The Scoop: Free agents Will Bynum and Mike James are both possibilities as Chicago patches over backcourt injuries to Rose and Kirk Hinrich (bruised chest/ribs). Neither Bynum nor James would have fantasy appeal even if they do get picked up.
The Scoop:Rose has been ruled out quickly for each of the last three games and he could miss more time. The Bulls are likely going to manage his minutes upon his return, so fantasy owners shouldn't buy low unless it's at an extremely discount. Aaron Brooks is going to be very busy tonight.
The Scoop:This is Rose's third consecutive DNP and he's missed seven of Chicago's 12 games to begin the season, despite averaging a conservative 23.5 minutes per game. His hamstring strain was initially described as 'mild' and he was 50-50 to play in this game, though the fact that he was ruled out so early isn't a good sign. Fantasy owners will have to continue playing the guessing game regarding his status for Friday's road game in Portland. Kirk Hinrich will earn another start in his absence, with Aaron Brooks picking up extra minutes off the bench.
The Scoop:Rose ran and tried to loosen his hamstring during Thursday's shootaround, but Tom Thibodeau ruled him out vs. the Kings. He's officially questionable for Friday's game but it doesn't sound likely that he'll take the court until Monday's road game in Utah. Fantasy owners should confirm Rose's status on Friday afternoon. If he sits out again, Kirk Hinrich will start with Aaron Brooks backing him up.
The Scoop:This doesn't mean a lot for Rose's owners, as he will likely be a game-time decision no matter what. If Rose doesn't suit up Thursday, expect Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks to carry the load. If Gasol can't play, then Taj Gibson and Joakim noah will both be in for a big night. Stay tuned.
The Scoop:This is pretty much useless because the Bulls will have sat both players with their "probable" status leading up to previous games. We would consider them a little closer to doubtful, but check back for an update on Thursday morning.
There are few professions more glamorous and valorized than "professional athlete." However, there are many levels of fame and fortune within that very special group. For instance, the life of the superstar differs greatly from that of the rookie. And that's to say nothing of the differences between players in those subsets — Kobe Bryant is not Tim Duncan, just as Andrew Wiggins is not a second-rounder known only by diehards. So, when a rapper takes a picture with two mainstream-popular All-NBA performers, none of the trio wants a four-year college player and rookie averaing 12.5 minutes per game to join in on the phone. So it was pretty weird to see Chicago Bulls rookie Doug McDermott on the right of a photo involving rapper Kid Ink and Los Angeles Clippers stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul (via SB Nation ): There's just something very wrong with this photo. Cough, Cough, McDermott. #DougieNotSoFresh pic.twitter.com/OVky0bwcSd — Scott Albanese (@SAlbanese03) November 18, 2014 What happened here? Was Kid Ink a particularly big fan of McDermott during his Player of the Year campaign in 2013-14 at Creighton University? Did Paul want to acknowledge an opponent in the spirit of friendly competition? Maybe Griffin found out that Dougie McBuckets is taking improv classes in Chicago? None of the above. It looks like McDermott just tried to jump in the shot without being invited. Doug McDermott trying to get in pic.twitter.com/ernxBu7VyA — ADC (@adctennis) November 18, 2014 It's easy to see why Griffin, Paul, and Kid Ink may have been upset. No one wants some interloper to photobomb a perfectly good image, especially when his version of a photobomb involves making it look like he's part of a circle of friends. It probably didn't help that McDermott is pretty much the dictionary definition of NBA uncool. He played all four years in college despite earning All-America honors three times, isn't particularly athletic, and boasts a fan base that seems to support him less as a basketball player than as an avatar of various Right Way fundamentals that players supposedly lose when they transfer from college to the pros. (Never mind if McDermott actually exemplifies these characteristics — to the extent they even exist — or actually wants to be involved in these culture wars.) It's not just that McDermott wasn't wanted in the picture. It's that his presence just doesn't make sense based on his relative standing in the social hierarchy of basketball. McDermott didn't exactly make the case that he deserved to be in the photo with his play in Monday's game — he had no points on 0-of-2 shooting in 10 minutes, during which he logged a -12 plus-minus. On the other hand, the Bulls defeated the Clippers 105-89 even without Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol. Perhaps McDermott's gambit served as good luck. If so, he should try to jump into another photo on Thursday when the Bulls face the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena. DeMarcus Cousins poses with the members of Tesla before every home game, right? - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric
A little over two years ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder and guard James Harden could not come to terms on a contract extension for the team’s super scoring sub. Fearful of paying the luxury tax in a small market and working with three and nearly four maxed-out players on the team, the Thunder dealt Harden to Houston, where he was happily inked to the same sort of contract OKC’s owners refused to pay. That deal hasn’t been the reason the Thunder have failed to return to the Finals setting that they enjoyed a few months before the Harden trade, but it is part of that package. Earlier this autumn, the Thunder and guard Reggie Jackson also failed to come to contract terms for the hybrid guard, whose services are needed more than ever with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant smarting with injuries. Jackson, 24, is playing over 41 minutes a game for OKC – contributing 21.5 points, 7.6 assists, 4.9 rebounds. He can be a restricted free agent in July. The Thunder didn’t deal Jackson, but his return as an RFA isn’t a foregone conclusion either. With Harden and Houston pairing up with the Thunder to engage in a miserable 69-65 Rocket win on Sunday, Harden was asked about the inevitable comparisons. From Darnell Mayberry at the Oklahoman : “I fell into the same situation, and that could have been my only contract. And I’m sure Reggie feels the same way,” Harden told The Oklahoman . “He has to get the money that he’s earned and that he’s worked his whole life for. It’s the nature of the business. It’s going to happen every single year and it’s going to continue to happen.” […] “That’s (tougher),” Harden said of Jackson’s situation. “Credit to him. He’s handling it great. He’s been a great leader. Since he’s been on the court he’s been playing very good basketball, and he’s handling it the right way. I’m sure good things are going to happen for Reggie.” […] “I just said to him, keep going out there and hooping,” Harden said. “Do what you’re doing; going out there, being aggressive and attacking, being the vocal leader that you are and everything will fall into place.” The idea of a guard’s first big extension working as potentially your “only contract” seems laughable at first, but players understand that the potential for a worst case scenario is always out there. Derrick Rose has barely played since his extension kicked in, while Russell Westbrook has undergone three surgeries and a broken hand since his second contract sparked up. Anything can happen. We’ve learned that about this Thunder franchise. You’d be correct in kicking the Harden deal in retrospect, but when your skinflint owners hand you a direct order to both not pay the luxury tax and not pay Kendrick Perkins to go away via the amnesty provision, there is little a general manager can do. Faced with those constraints, dealing Harden for a proven scorer in Kevin Martin, a lottery pick at a needed position in Jeremy Lamb (selected by Houston’s ultra-analytical front office, which has had great success in the past) and a future first round pick seems like as win-win’ish as things could come. Instead, Martin didn’t contribute as expected and was let go for nothing the next summer. Lamb has absolutely not panned out, and though the future first rounder turned into starting center Steven Adams, this turned out to be a miserable deal for OKC. They probably would not have returned to the Finals in 2013 and 2014 with Harden – not with Westbrook and Serge Ibaka out – but the three quarters for a buck-move didn’t work out. Worse, had the team amnestied Kendrick Perkins’ contract, it still could have functioned well while only paying the luxury tax one season and keeping Harden at his price. So when James Harden talks up the money that Reggie Jackson has “earned,” you can’t help but think that he’s partially referring to the money that James Harden truly earned two years ago. Jackson won’t sign for the sort of money that James (over $80 million spread out over five years) made, unless a competitor makes a truly ridiculous offer (and even then, legally, he won’t come close), but he will get paid because of the financial landscape that the Harden deal created. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
Solomon Hill tallied 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 99-90 win over the Chicago Bulls, who were once again without injury-plagued star Derrick Rose. AJ Price came off the bench to score 21 points while Luis Scola finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Pacers, who have won three of their last four National Basketball Association games on the heels of a six-game losing streak. "We've got some tough-minded guys in there," said Pacers coach Frank Vogel.
The Scoop: None.
Nov 15 9:36 ET
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