Omer Asik: Rockets Take Big Step Toward Contention with Former Bulls Center

Image Reality has set in for the Chicago Bulls, with ESPNChicago reporting that the team will not be able to retain center Omer Asik (whom the Rockets signed to an offer sheet on Friday). Asik joins Jeremy Lin, foreign import Donatas Motiejunas and three first-round draft picks in the cadre of new, young players who will grace the Rockets' roster next year.

MTS Hosted Their Annual Bike Tour In New York

Image Saturday June 16th MTS Logistics hosted their annual Bike tour in New York. The tour started in Battery Park in lower Manhattan, then over the Brooklyn Bridge all the way to Brighton Beach via Prospect Park. At Brighton Beach there was time for a swim in the ocean to cool down, before brunch at Tatiana Restaurant, where the group enjoyed a delicious but light meal, as the there was still 13 miles of biking to go. About 40 people participated the tour.  

Tokyo, Madrid, Istanbul shortlisted for 2020 Games

Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul have made the short list of cities bidding to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, the IOC said Wednesday. Two applicant cities -- Azerbaijan's Baku and Qatar's Doha -- failed to make the list. The three candidate cities must now prepare a detailed description of their plans to host the Olympics and also face a visit from the IOC Evaluation Commission.

San Jose Earthquakes Newcomer Sercan Guvenisik Making A Strong Impression

Image By Matt Schwab - San Jose Earthquakes newcomer Sercan Guvenisik has impressed coach Frank Yallop with his sharpness around the goal and infectious personality. "Terrific. He's a really lovely fellow," Yallop said. Guvenisik became the first Turkish national to play in an MLS match last week, entering in the 80th minute of a 1-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo at AT&T Park. As the Quakes embark on their first road trip of the season, beginning Saturday at Toronto FC, the cagey German league veteran is among a deep cast vying for playing time.

Kanter Reaches Career-best as Jazz Beat Lakers

Image Turkish center Enes Kanter had a career-high 17 points in addition to eight rebounds as the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 103-99 on March 18. Replacing Al Jefferson, who missed the game for personal reasons, rookie Kanter shot 6-for-7 from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds in 23 minutes as the Jazz handed the Lakers just their second home loss since Christmas on March 18.
Paul Millsap scored 24 points and Alec Burks, another rookie, had 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter for the Jazz, who snapped the Lakers’ five-game winning streak while winning three straight games of their own for the first time in two months.

NBA Trade Speculation: Is Now the Time for the Chicago Bulls to Trade Omer Asik?

Image Omer Asik has quickly become a fan favorite with the Chicago Bulls. His emphatic slams are joyous, especially when Comcast announcer Stacey King belts out, "Asik and Destroy!" The 25-year-old Asik's value has clearly been seen in his two-year stint with the Bulls. He's shown the ability to rebound at quite a rate. He's currently racking up 5.3 rebounds per game in only 14.8 minutes an outing.
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