MILWAUKEE -- The regional rivalry between the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls was renewed on Friday night, when the two Eastern Conference contenders met for the first time this season. With a split crowd reacting to every play, the game didn't need need any more juice, but it got some in the third quarter when Grayson Allen was ejected for a dangerous foul on Alex Caruso.
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Among Adam DeSautels' responsibilities as an assistant coach at Westwind Preparatory Academy in Phoenix was helping players find spots at the next level. In September 2011, that meant posting on Blogspot, where he published scouting reports, one of which included a proclamation: DeSautels would be surprised if this particular Westwind player was not named an all-league defensive player at least once in his collegiate career.
Throughout the process, I have vocalized (via the Pick Six podcast) my belief that the 2022 NFL Draft class lacks the blue-chip talent that fans have seen atop the draft over the years. Yet, it feels as though the draft community, myself included, has generally made mock draft selections from the same pool of players. In an effort to provide an alternative look to how the draft could play out in April, I decided to mix it up this week and that starts with the No. 1 overall selection.
There is no consensus top edge-rusher in the 2022 NFL Draft. Some teams will love Aidan Hutchinson. Others will be enamored with the perceived potential of Kayvon Thibodeaux. Don't be surprised if we get a late riser like Purdue's George Karlaftis, Michigan's David Ojabo, Penn State's Arnold Ebiketie, or San Diego State's Cameron Thomas either.
Rondo (hamstring) practiced Friday, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Rondo should tentatively be considered questionable for Saturday's game against the Thunder. He's missed the past six games.
Khaira (undisclosed) did not participate in Friday's morning skate, Charlie Roumeliotis of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Khaira has averaged 13:36 of ice time and scored three goals over 27 appearances this season. The Blackhawks have six games scheduled through the end of January with no more than one day in between. If Khaira misses any games, look for Brett Connolly to fill the vacancy.