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Is Bulls' Doug McDermott one step closer to being mentioned in a Taylor Swift song?

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Is Bulls' Doug McDermott one step closer to being mentioned in a Taylor Swift song?

The Doug McDermott-Taylor Swift saga is not over.

The Bulls rookie experienced his "Welcome to the NBA" (or "Welcome to New York" if we're talking "1989" jams) moment when he saw T-Swift sitting courtside in Madison Square Garden during the season opener back in October.

That was just the latest chapter in McDermott's T-Swift fandom that stretches back to March 2013 when a story like this was just in Dougie Fresh's "Wildest Dreams."

[RELATED - Taylor Swift catches the attention of Doug McDermott during NBA debut]

Now, thanks to some creeps "Out of the Woods" hacking into Swift's Twitter account searching for "Bad Blood," we discover there was another page to the story as an image posted online shows McDermott in Swift's DMs around Christmastime (don't worry, the link is "Clean"):

Hmmm...

Looks like this Dougie Fresh/T-Swift connection won't go out of "Style" anytime soon.

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Maybe if he actually wants to fill a "Blank Space" in one of her songs, Dougie should listen closely to "How You Get the Girl."

Bulls Talk Podcast: Reaction to Anthony Davis trade and draft impact on the Bulls

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Reaction to Anthony Davis trade and draft impact on the Bulls

Mark Schanowski is joined by Will Perdue and Mark Strotman to preview the NBA draft.

0:50       Reaction to Anthony Davis trade and expectations for the Lakers

3:20       What’s next for the Lakers?

4:15       Is the ‘3-star’ approach the right way to win a title?

6:55       Were Bulls even close to trading Zach LaVine? Would a trade for Ball have been a positive?

10:45    On the best type of point guard to pair with LaVine and rumors on Darius Garland

14:08    Would Coby White be a good fit for the Bulls?

16:55    On the potential wings available at 7

18:50    Perdue on Reddish upside

19:35    Concern over the ‘low-motor’ red flag with Reddish, are Bulls able to take a risk?

22:30    On finding a point guard in free agency

24:10    Predictions for Bulls at 7

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Kirk Hinrich sent U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland into basketball retirement

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Kirk Hinrich sent U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland into basketball retirement

U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland used to be a basketball star. Then he ran into Kirk Hinrich.

Woodland, who won the 119th U.S. Open Championship on Sunday at Pebble Beach, shared a story about how he transitioned from basketball to golf.

Woodland was attending Washburn University in Kansas, and as a freshman in 2002 he and the Ichabods played the Kansas Jayhawks in an exhibition game.

It was during that game - a 101-66 Kansas victory - that Woodland said he realized he wasn't going to make it as a hooper.

"That decision got forced on me,” Woodland told reporters after his U.S. Open victory. "I had to guard Kirk Hinrich, and I realized, I’m going to have to do something else."

No one can blame Woodland for feeling that way. That Jayhawks team went on to win 30 games and, behind Hinrich and Nick Collison, advanced to the national championship game where they lost to freshman star Carmelo Anthony and Syracuse.

Hinrich went on to become the 7th overall pick in the historic 2003 NBA Draft and played 13 NBA seasons with the Bulls, Hawks and Wizards.

Woodland, ironically, transferred to the University of Kansas as a sophomore and joined the golf team. The rest is history for the major championship winner.