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Rose, Noah could return vs. Nets; Deng possibly out

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Rose, Noah could return vs. Nets; Deng possibly out

Here's the good news: Derrick Rose could return to the Bulls lineup Monday, according to a source familiar with the situation. After missing four consecutive games with a turf-toe injury, the league's reigning MVP plans to play when the Bulls host the Nets.

Center Joakim Noah, who missed Saturday's home win over the Bobcats with a sprained left ankle could also return and is expected to be a game-time decision, as first reported by the Chicago Tribune. Noah was a late scratch Saturday after suffering the injury in Friday's win at Cleveland.

Reserve point guard John Lucas III told CSNChicago.com after Saturday's win, which he missed because of a strained left groin, that he expects to play Monday.

Now, the bad news. Ironman small forward Luol Deng, who was third in the NBA in minutes played last season and participated in all 82 regular-season contests, might not be available. Deng, who suffered a sprained left wrist Saturday -- he had an MRI Sunday, but said after Saturday's game that the x-rays were "fine," though he wore an ice pack in the locker room -- told CSNChicago.com via text message late Sunday night that he believed he could miss Monday's game.

Additionally, backup power forward Taj Gibson, who suffered a high left ankle sprain in Cleveland and missed Saturday's win, could continue to miss action. A person familiar with the situation told CSNChicago.com that Gibson's swelling remained significant Sunday.

Despite the injuries to Noah and Gibson, however, another source familiar with the Bulls' thought process told CSNChicago.com Sunday that the injuries to the big men are not "serious" and expects them to return "soon," so it's unlikely that the team will sign a free-agent post player in the meantime, as the list of available big men isn't considered very appealing.

With Gibson and potentially Deng out, expect veteran reserve forward Brian Scalabrine, a fan favorite, to log more minutes Monday against New Jersey.

Lincoln-Way HS hosts D-Wade's summer camp featuring Khalil Mack, others

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Lincoln-Way HS hosts D-Wade's summer camp featuring Khalil Mack, others

 

On Saturday, day two of Dwyane Wade’s Celebrity Sports Academy took place in southwest suburbs of Chicago with some very special guests on-hand.

The event took place over four days in July. The first part of the camp took place in Miami on July 6 and 7, with the second part taking place in Chicago on July 19 and 20 at Lincoln-Way Central High School. 

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Over the two days Wade and co. worked with campers on a variety of athletics skills tied to basketball, soccer, football, and cheer. The camps primarily focused on the fundamentals and life lessons that can be learned through sports.

Wade always promises to come through with great guests for the youth during the Celebrity Sports Academy and he definitely produced this weekend.

Some of the great guests that came through over the two days in Chicago included (but weren’t limited to): Chicago Red Stars defender Arin Wright, Sky forward Cheyenne Parker and Bears linebacker Khalil Mack.

The Wade Sports Academy ultimately strives to “develop the physical side of our young athletes, but also that of their mental game and personal confidence.” They continued to do all they could to meet that goal this summer and you can ultimately call the first year of the program with post-NBA retirement D-Wade at the helm a success, with the help of some of Chicago’s top athletes.

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Wendell Carter Jr., NBA Cares host court restoration event that honors slain teenager Darius Brown

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Wendell Carter Jr., NBA Cares host court restoration event that honors slain teenager Darius Brown

On Saturday NBA Cares, jr. NBA, EA Sports, Wendell Carter Jr., Complex and artist Hebru Brantley teamed up to renovate the  MetCalfePark basketball court in honor of slain teenager Darius Brown, who was fatally shot and killed on August 3, 2011. 

The court was re-designed with Brantley's FlyBoy character as the centerpiece.

The FlyBoy character represents “hope and optimism that makes people believe that no matter where they are from, no matter what their circumstances, anything is possible."

The event hosted by NBA Cares—and also a part of Complex Community Week—featured Wendell Carter Jr. conversing with the kids and helping "Slam Dunking Science Teacher "Jonathan Clark with an awesome dunking display for the kids. 

Metcalfe Park's (43rd State) new look is amazing and the FlyBoy image serves as the perfect image for the court.

As Hebru Brantley states, "FlyBoy is about taking flight and believing in yourself enough to reach your true potential."

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