Word on the Street: Boozer sues over 1 million

Word on the Street: Boozer sues over 1 million

Thursday, March 24, 2011
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Boozer allegedly ripped off for 1 million

Attorneys for Bulls forward Carlos Boozer have filed a lawsuit in Miami against a businessman, Claudio Osorio, who Boozer alleges squandered his 1 million investment in Osorio's company, InnoVida holdings. Boozer declined to comment on the suit.

This guy Osorio had an air of credibility, Boozers attorney, David Nunez, told the South Florida Business Journal. Thats how he was able to gain access to all these deep-pocket investors. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Van Gundy: MVP race already decided

Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy says that, even though there are still just over ten games left in the season, the MVP race has already been decided. Van Gundy believes that Derrick Rose, not his Dwight Howard, winning the 2010-11 MVP award is a foregone conclusion.

Brian Schmitz, writer for the Orlando Sentinel, agrees with Van Gundy's conclusion but thinks that Howard is building his case to win the award next season. (Orlando Sentinel)

Johnson, Barney make the team

The Cubs made another round of cuts today, sending Augie Ojeda, Bobby Scales, Scott Moore and Matt Camp to minor league camp and optioning Fernando Perez to Triple-A Iowa. What all of this means is that Reed Johnson has grabbed the last outfield spot and Darwin Barney will be one of the Cubs' infielders on opening day, whether starting or on the bench. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Hawks' Bowman applauds harsh sanctions

Blackhawks vice president and general manager is applauding the NHL for handing down severe sanctions for hits to the head like they did to Mat Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins this week. Cooke was suspended for the remainder of the regular season as well as the first round of the playoffs after a blatant elbow to the head of the Rangers' Ryan McDonagh on Sunday.

"Looking at the reaction, not just from the league but from other players and even from the Pittsburgh team themselves, I think they all concede that's not the kind of play we want in the game," Bowman said. (ChicagoBreakingSports)Manchester United to play the Fire?

EPLTalk.com is reporting that, according to an unnamed source, Manchester United is planning to play the Chicago Fire this summer. The game is tentatively scheduled for July 23rd, but no location has been chosen. The leading possibilities are likely Soldier Field or Toyota park, however there was some noise earlier this year that there might be a Manchester United game at Wrigley field.

Even with all of the hype, though, no official sources have come out to confirm these reports. (Hot Time in Old Town)

Chicago Fire acquire defender

The Chicago Fire have acquired the rights to Yamith Cuesta in a trade with Chivas USA. In exchange for Cuesta, Chivas USA received a 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft selection. Cuesta will immediately be added to the team roster but, due to league and team policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Yamith is a gifted defender with size, speed and strong defensive skills, said Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas. Our defense will benefit from bringing in a young player with experience both in MLS and his native Colombia.(TribalFootball.com)

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks win, Jimmy Butler starts All-Star Game

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks win, Jimmy Butler starts All-Star Game

Here are some of Sunday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Jimmy Butler: 'Hopefully I’m not going to get traded'

Patrick Kane leads Blackhawks to win in Buffalo homecoming

What Joe Maddon wants to see next from Javier Baez

Jose Abreu ready for 2017 after season full of 'different challenges'

Wojnarowski: Bulls-Celtics Jimmy Butler trade talks 'will loom over the entire week'

After surreal offseason, Ben Zobrist comes to Cubs camp in style as World Series MVP

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson out at least 10 days with foot injury

Fire score five goals for fourth preseason win

Simeon beats rival Morgan Park for city championship

Former Northwestern football player Torri Stuckey now focuses on helping others

Jimmy Butler: 'Hopefully I’m not going to get traded'

Jimmy Butler: 'Hopefully I’m not going to get traded'

NEW ORLEANS — Every All-Star isn’t created equal, even by the slimmest of margins as the best 24 NBA players take their turn on the midseason stage.

So Jimmy Butler being announced among the first five as an All-Star starter had to represent some form of validation, now that he’s not a novice at the whole experience and he’s able to go through the motions of the hectic weekend without breaking much of a sweat.

But despite being a three-time All-Star and routinely mentioned as one of the game’s top 15 players or even top 10, he can’t shake the trade rumors that have seemed to follow him since this time last season.

As he finished up his All-Star experience at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, clarity was nowhere to be found—although heading to some tropical island for a couple days to actually unwind with clear water and warm air seemed to be the best therapy if he’s stressed by the uncertainty of the next few days.

“What’s Thursday? Oh, trade deadline,” Butler said. “I don’t know. I don’t know. Am I anxious? Come on, man. I don’t worry about it. It don’t bother or scare me none.”

“Hopefully I’m not going to get traded but I don’t know. I don’t control that. Control what I can control, like going on vacation.”

Surely it has to be frustrating for a guy who’s elevated his game yet again, averaging 24.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.8 steals for the Bulls in 51 games. But he refuses to let it damper his All-Star spirits, playing with some of the best players in the world and a few guys he calls friends, like DeAndre Jordan and Kevin Durant.

“Not for me,” said Butler of the potential stress. “Not saying I’m untradeable but I don’t think about that. If I’m not in a Bulls uniform, I’ll give you a hug and say goodbye to you.”

Moments after Butler made his statement in the media room, the floodgates opened for the trade market as fellow Olympian DeMarcus Cousins was traded from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans for what seemed to be mere fodder, pennies on the dollar for the most talented center in the NBA.

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While Cousins is far more of a handful than Butler could be, the trade almost signals a consistent truth that always bears repeating—that short of a select few, anybody can be traded.

Even a franchise altering talent like Cousins, who was traded to the city he was physically in for All-Star weekend, and included in the package of players was a guy who hit him in the groin last week (Buddy Hield), resulting in a Cousins outburst and ejection.

Butler has made his name with the Bulls, although not necessarily on the All-Star stage, a player who values defense and doesn’t have as much flash as some of the game’s shinier players.

With a six-point outing in 20 minutes, Butler was an on-court afterthought despite being a starter for the first time.

“Six? Should’ve gone for eight,” he sarcastically deadpanned.

In a relatively jovial mood through the weekend, Butler joked about the talk surrounding him and tried to brush it off as mere chatter as opposed to the franchise not seeing enough in him to make a firm commitment for the long-term, as the Boston Celtics are always hovering.

League sources expect the Celtics to engage the Bulls in conversations for the next few days, but nobody has a great feel for what either side is truly looking for.

But as Butler insisted, he’s only controlling what he can control, which is making himself a fixture for All-Star games to come as opposed to some of the first-timers who don’t know if they’ll get back here again.

“I think I got two underneath my belt,” Butler said. “I know what they’re feeling the first time, It’s so surreal like maybe I do belong here. That’s how I was thinking. Now it’s how do I get here every year? I think that’s the fun part, that’s the challenge. A lot of those guys have done it 10-plus years, hopefully I’m one.”

The only question seems to be, which uniform will it be in because the crazy season has begun.