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Bulls Tue Feb 28 2012
The Bulls return to the grindstone tonight against the downtrodden New Orleans Hornets. Fresh off a few days in the former swampland, cum citrus farm, cum "bustling" metropolis, Orlando, Chicago's all-stars Derrick Rose and Luol Deng are looking to keep the pre-break momentum rolling at the United Center. For the casual Bulls fan, this might be a game to miss, surely you have a book to catch up on? handwritten notes to pen to friends and family members? ...sigh... tweets about reality television to post? [Ding!] But, well, let's consider for a moment, that you, like me, will be watching this game.
Woe Unto The Hornets
Stung (zing!) by the move from Charlotte to New Orleans and stung once again with the diaspora following Hurricane Katrina, the Hornets, in a city of forgotten souls, is the bedraggled, mangy dog of franchises. While Drew Brees is busy resetting passing records and winning championships in a sport called "football" (but it's played with your hands?), the Hornets were the consistent, diligent runner-up. Playoff-bound and led by the cherub-faced Chris Paul, the Hornets were still largely ignored.
Then the Hornets lost their owner, then the NBA co-opted them (always a smart move, right Montreal Expos, sigh), then Chris Paul was traded, the Hornets got Eric Gordon's pulled pork knee, and the league is still trying to find an ownership group. This is not how you build a franchise, nor its fanbase, up. Still, there are the Hornets, fighting and plucking along and willing to do the right things as well as they can, with the marginal talent they have. So, anyway, yeah, watch this game, please? Check out Chris Kaman and just think about how awesome it would be for the Bulls to have him before the March 15th trade deadline.
CJ Watson and Rip Hamilton Healthy?
The MASH unit that Chicago was for the first half of the season, is finally getting healthy. Rip Hamilton is a game-time decision against the Hornets and CJ Watson has been cleared after suffering a mild concussion against the Milwaukee Bucks. Sadly, with CJ's return to health, we all have to wave a sad farewell to Mike James. Always serviceable and always a bit more bawse than he shoulda been. May we meet again, Mike James.
Additionally, Rose and Deng are no worse for the wear after their time in Orlando and Deng hasn't even been conctacted by Stu Jackson or anyone else in the Commisioner's office about his Africa-tee during Sunday's ASG introductions.
General Tso.— Joakim Noah (@JoakimNoah) February 22, 2012
Personal favorite Bull, Joakim Noah, just signed up for Twitter. So, now you can decipher what Chinese food he wants to order instead of just wildly speculating. Additionally, will he be the one to lift #FINGERGUNZ from mere NBA-blogger Twitter playground talk to all-out phenomena? "Signs point to yes," said the Magic 8-Ball.