Richard Hamilton scored 16 points in the Bulls' 114-101 victory over the Clippers Friday night. But while he may not be completely comfortable with his teammates, one thing's for sure; He's happy to be in sweet home Chicago. "I love it because that's what it's supposed to be," Hamilton said about title expectations in the Windy City, according to ProBasketballTalk. "When I was in Detroit, my first seven or eight years, we won every night. It was all about winning. To get the opportunity to get back in that groove, that's home for me."And what better home than Chicago? Hamilton gets to share the court with Derrick Rose, who even on the road has fans chanting "MVP." Hamilton may not be as efficient as he was five years ago but he's quickly getting his groove back with his new teammates. "I think guys are learning my game," he said. "I'm learning theirs." It's still early, but are you happy with Hamilton's play so far? Is he on target with the Bulls becoming a playoff contender and his title expectations?
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0:00 - Robin Lehner is a Golden Knight. Steve Konroyd joins the guys to talk about the Blackhawks' trade deadline moves. Did Stan Bowman get enough? What will the goalie situation look like in the future? And is this team in a rebuilding mode?
11:30 - The basketball world gathers at Staples Center to remember Kobe Bryant. The guys react to the emotional speeches by Michael Jordan and Vanessa Bryant.
20:00 - Rick Renteria told his players "it's time." So can he handle the pressure that comes with expectations?
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Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were more than competitors, more than peers... More than even friends. Jordan made as much clear in eulogizing Bryant at a public memorial for him and his daughter Gigi at Staples Center on Monday.
Amid a beautifully numbing overall ceremony, Jordan’s comments struck the perfect balance between reflective, hilarious, heart-warming and gut-wrenching. My words couldn’t possibly do it justice. Here are Jordan’s, in full:
“Maybe it would surprise people that Kobe and I are very close friends,” Jordan said. “Kobe was my dear friend, he was like a little brother. Everyone always wanted to talk about the comparisons between he and I. I just wanted to talk about Kobe.”
And so he did. Highlights included a perfectly-timed ‘Crying Jordan’ meme quip and Jordan recalling countless late-night (and early-morning) conversations with Bryant about everything from basketball to business to family. On a day meant to be a celebration of life, Jordan delivered a deeply intimate look into his and Bryant’s relationship, and all the ways Bryant inspired him. It was incredibly powerful.
After Vanessa Bryant gives a beautiful tribute to her husband and daughter, Michael Jordan helps her off stage ❤️ pic.twitter.com/O62EHmyhUq— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) February 24, 2020
“He wanted to be the best basketball player he could be. As I got to know him, I wanted the best big brother that I could be,” Jordan said.
That manifested in those aforementioned conversations, which Jordan said turned from an “aggravation” to a deep passion over the course of knowing Bryant.
“He knows how to get you in a way that affects you personally, even if he’s being a pain in the ass,” Jordan said. “But you always have a sense of love for him, and the way he can bring out the best in you. And he did that for me.
“I remember maybe a couple months ago, he sends me a text. And he said ‘I’m trying to teach my daughter some moves, and I don’t know what I was thinking or what I was working on, but what were you working on as you were growing up trying to work on your moves?’ I said ‘What age?’ He said: ‘12.’ I said, ‘At 12 I was trying to play baseball’... And this was at 2 o’clock in the morning. But the thing about him is we could talk about anything related to basketball and anything related to life.”
Jordan’s most emotional moments of speaking came when he detailed Bryant’s passion for basketball and family, and his unwavering desire to make those around him better. Those are the things that will endure.
“When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died,” Jordan said. “I promise you, from this day forward, I will live with the memories of knowing that I had a little brother that I tried to help in every way I could.”