Bulls well-represented on GM survey

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Bulls well-represented on GM survey

As a prelude to the start of the 2012-13 NBA season, NBA.com released its 11th annual GM Survey today. All 30 general managers were asked 57 different questions "about the best teams, players, coaches, fans and offseason moves. General managers were not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel. Percentages are based on the pool of respondents to each question of the survey, rather than all 30 GMs."
And the Bulls, despite missing Derrick Rose for at least the first half of the season, were wel-represented on the list. It's tough to determine whether the general managers held a bias against Rose being injured, but he still showed up on many of the superlative lists.
Of the 57 questions, here's where the Bulls or one of their players showed up.
Which team will win the Central Division?
1. Indiana (80)2. Chicago (20)
Last year: Chicago -- 96.4
Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?
1. LeBron James, Miami (50)2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (20)3. Dwight Howard, L.A. Lakers (16.7)4. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers (6.7)
Also receiving votes: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas; Derrick Rose, Chicago
Last year: Dwight Howard -- 29.6
Which player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2012-13?
1. Klay Thompson, Golden State (13.3)2. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland, and Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio (10.0)4. Paul George, Indiana, and James Harden, Oklahoma City (6.7)
Also receiving votes: Nicolas Batum, Portland; Alec Burks, Utah; DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento; Stephen Curry, Golden State; Kenneth Faried, Denver; Taj Gibson, Chicago; Eric Gordon, New Orleans; Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers; Gordon Hayward, Utah; Andre Iguodala, Denver; DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers; Ty Lawson, Denver; JaVale McGee, Denver; Josh Selby, Memphis; Evan Turner, Philadelphia; Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City
Last year: James Harden -- 21.4
Who is the best point guard in the NBA?
1. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers (69)2. Derrick Rose, Chicago (20.7)3. Rajon Rondo, Boston (6.9)4. Tony Parker, San Antonio (3.4)
Last year: Derrick Rose (59.3)
Who is the best international player NOT in the NBA?
1. Juan Carlos Navarro (34.6)2. Nikola Mirotic (11.5)3. Dimitris Diamantidis, Rudy Fernandez, Bo McCalebb, Dario Saric (7.7)
Also receiving votes: Nenad Krstic, Milan Macvan, Vassilis Spanoulis, Milos Teodosic, Ante Tomic, Fran Vazquez
Last year: Jonas Valanciunas (36)
Which is the best defensive team in the NBA?
1. Chicago (40)2. Miami (26.7)3. Boston (23.3)4. L.A. Lakers (6.7)5. San Antonio (3.3)
Last year: Chicago (66.7)
Which head coach makes the best in-game adjustments?
1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio (40)2. Rick Carlisle, Dallas (20)3. Doug Collins, Philadelphia (13.3)4. Rick Adelman, Minnesota (6.7)5. George Karl, Denver (6.7)6. Doc Rivers, Boston (6.7)
Also receiving votes: Mike Brown, L.A. Lakers; Tom Thibodeau, Chicago
Which head coach has the best defensive schemes?
1. Tom Thibodeau, Chicago (70)2. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio (10)3. Mike Brown, L.A. Lakers; Rick Carlisle, Dallas (6.7)
Also receiving votes: Doc Rivers, Boston; Erik Spoelstra, Miami
Last year: Tom Thibodeau (61.5)
Who is the best assistant coach in the NBA?
1. Brian Shaw, Indiana (23.3)2. Mike Budenholzer, San Antonio (20.0)3. Steve Clifford, L.A. Lakers; Mike Malone, Golden State (10.0)5. Maurice Cheeks, Oklahoma City; Jay Triano, Portland (6.7)
Also receiving votes: Ron Adams, Chicago; Kenny Atkinson, Atlanta; Brett Brown, San Antonio; Michael Curry, Philadelphia; Darren Erman, Golden State; Armond Hill, Boston; Elston Turner, Phoenix
Last year: Mike Malone (29.2)
Which player is the fastest with the ball?
1. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (36.7)2. Derrick Rose, Chicago (23.3)3. Rajon Rondo (13.3)4. Ty Lawson, Denver; John Wall, Washington (6.7)
Also receiving votes: Aaron Brooks, Sacramento; Darren Collison, Dallas; LeBron James, Miami; Tony Parker, San Antonio
Last year: Derrick Rose (57.7)
Which player is best at moving without the ball?
1. Ray Allen, Miami (56.7)2. Richard Hamilton, Chicago (10)3. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio; Kyle Korver, Atlanta (6.7)
Also receiving votes: Luol Deng, Chicago; Marc Gasol, Memphis; James Harden, Oklahoma City; Paul Pierce, Boston; J.J. Reick, Orlando; Klay Thompson, Golden State
Last year: Ray Allen (67.9)
Which player is the most dangerous in the open floor?
1. LeBron James, Miami (60)2. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (23.3)3. Derrick Rose, Chicago (10)4. Chris Paul (6.7)
Last year: LeBron James (53.8)

Dax McCarty named to U.S. national team roster for Gold Cup

Dax McCarty named to U.S. national team roster for Gold Cup

After the Chicago Fire's 4-0 win against Orlando on Saturday, midfielder Dax McCarty said his goodbyes to his teammates and got an extra handshake and a good luck message from coach Veljko Paunovic.

That's because McCarty was preparing to leave the Fire to join the U.S. national team for the upcoming Gold Cup, CONCACAF's regional tournament. McCarty was named to the 23-man roster that will take place in the tournament, which runs from July 7-26.

The U.S. will play against Ghana on July 1 in a tune-up. Fire winger David Accam will be a part of that Ghana team and is also away from the Fire. McCarty and Accam will both miss the U.S. Open Cup game in Cincinnati on Wednesday and the MLS game against Vancouver the same day as that friendly.

MLS is taking a break during Gold Cup group play, but will resume as the knockout round begins. If the U.S. gets to the semifinals, McCarty would miss three MLS games (July 1 vs. Vancouver, July 5 at Portland and July 22 vs. New York City FC). He would also miss a potential Open Cup quarterfinal if the Fire beat FC Cincinnati.

McCarty has been called in regularly under coach Bruce Arena, but has only played in friendlies. With the Gold Cup drawing mostly from MLS players, with European-based players getting a break during the club offseason, McCarty could see more playing time.

Fire right back Matt Polster was also included on the preliminary roster, but was not on the final 23-man roster. Former Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson was also on the team.

Here is the full roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (New York City FC)

DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca, Mexico), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest, England), Matt Miazga (Chelsea, England), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, Mexico), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana, Mexico), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana, Mexico), Dax McCarty (FIRE), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution), Kenny Saief (Gent, Belgium), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

FORWARDS (3): Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders)

Carlos Rodon to make season debut for White Sox this week

Carlos Rodon to make season debut for White Sox this week

Carlos Rodon’s next start will be with the White Sox.

The 24-year-old southpaw will make his season debut this week, though manager Rick Renteria didn’t give a definitive answer on when it’d be. But he’s likely lined up to pitch Wednesday or Thursday against the New York Yankees.

“I haven’t played here all year,” Rodon said. “I’m going to be a little geeked up and ready to go. Plus I get to face the Yankees, a good team, good swinging bats there.”

Rodon, who has been on the DL with bursitis in his left shoulder since the start of the season, has been sorely missed for a White Sox rotation that’s struggled mightily over the last month. White Sox starters have a 5.32 ERA in their last 30 games with only six quality starts.

Renteria said he’s hoping Rodon can bring some stability.

“We’re glad he’s healthy, we’re glad he’s back,” Renteria said. “We’re hoping he could kind of calm the waters a little bit in the rotation a little bit once he gets to his spot. He’s been down a while so hopefully he can settle into his role quickly, be effective and help us our moving forward.”

His numbers in three rehab starts in Triple-A Charlotte weren’t all that great, but in his final one on Friday, he struck out seven batters and threw 91 pitches. Rodon said that he felt comfortable with his pitches and that his slider was back with an increased velocity.

The only thing that’s left to do is go out and pitch.

“A lot of these guys, once they get back up to where they should be I think they feel a little bit more comfortable up here,” Renteria said. “They’re adrenaline is gonna be a little high. Hopefully it works to his advantage.”