President Obama is more than the commander in chief. He's also the Bulls fan in chief.
So when news of the Bulls firing head coach Tom Thibodeau broke while the president was conducting a Twitter Q&A, he opted to weigh in on social media.
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That wasn't the only basketball-related question the president fielded. He also responded with his thoughts on the NBA Finals matchup between the Cavs and the Warriors, telling his questioner that no one can out-shoot Steph Curry. Except maybe former Bull Kyle Korver.
You know, President Obama's term will be up in about a year and a half. Maybe the Bulls could just hire a placeholder until he's ready to take the job? Just a thought.
Yes, it's overanalyzing-open-gym-videos season around the NBA. Forgive us, but this one was pretty nice.
Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. was seen working out with basketball trainer Chris Johnson, who has videos working out the likes of Jimmy Butler, Ben Simmons and other significant NBAers. And in just a 53-second clip, Carter shows off some impressive turnaround and fadeaway jumpers off the same initial move.
Now, let's state this again. It's a workout video and it shows Carter making five jumpers. It's nothing to get worked up about.
However, it's a positive sign that Carter is working on his jumper.
The Duke product showed some flashes of solid midrange shooting under Fred Hoiberg but moved almost exclusively to the post once Jim Boylen took over.
Under Hoiberg, Carter averaged 2.1 midrange shots per game and 1.0 3-point attempts per game.
Under Boylen, Carter averaged 1.6 midrange shots per game and 0.4 3-point attempts per game.
The hope is that Carter gets to spread his offensive wings a little bit more in his second season, and this short video would suggest that he's going to.
Almost every sports fan in the world is at least somewhat familiar with video game NBA Jam, one of the most successful arcade series of all-time, but even the most hardcore NBA Jam fans might not know this story.
Tim Kitzrow, the official voice of NBA Jam, had an interview with Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson this week where he revealed information about secret copies of the game.
NBA Jam was already extremely popular by the mid-90s but the most notable absence was Bulls superstar Michael Jordan. 'His Airness' had an exclusive rights deal with Nike that caused him to opt-out of the NBA Players Association group license, but MJ and good friends Gary Payton and Ken Griffey Jr. all wanted to be in the game nonetheless.
Payton wasn't in the game with the Seattle Supersonics right away, Griffey due to his being an MLB player and MJ due to his licensing deal, so the NBA Jam crew whipped up special copies of the game with playable versions of themselves.
So we got a call from their agents and I came back in the studio and recorded their voices. The artists put together the visuals and we sent them each individual a large NBA Jam package......There’s only four to five cabinets in the world that exist. I’d love to ask Michael Jordan if he still has his.
There is no confirmation as of yet as to if Jordan and Griffey still own their copies of the game, but Kitzrow did say Payton stated that his sons played the NBA Jam edition with his character in it growing up, so there is still hope when it comes to tracking down one of the rare copies of the game.
Ultimately, Kitzrow stated that he wants to speak with former Midway and NBA Jam developer Mark Turmell about legally releasing a copy of the game with the Jordan character, or working towards getting this "Holy Grail" copy of NBA Jam put into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
See the full interview with Tim Kitzrow here