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Morgan Park's Blackshear dislocates shoulder

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Morgan Park's Blackshear dislocates shoulder

Monday, March 28, 2011
Posted 11:22 p.m.

By Scott Phillips
YourSeason.com

The biggest individual honor for an elite high school basketball player is to be selected for the McDonald's All-American Game. For area players Wayne Blackshear, Anthony Davis and Ariel Massengale, that dream is being played out in front of a hometown crowd.

While Perspectives-MSA's Davis and Bolingbrook's Massengale will continue to go through the practices leading up to Wednesdays game at the United Center, Blackshear will be out for the remainder of the festivities and the game as he suffered a dislocated shoulder during Monday mornings practice session at Attack Athletics.

"I don't even really remember what happened," Blackshear said. "I was coming off of a screen and I got bumped the wrong way and I felt a pop in my shoulder."

The Morgan Park star was still present for the Powerade Jam Fest on Monday night at Chicago State, dressed in his game-issued warmups with a sling on his left arm.

Blackshear was scheduled to compete in the dunk contest but watched the action from the sidelines. He also said there is no time frame on how long he will be sidelined.

"I went to the hospital as soon as it happened," Blackshear said. "My sports doctor was there and he said it was a dislocated shoulder and that I should sit out."

Massengale and Davis, meanwhile, each competed in the three-point shootout but didnt make the cut for the final round.

Connecticut signee Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Anaheim, CA) and Kentucky recruit Kyle Wiltjer (Jesuit, OR) won the three-point shootouts while Oklahoma State commit LeBryan Nash (Dallas, TX) took home the championship in the dunk contest.

Syracuse commit Michael Carter-Williams (South Hamilton, MA) and USC recruit Ariya Crook-Williams (Los Angeles, CA) won the skills competition.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.

Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th. 

Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.

The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.

Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.

Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.

"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"

Paxson famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch the series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.

"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"

Watch the video above to see the interaction.

Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.