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Bulls to sign Arroyo?

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According to a report in the Puerto Rican Newspaper El Nuevo Dia, the Bulls are close to signing veteran guard Carlos Arroyo to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Arroyo, 30, played in Israel last season. During the 2007-08 season he played with the Orlando Magic and averaged 6.9 points and 3.5 assists in 62 games (20 starts). He has averaged seven points and 3.3 assists in 10 NBA seasons with the Magic, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons.

The Bulls currently have 14 players in the roster, but that group includes Jerome James and unsigned restricted free agent Aaron Gray. The Bulls are deep at point guard with Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich, but Arroyo would be insurance in case anyone is injured.

NCAA punishes Memphis for Rose violations

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When I meet someone socially and they discover I cover the NBA, you'd be surprised how many times I hear something like, "I prefer college basketball because it's pure."

Those people usually are stunned by my reply: "Not only is the college game not pure, it's much more corrupt than the NBA."

In the NBA, the players are professionals. They're paid to play basketball and their compensation is out in the open. Sure, some are overpaid slackers more concerned with their paycheck than winning, but the vast majority are hard-workers who do what they can to help their team win.

In the college game, there are many upstanding programs that do everything by the book, but quite a few are shams. The players aren't legitimate students and certainly aren't uncompensated amateurs.

Whether the funds are given directly to the player or indirectly through a relative, many players are paid to play. The NCAA? It's mostly an impotent organization. Sure, they hand out penalties, but it's like a police department issuing parking tickets while more serious crimes go unpunished.

The ruling handed down on the Memphis basketball program on Thursday is a major example. For violations that, if true, are serious infractions, the NCAA announced that it was stripping Memphis of its 38 wins from two years ago. But the program won't lose any scholarships and coach John Calipari - who's now at Kentucky - won't be punished at all.

Memphis' violation was using an ineligible player that season -- Bulls guard Derrick Rose. He was accused of having someone else take his ACT exam and his brother, Reggie, allegedly received free transportation on team charters and free lodging at team hotels.

Although Rose maintains he did nothing wrong, the NCAA, by handing down its ruling, is saying the allegations are true.

I don't know if the allegations against Rose are true, but I know this much: this sort of thing goes on all the time in college sports.

D-Wade purchase no sign of the future

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Dwyane Wade buys a new home in Chicago. Normally, there'd be nothing remotely newsworthy about that except maybe a small item in a gossip column or the real estate section.

But because Wade can opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat next summer and become an unrestricted free agent, news of Wade's purchase - a $1.4 million riverfront townhouse in downtown - has created quite a stir on the Internet.

Does that mean D-Wade is planning to leave the Heat and join the Bulls (who will be big spenders on the free-agent market) next season?

Does it at least make the possibility more probable?

The answer to both questions is an emphatic "no."

Sadly, this is what passes for news in the Internet age. Wade is a native of the Chicago area and always has spent a good deal of the offseason in Chicago. He's recently divorced and there's nothing unusual about him buying a home.

There's been speculation that spending so much money may be a sign that this is more than just a second home, but Wade will make nearly $16 million this season. Believe me, he can afford to spend $1.4 million for a second home.

And besides, Wade isn't the first NBA player who plays elsewhere to buy a home in the Kinzie Park development. Shawn Marion, a former teammate of Wade, has owned a townhouse there for over a year.

The development is attractive to athletes who aren't home frequently because it is gated and there's constant security patrols.

I've never thought that signing with the Bulls was a good fit for Wade or the Bulls. Sure, he grew up idolizing Michael Jordan and the Bulls, but those days have long since passed. Wade's made a name for himself in Miami and the weather during the season is much more appealing in South Florida.

For the Bulls, they certainly could use Wade, but would be better off spending their money on a big man.

Besides, if Wade was making a real estate purchase based on his interest in joining the Bulls next season, he'd probably have bought something in the North Shore closer to the Bulls' Deerfield training facility.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is launching a public awareness campaign to celebrate its 30th anniversary of serving the hungry in the Chicago area. The focus - "Helping the Hungry for 30 Years" - is to thank those who have contributed to Chicago's food bank and raise awareness of the continuing need in Chicago and Cook County.

The campaign features Bulls guard Derrick Rose along with other notables in advertisements and public service announcements that will appear on CTA trains and buses and other outdoor locations around Chicago and on television and radio. Among those appearing in the ads besides Rose include: Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley; U. S. Senator Richard Durbin; and Steppenwolf Theatre Company actor John Mahoney.

Founded in 1979, the Food Depository has distributed 750 million pounds of food to millions of Chicagoans in need. The 30th anniversary comes at a time of unprecedented demand for emergency food and services. Over the past year, the food bank has distributed a record 58 million pounds of food, an increase of 26%. This would not have been possible without the assistance of thousands of people in the Chicago community - donors, volunteers, food suppliers and organizations and individuals such as those participating in the "Helping the Hungry for 30 Years" campaign. It will run in two phases, beginning the first week of August.

"We are so grateful for the support of thousands of Chicagoans during the past 30 years," said Kate Maehr, executive director of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. "From our humble beginnings at the historic South Water Market to distributing 58 million pounds of food this year, the Food Depository has served as a beacon of hope for scores of individuals and families in Cook County. We hope this campaign reflects our gratitude while highlighting the ongoing need in our community."

To see all of the ads, please go to:

The campaign will run through the end of the year. The range of participants is designed to acknowledge the Food Depository's 30 years of service to Chicago, while underscoring that importance of addressing the daily challenges for tens of thousands of men, women and children throughout the community.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago's food bank, is a non-profit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 600 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 500,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 58 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 119,000 meals every day.

Bulls move up start of home games

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In releasing their schedule for the 2009-10 season, the Bulls announced they were moving up the start of home games by 30 minutes to 7 p.m.

What do you think? Are you in favor of the earlier time? Give us your input by leaving a message.

Bulls 2009-10 schedule released

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The Bulls will open the season with a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, Oct. 29 at the United Center. That game is expected to be carried nationally by TNT.

The Bulls certainly won't have time to ease into the season. After facing the improved Spurs -- who are expected to be the main competition for the Los Angeles Lakers out West -- in the opener, the Bulls travel to Boston on Friday, Oct. 30 to face the Celtics in a rematch of the exciting first-round series last spring. This Celtics team, though, will have a different look with the return of Kevin Garnett and the addition of Rasheed Wallace.

The Bulls also have an early visit to Cleveland on Thursday, Nov. 5 for a matchup with LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal of the Cavaliers.

The Bulls begin their annual "circus trip" Tuesday, Nov. 17 at Sacramento, which should enable them to start off the road swing with a win against the awful Kings. The trip continues with games against the Lakers (Nov. 19), the Denver Nuggets (Nov. 21), the Portland Trail Blazers (Nov. 23) and the Utah Jazz (Nov. 26). The Bulls then get to come home for a few days before the road swing concludes on Monday, Nov. 30 with a quick trip to Milwaukee for a game with the Bucks.

Ben Gordon, who signed with the Detroit Pistons this summer, makes his return to the United Center on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Other highlights on the home schedule include the champion Lakers on Dec. 15, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Feb. 6 and Mar. 25 and the Cavaliers on Mar. 19.

One significant change this season is Bulls home games at the UC will begin at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30.

Individual tickets to all home games will go on sale on Friday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m.

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