Scottie Pippen has starred in the spotlight and on the big stage in the past, and he'll do so again on Dec. 14.
But it won't be on the basketball court.
Pippen will join 7-year-old La'Ren Kimble, a beneficiary of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, in walk-on roles inA Christmas Carolat the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.
Kimble,who was diagnosed with a Wilm's Tumor in 2007, "loves being in the limelight and dreams about acting -- whether on stage of on film someday."
This will be the sixth year that the Goodman Theatre and Make-A-Wish Illinois have teamed up to give back something special to young children battling life-threatening illnesses.
Im excited to step on a different stage of sorts and look forward to being part of what has been a Chicago holiday tradition for so many years, said Scottie Pippen, Special Advisor to the President and C.O.O. of the Chicago Bulls. But whats most important for me is being able to work alongside my co-star, LaRen, and Make-A-Wish Illinois. I hear LaRen is an aspiring actress and Ill do my best to make her and the cast of A Christmas Carol proud.
For more information on the production, visit the Goodman Theatre'sofficial website.
Jake Burger was the White Sox first-round draft pick last summer, but he's gone a bit under the radar thanks to the organization's wealth of highly touted prospects.
Well, MLB Pipeline hasn't missed Burger's big bat, ranking him as one of the top 10 third-base prospects in baseball Tuesday.
MLB Pipeline has been rolling out its top-10 lists at every position since last week, and the White Sox have been well represented, with Michael Kopech the site's No. 3 right-handed pitching prospect and Zack Collins its No. 9 catching prospect. The site will unveil its shortstop and outfield lists on Wednesday and Thursday, and you're almost guaranteed to see Eloy Jimenez's name at or near the top of that list of outfielders.
But seeing Burger's name this high should give White Sox fans yet another reason to get excited about the future. After all, third base has been projected as one of the few places on the diamond that might need an outside addition to put the South Siders over the hump — especially with huge names like Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado slated to hit the free-agent market in the next couple offseasons.
But Burger's rise might prevent a need for a superstar upgrade at the hot corner. He hit a combined 43 home runs in his final two seasons at Missouri State, and he slashed .271/.335/.409 with nine doubles, four home runs, 27 RBIs and 13 walks compared to 28 strikeouts in 47 games at Class-A Kannapolis last season.
Whether Burger sticks at third base or not remains to be seen — something that's been speculated about — as he's obviously got plenty of development left, having just joined the organization last summer.
But to have some folks in the know to rate Burger so highly is only a good sign for the White Sox as the rebuild rolls on.
Plus, look what he's been doing during the offseason:
Simeon junior defensive back Marquae Kirkendoll (6-foot-2, 170 pounds) is looking for a chance at redemption in 2018.
Kirkendoll, who has the potential to play as either a "big" cornerback or as a safety at the college level, was part of a Wolverines team that lost its first three games to start the season. Simeon then won 10 of its next 11 games, capping off the season with a Prep Bowl title.
I caught up with Kirkendoll at the EDGYTIM MLK Underclassmen Showcase, powered by EFT Football Academy. He discussed the 2017 season, his latest recruiting news, offseason motivation, winter plans and more in the video above.