Could the Bulls benefit from Lakers, Magic problems?


Could the Bulls benefit from Lakers, Magic problems?

Monday marked a big day in Los Angeles and Orlando. The Magic fired coach Stan Van Gundy and parted ways with general manager Otis Smith, and the Lakers were eliminated in Game 5 of the playoffs by the Thunder.

Trade rumors have been circulating since then about Dwight Howard's role, as well as moves the Lakers will make to improve next season.

Despite the shake up in Orlando, Howard still wants out. However the list of teams he'd like to play for doesn't include Chicago.

Although the "super team" idea of Rose and Howard together seems undesirable for the Magic's All-Star, Chicago needs to reevaluate how they will perform with their MVP out the majority of next season due to his ACL injury.

But the likeliness of Luol Deng being traded is slim due to his wrist injury, so any possibilities of Howard coming to the Windy City are looking pretty non-existent.

The Lakers' elimination in Game 5 on Monday will certainly result in trade rumors surrounding the entire team, aside from Kobe Bryant. Immediately following the game, NBA fans already began discussing Pau Gasol and the possibility of a trade via Twitter.

Many Bulls fans have been keeping an eye on Gasol for a good portion of the season, even entertaining the idea of a trade involving Carlos Boozer.

But a Gasol-Boozer exchange wouldn't happen.

Despite his struggles this season, Gasol is a better overall players, and Boozer didn't help his case by displaying a lack of hustle in Games 1-3 in the postseason. The Bulls are also looking to save money next season, and Gasol earns 4 million more per year than Boozer does, so this swap would not make sense for either team.

What trade options do you think are the most realistic for the Bulls?

Paul Chryst says Alex Hornibrook will be available for Badgers in Big Ten Championship Game

Paul Chryst says Alex Hornibrook will be available for Badgers in Big Ten Championship Game

INDIANAPOLIS — Wisconsin will have quarterback Alex Hornibrook available to play in Saturday night's Big Ten Championship Game.

After Hornibrook was listed as quaestionable on Friday afternoon's injury report, Badgers head coach Paul Chryst told ESPN's Sam Ponder on Saturday morning that Hornibrook will be ready to go.

"Each day this week he's progressed, so I think that he'll be available to play, which is good," Chryst said in the interview.

Hornibrook sustained a head injury last weekend during Wisconsin's win over Minnesota and sat out the second half, forcing Chryst to turn his two-quarterback system into a one-man show starring Bart Houston.

But Saturday night, it seems that things will return to what they've been for the majority of the season: Hornibrook and Houston splitting time under center.

The Badgers' offense typically relies on its customarily strong rushing attack, but having both guys will be important for Chryst, who likes to keep opposing defenses on their toes by mixing up the two quarterbacks. 

Hornibrook has completed 58.1 percent of his passes this year for 1,243 yards and eight touchdowns compared to seven interceptions. Houston has completed 63.9 percent of his passes on the season for 912 yards and five touchdowns compared to three interceptions.

Houston is the more mobile and accurate of the two, though he hasn't completed more than nine passes in any one game since losing his starting job to Hornibrook early in the season.

In the Gym at EFT: Muscle activation

In the Gym at EFT: Muscle activation

In this week's edition of In the Gym at EFT, physical therapist Emily Sluis tackles muscle activation. 

Sluis enlists the help of Super Bowl XLIX Champion Darius Fleming to demonstrate dynamic stretches that get an athlete ready to compete. 

Check out key techniques in the video above, and be on the lookout for the next edition of In the Gym at EFT.