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Bulls' Dwyane Wade left game vs. Nets with migraine

Bulls' Dwyane Wade left game vs. Nets with migraine

Dealing with migraines has been a quiet battle Dwyane Wade has dealt with the last few years, as most of the attention has been placed on conserving the precious time of great basketball his body has left to give.

The migraines first crept up before the Charlotte game last week, but seemingly came back in full force Wednesday night during the Bulls’ 101-99 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Only playing 22 minutes, Wade scored 16 points but admitted having trouble seeing the rim or even recognizing his wife as Gabrielle Union was sitting courtside.

“I had a headache before the game,” Wade said. “I took a fall in the second half but I guess the way my body jerked and reacted kind of triggered my headache back and I lost a little vision in my eye. So I came back out on the court and couldn’t see the rim. My wife was talking, I couldn’t see her.”

Wade left the bench to go to the locker room in the second quarter but it looked like he was holding his finger after a fall. Turns out it was the migraines that he was trying to battle through, and after a stint in the third quarter, he went back to the locker room—being deemed questionable for the rest of the night.

“He said, ‘Coach, I need one, I’m having trouble with my vision. I got him out and doc and the trainer said he was out for the night,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “It was the same thing we had a couple of days ago but unfortunately he suffered the migraine during the game, and could not go back in.”

Wade made plans to try to get back in action if the game went to the five-minute overtime period, but Jimmy Butler sent everybody with the Bulls home happy with the buzzer-beater.

While in the locker room, he received treatment that hopefully will alleviate the extreme symptoms that can often plague an athlete for days at a time. The Bulls have a back to back Friday and Saturday against the Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks, respectively.

“I decided to come back out and put some ice on my neck and take some medicine and try to get my neck massaged, because it’s muscular when it happens like that,” Wade said. “But I was fortunate enough that I was able to watch the game and see the way that we closed it on the defensive end of the floor. And obviously offensively, giving Jimmy the ball, everyone doing their job and just getting out of the way.”

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Wade ran to the court to congratulate his teammate, knowing Butler was essentially alone for most of the night.

“When I came back in the locker room, they asked me if I wanted to say the night’s over. I said, no, keep me questionable because they may need me for overtime,” Wade said. “So I was in there trying to prepare myself for overtime and we got the opportunity. I asked the trainers, is Jimmy gonna win it or are we going to overtime? And they said, he’s gonna win it.”

After Wade closed the game two nights ago with a crosscourt steal and dunk against the Pacers, it was the young Jedi’s turn—and Wade couldn’t have been more pleased for Butler to have his moment.

“Just to see him make the shot, his confidence and swagger down the stretch was big. We needed it,” Wade said. “This guy’s been having an unbelievable year, and it’s a fitting that he’d hit a shot like that, and win the game like that. I love to see the growth in him. I’m proud of him, happy for him. And then we obviously needed a win as a team, so it was all that combined.”

Making of a Chicago legend: A look back at Jabari Parker's decorated Simeon career

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Making of a Chicago legend: A look back at Jabari Parker's decorated Simeon career

From the moment Jabari Parker started his local basketball career, he's been a special talent who has produced at every level. Parker's signing with the Chicago Bulls this offseason brings back a lot of memories of his decorated four-year high school career at Simeon.

For Bulls fans who didn't follow Parker before Duke or the NBA, here's some of the notable moments from four years in the Public League.

As a freshman with the Wolverines, Parker was seen as one of three big incoming freshman in the area for the Class of 2013, along with forward Alex Foster and center Tommy Hamilton. Although all three players had the size and skill level to be varsity contributors, it was Parker who was special from his debut game.

Coming off the bench for a top-5 Simeon team against a top-10 Thornton team at Chicago State, Parker had 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting with two 3-pointers as the Wolverines went on to win in his first game in high school. Eventually becoming the first Wolverine freshman to start on varsity, Parker piled up high-major scholarship offers and national acclaim, as he was the team's second-leading scorer behind Brandon Spearman.

But Parker was hurt on the eve of the IHSA Class 4A state championship weekend and was on the bench injured as Simeon went on to surprisingly win the state title after some late-season slip-ups. Parker contributed heavily to Simeon winning the state title during his first season, however, as he was leading scorer in six games during that season.

During his sophomore season, Parker blossomed from a prospect into a full-blown star as Simeon once again captured a state title. By this point in his career, Parker was a consensus top-5 national high school prospect in his class as he regularly led a loaded Simeon team in scoring. Parker eventually averaged 15.3 points and 5.9 rebounds per game as he won ESPN High School 2011 Sophomore of the Year national honors, while also Simeon won a title at the prestigious Pontiac Holiday Tournament.

The summer of 2011 saw Parker become a contender for No. 1 in his class -- and regardless of class at the high school level -- as he dominated the summer circuit against his peers and older players.

Making the 2011 USA Basketball U16 team, Parker won MVP honors at the FIBA Americas U16 Tournament as the USA team captured a gold medal. Parker also had big performances at the Kevin Durant and LeBron James Skill Academies before winning the MVP at the Nike Global Challenge in August against mostly older players.

Before entering his junior season at Simeon, some national scouts believed Parker was the best prospect in either the junior or senior national classes. With Parker garnering so many accomplishments as an underclassman, he had a huge reputation already as Simeon was an established national powerhouse.

Parker helped the Wolverines capture a third straight state title, a city title and another title at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament, as they went 33-1. Simeon didn't lose to an Illinois opponent Parker's junior year (they only lost to nationally ranked Findlay Prep) with Parker setting a school record of 40 points in only 21 minutes against Perspectives on Dec. 19. For his junior season, Parker put up 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds per game as he became the first non-senior to win Mr. Basketball in Illinois honors.

Gatorade also declared Parker the national boys basketball Player of the Year for that high school season as he became only the fourth non-senior to win that award. Sports Illustrated put Parker on its cover and proclaimed him as the best high school basketball player since LeBron James.

Facing an enormous amount of pressure during his senior year, Simeon played a national schedule and went 30-3, winning a fourth consecutive IHSA state title with Parker as he put up 18.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Becoming the only player besides Sergio McClain to start on four straight IHSA state title teams, Parker secured back-to-back Mr. Basketball in Illinois honors while also making the McDonald's All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Hoop Summit. Parker played all over the country during his senior season, with nationally-televised games and packed crowds filled with fans.

Reclassifications and the emergence of other contenders, coupled with Parker's foot injury before his senior season, dropped Parker below the No. 1 ranking to end his high school career. But he still finished as a consensus top-5 prospect in the class who eventually rose to the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft in 2014.

Now that Parker has signed with the Bulls, he has a chance to resurrect his career in Chicago, the place where he had his most basketball success.

Would Wendell Carter Jr. be picked higher if the NBA Draft was today?

Would Wendell Carter Jr. be picked higher if the NBA Draft was today?

According to Bleacher Report, Wendell Carter Jr. would be taken fourth overall by the Memphis Grizzlies if the NBA were to redraft this year’s class based off of Summer League performances.

It may sound like a crazy concept (and it is), but Carter Jr. averaged the second most points, 14.6, through five July games in Las Vegas. He also averaged 9.4 rebounds and shot 55 percent from the field while averaging 28.8 minutes in his glamorous first-stint with Chicago. Those numbers are even more striking if you consider Carter Jr.’s 42.9 percent shooting from behind the three-point line.

Carter Jr., the real seventh overall pick of this year’s NBA Draft, looked like the all-around player the Bulls were hoping to get this offseason. He made his blocking abilities as a center known from the moment he stepped on the court in Summer League.

In their re-draft, Bleacher Report had Chicago using the No. 7 pick on the New York Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson, who was actually taken 36th overall in last month’s Draft.

Robinson, a center, averaged 13 points and 24.8 minutes per game over five Summer League contests. He was the best rebounder on his team with an average of 10.2 in the five games that the Knicks played.

The 20-year-old took the second most shots on the Knicks and had the highest field goal percentage at 67 percent, but Robinson did not have any three-point attempts.  What made his recent production seem even more surprising was the fact that the 7'1'' big man did not play a single minute of college basketball.

But would Robinson fit in the Bulls’ system?

Chicago has taken on an offense-first mentality, so Robinson would not be as great of a fit in the Bulls lineup as Carter Jr., but he would still be an impact player. He can be compared to the Bulls’ current center Robin Lopez, who averaged a similar amount of points per game (11.8 points in 26.4 minutes) last season as Robinson’s Summer League average (13 points in 24.8 minutes). And like Lopez, Robinson will likely be most effective around the basket and in the pick-and-roll.

Robinson would also have to learn the defensive concepts that a veteran like Lopez has mastered over his 10-year career.

Next season, the Bulls will have an exciting scoring trio of Jabari Parker, Lauri Markkanen and Carter Jr. in the frontcourt. And the fact that Carter Jr. is getting so much love in the national spotlight is yet another reason for Bulls fans to be excited about this upcoming season.