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Rockford turned into Jurassic Park celebrating Fred VanVleet's monster Game 6

Rockford turned into Jurassic Park celebrating Fred VanVleet's monster Game 6

Who knew that Rockford, Illinois, would be partying this hard for the 2019 NBA Finals?

We're not sure what it looked like when Michael Jordan and the Bulls were winning six titles, but Rockford went wild on Thursday night celebrating Fred VanVleet's dominant Game 6 performance that helped the Raptors to their first ever NBA title. Check it out in the video above.

VanVleet scorched the Warriors in Game 6, finishing with 22 points on 5 of 11 shooting from beyond the arc and 5 of 5 from the free throw line. Of those 22 points, 12 came in the final quarter. In fact, he outscored Steph Curry and Kawhi Leonard combined in the final frame.

VanVleet shot 53% from beyond the arc in the final nine games of the postseason, which just so happened to coincide with the birth of his son, Fred Jr. He went 30 of 57 over those nine games after shooting 3 of 24 in the nine games before that.

ESPN analyst Hubie Brown actually voted VanVleet as Finals MVP, though Leonard was the runaway winner for obvious reasons.

We all know who Rockford voted for.

Michael Jordan professes his love for NASCAR

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Michael Jordan professes his love for NASCAR

Did you know Michael Jordan is a huge NASCAR fan?

Sunday, Jordan attended the final race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season in Miami. In an interview with NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jordan professed his fandom for the motorsport.

“I’m a big race fan. Started off when I was a kid and I grew up watching [Dale Earnhardt], Richard Petty [and] Cale Yarborough was an original 11 that I remember,” Jordan said. “Now I’m good friends with Denny Hamlin and we go way back. He’s a season ticket holder at the Hornets, and I spend a lot of time playing golf with him and obviously I’m a big NASCAR fan, so I came out to support him.

Jordan added his friendship with Hamlin goes back seven years. Hamlin is a Jordan brand athlete and Jordan owns the Charlotte Hornets, so the two have some ties.

“He’s just gotten better, and my interest in the sport has been there for a long period of time,” Jordan said. “I love watching; I set my clock every Sunday to watch NASCAR and I pay attention.”

Although he’s a big fan of the sport, Jordan said he hasn’t thought about becoming a NASCAR owner.

“I love being a fan,” he said. “I still understand the sport, but in terms of ownership, I think I’m just gonna sit back and watch it and support from afar.”

Watch the full interview:

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Reacting to a brutal loss to Brooklyn

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Reacting to a brutal loss to Brooklyn

On this edition of Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, John Sabine, and Dave Watson react to the Bulls 117-111 loss to the Nets on Saturday.

0:30 - On losing a game that the Bulls could have won

2:30 - On Zach LaVine’s 36 point effort in loss

4:00 - On giving up 43 to the Nets in the 4th quarter

5:30 - Viewer comment on Lauri’s struggles

7:30 - Viewer comment on Kris Dunn

11:10 - Viewer comment on trading LaVine and keeping Markkanen

13:20 - On Markkanen looking aggressive at times vs Nets

15:15 - Viewer comment on starting Coby White

16:30 - Let’s remember Nate Robinson

19:20 - Lebron James throws it down vs the Kings and defeats Father Time

Listen to the entire episode here or in the embedded player below.

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