Malone: I'd choose Pippen over Jordan


Malone: I'd choose Pippen over Jordan

Wednesday morning's edition of "The Dan Patrick Show", broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, featured Basketball Hall of Famers Charles Barkley, Karl Malone and David Robinson, all members of the 1992 U.S. Olympic "Dream Team," as guests. A much-anticipated documentary about the Dream Team will premiere Wednesday on NBA TV.

Malone made a surprising choice when asked which member of the Dream Team -- other than longtime Utah Jazz teammate John Stockton -- he would have started a team with that included himself.

"I would have to start my team with Scottie Pippen," he said. "This is why I would take Scottie: Do you remember the time that Michael retired? I watched Scottie Pippen when the Chicago Bulls weren't really good and Scottie led that team in every statistical category, and I just remembered that. Plus, he's a guy who could care less about scoring. He wants to stop the best player on the other team. That would have been pretty cool, to see Scottie guarding Michael."

Robinson was asked about the reported admissions by former Bulls Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen that they didn't want Chicago native Isiah Thomas, the leader of the rival "Bad Boy" Detroit Pistons, on the team.

"Didn't matter to me one way or the other. I heard all the talk. At the time, people were wondering whether Michael had something to do with it," said Robinson. "I didn't see it as a big controversy at the time. I still don't think it's a big deal."

Added Barkley: "I didn't care who was on the team...I know that Michael and Scottie didn't want him on the team, but I like Isiah Thomas. I've never had a problem with him.

"People forget I played on the second Dream Team, too, and the second Dream Team really sucked. We had so much junk going on, guys complaining about playing time, who was starting on the second Dream Team and I can honestly tell you this: On that first Dream Team, we never had any of that. I'm playing with the greatest team ever assembled. Everybody got along well."

The humorous Barkley also chimed in about the greatness of the team compared to the 1996 Olympic squad, saying: "'92 was the greatest thing ever, as far as camaraderie and everybody getting along, and in '96, I was like, 'You guys are kidding me. I played with the greatest team ever and you guys ain't that good.'"

His fellow all-time great power forward Malone, also a member of both teams. credited Jordan and Magic Johnson as being the leaders of the team.

"I would say the most competitive guys on the Dream Team were two: I would say Michael and Magic and the reason I say that is when we would do teams, they always had each guy on the opposite team, so the coaches wouldn't have to do anything but say throw the ball up and those guys always got everybody going," said Malone.

"I just want to see footage of the practices," said Robinson, who claimed he had not seen the documentary yet. "It was hard basketball, just everybody going at each other and talking, and everybody on that floor wasn't just competitive, but the ultimate competitor, too, so, it brought the best out of all of us."

Neat Tweets: The Bears were one yard away from a pretty neat finish

Neat Tweets: The Bears were one yard away from a pretty neat finish

The Bears and Patriots played a wild game yesterday, with the outcome literally coming down to the final seconds/yards. 

The Bears didn't get their intended result, and BearsTwitter let 'em know about it after the game. 

Here were the most neat tweets from Sunday's loss:










Shoutout to broadcasts in other languages, they're legitimately always 100X more entertaining. 

Evaluating Blackhawks options after Anton Forsberg is placed on waivers


Evaluating Blackhawks options after Anton Forsberg is placed on waivers

The Blackhawks have said all along that they don't plan on carrying three goaltenders, but wanted to do so during the three games in four days stretch just in case, with Corey Crawford coming back from a 10-month layoff because of a concussion.

After being encouraged by how Crawford has responded to his return, the Blackhawks placed goaltender Anton Forsberg on waivers Monday morning. Teams have 24 hours to put in a claim for the 25-year-old goaltender and would have to keep him on their NHL roster for 10 games and/or 30 days before he's eligible to go through the waiver process again.

His chances of getting claimed by any of the other 30 teams essentially depends on which teams believe Forsberg would be an immediate upgrade over their current backup — or starter, for that matter — or whether there's an injury to one of the team's two goaltenders that requires a placeholder, like we saw the Carolina Hurricanes do by claiming Curtis McElhinney from the Toronto Maple Leafs after Scott Darling's injury in the preseason.

If Forsberg goes unclaimed, the Blackhawks can assign him to the American Hockey League with the Rockford IceHogs. With Collin Delia and Kevin Lankinen sharing the goaltending duties in Rockford, it's possible Lankinen gets sent to the Indy Fuel in the East Coast Hockey League to get consistent starts under his belt.

A third option, one that isn't very common but we've seen in the past as recently as last October with Maple Leafs goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo, is that Forsberg can be loaned to any AHL team while still being a part of the Blackhawks organization. This would allow the Blackhawks to keep Delia and Lankinen in Rockford while Forsberg gets his starts in the AHL, too.

Or, the Blackhawks could simply trade Forsberg to another NHL team that could stash him in the AHL, as long as he clears waivers. They did it last season with Chris DiDomenico, who cleared waivers as a member of the Ottawa Senators but was then traded to Chicago for Ville Pokka days later. Had DiDomenico been claimed by the Blackhawks, he would have had to stay on the NHL roster as noted above.

Forsberg was 10-16-4 with a 2.97 goals against average and .908 save percentage in 35 appearances last season but has not appeared in a game yet this year. He was acquired as part of the Brandon Saad package for Artemi Panarin in June 2017.