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League, players agree to end NBA lockout

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League, players agree to end NBA lockout

It's Christmas in November for the NBA. Early Saturday morning, a tentative agreement was reached to end the 149-day NBA lockout.

The league's regular season is expected to begin Dec. 25 with a triple-header that could include the Bulls playing the Lakers in Los Angeles. The 2011-12 campaign would be a truncated, 66-game season.

Team training camps and a shortened free agency would simultaneously ensue Dec. 9. While the deal still needs to be ratified by majorities of both players and owners and secondary issues must still be negotiated, each party is expected to agree to the terms.

The agreement came as a result of back-channel discussions that took place earlier in the week, leading to official talks being held Friday in New York. Former union president Derek Fisher was in attendance and executive-committee member Billy Hunter were in attendance as well as legal representatives for both the players and league. This includes former players' association counsel Jim Quinn, who played a major role in ending the last NBA lockout, in 1999.

Throughout the work stoppage, league commissioner David Stern has stated approximately a month is needed between striking a deal and beginning the season, but apparently that will change and the end of the regular season and playoffs will be pushed back at least a week to account for games that have been missed. While neither Stern or Hunter would comment on the details of the agreement at an early Saturday-morning press conference, it is believed that the two sides agreed to a 50-50 split of basketball-related income, one of the labor dispute's most contentious issues.

Bulls' Top 10 Centers in franchise history

Bulls' Top 10 Centers in franchise history

NBC Sports Chicago is counting down the top 10 Bulls at each position in franchise history.

We've hit the point guards, shooting guards, small forwards and power forwards. And last, but certainly not least, the men in the middle. The centers.

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Defensive anchors, multi-skilled hubs and blue-collar tenacity abound in these rankings. And plenty of hardware — both of the championship and individual variety.

We hope you've enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Without further adieu...

Bulls' Top 10 Centers in franchise history

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Monte Harrison, brother to Bulls' Shaq, makes sibling sports history

Monte Harrison, brother to Bulls' Shaq, makes sibling sports history

Miami Marlins center fielder Monte Harrison made a bit of history on Aug. 4, when he laced up for his first ever MLB game.

With his debut, he and older brother Shaq officially became just the sixth MLB-NBA brother duo in league history. The most recent? Klay and Trayce Thompson, the latter of which appeared in his last MLB game on June 20, 2018 for the White Sox. Chicago ties all around.


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Shaq used his trademark brand of heart and hustle to work his way up from two 10-day contracts with the Phoenix Suns to a multi-year pact with the Bulls. Monte's path to the majors began in 2014 after the Milwaukee Brewers plucked him in the second round of the Amateur Draft from Lee's Summit West High School in Lee's Summit, Mo. He was jettisoned to Miami as part of the Christian Yelich trade in 2018. 

In 2019, Monte played 58 games between Miami's High-A and Triple-A affiliates, slashing .270/.351/.441 with 9 home runs, 24 RBI and 23 stolen bases. He's been known to flash some leather, too, and entered this season the club's tenth-ranked prospect.

Since his call-up, he's appeared in four contests (three starts) with the Marlins, and is just 1-for-10 at the plate with five strikeouts. But we'll forgive some early-career stumbles. His first big-league base-knock, which came on Thursday, was perfectly emblematic of what Bulls fans have come to expect from the Harrison household.

Yup. A cue-shot infield single. Exit velocity: 44.3 mph. Expected batting average: .190. But he beat it out. And followed it up with a stolen base. You can't script this stuff.

"I don’t know what my mother did, a lot of prayers, a lot of believing, and trust in us," Monte said after his debut on Tuesday, via Bob Nightengale. "We just worked our ass off.''

That much is evident.

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