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Chicago native Turner complimentary of hometown team

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Chicago native Turner complimentary of hometown team

PHILADELPHIA Back when they were high school seniors in Chicago, Derrick Rose and Evan Turner were rivals at basketball programs steeped with tradition. In the five years since Rose starred at Simeon Career Academy on the South Side and Turner led St. Josephs High School in suburban Westchester, Rose has had the higher profile.

But while the second-year swingman cant quite match the reigning league MVPs resume, he has his own impressive set of credentials national college player of the year at Ohio State, No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft and now plays an important role off the bench for 76ers, the top team in the Atlantic Division.

Turner was complimentary about his former prep rival when asked about him Sunday morning, following the Sixers shootaround.

The Bulls were good when they got Derrick, but once Derrick started playing they were even better, said the West Side native. Hes developed a long-range shot. Hes developed furthermore into a leader and hes always been a leader, but hes become an even bigger leader, putting his team at the top of the NBA. Hes always been a winner.

If Sundays game has the same outcome as the last time the Bulls visited Philadelphia a 16-point Sixers win dont expect Turner to be too boastful, even if he has bragging rights over Rose back in the Windy City.

I dont really speak to anybody from Chicago like that anymore to even brag, but its just another game, he said diplomatically. Youre thankful for it and grateful for the wins, so youve got to take advantage of every at-home opportunity because you know on the road, its not as easy.

Turner also spoke highly of the Bulls as a whole, particularly the wing players hell be matching up with Sunday evening.

Its always tough when you have to worry about more than one option and I think with Luol Deng and Rip Hamilton, Kyle Korver and Noah and Boozer, just having to pay attention to them, that helps D-Rose even more do the things that he loves to do, makes him successful, he said. Those are experienced wings. Rip and Luol Rips played in big games, Luol has, as well Kyle Korver has and Brewer, hes a capable guy. He knows how to play the game and everything, so thats rough, especially when they know the game and theyre smart players.

When asked about Philadelphias success this season, Turner made it sound simple.

We really focus on our defense and take pride in our defense, and it might not work the first five or 10 minutes, but we just keep trying to wear you down and make sure it goes in our advantage, he explained. Everythings very easy when youre winning.

Bears' 2020 offseason dates you need to know

Bears' 2020 offseason dates you need to know

The Bears 2020 offseason feels like it's been underway for a while, but the reality is it's just getting started. The fun gets underway in March when unrestricted free agency kicks off, followed by the 2020 NFL Draft – when GM Ryan Pace will try to flip Chicago's two second-round picks into potential starters for a team that isn't that far away from contending for a Super Bowl.

Here are the key dates to bookmark in your calendar for the Bears' offseason:

February 2020

  • Feb. 24-March 1 – NFL Scouting Combine
  • Feb. 25 – Ryan Pace/Matt Nagy meet with media at NFL Combine
     

March 2020

  • Feb. 24 – March 1 – NFL Scouting Combine
  • March 18 – Free agency and new league year begins


April 2020

  • April 7 – Ed Block Courage Award presentation
  • April 20 – Bears may begin offseason workout programs
  • April 21 – Brian Piccolo Awards presented to rookie and veteran
  • April 21 – Ryan Pace will speak with the media ahead of NFL Draft
  • April 23-25 – 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas
     

May 2020

  • May 8-10 – Bears rookie minicamp at Halas Hall
  • May 16 – Bears Care Gala at Soldier Field
  • May 27 – May 29 – OTA practices


JUNE 2020

  • June 2-4 – OTA practices
  • June 8 – 11 – OTA practices
  • June 16-18 – Mandatory full-squad minicamp

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Recap of the NBA 2020 All-Star game in Chicago

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Recap of the NBA 2020 All-Star game in Chicago

David Haugh, Alex Maragos and Chris Bleck join Kap on the panel.

0:00 - The NBA All-Star Game is over and the city was the biggest star of the weekend. The guys weigh in on the thrilling finish and if the rule changes saved the All-Star game.

5:30 - Michael Jordan was not in the "House That MJ Built." Should his Airness have had more of a presence?

9:00 - Michael Reinsdorf and John Paxson spent the weekend asking some of the sport's heavy hitters about how to fix their front office. Will the changes work?

13:00 - Jesse Rogers joins Kap from Cubs camp in Mesa to talk about Javy Baez's comments about not being ready to play some days. They also discuss Kris Bryant's candid comments about his contract and his future with the Cubs.

18:00 - The guys weigh in on Tom Rickett's comments on the state of the team's baseball budget.

26:00 - Chuck Garfien joins Kap from Sox camp in Glendale. They talk about the excitement level with everybody in camp, the team's thoughts on the Astros scandal, the chances Nick Madrigal breaks camp with the team and the Carlos Rodon's progress from Tommy John surgery.

Listen here or in the embedded player below.

 

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