I’m sorry, everyone, but I’m opening up these morning bullets real quick with a solid TRADE ADDISON RUSSELL demand.
Not sure if you saw it, but Brett posted this lovely update over at Bleacher Nation Cubs and it’s a nice way to start the morning of angry if you’re a Cubs fan.
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) July 23, 2019
Please, Cubs, just do something about this.
All right, onto another frustrating Chicago organization.
- To start these bullets off, let’s take a look at how many Bulls crack the list of odds to win the 2019-20 MVP Award!!
— Covers (@Covers) July 23, 2019
- Wait, hold on, I don’t see any Chicago players listed! Shocking (*oozing with sarcasm*). I will say, it honestly is rather shocking that Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Lonzo Ball finish out this list. Obviously, none of these players are actually going to pull it off, but if those guys are handed odds, why not Zach LaVine or Lauri Markkanen? Again, I wouldn’t put money on it either, so it doesn’t really matter, but I feel like their names belong on the same list as those three players right now, right? I mean, for crying out loud, Andrew Wiggins is even given odds. You shouldn’t have to walk up and ask what the odds are on LaVine and Markkanen. At the end of the day, it comes down to name recognition and future value, I suppose, which is made evident by two Grizzles players having more of a fire under their name than any current Bulls player.
- Looking past the Bulls sadness momentarily, there are some intriguing bets here to be made. LeBron and Kawhi both at 12/1 is pretty intriguing. Not to mention, a Jokic at 10/1 with an even better Nuggets team should catch some eyes. If we are looking at any sleeper value-picks here, I don’t hate going all the way down to Luke Doncic at 50/1 and even Kemba Walker at 100/1 with his new situation in Boston… he could have a monster year. I should probably reiterate though, I’m not really a betting man, so take any thoughts I have on odds with a grain of salt.
- Staying on the topic of money, the Chicago Bulls were ranked as one of professional sports most valuable franchises. The organization has caught up to the Bulls, making both team’s worth an estimated $2.9 billion (Ranking 19th-overall). Yeah, that’s a lot of cheddar. The Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson mentioned that the Bulls have now seen a 12 percent increase since last year (somehow), and the team has an operating income of $115 million as opposed to the Bears $100 million. With that much money going around, it’s frustrating to sit and watch the Bulls seek out their typical “cash consideration” deals. Doesn’t feel great to be the 19th most valuable franchise and then struggle to win 30 games. Hey, at least it shows the team has a strong fan base still. Are any of those fans interested in buying the Bulls? I’d be eternally grateful.
- ICYMI: New Bulls forward Thaddeus Young received an invite to join Team USA in Las Vegas for their FIBA World Cup training camp. The move comes after several stars have dropped out of participating in the event, but it’s still a cool honor/recognition to be considered for a roster spot. Young hasn’t yet confirmed whether he will be attending the camp, but considering his strong veteran presence in the locker room, it’s not shocking the coaching staff wanted him aboard.
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) July 23, 2019
- We have yet to learn what the Bulls preseason schedule will be for this upcoming season, but it looks like we do know they will at least play the Bucks twice! The first game is at the United Center on October 7th… enjoy!
The Bucks just released their preseason schedule.
Kick things off on October 7th against the Bulls in Chicago. pic.twitter.com/O2OfgsceWb
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) July 22, 2019
- Zach LaVine did a short interview where he talked about watching MJ and seeing the banners hanging in the United Center. You can listen to it here…
- Strongly agree. I would like to place an order for more LaVine dunks this upcoming season, please and thank you.
We really miss basketball. And LaVine dunks. pic.twitter.com/euUfvmzoeN
— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) July 23, 2019
- Next Wednesday, Brett will be holding the last stretch of his Blogathon to raise money for Make-A-Wish at the Nisei Lounge in Wrigleyville. If you’re a fan of Bleacher Nation, hanging out and raising money for a good cause, feel free to come by. A lot of the BN crew will be there, so you can challenge us to darts and beat us. Hopefully, we’ll see you there!