The Other Side: Chicago Bulls
Since the Chicago Bulls beat the Washington Wizards, 117-110, on Dec. 6, they have had some serious bad luck while eating. First, rookie-of-the-year favorite Derrick Rose cut himself while eating an apple in bed (that's his story, and he's sticking to it). Former Wizard Larry Hughes had the best quote on the incident: "Mama always said, 'Don't eat in bed.'"
Then, at the end of December, Hughes, Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas ate in the locker room before a Dec. 31 game against Orlando. They broke new Coach Vinny Del Negro's team rule -- which the players claimed they didn't know -- and were fined for conduct detrimental team. The incident led Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Morrissey to write that Noah, who has had several dustups in his short stint with the Bulls, has to go.
The Bulls (15-20) are coming off a 99-94 win against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, a victory that followed a disappointing stretch of six losses in seven games, with the losses by an average of 12.1 points. The Bulls have their share of problems with injuries and inconsistency this season, but they have been pretty decent at United Center, where they are 11-5 this season.
Here is what you should know about the Bulls heading into the tonight's game:
1. Hughes Wants Out
Less than a year after arriving from Cleveland, Larry Hughes is already asking to be traded. The Bulls are looking to deal him, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Although he reluctantly "deals" with a sixth-man role, Larry Hughes doesn't accept it and still believes he should be getting starters' minutes. He has started just five games and is averaging 26.8 minutes -- the lowest since his rookie season in Philadelphia -- and that isn't enough. Bet he's rooting for point guard Kirk Hinrich to come back real soon from his thumb injury, huh? Despite his reduction in minutes, Hughes is still producing 12 points, three rebounds and two assists -- almost identical numbers as last season, when he started 57 of his 68 games with Chicago and Cleveland.
2. Drew Gooden Is Back, Others on the Way
The Bulls are finally starting to get healthy again. After missing the previous eight games with a sprained right ankle, DeShawn Stevenson's bearded brother, forward Drew Gooden, returned to have 18 points and 10 rebounds against Sacramento. Forward Luol Deng (sprained right ankle) thought he'd be back for Friday's game against the Wizards, but he had to change those plans after developing some soreness in practice on Thursday. Hinrich, who has been out two months because of thumb surgery, has started practicing. The Bulls haven't had a full roster at any point this season, and it's unclear whether having a healthy team will help or hurt the Bulls, especially with Hinrich joining an already crowded backcourt.
3. Ben Gordon Keeps on Shooting
After taking a step backward last season when he was mentioned in trade rumors and playing for a contract, Ben Gordon is back to producing the way he did in 2006-07 -- when the Bulls advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Gordon is averaging a team-leading 21 points and shooting 45 percent from the floor after failing to sign a long-term deal last summer and settling for a one-year qualifying offer. Gordon will become a free agent this summer, but he hasn't ruled out returning. He recently passed Scottie Pippen as the franchise's career-leader in three-pointers made. Gordon has 680 threes in 351 games with the Bulls. Pippen had 664 in 856 games with the Bulls.
This has absolutely nothing do with the current Bulls, but I stumbled upon this video of Michael Jordan and his mother, Deloris, and I haven't stopped laughing. It's funny because it's so absurd. I don't want to give away what happens because I want you to check it out:
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