The move by Chicago, ostensibly to build guard depth while avoiding paying guaranteed money to a bench slot, makes sense. As Blog A Bull pointed out, with Dinwiddie's non-guaranteed portion of his contract lasting through November, the Bulls get a relatively cheap look at the former Colorado guard before having to make a decision on the roster spot at season's onset. All it cost them was Cameron Bairstow, a reserve forward who was probably going to get cut anyway.
Sure, this essentially innocuous trade isn't going to turn too many heads around the basketball world, but one thing it did do is lead me into a victory lap around my office. For me, to see one of my favorite CU stars of the recent past winding up on my beloved Bulls is a wonderful turn of fate. I still believe Spencer has the talent to play at the NBA level, and the team that gives him a solid chance should be able to reap some good rewards. If it's My Bulls, you better believe I'm dropping the cash for a new jersey... and boy will the Bulls.com shop be surprised when they receive in that online order.
Today in the bag, I'm talking Game 7, Copa America, and the solidifying of the non-conference schedule in men's hoops.
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The King earns his hometown crown -
Well, we got the Game 7 no one was expecting, and damnit it if the NBA Finals wasn't saving its best for last. Back-and-forth the action went between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors Sunday night, providing some of the best pure basketball entertainment of the last decade. With a title on the line, and crying Jordan memes waiting in the wings, both teams brought their best to the court over 48 minutes, and all of us watching at home were better off for being able to bear witness. In the end, spurred by a transcendent block that had everyone on twitter finding religion, LeBron James and the Cavs pulled away late for a 93-89 win, stealing the series out from under the Warriors, and bringing a championship home to the Cleve for the first time in the history of Western Civilization (OK, first in 52 years).
|Wait, what? From: Fox News|
But, of course, it's all true. The comeback, three titanic performances from LeBron James, Commissioner Adam Silver handing the trophy to the comic sans guy, and champagne getting dumped on my man @TZiskBuff... all of it as real as it gets. Once again, life has proven to be the greatest narrative engineer available, with the tale, all-inclusive from the first days of LeBron at St Vincent-St Mary's through the Decision to today, as dramatic as any written in the history of the English language.
|This is, above all else, LeBron's title.|
LeBron didn't just live up to his perceived destiny Sunday night, in emphatic fashion he seized his crown and his legacy. Forever more, he's the guy who got it done, who refused to lose in the face of the longest of odds. The narrative of his entire career changed, and none of us will ever be able to look at him the same again.
US set for major test this evening -
The Copa America Centenario tournament has wound its way to the semi finals, and the Americans are still alive, thanks to last Thursday's hairy effort against Ecuador in Seattle.
The US had pressed the Ecuadorians (a team that is far from an also-ran) early and often, looking confident in both attack and defense as play unfolded. They were clearly the better side as they grabbed an early 1-0 lead, thanks to elder statesman Clint Dempsey, and seemed to be well on their way to an easy victory. Into the second half, I think you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who didn't expect a comfortable run to the final whistle.
|Dempsey, again, lead the charge for the US. From: Yahoo Sports|
Luckily, the Americans responded to the adversity well, doubling their advantage just ten minutes after the double send-off fracas. Gyasi Zardes tapped in a Dempsey re-direct to claim a 2-0 lead, a goal that proved to be the game winner. Ecuador would respond, scoring their own solid chance with just 15 minutes to play. Despite some last-gasp shouting, though, that was the final change to the scoreboard, and the USMNT claimed a desperate 2-1 victory.
|Uh oh, here comes Messi!|
Men's basketball finalizes non-conference schedule -
Quietly, the BasketBuffs announced their finalized non-conference schedule for the 2016-17 season last Friday afternoon. I get some of the hesitancy on their part, with the finishing flourishes put to the slate more of the indifferent variety, but it's still something that should've gotten a little more attention with incomplete season renewals still in the hands of many in BuffNation. Regardless, we now know when and where the Buffs will be playing this November and December.
|Basketball, as ever, on my mind. From: CUBuffs.com|
In that vein, I'm looking at opportunities to get out on a road trip, and catch the Buffs away from home. Visits to Provo, UT and the Springs are easy jaunts, even in late Fall, and I've been committed to the Legends Classic in Brooklyn since it was first announced. These road games will be the foundation upon which the final record is laid. I might as well be there as the masonry dries...