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No change for Toews


No change for Toews

Coach Joel Quenneville was giving the latest update on Jonathan Toews, which has been a familiar one in recent days: no skating, no change.

Its frustrating news for Toews and the Blackhawks, for sure, but not all that surprising. Because when it comes to concussions and the ensuing recovery from them, the only thing that is certain is their uncertainty.

Hes a hockey player and he wants to play, Quenneville said of Toews, who skated four straight days last week but has now been off the ice the last four days. The process, Im sure in his mind, is not a fun thing to be dealing with. You want to be optimistic; there was that stretch there where he was getting close. Theres hope, and thats where were at.

And thats all Toews and the Blackhawks can do with the injury right now. This isnt a timetable deal; youre not waiting for a bone to mend, a muscle to loosen up. A concussion, and how they affect each player, is unpredictable. Brent Seabrook has had at least three concussions and has missed just a few games combined. Dave Bolland suffered one last season and missed a month. Toews is coming up on a month out of the lineup; his last game was Feb. 19.

Bolland said he still thinks about his.

Its always in the back of your head, he said. Mind was pretty bad. You still get little things in the back of your head, if you get hit a certain way. Youre always thinking of it and hopefully it doesnt happen again.

Toews is probably a frustrated man right now. He was feeling good heading into last week, even eyeing the Blackhawks game against the Blues last Tuesday as his comeback date. Now his activity has quieted again. Unfortunately, its the nature of this beast. Its not about setting a timetable. Its about taking all the time you need to get healthy.

Im sure hes frustrated and Im sure he wants to be back on the ice, Patrick Kane said. Just talking to him, it seems like every next game he keeps saying he wants to come back. Thats his fighting spirit. Well make do without him here and when he comes back, well be a better team.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1


White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

We asked you to ask us anything about the White Sox and you delivered in a big way. We got so many questions, we had to do two different podcasts! Among the questions here in Part 1: should the White Sox send Yoan Moncada to Triple-A? What players will be traded before the deadline? Who are some sleeper prospects in the minors? Will Jordan Stephens be called up before Michael Kopech? Should Juan Uribe be a team ambassador? What's our all-time White Sox team from 2000 to the present and many more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Michael Porter Jr.: 'I'm the perfect fit for today's NBA game'

Michael Porter Jr.: 'I'm the perfect fit for today's NBA game'

Michael Porter Jr. grabbed some attention when he remarked that he was "perfect fit for today's NBA game" during an appearance on The Will Cain Show.

The interview went a long way towards showing off the uber-confident nature of Porter, who has consistently talked about being the best player in his class throughout the draft process. Porter also remarked that he was "an immediate impact guy," and that he "doesn't want it to take long to be one of the best players in the NBA."

His hubris has been intruiging considering the mystery surrounding the prospect.

During the interview Porter added that he would be open to doing more workouts for NBA front offices ahead of Thursday's NBA Draft. The only workout he has completed so far was his pro day workout in Chicago, and multiple reports have cited that Porter did look good shooting, though he was in an isolated setting with no defenders.

The one thing Porter has not done much throughout the process is talk about his weaknesses, which is somewhat concerning seeing as he has much to improve on. The general consensus is that a healthy Porter can get buckets at will. But if he can improve his ball-handling, rebounding and passing skills, he will be much more than a go-to scorer. Tightening his ball-handling skills is likely the key, as the ability to grab the rebound and push in transition would be a huge boon for Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg's offense.

The biggest question when it comes to Porter on the Bulls is can he fit with Lauri Markkanen? Despite receiving many favorable Kevin Durant and Paul George comparisons leading up to the draft, there is a rising sentiment that his best position in the NBA may be the power forward spot. It is not yet known if he has the foot speed to stay in front of quicker wings in today's NBA. But at six-feet-ten-inches, it is easy to imagine him having a huge advantage against slower power forwards rather than wings. While Markkanen is not currently built to be a full-time center, playing him at the five with Porter at the four would present Hoiberg with a potentially devastating closing lineup.

Versatility is the name of the game in today's league, and Michael Porter Jr. may be the key to unlocking the full potential of Hoiberg's pace-and-space attack.