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Wade's World hits Chicago

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 09/12/2009 - 00:17
While Michael Jordan helps legitimize the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Miami Heat star and likely 2010 free agent Dwyane Wade has put together an entire weekend of charitable events in Chicago. The third annual Wade's World Weekend began on Thursday and features a dozen different events, from a talent show at Millenium Park on Saturday (is Oprah's stage still available?) to a bowling party, a school supply giveaway and the "Wade's World Youth Summit" at UIC where Wade and others will discuss issues faced by Chicago teens. This is just another example that Wade's love for his hometown - he grew up in Southwest Suburban Robbins and attended Richards High School - is enormous, along with his generosity.

Bulls not chasing Arroyo

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 08/31/2009 - 02:30
The Bulls are not angling to sign former NBA point guard Carlos Arroyo. A rumor that Arroyo was about to sign a one-year deal with the Bulls appeared in Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia this weekend. But such a plan has never even been discussed. Adding Arroyo wouldn’t make much sense, anyway, because the Bulls already have Kirk Hinrich, Jannero Pargo and Lindsey Hunter to fill in for Derrick Rose at point guard. The Bulls have very little room to add payroll before eclipsing the luxury-tax threshold and will probably open the season with a 13-man roster if center Aaron Gray re-signs as expected.

LeBron confirms his future in Akron; Cleveland in question

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 08/25/2009 - 12:46
LeBron James did an interview with ESPN this week and seemed to cast doubt on his future with the Cavaliers. His telltale line stressed that he plans to continue living in his hometown of Akron, no matter what happens when he becomes a free agent in 2010. “My loyalty is to Akron,” he said. “I'm looking forward to this upcoming season, but I'm looking forward to the summer of 2010, too, to see what may happen. No matter what happens that summer, you know, I'm still here. I've got a nice big house here that I'm always coming back to. You know, I love this city and I'll always give back to this city no matter what my profession; if it takes me somewhere else.”

Scottie, Linton star at Bulls' golf outing

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 08/18/2009 - 23:39
The Bulls held their second annual charity golf outing Monday at the White Pines Golf Club in Bensenville. I thought there might be a few newsworthy items, but not really. Bulls alumni made a strong showing at the event. Scottie Pippen provided some starpower and he appears to be an excellent golfer. Others on the course were Tom Boerwinkle, Bob Love, Artis Gilmore, John Mengelt, Dave Corzine, Brad Sellers, Stacey King and I might be forgetting a few. Pete Myers and Randy Brown represented the coaching staff, along with general manager Gar Forman and marketing director Steve Schanwald from the front office. Coach Vinny Del Negro used to work the celebrity golf circuit, according to his bio, but he was out of town.

Boozer: No issues with Paxson brothers

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 07/28/2009 - 13:58
Utah power forward Carlos Boozer is in town for Corey Maggette’s basketball camp at Fenwick High School and gave another interview Tuesday on WMVP’s “Waddle & Silvy Show.” A few weeks ago, Boozer said he expects to be traded and talked about how much he’d love to play for the Bulls. This time, he backed off the trade talk, saying he agreed to keep quiet and let the Jazz look for a deal. But he was asked about his relationship with Jim Paxson, older brother of the Bulls’ vice president of basketball operations and a consultant for the team.

Deng not 100 percent, will skip European championships

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 07/27/2009 - 13:56
Luol Deng has officially decided to skip the European championships in order to concentrate on recovering from the stress fracture that kept him sidelined for the Bulls’ final 29 games last season. During the past two summers, Deng helped carry Great Britain to a rare spot in the 16-team tournament, which will be held in Poland beginning Sept. 7. Britain has never made much of a ripple in international basketball, but has its sights set on fielding a competitive team at the 2012 London Olympics. Deng held a conference call Monday morning with reporters in England.

Rose's team clobbered in Team USA scrimmage

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 07/26/2009 - 12:30
Derrick Rose wrapped up a three-day Team USA mini-camp by playing on the losing side of an intrasquad scrimmage late Saturday night at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. The Blue team, led by Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant, rolled to an 100-81 victory over the White, which was led in scoring by a couple of Memphis Grizzlies. Rudy Gay was the game’s high-scorer with 27 points and he hit an impressive 11-of-12 shots from the field. O.J. Mayo didn’t shoot as well (5-for-16), but added 13 points for the White squad. Rose finished with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 turnovers in 28 minutes of action, hitting 3-of-7 shots from the field.

Rose takes court at USA mini-camp; David Lee a long shot

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 07/23/2009 - 23:49
Derrick Rose has kept a low profile this summer. But he was back on the court Thursday for the opening practice of a USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas. Rose is one of 22 young players hoping to get an invite to join the squad for next year’s FIBA World Championships and the 2012 London Olympics. The NBA’s rookie of the year made it clear he’d like to be on the medal stand at the next Olympics and probably has a decent chance of joining the team. The mini-camp will conclude Saturday with an intrasquad game at the Thomas & Mack Center.

It's a shame Reinsdorf doesn't speak more often

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 07/22/2009 - 16:56
Over the years, several Bulls staffers have told me chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is a genuinely nice person and a great boss. I had little to say in response, because I barely knew the guy. I can think of maybe three or four times during 10 years of covering the Bulls full-time that I’ve spoken with Reinsdorf. A couple of those were when he was made available for other causes, such as the WNBA ticket experiment and dedication of a new basketball court in North Chicago. Reinsdorf finally agreed to sit down with the team’s three beat writers on Monday and, really, it’s a shame he doesn’t talk more often. He was very thoughtful, friendly and open during the interview session. If I can appreciate hearing from Reinsdorf, fans of the Bulls and White Sox probably feel the same way.

Utah keeps Millsap, ready to launch Boozer?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 07/17/2009 - 11:00
Utah will hang onto Paul Millsap, which means the next logical transaction for the Jazz will be to relocate Carlos Boozer. As expected, Utah matched the four-year, $32 million offer sheet given to Millsap by Portland. Now it's a question of where Boozer will land, though the Jazz may be in no hurry to move the burly power forward. I'm sure Utah would like to start next season without him, but they could always keep the burly power forward until the trade deadline next February.