions since people will ask about it now. A funny point my Puerto Rican friend Angelo (@Mr_GelOh) commented, "If Deng is selected, (Thibs) subs LeBron 5 minutes into the first and Deng plays the rest of the game" My response? "He (Thibs) would"
It's Going to Be a Close Call of Luol Deng Making the Squad - K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) went on Mully and Hanley this morning and said he doesn't think Luol Deng won't make the squad. Nick Friedell (@ESPNChiBulls) gave it a 60-40% chance that Deng will make the squad. NBA.com analyst Sekou Smith and ESPN.com's Marc Stein believe that he will also. No one knows so far, but we'll know by tonight on TNT @ 6:00 PM CST. Personally, I don't think Luol Deng will make the team considering there are other Forwards (Josh Smith, Paul Pierce, Andre Iguodala) who will be chosen despite Deng who has deserved the honor for the past two years. I hope I'm wrong on this one...
David Stern Gives Chicago Another Stiff Arm - Yesterday, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced Houston as the next host for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. Additionally, According to The Big Lead, Brooklyn and New York City is under serious consideration for hosting the 2014 NBA All-Star game however Super Bowl 48, which will be played in New York, may impede that from happening (some might argue that it would help). The Big Lead also points out to Oklahoma City preferring to be considered along with 4 other teams who have never hosted an ASG (MEM, TOR, POR, and SAC).
But back to my point, Chicago got snubbed again. If you Chicagoans are keeping count, it will be 25 years since the city of Chicago has hosted the NBA All-Star Game (1988) while Houston will host the ASG 3 times in less than 25 years ('89, '06, '13) and the state of Texas has hosted it 5, ('10 & '96).
So, why? Why hasn't this great city hosted an NBA ASG in 25 years while the state of Texas has hosted it 5 times in that much time? Wasn't Chicago the official U.S. bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics? Isn't Chicago one of the top 3 markets of the NBA? All these answers lead to "yes" however David Stern fails to put these great attributes and more under consideration while determining where the next All-Star Game will be held.
To be fair, it must be noted in the past 10 years the NBA ASG's location has been in warmer cities with the exception of Denver in 2006. However as far as I can recall, I believed NBA ASG locales were determined based on how new an arena/stadium was. For example, Miami Arena was built for the Heat's first inaugural season was 1988, they got an ASG 2 years later ('90). The U.S. Airways Arena in Phoenix opened in 1992, then got an ASG in 1995. The Alamodome in San Antonio opened in 1993 then hosted an ASG in 1996. Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland opened in 1994 then hosted an ASG in 1997... Starting to see the trend?
Unfortunately, I don't know how David Stern determines who the next host of the NBA All-Star Game. If the process is anything like the way the host city for the Super Bowl is determined, please send 5 of your best exotic dancers from the Admiral Theater to 645 Fifth Avenue, Care Of: David Stern, New York City, New York 10022. Please let him know that Q from Chicago, Illinois sent them.