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Looks Like Noah Headed To New York Knicks

My team (@Chicagobulls) just getting worst by the days. Come tomorrow this could come true. Looks like we won’t be contending for years to come. | #seeRed #chicagoBulls

NBA free agency doesn’t officially open until Friday but the New York Knicks may have already made a big splash.

According to a report from Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post, multiple sources have stated that former Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will “almost certainly” be joining the Knicks once free agency opens on a deal that will start “somewhere in the $18 million” range.

Noah, a New York City native, missed the bulk of the 2015-16 campaign after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury but it appears as though Phil Jackson and company believe that the 31-year-old center still has more than enough left in the tank to help the Knicks move closer to returning to the playoffs.

The former Florida Gators standout has, reportedly, set up a meeting with Jackson and other members of New York’s front office shortly after midnight on Friday as free agency officially opens at 12:00 a.m. ET.

This past season, Noah averaged 4.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 21.9 minutes per game for Chicago.

Derrick Rose . . . Salute

Thanks for the owes and ahhs Derrick Rose! Your still Chicago’s own and son. I believe your still great and will get your chance to prove that in New York. To me, now you really have the fuel to make that known and manifest. I’ll be checking for you in 2016-2017 season. The UC will be sold out on your return. I’ll be getting tickets to that game! God speed young bruth. | Luv

The Bulls Put Portland To Bed

Good day creators . . .

I hope all is well with you and yours on this new day. Late start in the MaddLabb today. A lot going on with the holidays upon us. Good game last night for my Bulls going up against Dameon Lillard and the Blazzers. Bulls pretty much had control of the game as they held the lead for the entire game. Once the Bulls pulled away, Portland would rally back within 2 or 3 at times then the Bulls would pull away again. Rose was looking good as he made his return last night. Looks like he’s seeing better these days. Hit his first 3 pointer of the season last night, plus a few mid range shots as well. Jimmy and Plumlee got into an heated exchange of words as they came to heads on the court after Plumlee hammers into Jimmy for a screen. Knocks Jimmy to the floor of which jimmy sweeps him back with a trip of his legs and sends him to the floor. Plumlee gets the flagrant foul and Jimmy receives an technical foul. After the game Jimmy said, “He cost me $2,500! I’m not happy about that. I’m going to ask him to pay me back — and I’m not playing.” It got me heated too just watching the incident. Bulls put them the bed, 93-88. Butler w/22pts 4ast 2reb, Rose w/17pts 6ast 4reb, 3Kola w/13pts 3ast 8reb, Gasol w/12pts 14reb and Gibson w/10pts 1ast 7reb

It was rough watching the game and trying to keep up with the protesting that was going on in the city over Laquan McDonald shooting. I’ll get more into that in my next post today. Just praying it all stays peaceful in the city, but for justice to prevail at the same time . . . “Today, you can be a positive force in a negative world. Today, you have the opportunity to truly make a difference.” (RM) | Luv

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Chicago Bears fall to the Bronco’s, but defense kept them alive til’ end

If you take out the first drive of each game, the Bears defense would have to be among the best in the NFL. The Bears let the Broncos carve right through them on their first drive of the game for an easy touchdown. That makes it four of the last five games in which the Bears defense has allowed a touchdown on the opening drive. It took just over 90 seconds and four plays for the Broncos to march 74 yards into the endzone in Sunday’s 17-15 win over the Bears. What made matters worse was it was also Denver quarterback Brock Osweiler’s first career start.

“That s–t will make you mad, man,” Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee said after the game. Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas – clearly Denver’s top threat in the passing game, especially with fellow receiver Emmanuel Sanders sidelined with an injury – found himself absolutely wide open in the middle of the field and broke a tackle from Bears safety Chris Prosinski en route to a 48-yard TD. After the game, Bears head coach John Fox said he didn’t want to play “the blame game,” but admitted they left Thomas uncovered and the defense just didn’t execute. “We lost our minds for a second,” Bears linebacker Shea McClellin said. “Sometimes that happens. Sometimes we get confused. We have to clean that up.

“We have to start faster than that. We haven’t done a very good job the last three or four weeks. We just have to correct it. It’s that simple.” Fox, McPhee and the rest of the Bears defense admitted they needed to make adjustments on the sideline and felt as if they were able to following the initial touchdown. After that drive, the Bears allowed just 10 points and also stopped the Broncos on a fourth-and-1 inside their own two-yard line. The Bears have allowed 28 points in the last five opening drives. But in 52 other drives over the past five games, the defense has allowed just 74 points (an average of 14.8 points per game). That means roughly a quarter of the points the Bears have allowed the last five games have come on the opening drives. Considering the Bears lost three games by a grand total of eight points in that span, those opening drive TDs are a killer.

“You don’t want to say ‘settled in’ because when that ball’s kicked off, it’s game on. Period,” Prosinski said. “We’ve just got to get off to a faster start, really lock in and stay focused.”

– TONY ANDRACKI

Bulls Fall Against Golden State

I was so ready for this game! With D. Rose out with a sprained ankle and A. Brooks with a hamstring strain. I felt like we could still get it done without them brothers. Just meant everybody had to be on their sh**. Of which everyone pretty much was. I can accept this L cause they played hard and close to the end. Hinrich had a great game along side Jimmy Buckets who was pretty much doing it all when they needed it. They stayed close with Golden State down to the last two minutes of the game.  It would’ve have been a different story if Rose had been in the game. The rematch should be another great game with us getting that W. Butler had 28pts 7ast 9reb, 3Kola w/18pts 5ast 10reb, Hinrich w/17pts 1ast 2reb, Gasol w/14pts 5ast 10reb and Noah w/7reb. Next game is Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers (5-9) 9PM. Bulls record now is 7-4. | #SeeRed