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For Arkansas native Brewer, Pippen's honor special

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For Arkansas native Brewer, Pippen's honor special

Wednesday, April 8, 2011Posted: 4:50 p.m.

By Aggrey Sam
CSNChicago.com

CLEVELANDThursday nights halftime ceremony, during which a bust for Bulls legend Scottie Pippen was unveiled, held a special meaning to one of the current Bulls.

Swingman Ronnie Brewer, a native of Fayetteville, Ark., talked to CSNChicago.com about Pippens influence in their shared home state.

Before we really knew who Jordan was, we just knew a guy from Hamburg, Ark., who went to Central Arkansas. I think the majority of the people from Arkansas put him on a pedestal before they put Jordan there, just because it was an inspiration to guys who were trying to make it, said Brewer, whose father, Ron, also played in the NBA. It gave guys someone to look up to. Theres not a lot of guys who made it out of Arkansas, who made it to the league, so he was the motivation and inspiration for me.

While Brewer hasnt reached the heights of Pippen during his career, he says his full-court style, emphasis on defense and overall versatility were partly patterned after the Hall of Fame small forward.

Scottie, a lot of people didnt give him a lot of credit. He didnt just play on one end on the floor. He stepped his game up on defense and he was very versatile. Thats what I try to do when I play the game, try to do more than one thing, Brewer told CSNChicago.com. Your shots not going to be on every night, so you have to try to affect the game in a number of different ways and to me, its a testament to him because he did that by distributing the ball, playing defense, rebounding and a lot of other things. I think he changed the game.

Magic to be without Howard when Bulls visit

As a result of incurring his 18th technical foul of the season, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard will be suspended for Sundays matinee game against the Bulls at the Amway Center.

The All-Star center received a technical for reacting after he was called for a 10-second violation while shooting free throws during the Magics win over the Charlotte Bobcats Wednesday.

By NBA rules, a player who receives over 16 technical fouls will be suspended for a game without pay for every technical received over that number, making this Howards second such suspension this season.

Additionally, the Magic will be without swingman Quentin Richardson for Sundays game. Richardson, a Chicago native, was suspended for two games for shoving Bobcats swingman Gerald Henderson during Wednesdays game.

Reinsdorf speaks with Hill, mother after spitting incident

Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf spoke to Phoenix Suns small forward Grant Hill Thursday night, in the aftermath of Tuesdays incident at the United Center, according to a team spokesman.

Following Tuesdays Bulls win over the Suns, Hill was reportedly spat upon by a fan in the United Center. According to reports, Hill first went after the fan before being restrained by security guards, who then detained the offender.

Reinsdorf previously had a 15-minute phone conversation with Hills mother, Janet, a renowned lawyer, Thursday afternoon.

Jimmy Butler may have gotten uninvited to the Wade's BBQ again

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Jimmy Butler may have gotten uninvited to the Wade's BBQ again

Jimmy Butler is in hot water with the Wades ... again.

Maybe not really, but the two former Bulls teammates exchanged pleasantries on Instagram after Butler commented on a photo Dwyane Wade's wife Gabrielle Union posted poolside, saying: "WELL DAMN!!"

Wade, a three-time all-defensive second team, came to his wife's defense when Butler posted a video the next day with the caption: "The good, the bad, and the ugly...", prompting Wade to respond: "Put well damn in caps on my wife photo again and you're gonna see what the good, the bad and the ugly is like."

*Mic drop*

It appears this won't affect Butler getting an invite to the next get together. Or so he hopes...

"Well that escalated quickly," Butler responded to Wade. "Point noted.. I'm still coming to the bbq tho 😂😂😂"

SI names Lauri Markkanen a top-five candidate for a breakout season

SI names Lauri Markkanen a top-five candidate for a breakout season

Lauri Markkanen has been making headlines this offseason, mostly for bulking up considerably, and making appearances around Chicago at Nike camps and Jabari Parker’s camp, but as the season nears, his on-the-court exploits are starting to come up as well. On Thursday, Sports Illustrated put Lauri Markkanen on their list of five breakout candidates for the 2018-19 season

SI writer Michael Shapiro had this to say about Markkanen:


Markkanen has all the tools to be a future All-Star, and it looks as though he has the mindset, too. He seemed to take his matchup with Porzingis personally in early January, demanding the ball down the stretch en route to a career-high 33 points in a road victory. The Bulls enter 2018-19 on the outside of the East playoff picture, but Chicago is now home to the NBA’s newest unicorn.

High praise indeed for Markkanen, and well-deserved praise considering that he finished with a usage rate lower with the Bulls than his college stint at Arizona, yet still was able to have an impact on the Bulls. Shapiro mentioned Markkanen’s burgeoning off-the-dribble game as the skill that most stood out, and speaks to the Finnish big man’s All-Star potential. 

While the 21-year-old’s threes lived up to the hype, it was his prowess of the bounce that made the biggest impression. Markkanen showed a deft handle and array of canny fakes in the post, adding a mean streak to boot. The Finnisher lived up to his nickname, unafraid of contact and eager to fight for position in the post. The stereotype of the soft European big man doesn’t apply here.

The numbers back this up. 

Among the Bulls top 10 players in drives per game last season, Markkanen finished second in field percentage (on drives) at 46.1 percent. If that numbers rises, or more likely, Markkanen drives to the basket more, his scoring total will increase. And when it came to finishing around the paint in general, he shot  67.6 percent on shots from zero-to-three feet, making him the third best in that range out of the Bulls top nine rotation players last season. Yet among the same group of players, Markkanen ranked sixth in shot attempts from zero-to-three feet. With the presence of Wendell Carter Jr., and another year of internal growth from Bobby Portis- bigs that can stretch the floor -Markkanen should be the recipient of more plays putting him in a position to score around the basket.

On a roster that will surely give big minutes to Parker, Kris Dunn, Carter, Chandler Hutchison and a working-his-way-back to form Zach LaVine, Markkanen may be surest 3-point shooter on the floor. This means defenses will key in on his outside shot. If players are routinely closing out hard on Markkanen- as they should -this will open up more driving opportunities for the nimble seven-footer. 

The third or fourth season is usually when young players take the leap from good to great, but Markkanen will be playing with the most talented group of teammates he has ever been surrounded with. How he handles playing with this group will go a long way towards establishing what kind of player he will be in the future, specifically if he is an All-Star caliber talent. On the 2018-19 Bulls, someone will have to hover around a 20 percent usage rate, making them a clear third-option, whoever that player is, his last name should not be Markkanen.