HE’S BACK: Rose Confirms Return Next Season

It’s been over a year since we began following Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose’s dramatic road to recovery. On Sunday, Rose put any lingering doubts to rest about his long anticipated return next season. THANK GOODNESS. After the whirlwind of “Rose Returning” rumors during the playoffs, I don’t think our Bulls-loving hearts could take anymore disappointment. It’s time to dust off your DRose jerseys and get ready to watch our favorite Chicago Bull make his triumphant comeback.

Rose who is currently touring Europe to promote his Adidas clothing and shoe line told the media in Spain, “I should be able to play in the first game of the season,” according to HoopsHype.com. “I know I’m anxious right now to play. My health is everything right now, it’s 100 percent. But right now, the first game … I will definitely be playing it.” Rose also gave a shout-out to coach Tom Thibodeau for his constant support throughout last season as well as working with him so much this off-season.

The bad news, Rose’s big debut is most likely going to be in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the Bulls’ preseason game against the Washington Wizards (he hinted to it on his website). The Bulls are one of a few teams handpicked by NBA Commissioner David Stern to represent the NBA in a foreign market.

Although we’d prefer DRose make his comeback on the hardwood floors of the United Center, we’re ecstatic that the former MVP is finally truly returning to the court.

And queue Derrick Rose hype video:

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The Award for Most Handsome NBA Coach Goes to…

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Brad Stevens. I know what you’re thinking – Brad Stevens is the men’s basketball coach at Butler silly girl. Not any more.

As of Friday the Boston Celtics have hired 36-year-old handsome Brad Stevens to replace Doc Rivers (who headed off to LA to man the Clippers) as the Head Coach of their legendary basketball franchise. Stevens has some BIG shoes to fill, but I’m more than happy to see him on more nationally televised games while he earns his NBA street cred.

In his last six seasons Stevens had a 166-49 record with the Butler Bulldogs, but the NBA is a whole different animal than the NCAA. We have to be patient with Stevens as the Celtics are in a “rebuilding” time, but if this dude can get some talent on his roster he will be able to shine in the league.

spoelstraIn a league where we’re not used to seeing eye candy on the coaching staff (sorry Thibs), Stevens is a positive addition for the NBA lady viewers. Sorry Eric Spoelstra, there’s a new young rookie in town and he puts your boyish charms to shame.

Dolce Vita: Cutty and Cavallari Honeymoon

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Smooching on what looks like the coast of Capri

How sweet it is to be Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari. After their romantic Nashville nuptials earlier in June, the newlyweds headed to Italy to enjoy the breathtaking views. Mrs. Cutler took to Twitter and Instagram to share some of her favorite shots from their honeymoon.

kcav honeymoon 2I have to say, a nice little tan does our Bears Quarterback some good. It was the perfect time for Cutler to head out of town before pig-skin-mania begins in August as the highly anticipated football season approaches (38 days until the regular season whoop).

Cavallari followed up her honeymoon photos with a tweet that said“Just had the most amazing 2 weeks in Italy! My jeans are tight so u know it was a success ha.”  Too bad I don’t believe her, she’s still looking skinny-mini in her photos!

NBA Draft Day Recap: Bulls New Rookies

Thursday’s 2013 NBA draft was not of epic proportions, but it had it’s fair share of stunners. Unfortunately, when it comes to our Bulls, Chicago took an expected safe route.

As fans, we’re always hopeful for some fancy blockbuster trades that will make our team the best in the league. The rumor mill had been running rapid all week with hopes of big trades for LaMarcus Aldridge (currently a Trail Blazer) for Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler or using Luol Deng’s All-Star status to attain a better draft pick. No surprise here, the Bulls didn’t make any unexpected trade moves.

This draft may not have been filled with glitz and glam for the Bulls, but they picked up some players who can improve the team offensively.

Chicago welcomed New Mexico’s Tony Snell with the No. 20 pick and Florida’s Erik Murphy with the 49th pick. So who are these newbies and what can they offer our men in red?

Tony Snell

The 21-year-old Lobo gives the Bulls some much needed three-point shooting power (which is great because we need more fire-power from behind the arc to take on teams like Miami next season). Snell played three years at New Mexico and looks NBA ready.

Last season he averaged 12.5 points a game. Snell loves the three and his stats prove it – he shot 39% from downtown. Considering the Bulls were one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league they could really use a guy like Snell.

At 6’7″ and 198 pounds, Snell has the height and weight to defend multiple player positions. With a touch of Coach Tom Thibodeau’s defensive magic, Snell could become a defensive role player.

Erik Murphy

Erik Murphy will join fellow Florida Gator alum Joakim Noah next season in Chicago. At 6’9″ and 230 pounds Murphy will give the Bulls some versatility at the Power Forward position since he can stretch the floor. Offensively, Murphy can help the Bulls as he averaged 12 points a game last season at Florida.  It’s defensively where he might struggle.

Since the Bulls already have a power forward who struggles on defense (cough cough Carlos Boozer) Mr. Murphy may not see many minutes from coach Thibs until he gets the swing of Chicago’s defensive rhythm.

In light of the Bulls current salary constraints, their draft day decisions were nothing out of the ordinary, but we’re hopeful Snell and Murphy can perform up to Thibodeau’s standards and advance the team further than previous years. After all the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup celebrations, we want a Bulls championship more than ever!!!

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