Chicago basketball is a brotherhood. Jabari Parker made that much clear during his introductory press conference on Wednesday at the United Center atrium.
When asked by a reporter about what the Chicago native and Simeon alum thought about the "rise and fall" of Derrick Rose's NBA career, Parker took a hard stance defending the former league MVP.
"Derrick had no lows. He didn't, because he still maintained. Derrick is a legend, no matter. I don't like how you explained that," Parker said.
"Injuries is a part of life. Everybody has an injury, either athletics or normal life. But Derrick is one of the best players to ever play the game and one of the best icons in Chicago. So, he accomplished his duty already."
Parker and Rose have more than just Simeon basketball and a Chicago upbringing in common. Both suffered multiple knee injuries early in their careers - Rose's infamous ACL tear in the 2012 playoffs and subsequent MCL tears; Parker tore his ACL in both his rookie and third NBA seasons with the Bucks. - and battled back through them.
And now they both have ties to the Bulls.
Last week Parker agreed to a two-year, $40 million deal with his hometown team. He'll join a young core including Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Wendell Carter Jr. as the Bulls enter Year 2 of their rebuild.
Parker wasn't the only one to stick up for Rose.
Kyle Schwarber an underdog in a competition that involves hitting home runs?
That's what Las Vegas says, as Bovada released its odds for the 2018 Home Run Derby and has Schwarber with the lowest chance of winning.
Schwarber, who has 17 homers, has 9:1 odds to become the first Cubs winner since Sammy Sosa in 2000. Astros third baseman Alex Bregman also has 9:1 odds of winning.
And, as we discussed on last week's Cubs Talk Podcast, don't be concerned about the Home Run Derby messing up either of the players' swings.
Schwarber and Bregman are followed by Javy Baez, who hit his 18th home run yesterday in a loss to the Giants, at 6:1.
Here's a look at the entire field, led by the hometown hero Bryce Harper.
Bryce Harper, Nationals - 11:4
Jesus Aguilar, Brewers - 7:2
Max Muncy, Dodgers - 5:1
Freddie Freeman, Braves - 11:2
Rhys Hoskins, Phillies - 11:2
Javy Baez, Cubs - 6:1
Alex Bregman, Astros - 9:1
Kyle Scwharber, Cubs - 9:1
Four years later it appears Carmelo Anthony will be available again.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are expected to move on from Anthony, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Anthony, who opted in to his $27.9 million contract for the upcoming season, would have cost the Thunder more than $100 million because of luxury tax implications, so the move is hardly surprising. Anthony struggled in his first and only season with the Thunder, averaging a career-low 16.2 points on 40 percent shooting as the third option to Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
But four years after the Bulls attempted to woo Anthony into signing alongside Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng, don't expect a courtship between the two sides.
For starters, Anthony is reportedly interested in signing with a contender. And despite his limitations at 34 years old, he'll have his fair share of suitors. The Rockets are already reportedly interested.
Anthony could be an option in a potential trade, if the Thunder were willing to attach some sort of draft pick compensation to it. But even that seems unlikely.
The Bulls would likely waive Anthony anyway. Yes, he's a fit as a scoring small forward. He's also 34 and plays minimal defense. He's a spot-up shooter at this point in his career, and he's been under 36 percent from 3-point range each of the last four seasons.
It's fun to dream about what would have been in 2014. It didn't happen then, and it won't happen in 2018.