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NBA insider reveals most popular item requested by players in Disney bubble

NBA insider reveals most popular item requested by players in Disney bubble

Many NBA players are big time gamers. 

Gordon Hayward is famously obsessed with “Starcraft.” Dwight Howard loves “Call of Duty” so much he appeared in a commercial for the franchise in 2011. Zach LaVine often streams “Call of Duty: Warzone” on his Twitch account. And, seriously, just look at Meyers Leonard’s bubble setup:

 

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Incidentally enough, it turns out the biggest request by players inside the Disney bubble so far is gaming-related. According to NBA writer Keith Smith, who was also 20 years an employee of Disney, the most popular request by players during their first week at the campus was gaming chairs. And it makes sense. No one wants to sit in a normal hotel room chair for four hours when gaming — that includes the top athletes in the world.

“I heard the big delivery in the last two days was gaming chairs, because they don’t want the hotel chairs,” Smith told Jason Goff on the latest episode of the Bulls Talk Podcast. “They’re asking for all sorts of stuff.”

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Also on the show, Smith discussed what life is like inside the bubble for players and team personnel — from extracurricular activities, to food, to security and more. Smith was the first national writer to speculate about Disney as an option for the league to restart its season in an article for Yahoo! Sports back in April, and has been all over the story since.

Smith also shared why he’s optimistic the league will be able to finish despite the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases recently in Florida.

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Top 10 teammates of Derrick Rose’s Bulls tenure

Top 10 teammates of Derrick Rose’s Bulls tenure

Derrick Rose's eight seasons in Chicago featured plenty of highs, lows and everything in between.

It also featured quite the cast of characters.

While the core pieces of Rose, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng (and later Jimmy Butler) propelled the Bulls to the success they enjoyed in the early 2010s, around the pillars were always a competent stable of supplementary players — players that helped provide the Bulls fanbase with plenty of fond memories.

So, from Rose's rookie campaign to the summer of 2016, here are his top 10 Bulls teammates.

Top 10 teammates of Derrick Rose’s Bulls tenure

NBC Sports Chicago will honor the Bulls great with “Derrick Rose Week presented by Saint Xavier University” starting up Monday, June 8 at 7:00 PM CT with the first of five-straight nights of “Classic” game performances. See full schedule here.

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How Marcus Jordan once cost his school a sponsorship deal with adidas

How Marcus Jordan once cost his school a sponsorship deal with adidas

Appearing on the Bulls Talk podcast with Jason Goff, Marcus Jordan reacted to “The Last Dance” and said that people often forget that his father Michael is, in fact, human.

“I think the fact that he’s been an icon since literally 1984… Oftentimes people forget that, yeah, he’s Michael Jordan, but there’s human element behind that,” Marcus told Goff. “I think ‘The Last Dance’ did a great job showcasing a little bit of that.”

Marcus also shared the story of Nike coming to the rescue when he was a freshman at the University of Central Florida. At the time, UCF had a sponsorship deal with adidas. According to Jordan, he was told during the recruiting process that there would be no issue with him wearing Nike shoes in games. 

But in his very first contest, adidas suddenly raised a fuss.

“Literally in the first timeout of that exhibition game, one of the assistant coaches comes to me and says [adidas] just pulled the deal,” Marcus told Goff. “They pulled the deal.”

Adidas would end up pulling their contract with the school, but Nike rushed to fill the void.

Marcus and Goff discussed that story at greater length, his father’s relationship with Kobe Bryant and more on the latest Bulls Talk podcast.

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