What did you think of All-Star weekend? John, Chicago
I thought Ne-Yo didn’t hold newspaper deadlines in high regard. I also thought Joakim Noah’s pride was palpable all weekend. And the moment when he dropped into a defensive stance and clapped at Chris Paul was priceless. I asked Noah about it afterward and he said, “I appreciate you bringing that up, especially him hitting that jumpshot in my face after I hyped it up, clapping. Thanks, K.C.” Covering Noah is quite the adventure.
How were the Miami Heat able to sign Chris Anderson? Why didn’t the Bulls pursue him? He would seem to be an upgrade over Nazr Mohammed. Jim Hanlon, Springfield, Ill.
The Bulls can’t sign a 15th player if they choose to do so until early March. That’s when the prorated portion of a veteran’s minimum salary is small enough to fit under the league’s hard salary cap of $74.307 million. The Heat are an abysmal rebounding team. That’s not an issue for the Bulls.
Whose bright idea was it to sign broken-down Captain Kirk to a two-year contract, which forced a hard cap and kills any chance to bring anyone onto the roster? He hasn’t played a full season in five years. Tony, Evanston
Hinrich’s health is a concern. Management was convinced he had overcome previous injuries with a great offseason, and none of his injuries are related. But it does seem like Hinrich’s style of play has him breaking down. It’s too bad for anyone who knows Hinrich, who is as tough-minded a competitor as they come. The coaching staff loves his ability to organize the team offensively and defensively and his ability to play alongside Rose and either guard position was attractive. The Bulls hope he can rally down the stretch and have a healthy 2013-14.
The Bulls own the Bobcats’ first-round pick. I know it’s protected. When will the Bulls finally receive it? Smiley Waisnor, Antioch
It seems fitting to receive this query when I finally revive the mailbag since I seemed to answer it weekly last season. Repeat after me: The Bobcats' pick is top-12 protected in the next draft, top-10 protected in 2014, top-eight protected in 2015 and unprotected in 2016.
Good to answer some questions again. Talk to you soon.