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Word on the Street: Pippen to be honored in bronze

Word on the Street: Pippen to be honored in bronze

Thursday, March 17, 2011
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Pippen to be honored in bronze

The Bulls will unveil a bronze bust of Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen at halftime of the Bulls' April 7 game against the Boston Celtics. The bust was created by Omri and Julie Rotblatt-Amrany, who also created the Michael Jordan statue outside the United Center. Pippen's bust will be permanently displayed inside the UC on the 100-level concourse by Gate 7.

"Words really can't express my feelings," Pippen said in a statement. "It's an unbelievable honor and truly amazing. It's something you dream of as a kid growing up, but you can never foresee those childhood fantasies becoming reality." (CSNChicago.com)

Mendenhall backs Peterson's slavery comments

Steelers running back, and ex-Illini star, Rashard Mendenhall tweeted his support for Adrian Peterson's analogy between the NFL's labor stance and slavery. Mendenhall said that "anyone with knowledge of the slave trade and the NFL" could see the parallel between them. Like Peterson, he received plenty of criticism for his stance, but took it in stride.

"If you look back and dissect what I said, I didn't say that the NFL was slavery, I said that they parallel each other," he tweeted. "Look up the word parallel. This means that they're not the same thing, but they run the same course. These paths will never cross, but they mirror each other." (USA Today)

Kings no more?

The decision has yet to be made as to where the Sacremento Kings franchise will call home next season. One thing, however, is certain; if they move to Anaheim, they will no longer be the Kings. Lawyers for the Maloof family, who own the franchise, filed federal trademark registrations for the names "Anaheim Royals," "Anaheim Royals of Southern California," "Orange County Royals," and "Los Angeles Royals."

Additionally, an unknown entity filed for the domain rights to "anaheimroyals.com" and "laroyals.com." (Sacramento Bee)

Fire sign midfielder

The Chicago Fire signed MLS SuperDraft pick Davis Paul on Thursday. Paul was selected in the third round, 51st overall, of the draft and will be added to the Fire's roster right away. The terms of his contract were not disclosed due to team and league policy.

"We've been pleased with Davis' skill, effort and attitude on-and-off the field," said Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas. "Davis is a creative player and a strong competitor with the ability to play up top and on the wing. (The Sports Network)

Jimmy Butler's injury produced memories for Zach LaVine, Fred Hoiberg

Jimmy Butler's injury produced memories for Zach LaVine, Fred Hoiberg

MINNEAPOLIS — That feeling of having your knee buckle out of nowhere, Zach LaVine is all-too familiar with it.

That feeling of being on the sidelines and watching Jimmy Butler’s knee give out, Fred Hoiberg has been there, too.

Different perspectives, and different reactions but Butler’s knee injury produced a sick feeling to many who watched it Friday night. Butler turned to pivot in the Timberwolves’ game against the Houston Rockets and immediately collapsed on the floor, having to be carried off.

LaVine tore his ACL in Detroit over a year ago, while it was revealed Butler suffered a right meniscus injury. But it looked all the same and LaVine understood the uncertainty Butler must’ve been feeling before the MRI revealed it wasn’t an ACL injury.

“It’s scary,” LaVine said following morning shootaround at the Target Center Saturday afternoon. “I wish him the best. You don’t want to see that happen to anybody. Especially a player of his caliber and what he’s done for the team.”

When LaVine injured his ACL, he actually played a few more minutes before being removed and going to the locker room. The time between being evaluated by doctors and them coming back feels like a lifetime.

“It’s scary. You know you hurt yourself, you don’t know how bad,” LaVine said. “You think you’re good, you’re a tough minded person trying to get through it.”

“I saw him on the ground trying to get up, (Rockets guard) Chris Paul made him sit down. Jimmy’s a tough dude. Thoughts and prayers going out to him.”

Butler and LaVine were the centerpieces of the draft day trade involving the Bulls and Timberwolves. With Butler suffering the injury the night before playing his former team a second time, the timing produced a bunch of memories.

In Hoiberg’s first year with the Bulls, Butler went down in a somewhat similar manner in Denver, a non-contact injury. It looked just as bad, and Butler was taken off the floor in a wheelchair.

Thankfully it was a right knee strain that cost him several weeks but it wasn’t as bad as it looked. Considering the minutes he’s played over the last few years, Hoiberg was asked if Butler pushes himself too hard to be on the floor.

“Jimmy he wants to be out there,” Hoiberg said. “I remember the first year in Denver, he went down with what looked to be a serious injury. Thankfully he was back on the floor after 15-16 games.”

Actually, Butler missed 11 consecutive games before coming back for a nationally-televised game against the Rockets, playing 34 minutes in a Bulls win and missing the next three games for recovery.

“We really worried when he went down but it wasn’t something that ended his season,” Hoiberg said. “Jimmy’s a worker. He’s one of the hardest working guys I’ve seen. It’s a huge reason for the type of player he is, that work ethic to make him one of the elite players in the league.”

With Bulls-Timberwolves looming, Jimmy Butler is diagnosed with meniscus injury

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With Bulls-Timberwolves looming, Jimmy Butler is diagnosed with meniscus injury

Jimmy Butler won't be facing the Bulls a second time this season.

Butler suffered a non-contact knee injury on Friday night in Houston. The initial X-ray only revealed he didn't have any broken bones, but the MRI had to wait until Saturday.

The Timberwolves announced that the MRI revealed a meniscus injury in Butler's right knee. There is not yet word on how long the All-Star guard will be out of action, but if it wasn't already assumed that he wouldn't play against the Bulls, it's now certain.

Avoiding the ACL tear means avoiding the worse case scenario, but this is likely still going to cause Butler to miss a significant amount of time with about a quarter of the regular season remaining. An update from Shams Charania of The Vertical said Butler could return for the postseason.

The Bulls take on the Timberwolves on Saturday night. Butler dropped 38 points at the United Center in his return to Chicago exactly two weeks ago, but the Bulls won 114-113.

Butler posted on Instagram a reaction to the injury.

Saturday's game will be the returns of Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn to Minnesota after they went the other direction in the Butler trade on draft night last June.