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)

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred open to idea of Cubs hosting All-Star Game at renovated Wrigley Field

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred open to idea of Cubs hosting All-Star Game at renovated Wrigley Field

PHOENIX – Rob Manfred is open to the idea of an All-Star Game at a fully renovated Wrigley Field, but the Major League Baseball commissioner won't make any guarantees about the 2020 target date the Cubs have proposed in a joint lobbying effort with Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office.

"I'm not going to get into specific years," Manfred said Tuesday during a Cactus League media event at the Arizona Biltmore. "Because there's a number of clubs – we're fortunate – that have interest in particular years. And I don't want to say anything that would suggest that I'm anywhere near making a decision."

During last month's Cubs Convention, president of business operations Crane Kenney expressed optimism in a Super Bowl-style bidding process, and not the old way of simply alternating the showcase event between the American and National leagues each year.

The Cubs will point to their starring role in a World Series that beat the NFL's "Sunday Night Football" in head-to-head TV ratings and saw more than 40 million people tune in for Game 7. By 2020, the $600 million Wrigleyville development is supposed to be finished, and Emanuel helped broker the deals that moved the NFL draft to Chicago the last two years after a long run at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

"I will say this: A renovated Wrigley Field would be a great location for an All-Star Game," Manfred said. "Chicago is a great city. And over time, we have tried to go to cities that would be great locations for the game – and to reward cities that had made substantial investments in either new or renovated facilities."

The Cubs still see potential roadblocks, needing City Hall's help with an increased security presence around an urban neighborhood ballpark that hasn't hosted the Midsummer Classic since 1990.

Kenney also acknowledged that All-Star Games have been used as bargaining chips in public negotiations in cities like Miami and Washington – Marlins Park (2017) and Nationals Park (2018) will make it four straight All-Star Games for NL stadiums – while the Ricketts family used private mechanisms to fund the project after striking out on other proposals. 

Nemanja Nikolic channels his inner MJ in jersey number

Nemanja Nikolic channels his inner MJ in jersey number

Jersey numbers can be a big deal in soccer. Who is the team's No. 10? Who is the No. 9?

Nemanja Nikolic, a forward who joined the Chicago Fire this offseason as a Designated Player, didn't have the choice of either number that is famously associated with marquee attacking players because both were taken by returning players on the Fire. Instead, he landed on a number more famous in Chicago sports than in soccer.

Nikolic will be wearing 23.

The Fire announced the jersey numbers for the 2017 season with Nikolic's 23 a part of the list. Every returning player kept the same number as last season.

It goes without saying that wearing the No. 23 in Chicago comes with an extra bit of notoriety. Ever since Michael Jordan donned the No. 23 for the Chicago Bulls, it has been a common sight to find the best player on a Chicagoland high school basketball team wearing No. 23. That doesn't translate to the world of soccer, but in Chicago fans will notice.

A spokesman for the club said the number was more coincidence than intentional MJ reference, but if Nikolic has a good season don't be surprised to see signs at Toyota Park referencing Nikolic's jersey number.

In the preseason some of the players have been wearing different jersey numbers from what they will in the regular season. Nikolic has been wearing No. 9 in preseason matches.

Here is a list of the other newcomers and the numbers they will be wearing:

Jorge Bava: 1

Dax McCarty: 6

Djordje Mihailovic: 14

Juninho: 19

Daniel Johnson: 20

Stefan Cleveland: 30