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by Jordan Smith, Chicago Student
The Chicago Bulls are on top of the Eastern Conference and currently hold the best record in the NBA at 41-11 and a comfortable lead over the Miami Heat. Although they have been doing this without their All-Star and MVP Derrick Rose. He is their go-to guy and can keep them in any game on any night.
Can they be a legitimate threat without their star? The answer is yes, and they have been proving this throughout the whole entire season, playing without Rose who has been suffering from many injuries that keep reoccurring. They are able to play without him because of the Bulls have the best and deepest bench in the league. Many of their bench players could be starters for many other teams in the league, and the arrival of bench player John Lucas have allowed then to still compete against and beat the best teams in the League.
They are better than most teams without Rose. With him healthy, they are nearly unstoppable. The depth of this team has gained their bench the nickname of the “Bench Mob” as it is almost like a whole new group of starters coming into the game to play against most teams backups.
The depth allows Rose to rest his body completely and not try to fight the injuries, or speed up the process to try and comeback early. He has the ability to rest so that he may come back 100% healthy and in time for the playoffs to begin, and prepare to make a run and the NBA World Championship. The Chicago Bulls are still an elite team without Derrick Rose.
Danks to Get the Nod for Opening Day
by Marcel Terrell, Chicago Student
With Spring Training nearing an end, the Chicago White Sox still did not have an opening day starter. However after pitcher John Danks went seven strong innings against the L. A. Dodgers on Monday in a 4-3 loss (Danks got a no decision) at Camelback Ranch manager Robin Ventura announced that Danks would get the nod on April 6 against the Texas Rangers in Arlington.
It’s not unusual to see a lefty take the mound for opening day considering how Mark Buehrle now a Miami Marlin started the opening game every season from 2002 to 2006 and again from 2008 to 2011 for the Sox.
As for Danks reaction to getting the opening day nod he said, “It’s an honor. It’s something everyone dreams about, throwing on opening day,” he said. “I’ve had the opportunity to watch five of them. You can’t help but think, `Man, what if that were me out there?”
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by Jordan Smith, Chicago Student
Approaching the playoffs, many teams have a lot of momentum and steam built up to help them try to run through the playoffs. The Chicago Blackhawks are not in this boat. Yes they have won 5 out 6, but they have key losses that are holding them back currently. The team is currently playing without their captain Jonathan Toews. In addition they are also playing without their top defender, Duncan Keith, who has been suspended by the NHL for 5 games. Will the Blackhawks be able to get all of their players back and also healthy in time for playoffs is a mystery.
At last night’s Chicago Bulls/New Orleans Hornets game, actor/comedian Will Ferrell did the player introductions before the game, during which we learn – among other things – that Derrick Rose’s favorite movie is The Notebook, and while at UCONN, Hornets center Emeka Okafor “majored in Economics, but minored in LOVE!”
This version has just the Bulls intros, including Joakim Noah’s reaction to Ferrell’s comment about him.