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Jake Chelios creates his own identity with the Blackhawks

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Jake Chelios creates his own identity with the Blackhawks

Jake Chelios said he hadnt been in the Chicago Blackhawks locker rooms since he was eight years old. The young defenseman, whos the son of Chris Chelios, said it was memorable to see them again.

Everything seems a little bit smaller, said the 21-year-old, who opted to participate in the Blackhawks prospect camp instead of the Detroit Red Wings this summer. Its really weird. I have scars from running around those weight rooms.

All nostalgia aside, Chelios is at camp this week to hone his game before going back to Michigan State in the fall. The comparisons to his famous father are obviously there, but Jake wants to be known here, or anywhere else he plays hockey, as his own man.

Growing up you learn to lock it out, said Jake, who played in scrimmages on Wednesday and Thursday with his dad in attendance. Its a good opportunity and I want to make my own name, especially in a city like Chicago where I keep being compared to him. But its a good opportunity and Im excited.

Chelios participated in the Wings camp the past two seasons. And while brother Dean went to Detroits camp this summer, Jake wanted to switch things up. Hes enjoyed his week in Chicago, where he played for the Steel, a Tier 1 Junior hockey squad, a few years ago.

As much as Jake wants to be known for his own game and not his dads, he still welcomes fatherly advice. And Chris Chelios biggest lessons came from his own career, which spanned 26 NHL seasons. The elder Chelios workout regimen helped him play well into his 40s, and that work ethic is what Jake appreciates most.

You can tell by the way he works. He just worked so hard. Im not the most skilled guy, but work hard and usually the results will come, said Jake, who is astounded by the length of his dads career. Its unbelievable, not even counting his youth (hockey career), going 26 years at the pro level and what it does to your body. At 21 I complain about bad knees right now.

Chelios has had a solid camp with the Blackhawks, scoring a goal in Wednesdays scrimmage. Its been a good week in Chicago for Chelios, who grew up watching his dad in a Blackhawks sweater and enjoyed putting on one of his own.

I grew up in it, he said. So putting it on was cool.

Paul Zipser says he is unlikely to return to Bulls

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Paul Zipser says he is unlikely to return to Bulls

Just two years after being drafted in the second round, Paul Zipser told German media that he doesn’t see the Bulls wanting him next season.

The Bulls have until mid-July to pick up Zipser's option.

"I would not be surprised if they no longer want me.” Zipser said in German and translated via Google Translate

“Actually, I'm pretty sure I will not play in Chicago soon.”

Last month, Zipser had surgery on his fractured left foot, in his native country of Germany, which grew speculation the Bulls wouldn’t pick up his player option for next season. Zipser said the surgery "went perfectly."

Zipser showed some flashes of potential in his rookie season, averaging 5.5 per game and 2.8 rebounds in 44 games. But this past season, he played more games, but injuries derailed him from improving his overall production. He finished with four points and 2.4 rebounds in 54 games, including 12 starts.

Zipser explained that things changed from his first year to his second year.

“They were very varied," Zipser said. "The first year was just going very well. I fought my way into the team from the beginning and showed how I can help the team. The Bulls just needed someone like me. That's why it worked so well. We benefited from each other - that's why we were successful.”

“That was very different. It was not right from the beginning, and I was already struggling with my injury. It was not quite clear what it is. If you have pain in your foot, you automatically go down a bit with intensity. You just do not want to hurt yourself and be completely out. It was then difficult for me to keep my head in the sport - I did not manage that well. Nevertheless, the injury should not be an excuse.”

Nothing is official yet, but it sounds like Zipser might not dress up in a Bulls uniform next year.

Former Bulls guard opens up about having depression

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Former Bulls guard opens up about having depression

During his NBA career, he was known as having a joking, outgoing, clown-type of personality. Now, former NBA point guard Nate Robinson opened up about having depression.

Robinson, an 11-year NBA veteran, told Bleacher Report that he began going to therapy sessions in the 2012-13 season when he played for the Bulls.

He said he would struggle with having an angel and a demon inside of him.

"The NBA gave me my depression," Robinson told Bleacher Report. "I've never been a depressed person in my life."

"The hardest thing in my whole life, of my 34 years in existence on earth, was dealing with 11 years in the NBA of trying to be somebody that [NBA coaches] want me to be," Robinson said.

When Robinson was with the Bulls, he said he would sit in front of the plane so he wouldn’t be tempted to crack jokes. His one year with the Bulls ended up being one of the top seasons statistically in his career. He averaged just over 13 points and four assists per game. He played in all 82 games (starting 23) on a team that finished 45-37 with a berth in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

He thought his behavior was always looked down upon, and Robinson thought he was being punished for his actions.

“It’s like Spider-Man, that Venom. I never wanted that Venom outfit to just consume me,” he says. “I wanted to be Spider-Man. I wanted to be positive. I never wanted that dark side to come out because I know what that dark side could do.” 

This might come as a surprise for NBA fans, knowing how energetic Robinson was on the court, no matter what team he was a part of.

Even though Robinson is just 5-foot-9, he brought a spark of energy when he came into the game.

He hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2015-16 season with the Pelicans and spent last year with the Delaware 87ers in the G League.

Robinson is known for his participation in the NBA Slam Dunk competition. He won three contests, going back-to-back in 2009 and 2010.

One highlight was Robinson jumping over Dwight Howard in 2009, which ultimately gave Robinson his third title. Another highlight is welcoming former 1986 Slam Dunk Champion Spud Webb on the floor in 2006 and jumping over him.

Robinson is still vying for a comeback to the NBA.