Word on the Street: Rodman is a Hall of Fame finalist

Word on the Street: Rodman is a Hall of Fame finalist

Friday, Feb. 18, 2011

Rodman announced Hall of Fame finalist

Former Bulls forward Dennis Rodman was among 12 finalists announced for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Rodman won five NBA titles with the Bulls and the Detroit Pistons. Head Coach Dick Motta and assistant Tex Winter were also announced to the list.

Those elected to the Hall of Fame will be introduced April 3 at the men's Final Four in Houston. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Hawks under most pressure?

Chicago is one of eight teams that will be playing during Hockey Day in America on Sunday, but according to ProHockeyTalk, they will be the team under the most pressure.

James O'Brien says that the Hawks have to deal with being the defending champs, they're playing a game they should win (against an undermanned team at home), and they'll know the outcome of the Minnesota vs. Detroit game. (ProHockeyTalk)

Bears sign McGee to 2-year contract

It looks like Richmond McGee will be staying in Chicago for a few more seasons. The Chicago Bears signed punter McGee to a two-year contract.

McGee spent parts of 2010 regular season on the Bears practice squad after spending the 2009 preseason and part of the 2010 off season with Chicago. (ChicagoBears.com)

Rose kicks his MVP campaign into high gear

Kurt Helin will be the first to tell you that he was not always convinced Derrick Rose should be a leader in the MVP discussions. But he said that during last night's game against the Spurs Rose looked like an MVP.

"He was 18-for-28 shooting, but he was dishing as well and had 8 dimes. He just controlled this game. The Spurs had no answer." (ProBasketballTalk)

Hawks miss out on Mark Stuart

Yesterday the Blackhawks were considered "close to acquiring defenseman Mark Stuart from Boston." Well, Stuart won't be coming to Chicago for a while now. Boston and the Atlanta Thrashers worked out a deal involving the defenseman going to Atlanta in exchange for forward Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik. (ProHockeyTalk)

Roommates, brothers, opponents: Coby White, Cam Johnson reunite and show out

Roommates, brothers, opponents: Coby White, Cam Johnson reunite and show out

Cameron Johnson had just been selected by the Phoenix Suns with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft. At the time, the move was a surprise — Johnson was projected to fall into the middle to late first round, despite averaging 16.9 points and shooting 45.7% from 3 in his last year at North Carolina.

So, elation was a natural response for all close to Johnson. And nobody displayed that elation more authentically — nor more publicly — than Johnson’s teammate, roommate and ‘little brother’ Coby White (who had been picked by the Bulls just four slots earlier). You remember the clip:

That familial bond was grown over many nights bunking together on the road during White’s one and only year at UNC. It all began on a week-long trip to the Bahamas in advance of last season.

“Coming in, I'm the type of dude where if I don't really know you, then I don't talk a lot,” White said. “And then Cam was like ‘Why you so anti(-social)?’ and then it kinda started from there. He became a guy I could always go to if I ever needed something, on or off the court.”

“You know, seniors pair with freshmen, make sure they're everybody they need to be on time,” Johnson, a fifth-year in 2018-19, said. “But he was, like, a mature, easy, no-drama freshman. His composure was at a very high level, his maturity was at a very high level.”

White scoffed at that, saying he got a similar rep (of being ‘mature’) in his first weeks with the Bulls. “I was like nah just trust me,” he said. “And now I'm like that little brother that's annoying them.”

Still, Johnson and White became fast friends over their overlapping year in Chapel Hill. Though it’s been tough to keep in touch amid the rigors of their first NBA seasons, they each agreed competing against each other was a fun change of pace.

“It was great seeing him, I hadn't seen him in a long time, so it was great seeing him,” White said. “We talk here and there, but because we're so busy — it's one of those things, like, you know no matter what we're gonna have each other's backs, we always gonna be there for each other when we need each other.”

“I love that kid, man. I tell you, most of the time when we talk it’s just saying what’s up and just reminding each other that we love each other,” Johnson said. “That’s my guy and I went over and gave him a big hug before I went on the court today.”


What ensued come gametime was special for all. In the contest — a 112-104 Suns victory — White poured in a career-high 33 points and canned seven 3-pointers, shooting 11-for-22 from the field. Johnson notched 11 points and three 3-pointers, and made all of them count.

“It was fun, but I hate him so much,” White said of Johnson, who hit two of his three 3-pointers in the game’s fourth quarter. “I just know whenever he shoots if he gets any type of open look it's going in. So every time he shot it in my head, I'm like mad cause I'm like, he's the one you just can't leave him open. The ball just kept finding him in open space.”

But then, with a smile: “But obviously it's all love. After the game, I talked to him, he told me he was proud of me and whatnot. He's like a big brother to me, so it means a lot.”

There’s just something about these Tar Heels. With Roy Williams at the United Center on Nov. 12, White set a Bulls record for 3-pointers in a quarter with seven in the fourth against the Knicks. Tonight, lined up across from Johnson, he scored the second-most points in Bulls franchise history by a rookie off the bench.

He, Johnson and Bulls fans everywhere, will be counting down the days until the team visits Phoenix on April 5.

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Coby White drops career high vs Suns


Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Coby White drops career high vs Suns

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, David Watson, and Allana Tachauer discuss Coby White's big night, a hypothetical created by the Chicago Sun-Times Joe Cowley, and discuss Dwyane Wade's jersey retirement in Miami.

0:45 - Allana Tachauer joins the show for John Sabine

1:15 - Recap of Coby White's career night vs the Suns

6:30 - Breakdown of the Bulls bigs on Saturday

9:10 - What is Zach LaVine's level of frustration?

11:00 - Fans miss John Sabine's gloves

13:30 - Can Coby compete with Ja Morant for best PG from 2019 NBA Draft?

16:45 - Would you rather have LaVine's or Booker's contract going forward?

21:40 - Viewer comment about Felicio/Harrison/Arcidiacono getting 40 minutes?!

25:00 - Dwyane Wade's number gets retired: Allana tries not to cry

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Bulls Outsiders


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