Rip City Returns, but it’s not Enough

Chicago’s masked man Richard Hamilton returned to the Bulls starting lineup tonight against the Houston Rockets, after missing 14 games due to a right shoulder contusion. Unfortunately the return of “Rip City” wasn’t enough to prevent a back-to-back loss for the Bulls. The 99-93 loss came right after the Bulls got spanked by the OKC Thunder Sunday afternoon.

In his first game back, Rip had six points, three assists and five nasty turnovers during the 20 minutes he played tonight. We’re going to say he was a little “rusty” and won’t hold it against him, however he better clean up that rust and put on his jump-shot pants for the upcoming game against the Celtics this Thursday.

The Bulls haven’t suffered two consecutive regular season losses since February of 2011. What’s really missing? Our super star Derrick Rose, who has missed 11 games for his groin injury. Without Rose the Bulls lack a closer and one of their most intimidating factors. I’m starting to worry whether the Bulls will be able to maintain their number one spot in the Eastern Conference, or will they slowly start to climb down the rankings? As of right now, Rose’s return date has not been determined, hopefully before the playoffs begin.

I’m a little worried to see what Rajon Rondo does to the Bulls on Thursday. He’s a dirty player (in my book – he will never be forgiven for throwing that punch at Rose in the playoffs a few years back) and he happens to have back to back triple doubles. We’re going to need to see a little “Deng Bang” a little “Booze Cruise” some “Messy-Bun Swagger” and a splash of “Hot Sauce” to get back on the winning track.

Slam Dunk-A-Roo

Last night was the 2012 NBA Slam Dunk contest, which in my opinion is one of the most entertaining sporting events to watch – especially during an all-you-can-drink package at your favorite local establishment.

This year’s contestants really got creative and were refreshingly less cheesy than Blake Griffin’s over-the-car dunk from last year. In the end, Utah’s Jeremy Evans took the cake.

Evans, got into the competition as a replacement for injured New York guard Iman Shumpert. Reports show he earned 29 percent of the 3 million votes cast. He beat out Houston’s Chase Budinger, Indiana’s Paul George and Minnesota’s Derrick Williams for the Jazz’s first-ever trophy in the contest.

Evans dunked with a camera on his head, slammed two basketballs as he soared over a seated assistant and rocked a Karl Malone jersey to dunk over comedian Kevin Hart (celebrity all-star MVP) dressed as a mailman.

Another one of my favorite dunks of the night was when Budinger jumped over Mr. P.Diddy. The fact that anyone can jump over another man is unreal, I can’t even jump up 6 stairs.

Jumping over men seemed to be the theme of the evening as Indiana’s Paul George also jumped over two large guys, his Pacers teammates Roy Hibbert and Dahntay Jones.

If you missed the event, you can watch the highlights below 🙂