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Coby White's emotional story about his father gives a window into the person behind the player

Coby White's emotional story about his father gives a window into the person behind the player

The Bulls just drafted guard Coby White out of North Carolina.

A few days before the draft he wrote an article about his father for The Players’ Tribune. It’s a gut-wrenching story about how important his dad was in his life and how he coped with losing him to liver cancer.

White’s father got diagnosed with liver cancer a few years ago. He wrote about his emotions of finding out his cancer was terminal and then later learning to live without someone so important in his life. The whole story is must-read stuff and can show Bulls fans a lot about the person the team is getting.

He questioned his religion at the time, saying he was mad at God for what was happening, and going to happen, to his dad.

All I could think about was how I was a person of incredibly strong faith, and now I was about to lose my father. Everything I had known and believed since I was a little boy seemed to be crashing down all at once.

I kept thinking, If he’d wanted to, God could’ve stopped this. And in my head I was letting him know how pissed I was. It was like …

Why are you taking my dad from me?

I’m a 17-year-old kid.

I need my dad!!!!!

White goes on to explain that his father, who played college ball at North Carolina Central, was the first person to put a basketball in his hands. He describes the games of HORSE against his dad in their driveway, all the TV they watched together and how his dad would reach out to his friends to see how they were doing.

And he’d kiss me on the cheek, too. Not just like on my birthday or New Years or whatever … I’m talking everywhere. In public. Around people. He didn’t care. He had no problem letting everyone know that he loved his son.

You just don’t see a lot of fathers these days kiss their sons on the cheek.

But looking back on it now, you know what: That’s actually a pretty dope thing for a dad to do.

When his father died two years ago, White had to adjust to losing his hero. He wouldn’t talk to people very much at first, but gradually came to peace with what happened and reconnected with his faith.

He now has the letters FMF, which stands for For My Father, tattooed on him and includes them at the end of every Instagram post.

White didn’t have his father with him on draft night when the Bulls took him, but he was asked what his father would say to him if he was with him at the draft.

"He’d tell me how proud he was for me and how he loved me and he would just tell me this is only the beginning for me," White said to reporters. "I’ve got a lot of success coming my way, I’ve just got to stay on the right path, continue to be who I am, be myself, stay true to myself, never forget where I came from, and just continue to work like I have my whole life."

White’s story made Dwyane Wade, and likely many others, a fan of his.


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NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules

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NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules

After much discussion over whether or not the NBA should impose harsher penalties on teams for breaking the anti-tampering rules, an official decision has been made. The NBA Board of Governors passed a much more strict set of rules that will force teams to be compliant with the anti-tampering rules.

Among the new measures, the league will be selecting five teams per year that will undergo a "random audit", the maximum amount for a fine related to tampering has been raised to $10 million and team officials are required to save communications with agents for one full year.

The league will also retain the right to take the communication devices of owners if it is deemed necessary in investigations, though it has been stated that it is not something that Adam Silver wants to rely on moving forward. 

Though concrete details have not been released, possible punishments for tampering will reportedly include taking away draft picks, the voiding of contracts and more.

This is all in an attempt to create a more "even playing field" amid the belief that small-market teams are at a disadvantage when it comes to player movement. The new rules sound great but there is already fear among NBA GMs when it comes to how their privacy will be affected with this being a clear area of focus for the league. 

Along with the new, harsher tampering penalties, the league also announced that they have changed the language regarding traveling calls to "address the uncertainty around traveling." Another new rule announced was that teams are now required to announce their starting lineups at least 30 minutes before tipoff as opposed to 10 minutes, in an effort to "increase transparency for teams, media and fans." Teams will still be allowed to change their lineups up to the last minute if a player gets hurt in pregame warmups. 

All of the new anti-tampering rules approved by the league on Friday were a response to this wild NBA offseason we just experienced. There were many deals agreed to right at the start of free agency, such as the Bulls with Thaddeus Young, and the timing of those deals had many owners wanting the league to make tampering a greater focus. To a greater extent, moves like Anthony Davis forcing his way to the Lakers and Kawhi Leonard orchestrating he and Paul George's move to the Clippers are what got this package of anti-tampering measures passed.

Adam Silver has picked up a reputation as an NBA Commissioner who is very willing to listen to new ideas and make changes, and Friday's events support that reputation as he and the league continue to look for the best ways to get NBA teams to be in compliance with the anti-tampering rules. 

Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?

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Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?

The Jonas Brothers are in Chicago for concerts that are taking place on Thursday and Friday night, and they have enjoyed quite a week. This week the trio has enjoyed a nice golf outing at Village Links in Glen Ellyn, had some quality BBQ at Bub City and even got the amazing opportunity to play a touch football game at Soldier Field. But one particular Bulls guard is looking to add another fun experience to their Chicago trip.

The Bulls organization welcomed the Jonas Brothers to the city with a set of custom jerseys for the trio and their significant others and that's when Ryan Arcidiacono chimed in with his offer. 

Since the Jonas Brothers have already got to play some football on the actual Soldier Field grass, Arci figured they might as well keep the Chicago sports-themed fun going and shoot some hoops with him. 

Now, Arcidiacono didn't make it clear whether or not he was offering for the Jonas Brother to get some shots up with him at the United Center, where their shows take place on Thursday and Friday night. But, either way, his time is running out as they will be moving on to Jackson County, MO for their next stop on tour on September 21.

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