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Word on the Street: Gibson to All-Star Weekend

Word on the Street: Gibson to All-Star Weekend

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011
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Gibson named to RookieSophomore challenge

The NBA has announced that Bulls forward Taj Gibson has been selected to play in the annual Rookie-Sophomore game during this year's All-Star weekend. Gibson will be joined by, among others, Spurs center DeJuan Blair, Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Bucks guard Brandon Jennings. (Chicago NowBulls Confidential)

Thibodeau wins coach of the month

After his team went an impressive 12-4 in the month of January, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau started off the new month on the right foot, winning the Eastern Conference coach of the month for January. On top of his team's dominant January performance, they are also the only team remaining in the NBA who are undefeated in their own division (11-0). (Chicago Sun Times)
Packers coaches respect Cutler

Over the last week sports fans have been inundated with dozens of stories about Jay Cutler, his toughness, and the respect other players do - or do not - have for him. So, without further ado; here's another one.

After the Packers saw Todd Collins beginning to warm up on the sidelines during the NFC Championship game, the team coaching staff huddled to decide how to amend their game plan. This, in part, was the result:

"But one of the other assistants commented, 'If Cutler can play he will play because he's a tough kid so keep your guys focused on the rush lanes,' " Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac said Tuesday during Super Bowl XLV Media Day at Cowboys Stadium. "I'm just going to tell you from my perspective, playing against Cutler when I was at Carolina (with the Panthers staff) and he was at Denver, he's a tough kid. ... I thought that stuff (criticizing Cutler) was crazy." (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Jets assistant who tripped player resigns

Sal Alosi, the embattled New York Jets strength and conditioning coach, announced his resignation on Monday after what was likely the highest profile season a strength and conditioning coach has ever had.

Alosi was caught on camera, during a Dec. 12 game, tripping a Miami Dolphins player during a punt return. After the tripping incident, he was suspended for the rest of the season by the team and fined 25,000. A few days later, the suspension was made indefinite when Alosi admitted to ordering players to form a wall along the sideline.

"After the events that have transpired, I feel it's best for my family and me to look for a fresh start," Alosi said in a statement issued by the team.(ChicagoBreakingSports)

Can Cairo Santos be the kicker the Bears need?

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Can Cairo Santos be the kicker the Bears need?

Since the Bears inserted Mitchell Trubisky as their starting quarterback, they've had 12 drives end with a field goal — an average of two per game. Connor Barth hit nine of those dozen kicks, which had an average distance of 38.4 yards, but all three of Barth’s misses came from 45 yards or longer. 

Barth’s missed game-tying 46-yarder in the final seconds Sunday against the Detroit Lions was the last straw for someone who hadn’t been consistent in his one and a half years in Chicago. So enter Cairo Santos, who made 89 of 105 field goals (85 percent) from 2014-2017 with the Kansas City Chiefs. More importantly: Santos has made 73 percent of his career field goals from 40 or more yards; Barth made 52 percent of his kicks from the same distance with the Bears. 

(73 percent from long range isn’t bad, but it’s not great, either: Philadelphia Eagles kicker and Lyons Township High School alum Jake Elliott has made 88 percent of his 40-plus-yard kicks; Harrison Butker, who replaced Santos in Kansas City, has made 90 percent of his kicks from that distance. Both players are rookies who were drafted and cut prior to the season.)

Santos was released by the Chiefs in late September after a groin injury landed him on injured reserve (he played in three games prior to being released). The injury wasn’t expected to be season-ending, and Santos said he’s felt 100 percent for about two weeks before joining the Bears on Monday. 

“It was a long and difficult battle, but I was confident that it wasn’t going to be a serious injury, I just needed time,” Santos said. “I dealt with it in training camp, I was kicking really well, I was the only kicker in KC, and I didn’t have the appropriate time to heal. I tried to play the first three games and it got worse, so my main goal was to get 100 percent. I’ve been kicking for about a month now and finally the last week been able to come here and visit with the Bears. The muscle is in good shape to come and take a full load of a week’s practice and games, so thankful the opportunity worked out.”

For Santos, these next six weeks can be an audition for him to stick in Chicago next year. If the Bears can look optimistically at the improvements made by the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams with second-year top-drafted quarterbacks, they’ll need to figure out their kicking situation sooner rather than later. Bringing in Santos provides a good opportunity for that down the stretch. 

“He’s kicked in Kansas City, which is a similar climate,” special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers said. “Their field is similar to Soldier Field. He’s played in some big games, played in some important situations and he’s, by and large, been successful in those situations.”

Another wild twist in the Derrick Rose saga

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Another wild twist in the Derrick Rose saga

We may have seen the last of Derrick Rose on a basketball court. 

According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Adrian Wojnarowski, the point guard, who's currently recovering from ankle injury, is away from the Cavaliers organization and contemplating his future in basketball: 

The news may come as a shock considering Rose is still only 29 years old, but the Chicago native has experienced triumphant highs and depressing lows like few others in league history. Undoubtedly, that's taken a toll. 

From youngest MVP in league history to injury-prone backup, the former No. 1 pick of the Bulls has seen it all in his nine-year career. And just last season in New York, his passion for the game was called into question after missing a game without informing coaches, players or staff to attend to a family issue. 

He decided to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland last offseason -- a move that nobody could have predicted five years ago -- on a veteran's minimum contract, and averaged 14.3 points before, you guessed it, being forced to sit with injury. 

If Rose ultimately decides to step away for good, eerie parallels can be drawn to Doug Collins' NBA stint. Collins didn't have quite the upside Rose had, but he was a three-time All-Star before foot and knee injuries cut his career short at, yes, also 29. 

It's another sad twist in the Derrick Rose Story. He may be the greatest 'What if' in NBA history.