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Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg has no interest in Ohio State opening

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg has no interest in Ohio State opening

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg emerged as a candidate for the vacant head-coaching position at Ohio State, according to a Wednesday-night report.

But as of Wednesday evening, senior Bulls officials weren’t aware of Ohio State’s apparent interest, and sources tell CSNChicago.com that Hoiberg has “no interest” in the position.

Ohio State parted ways with coach Thad Matta earlier this week and has begun a search for his replacement, armed with the second biggest athletic department budget in the NCAA, behind the University of Texas.

Hoiberg has three years and $15 million left on his deal with the Bulls, a tenure that has come with mixed reviews locally and across the NBA. The Bulls missed the playoffs in Hoiberg’s first season and made the postseason this past season, losing a first-round series to the Boston Celtics in six games.

CBS Sports reported the Buckeyes’ apparent interest Wednesday evening, and some felt a retreat back to the collegiate ranks would be best suited for Hoiberg, as the Bulls haven’t surrounded Hoiberg with a roster best suited to his style and he’s been subject to criticism — along with a seemingly lukewarm endorsement from the front office in the season-ending news conference last month.

Hoiberg, who coached at his alma mater, Iowa State, before taking the head-coaching position with the Bulls two years ago, is familiar with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith. Hoiberg was a player at Iowa State while Smith was the athletic director. Smith ran that department from 1993 to 2000, before his path eventually led him to Ohio State.

Report: NBA, NBPA agree to social justice messages for jerseys during restart

Report: NBA, NBPA agree to social justice messages for jerseys during restart

The NBA and NBPA have come to an agreement on social justice-related messages players can display on the backs of their jerseys when the league resumes play in Orlando on July 30, ESPN’s Marc J. Spears reports.

Here is the list of approved terms, according to Spears:

Black Lives Matter; Say Their Names; Vote; I Can't Breathe; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power to the People; Justice Now; Say Her Name; Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can); Liberation; See Us; Hear Us; Respect Us; Love Us; Listen; Listen to Us; Stand Up; Ally; Anti-Racist; I Am A Man; Speak Up; How Many More; Group Economics; Education Reform; and Mentor

Per Spears, players will have the choice to brandish said messages above the number on the backs of their jerseys in place of their names for the first four days of the restart. From there, messages will still be permitted, but with players’ last names included underneath. TBD if more messages are to come.

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The Premier League provides some precedent for this initiative; all players participating in its season restart, which began on June 17, are donning jerseys with “Black Lives Matter” on the back in place of their names.

Meanwhile, prominent NBA players including Kyrie Irving, Dwight Howard and Avery Bradley have voiced concerns that play resuming could distract from the fight against racial injustice. Others contend that the attention the league’s restart will command can be leveraged into advocating for change. 

Ultimately, the league has left that assessment up to players on an individual basis. Commissioner Adam Silver has publicly said the NBA is deliberating on social justice programming for the bubble, and future investment in social justice causes, though no concrete plans have been made public. On June 24, the NBA and NBPA announced in a joint statement that leadership of both sides had met to “further advance the league’s collective response to the social justice issues in our country.”

“I think ultimately we can accomplish a lot (for social justice causes) by playing,” Silver said on a panel with Caron Butler, Magic Johnson and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in June. “But as I said, I know there’s some roiling going on within the Players Association, and I respect the point of view of those who are saying let’s make sure that in returning to basketball, a larger, broader message about social equality, racial issues are not somehow lost.”

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Former Bulls Nate Robinson, Eddy Curry to compete in televised 3-on-3 tournament

Former Bulls Nate Robinson, Eddy Curry to compete in televised 3-on-3 tournament

The 2019-20 NBA season is set to resume at Walt Disney World Resort on July 30.

But first, how about an appetizer?

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Per HoopsHype’s Alex Kennedy, a litany of former NBA players are getting together to participate in a 3-on-3, pay-per-view basketball tournament called the “5 Tournament,” running from July 19 - 29.

And before you ask: Yes! There will be a Chicago team — nicknamed the “Chicago 5” — present, in addition to contingents from Toronto, New York, Texas, Sacramento and Miami. On the Chicago squad: former Bulls Nate Robinson, Eddy Curry, Hakim Warrick and Eddie Basden. Derrick Byars, who hails from Memphis, Tenn. and appeared in two games for the Spurs in 2012, fills out the roster.

Other participating ex-NBAers of note include Joe Johnson, Mario Chalmers, Mike Bibby, Ricky Davis, James White and many more.

Not yet clear is the broadcast schedule for the festivities or rules of competition, other than the fact that it will be a six-team, 3-on-3 tournament with rosters comprising five players each. But it will certainly make for interesting television.

Maybe the Bulls play again this offseason in a bubble format for the teams excluded from Orlando. Maybe not. Either way, there will be Chicago basketball this summer.

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