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)

The ‘friendly rivalry’ between Theo Epstein and Andrew Friedman with Cubs, Dodgers becoming NL superpowers

The ‘friendly rivalry’ between Theo Epstein and Andrew Friedman with Cubs, Dodgers becoming NL superpowers

LOS ANGELES – A man stepped to the microphone during a Q&A session at Cubs Convention and called Theo Epstein and Andrew Friedman “the two boy geniuses.” The fan told Epstein how his friends used to call the Dodgers baseball boss “your Mini-Me,” asking about their personal rivalry and if beating L.A. in the playoffs had any extra meaning.

“We have a friendly rivalry,” Epstein told a packed hotel ballroom in downtown Chicago in January. “First off, didn’t he interview for an internship with us and we turned him down way back in the day?

“And then like nine months later, he was GM of the Rays. When he was with Tampa and I was with Boston, we never spoke, because we were in the same division. It was kind of a heated rivalry. We literally never called each other on trades or anything like that.”

But where it’s so difficult for the small-market Rays to keep up with the ultra-rich Red Sox – and replace Friedman’s vision and Joe Maddon’s star power and survive a string of wasted first-round draft picks and find a long-term stadium solution – the Cubs and Dodgers are positioned to be superpowers for years to come.

That’s what makes this Memorial Day weekend showdown at Dodger Stadium so compelling beyond the National League Championship Series rematch. It’s not just upcoming free agent Jake Arrieta returning to the site of his onesie no-hitter on Friday night, a reigning MVP (Kris Bryant) and Rookie of the Year (Corey Seager), two of the best closers on the planet (Wade Davis and Kenley Jansen) and a classic Jon Lester vs. Clayton Kershaw matchup on Sunday afternoon.

The Cubs eliminated the Dodgers less than a month after Epstein finalized a five-year contract worth in the neighborhood of $50 million, likely surpassing Friedman as the game’s highest-paid personnel executive.

“Jed developed a pretty good relationship with him, because I didn’t like talking to him,” Epstein said, referencing GM Jed Hoyer, another Boston transplant on the Cubs Convention panel that day. “But then when I came out here with the Cubs, a different league and everything, I developed a much better relationship with Andrew and we became friends, so now it’s much more of a friendly rivalry.

“I will say that losing to the Dodgers would have been a bitter pill to swallow on a number of fronts, including that one. But they’re developing a powerhouse out there.

“We see them as a team we have to go through each year to get where we want to be.”

[MORE CUBS: Summing up the Cubs' impressive, potentially season-altering homestand]

Backed by Guggenheim Partners’ financial muscle and flush with new TV money, the Dodgers have won four straight division titles and 90-plus games each season while ramping up a farm system that’s now ranked fourth, fifth or sixth by Baseball America, ESPN and MLB.com.

“Everyone’s got their own style and their own approach,” Epstein said. “Ours was more kind of bottom-up (where) they needed to keep it rolling at a high level in the big leagues while retooling their system and nurturing the talent that was already there.

“We had to go out and transact and bring some stuff in. We were at different points of the success cycle. They’ve done a really nice job of winning while kind of establishing something new at the same time.”

The blue-blooded franchise that produced 17 Rookie of the Year winners last month rolled out Cody Bellinger, a 21-year-old, left-handed first baseman with nine homers in his first 28 games in The Show. Julio Urias – who might be the next Fernando Valenzuela – is supposed to be conserving some innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City for another October where the Cubs could be standing in the way of the Dodgers’ first World Series title since 1988.

“They’ve been producing great young talent for a long period of time,” Epstein said. “If you go back and look at some of the young studs they have in the big leagues that (former scouting director) Logan White and (the previous regime) brought in, some of the guys are still coming.

“They’re stocked and the Dodger tradition runs really deep. With Andrew and his front office, we know they’re going to be dynamic. They’re going to have more resources than anyone. And they’re a big threat to the whole league for a long period of time.”

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Could Derrick Rose reunite with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota?

Tom Thibodeau was without Derrick Rose for the first time in his head-coaching career last season, coaching the Timberwolves while Rose suited up for the New York Knicks.

But a reunion may be on the horizon. Rose is an unrestricted free agent and the Timberwolves, though they don't have a real need at point guard, are showing interest in the Chicago native. We'll have to wait until July 1, when free agency begins, to see what happens.

See what special guest Nick Friedell, Bulls beat reporter for ESPN, had to say about the topic on SportsTalk Live in the video above.