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Noah wants 'Melo on Bulls
All-Star Weekend is a time for the NBA's best to socialize and schmooze, and Joakim Noah took advantage of that opportunity in a somewhat Machiavellian way. Noah told Carmelo Anthony during the break that he wanted Anthony on the Bulls, a sentiment evidently also shared by Derrick Rose, who reportedly offered to personally recruit Anthony. Playing with Noah and Rose might be a tempting opportunity for Anthony. Though he has been putting up great numbers this season and he'd stand to make much more money in New York, he's stuck on a 22-40 team that would need some kind of miracle to make the playoffs even in a weak Eastern Conference.
Here come the Chicago Bulls?
To many, the Eastern Conference was supposed to be a four-team race in 2013-14, but injuries and other struggles knocked the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls from the tier currently occupied by the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat. In fact, with Derrick Rose out and the Nets floundering early, many believed it inevitable that the Pacers and Heat would square off in the East finals.
However, both Brooklyn and Chicago have quietly improved in recent weeks, with the Bulls at the moment downright surging -- after their 109-90 win over the New York Knicks on Sunday, the Bulls have won nine of 10 and enter Monday's game at Brooklyn with a 33-26 record. Yes, 10.5 games still separate the Bulls from the second-in-the-East Heat, but perhaps Tom Thibodeau's gritty team can give one of the two juggernauts a series, even without Rose or the traded Luol Deng.
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Kobe vs. Jordan one-on-one?
Shocking revelations from Phil Jackson: It turns out that Kobe Bryant is really confident. In an interview with Fox Sports Live, Jackson said that he asked Michael Jordan to talk to Kobe Bryant shortly after Jordan's second retirement in 1999. One might expect a young player to be a bit star-struck when meeting a legend like Jordan, but this is Kobe Bryant we're talking about here. Jackson said the first thing that Kobe said to MJ upon meeting him was ''I could kick your ass one-on-one.'' This is, of course, the perfect Kobe Bryant response -- we'd imagine Kobe says some version of that to most everyone he meets, whether or not they're even professional basketball players.
Derrick Rose has knee surgery
These are troubling times for Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. The former MVP, who returned this year after sitting out a full season to recover from a torn left ACL, is out for the season after having surgery Monday to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. Rose had two surgical options, so it appears doctors chose the one that will sideline Rose for four to six months over a minor procedure that might have had Rose back sooner, but potentially facing long-term complications. What is the Bulls' outlook without him?
Pacers lose 110-94 to Bulls
Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for the Pacers Saturday night. Down by as many as 33 points, the Pacers dropped their first game of the season 110-94 to the Bulls. Paul George, Indiana's leading scorer, went 3-for-14 from the field for 12 points while the team as a whole shot 34-for-85. The Bulls on the other hand, led by Luol Deng's and Derrick Rose's season-high 23 and 20 points, respectively, were clicking on all cylinders.