Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. recently turned down (depending on who you believe) a mega fight against Manny Pacquiao. It is now apparent that this was a calculated move in order to take it to the streets and challenge Chicago Bulls point guard CJ Watson. It has been a busy off-season for young CJ. The Prize Fighter was signed by the Bulls to back up Derrick Rose, slotted at a very respectable sixth in the inaugural NB Player Rankings, and now is destined to go toe to toe with the pound for pound top boxer in the world the world. The police report released earlier in the week states that Mayweather allegedly had a spat with his ex-girlfriend (and baby’s momma), got physical with her, then threatened to kill her and her boyfriend. Who is this mysterious boyfriend? Well, according to TMZ (OMG!), he is none other than CJ “The Prize Fighter” Watson. Mayweather also reportedly said, “I’m going to have you both disappear.” I assume this means a pre-bout magic show by Money himself! Even with just those to events on the night’s card, this should be one of boxing more entertaining evenings since Tyson tried to eat Holyfield. Stay tuned to NB for more info on the upcoming Mayweather-Watson Magic Show/Bout!
- On Monday, The Chicago Bulls named Michael Reinsdorf President and Chief Operating Officer of your Chicago Bulls. Who got the boot? No one. Wily old Jerry “Papa” Reinsdorf made up the position like magic (taking a page from Money Mayweather?), thus securing the Second Reich. In a released statement, Michael stated, “The Bulls’ winning tradition on and off the court is part of my DNA.” This puts an age-old question to bed; good owners are truly a product of genes and not environment.
- Tom Thibodeau’s assistant coaching squad (C Squad) has been rounded out, unless he plans on adding even more to the current plethora of helpers. Thus far, C Squad consists of Ron Adams, Andy Greer, Rick Brunson, Adrian Griffin, and Ed Pinckney. Having already covered the hot prospect Adrian Griffin, NB would like to give a big thumbs-up to Rick Brunson. The former Temple standout point guard spent his years there under the tutelage of the great John Cheney. With that kind of experience, we can expect the Bulls to upset a couple of major programs on their way to the Sweet Sixteen! This almost makes the Bulls a lock to win the Atlantic Ten.
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