Bulls Sign Chris Richard for Rest of Season

Bulls Sign Chris Richard for Rest of Season

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
12:30 PM
By Aggrey Sam
CSNChicago.com
The Bulls waived the team's--and the NBA's--elder statesman, Lindsey Hunter today, while welcoming back Chris Richard. With injuries to key frontcourt players Brad Miller, Taj Gibson and most notably, Joakim Noah, coupled with the team's surplus of guards, Hunter became expendable.

The 17-year veteran guard, a first-round pick by the Detroit Pistons in the 1993 NBA Draft, was the league's most tenured player. A two-time NBA champion--with the Lakers in 2001 and the Pistons in 2004--Hunter averaged 8.5 points per game during his career. Hunter, 39, will remain with the organization in an unspecified role.

Richard, a 6-foot-9 Florida product, is a familiar face, as he was with the team both in the preseason, and most recently last month, as he was called up from the D-League's Tulsa 66ers for a pair of 10-day contracts.

Richard averaged 2.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in his prior five-game stint with the Bulls this season. A physical player with an acumen for rebounding, he was a solid inside presence in relief for Noah, his ailing former college teammate.

However, he was released when Chicago acquired Flip Murray and Acie Law from Charlotte, and Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander from Milwaukee at the trade deadline. The Bulls were forced to release a player to meet league-mandated roster limits, but head coach Vinny Del Negro reportedly stressed that his staff preferred not to release Richard.

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.coms Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

New York Knicks center Joakim Noah out for the year

New York Knicks center Joakim Noah out for the year

Joakim Noah's best days are clearly behind him. Now his 2016-17 season is, too.

Sources told The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski that the former Bulls center, who signed with the Knicks this past offseason, will require arthroscopic knee surgery that will cost him the rest of the season.

The Bulls made the decision last offseason to move on from Noah, who had been with the team since 2007. Noah struggled in his last season with the Bulls, averaging just 4.3 points on 38 percent shooting and 8.8 rebounds in 29 games before a shoulder injury in January cost him the rest of the season.

But Phil Jackson and the Knicks thought that Noah, who was named to the All-NBA first team in 2014, had something left in the tank when they signed him to a four-year, $72 million deal in July. Noah was in line to replace departed center Robin Lopez, who the Knicks shipped to Chicago in the Derrick Rose trade.

But Noah again struggled to stay on the court in his first season in the Big Apple, missing 12 games due to various injuries. He averaged 5.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 22.1 minutes. He still has three years and $55.6 million remaining on his deal.

Ironically, Noah had his best game of the year when he returned to Chicago to face the Bulls. Noah scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out four assists in 35 minutes, with the Knicks rolling to a 13-point victory. Two months later he went for 12 points and 16 rebounds in another win over the Bulls.

Chicago man steals the show at Oscars, gets gifts from hometown sports teams

Chicago man steals the show at Oscars, gets gifts from hometown sports teams

Leave it to a Chicago man to steal the show at the biggest awards ceremony on the planet.

Gary, an unsuspecting tourist who arrived on the Academy Awards stage as part of an elaborate Jimmy Kimmel gag, got the opportunity of a lifetime. Along with his fiance, he chatted up some of the most famous celebrities in Hollywood and even got Denzel Washington to preside over his wedding. 

Now, the internet sensation is getting some love from his hometown basketball squad. The Chicago Bulls tweeted an invitation for when he returns to the Windy City. 

Gary, who was rocking a purple iPhone case, will also be receiving a gift from the Bears.

Not bad for a vacation to California. Keep living the dream, Gary, but please don't let us find out that you're actually from the suburbs.