Bulls: Rajon Rondo's benching will continue for foreseeable future

Bulls: Rajon Rondo's benching will continue for foreseeable future

Although Fred Hoiberg did his classic hedging, it doesn’t appear Rajon Rondo will be in the playing rotation anytime soon. Hoiberg will go with Michael Carter-Williams and Jerian Grant for the foreseeable future, going with them for Monday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets.

Rondo hasn’t played since the first half of last Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers, when he only logged 10 minutes and was a -20 as the Bulls struggled all the way around.

“As of right now, yes. We’ll continue to monitor the flow of the game,” Hoiberg said. “We may change that but as of right now, that’s the plan.”

Hoiberg continues to praise Rondo for his professionalism and how he handled the demotion, as Rondo professionally and patiently answered questions about the situation Saturday night following the Bulls’ 20-point loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

But when it comes to Rondo re-entering the rotation, Hoiberg says he’s open but it doesn’t seem like there will be an opening, nor has he had a discussion with Rondo about being a reserve behind Carter-Williams.

“We haven’t really gotten that far, as for that particular conversation,” Hoiberg said. “But again, he’s handled it great to this point. I’m sure if it comes to that, he’d handle it well also.”

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It doesn’t appear Rondo’s feelings about wanting to be elsewhere if things don’t change have changed since the calendar have turned to 2017, when he stated he would hope the Bulls would work with him on a trade or release so he could explore situations where he could play.

“Absolutely,” said Rondo when asked if he felt he accomplished enough in his career to warrant that accommodation.

But his meeting with general manager Gar Forman didn’t lead to any resolution, and Hoiberg isn’t touching that with anybody’s 10-foot pole.

“That’s more for upstairs than a conversation with me,” Hoiberg said.

Hoiberg wouldn’t directly retort to Rondo’s claims that Rondo was told he would be allowed to call plays and that Hoiberg told him he was playing slow.

“I don’t know if I said that exactly,” he said. “It’s a situation where it is what it is right now guys. The decision was made. We’re going with it at this particular time. That’s not to say how it’ll be the rest of the season, but it’s just the way it is right now.”

NBA unveils logo for NBA All-Star 2020, which will take place in Chicago


NBA unveils logo for NBA All-Star 2020, which will take place in Chicago

A year from now, Chicago will be on the NBA's center stage in that they will be hosting the NBA's 2020 All-Star weekend. 

Sunday, Team LeBron took down Team Giannis 178-164 in Charlotte to capture the 2019 NBA All-Star Game crown. Despite next year's game being a year away, the NBA unveiled the logo for the 2020 game, which the Bulls will host at the United Center.

According to the Bulls, the logo "features elements from the iconic Chicago flag including four red six-pointed stars and two horizontal blue stripes. The Chicago Bulls’ signature font and team colors – red and black – are also incorporated into the logo scheme."

During Sunday's game, Bulls legend and Charlotte Hornets chairman Michael Jordan passed off the ceremonial 2020 All-Star Game basketball to Bulls president and COO, Michael Reinsdorf. 

The 2020 NBA All-Star Game will take place on Feb. 16. It will be the 69th edition of the annual exhibition matchup.

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Matt Nagy calls Michael Jordan ‘the greatest athlete to ever play a sport’


Matt Nagy calls Michael Jordan ‘the greatest athlete to ever play a sport’

The NBA All-Start weekend is here, and you can bet Matt Nagy will keep an eye on the action.

The Bears head coach is a lifelong basketball fan, and he even weighed in on the “greatest of all time” debate between Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

He ranked the top 10 NBA players of his lifetime for the team’s official site, and of course, he put the Chicago legend at the top of his list.

“This is the greatest athlete to ever play a sport,” Nagy said. “When the tongue came out… good luck.”

LeBron still came in second, and Nagy was quite complimentary, calling him the “most underappreciated athlete of all time when it comes to being a complete role model on and off the court.”

Two other Los Angeles Lakers legends were next, with Kobe Bryant at three and Magic Johnson at four in Nagy’s list.

Larry Bird came in fifth, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ranked sixth, but Nagy admitted “Kareem would most likely be higher on this list if I wasn’t only 11 years old when he retired.”

Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson, Shaq and Karl Malone rounded out the top 10.