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Stories developing around Fire

Since hiring Veljko Paunovic to replace Frank Yallop, the Fire themselves haven’t made much big news during the offseason. But recently there have been plenty of developments with some ties to the club:

Bulls start slow before crushing 76ers

Before Monday night’s game, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg tried his best to talk up the Philadelphia 76ers.

They were 1-24, playing the second half of a back-to-back, losers of six straight and having the latest in a string of miserable seasons, but Hoiberg sounded some words of warning.

With 76ers’ backing, Jahlil Okafor adjusting to NBA

Jahlil Okafor hasn’t had the smoothest transition to NBA life.

Okafor’s Philadelphia 76ers have been the league’s worst team as the franchise’s interminable rebuild sputters to nowhere. And perhaps more surprisingly, life away from the game for the former Whitney Young star has become an issue, as he was suspended for two games earlier this month after repeated off-the-floor incidents.

Bulls grind out win over lowly Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans entered Saturday’s game 6-16. They were without Jrue Holiday, Ryan Anderson and Quincy Pondexter and looking for a way to overcome a rash of injuries to keep in touch with the Western Conference playoff race. Oh, they played Friday in New Orleans and didn’t arrive in Chicago until early Saturday.

Yet the Bulls needed to rally in the fourth quarter for an ugly 98-94 win.

Fire pass on waiver draft

MLS held the waiver draft Wednesday, and the Fire passed despite holding the first pick. Colorado’s selection of former Seattle midfielder Micheal Azira was the only choice used.

Fire defenders Adailton and Daneil Cyrus were available to be chosen.

Mike Magee, Larentowicz could be leaving Fire

The Fire have begun their latest rebuilding project, and they could be going forward without two of their biggest names.

On Monday, they announced that former MVP Mike Magee is out of contract, and that the option for captain Jeff Larentowicz has been declined. If they don’t re-sign, Magee and Larentowicz will be part of the first MLS free-agent class.

Patrick Kane extends streak but Hawks lose to Wild

Patrick Kane can’t block out talk about his point streak. That’s not a knock against him, since it’s become one of the biggest current stories in the NHL. It would be impossible for anybody not to let it creep into their brain, and even Kane has allowed that to happen.

Again, not a knock, but a fact. Though if it’s dominating his brain, he isn’t saying.