Derrick Rose is a great player, and his injury was indeed a big deal. But the attempt by Adidas to turn him and his recovery into a Cause We All Can Believe In just feels... well, dumb, but also kind of sad.
Kirk Hinrich has never been much more than Kirk Hinrich, which is what made him valuable to the Bulls in the last decade, and readily available to the team as a stopgap in this one. But just because Hinrich has never been great doesn't mean he isn't an historical figure of sorts, both for Bulls fans and in a recognizable NBA way.
If it's true that there are no second acts in American life, then what is former Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas doing putting his name on a high-alcohol specialty malt liquor? And, more to the point, why is anyone drinking this stuff?
He'll never be mistaken for Kevin Love, but after a decade as a NBA meme made pasty flesh, Brian Scalabrine has proven that he's something more, and more complicated, than an exceptionally well-paid human meme.
Just what is Billy Corgan doing starting his own independent wrestling federation? As hard as it might be to imagine, one of rock's most reliably grandiose figures may just be being his dorky self.