The Chicago Bulls have won 10 of their first 12 games this season. While this mark is rather impressive, there is certainly more room for improvement. Here are a few things I would like to see from this team as the rest of the year unfolds.
The most noticeable improvement to Derrick Rose’s game coming into last season was his ability to hit the outside shot from the perimeter. I’ve heard rumors that Rose has been working on his post-up game, but I have yet to see this materialize so far. Rose is the most explosive guard in the league off the dribble, but he will become even more difficult to defend if Chicago can find a way to put him down in the post against smaller guards.
The next item on my wish list is to see more of Rip Hamilton. Yes I know he is nursing a groin injury which has caused him to miss a few games and if he comes back too early, he would risk further injury. However, he was suppose to be one of the pieces that would help the Bulls compete with the Miami Heat in the East. With almost 20 percent of the season gone already, it is important for the team and the fans to know what they’re going to get from Mr. Hamilton come playoff time.
The last area I would like to talk about is the development of Omer Asik. Asik was a work in progress last season, but he is slowly starting find his way on offense. At this stage of young career, he is not at the point where he will give you a double-double every game. However, he does look more comfortable around the basket and he provides the team with great defense in blocking shots and his effectiveness on the boards. Hopefully his game will continue to evolve because the Bulls definitely need a big man who can score around the basket on offense and clog the lane on defense.
Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins Says Fans Have Called Him ‘N—-r’, Says He’s Reported it to League
Golden State Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins is speaking out about how NBA fans treat players, revealing that fans have called him the N-word during games and stating that he had reported the incidents to the league.
Cousins discussed the incidents during an interview with Chris Haynes on the ‘Posted Up’ podcast:
“Oh, I’ve been called n—-r, and it’s crazy because this has happened to me on a few occasions. I reported it to the league, and, you know, I may have said whatever I said back, and I was still punished for it. But obviously it became a bigger issue when it was Russ [Westbrook] and he was still fined for it. I don’t really understand it. We’re the product. We push this league. So, I don’t understand. When does our safety, when does, it become important?”
While Cousins spoke candidly about his experiences, he did not specific which cities in which he heard the racial slurs.
“I don’t really want to, because I’m not really trying to put a label on an entire fan base” Cousins said when discussing which cities he heard the slurs. T”here are ignorant individuals in every city. I’ll just put it like that. [NBA] tells you to ignore it, or whatever the case may be. But how many times am I supposed to ignore that? Me coming from where I come from [Mobile, Alabama]. They lucky all they got was a response.”
While Cousins did not mention any cities or teams, Haynes reported that one city was Sacramento, where Cousins spent the majority of his career playing for the Kings.
Knicks’ Owner James Dolan Bans Heckling Fan
New York Knicks owner James Dolan apparently has some thin skin when it comes to heckling over his horrendous run at the top of the Knicks empire.
That didn’t sit well with Dolan, who called the mad rude and abruptly banned him from attending anymore Knicks games and followed it up by having the man escorted out of the building by security.
NBA Announces Partnership with Puma
The National Basketball Association has officially announced that they have agreed to a multiyear partnership with Puma, who will now be recognized as an official marketing partner of the NBA, according to an official league statement.
“We are thrilled to partner with the NBA to bring PUMA to the next level in our reentry to the basketball market,” Adam Petrick, Global Director of Brand and Marketing at PUMA, said in a statement. “This partnership is a testament to the continued resurgence of PUMA within the basketball industry.”
Per the new agreement, Puma will not be allowed to feature athletes in their respective NBA uniforms and team logos has the brand looks to regain it’s once prominent presence in the NBA.
“PUMA played an important part in the early footwear culture of the NBA,” Dan Rossomondo, NBA Senior Vice President, Media and Business Development, stated.
“As PUMA expands its presence in the basketball market with new player relationships and a new line of basketball sneakers, becoming an official footwear partner of the league was a natural next step to help amplify the brand’s return to the category.”
The NBA has been busy with partnerships as of late. Just last week we reported on their new deal for the NBA G League and Twitch, where Twitch streams will now broadcast NBA G League gameplay, and Twitch streamers will be allowed to participate, via a unique partnership with them.
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