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Derrick Rose still believes an NBA Championship is in his future

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Derrick Rose still believes an NBA Championship is in his future

In a recent interview on Sirius XM Radio, former Bulls and current Pistons point guard Derrick Rose discussed how winning a championship is still his ultimate goal before his career is all said and done. 

"While I'm in the game...I wanna win a championship that's what I really wanna do.

"I got all the accolades that I wanted, now it's time for me to really get the one that I really, really want."

Rose signed a two-year, $15 million deal with Detroit this offseason, fresh off of a productive 2018-19 season in which he averaged 18.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. The 51 games Rose played last season were the most games he has appeared in since his lone year with the Knicks in the 2016-17 season.

A healthy and motivated Rose will be hoping to help the Pistons make back-to-back to trips to the postseason, a strong possibility in a new-look Eastern Conference.

Last season was Dwane Casey's first as head coach in Detroit and Rose will add a strong scoring presence to the Pistons backcourt, which averaged a combined 24.3 points per game in '18-'19 between starter Reggie Jackson and backup Ish Smith.

With Smith having since departed to the Washington Wizards, Rose will likely slide into the sixth man spot for the Pistons and he sincerely believes they have enough to make a run in Eastern Conference.

"With Detroit, I feel like we have a great chance with being in the East. We have two great bigs, a great team, you never know."

NBA Twitter as a whole was mixed on Rose's statement, as there is still a ton of belief in Rose's ability but it is pretty hard to wrap your head around the Pistons winning a title after getting swept out of the playoffs in the first round last season. The closest Rose ever got to winning an NBA Championship was in his MVP season in 2010-11, when the Bulls lost in five games to the LeBron James-led Miami Heat.

Several injuries and several teams later, many people believe the idea of Rose as a championship-level player is done, but don't tell that to Derrick Rose.

Monte Harrison, brother to Bulls' Shaq, makes sibling sports history

Monte Harrison, brother to Bulls' Shaq, makes sibling sports history

Miami Marlins center fielder Monte Harrison made a bit of history on Aug. 4, when he laced up for his first ever MLB game.

With his debut, he and older brother Shaq officially became just the sixth MLB-NBA brother duo in league history. The most recent? Klay and Trayce Thompson, the latter of which appeared in his last MLB game on June 20, 2018 for the White Sox. Chicago ties all around.


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Shaq used his trademark brand of heart and hustle to work his way up from two 10-day contracts with the Phoenix Suns to a multi-year pact with the Bulls. Monte's path to the majors began in 2014 after the Milwaukee Brewers plucked him in the second round of the Amateur Draft from Lee's Summit West High School in Lee's Summit, Mo. He was jettisoned to Miami as part of the Christian Yelich trade in 2018. 

In 2019, Monte played 58 games between Miami's High-A and Triple-A affiliates, slashing .270/.351/.441 with 9 home runs, 24 RBI and 23 stolen bases. He's been known to flash some leather, too, and entered this season the club's tenth-ranked prospect.

Since his call-up, he's appeared in four contests (three starts) with the Marlins, and is just 1-for-10 at the plate with five strikeouts. But we'll forgive some early-career stumbles. His first big-league base-knock, which came on Thursday, was perfectly emblematic of what Bulls fans have come to expect from the Harrison household.

Yup. A cue-shot infield single. Exit velocity: 44.3 mph. Expected batting average: .190. But he beat it out. And followed it up with a stolen base. You can't script this stuff.

"I don’t know what my mother did, a lot of prayers, a lot of believing, and trust in us," Monte said after his debut on Tuesday, via Bob Nightengale. "We just worked our ass off.''

That much is evident.

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Latest on the NBA's second bubble for teams eliminated from restart

Latest on the NBA's second bubble for teams eliminated from restart

With the NBA restarting with 22 of its 30 teams, there was buzz in early July of a second bubble coming to Chicago for the eight teams excluded to get in organized team activities and possibly scrimmages.

Now, it appears those talks have significantly slowed, if not stalled entirely.

The Athletic reported Tuesday that there is "significant doubt" the second bubble concept will come to fruition, but Friday, that bringing the "Delete Eight" teams into the Disney campus has been discussed. Any agreement — whether it be a full-on bubble or respective, in-market OTAs — would require stringent safety protocols and need to be agreed upon by the league and NBPA.

On the most recent episode of the Bulls Talk Podcast, NBC Sports Chicago Bulls insider K.C. Johnson broke down the latest scuttlebut:

Well, the latest is, you really got only one shared goal between these eight teams and that is to get some kind of formal group activities authorized by the league and the players association.

How that plays out and the form that takes, there are different goals. There are some teams that wouldn't mind doing a bubble. There are other teams that would rather stay in their own practice facilities and not travel. There are other teams that want to do regional scrimmages against another team. And complicating this is that Michele Roberts, the executive director of the players association, is on record as saying: Unless there are the exact same safety protocols going on in Orlando for the second bubble, it's a non-starter for her.

The league's attention mostly has been in Orlando, obviously, and that was a signficant financial undertaking. So you'd also have to factor in that, what kind of financial undertaking would they commit to these eight teams. It did look like there was some positive momentum for, not a bubble, but for each team to be able to hold some sort of offseason training sessions, group sessions in their own facilities, like OTAs in the NFL.

And I don't think that's dead, but there's certainly not as much optimism as there was maybe a week, ten days ago for that. I mean, it's fluid, and there's nothing definitive yet, but you may be staring at that dreaded eight month window between formal group activities for these eight teams. 

In the episode, the crew also breaks down the week in NBA bubble action, talks Jim Boylen and more. Listen here or via the embedded player below: