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Bulls trading for Monta Ellis? Highly unlikely

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Bulls trading for Monta Ellis? Highly unlikely

AUBURN HILLS, MICH. A recent piece by San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami suggested that the Golden State Warriors should look into trading high-scoring shooting guard Monta Ellis to the Bulls for center Joakim Noah.

This idea, which has been at least considered by the Bulls front office in the past, according to sources, is extremely unlikely to occur.

Before the Bulls acquisition of shooting guard Rip Hamilton, there was certainly a void on the perimeter, but although the Bulls struggled to score during Tuesday nights dramatic come-from-behind 76-74 win over the Hawks a game Hamilton sat out with a groin injury, but still the lowest-scoring total for a team through three quarters in the NBAs shot-clock era and Noah wasnt much of a factor because of foul trouble, a move like this shouldnt even be an option for management.

True, Noah has struggled to score early this season, with the exception of his 19-point effort in the Bulls win over the Clippers, but sacrificing his energy, defense, rebounding, size and intangibles wouldnt make much sense, especially given the fact that Ellis would make Hamilton redundant, let alone take the ball out of Derrick Roses hands at least some of the time.

At 5-1, the Bulls are sitting pretty, so even with backup point guard C.J. Watson currently out with a sprained left elbow, Hamilton nursing a groin injury and scoring still being a concern, theres no reason to push the panic button anytime soon and even consider dealing away Noah or young reserve big men Omer Asik and Taj Gibson, and especially not small forward Luol Deng, clearly the teams second-best player.

Chicagos frontcourt remains a strength, so to decimate it on an impulse to add more scoring punch wouldnt make sense and given that Ellis has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons recently not that the allegations, so far unfounded, will be proved to be true its doubtful that the Bulls, an organization that places a high emphasis on character, will want to add a player under such scrutiny to their mix.

But as fans, what do you think? Should the Bulls, a championship contender already, take a risk that could potentially put them over the hump?

White Sox Talk Podcast: Interview with Hall of Famer Harold Baines

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Interview with Hall of Famer Harold Baines

Chuck Garfien sits down with new Hall of Famer Harold Baines.

First, Chuck, Ryan McGuffey and Chris Kamka share their memories of watching Baines play with the White Sox (1:40). Then, Baines explains why he's always been so soft-spoken (8:45), how he was able to play 22 seasons in the majors (13:00), why he's never spoken to GM Larry Himes for trading him to Texas (15:30), the apology he received from President George W. Bush (16:30), what he thinks about the critics who don't think he should be in the Hall of Fame (18:25), a replay of Baines emotional interview with Chuck about his dad (20:50) and more.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson discusses inspiring a younger generation of black baseball players, bat flipping and much more on Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum

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White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson discusses inspiring a younger generation of black baseball players, bat flipping and much more on Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson appeared on Thursday's episode of the Pull Up Podcast hosted by Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum and ESPN's Jordan Schultz to discuss many things including his MLB career, the charity work he does in the Chicago community and the need more expression and entertainment (overall) in baseball.

McCollum asked Anderson if the sport of baseball has evolved and what he would do to further these developments, based on the idea that the sport has a stigma of being boring, particularly within inner-city and/or largely black communities. Anderson stated, "They should allow players to have more fun.....just allow players to be themselves." 

Anderson discussed how being the only black player on the White Sox—the team that represents the South Side of Chicago—is extremely important to him and how great the White Sox organization has been at giving him every opportunity to be himself and "be comfortable". He expanded on how much he loves MLB life and how he wants to be able to pass on that love for the game to younger generations, especially the youth of the South Side of Chicago.

"I enjoy it [the responsibility of being the lone black player on the White Sox].....a lot of those kids in they area [the South Side], they kinda remind me of myself."

Schultz brought up the criticism of Anderson's bat flipping, asking him why it was so important for him to show that he was enjoying himself, at the expense of breaking one of baseball's "unwritten rules".

Being of a younger generation, Anderson lamented that it was indeed a new day in baseball and doubled down in saying that the simple aspect of having fun needs to be encouraged even more in the sport. 

"You're playing a game that you're failing most of the time and the times that you do succeed they don't want you to enjoy those moments. For me man, y'know, I think that's just a lot of pain showing.....from struggling, that's just that emotion that's coming out man. You know when you finally get to a point where you feel like you breaking through.....those moments that I want to remember and I want people around me to remember. That’s why I play the way that I do.”

Anderson is indeed having the best season of his career so far, with a slash line of .317/.342/.491 entering Friday morning. He is also nine home runs away from matching his season-high of 20 with over the half the season left to go.

With even more of a platform amid his career-year, Anderson has continued his crusade to make baseball fun again and doesn’t plan on changing up the way he plays the game anytime soon.


 

As touched on earlier in this post, Anderson wants to serve as a role model while also showing the youth that it is OK to be yourself as a Major League Baseball player.

In all the camps and baseball clinics that Anderon hosts, he always makes sure to answer every question about his unique experience in the MLB because he understands the value of kids getting to see someone who looks like them succeeding, even more so in a sport where the number black players sits at a mere 7.7% of the entire league

“Everything [is] not always good [for kids in inner-city communities], so I think that understanding that and kinda being a role model and motivating and inspiring those kids that look like me and I look like them, I think it's easier for those kids to look up to me. So that's why I go out and play hard and....enjoy the moment and do those crazy things on the field.....because that's what those kids like."

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