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Notre Dame's Golson close, but not cleared yet

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Notre Dame's Golson close, but not cleared yet

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Everett Golson has not yet been cleared to play, coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday -- although the Notre Dame coach didn't sound too concerned about his status for this weekend. The first-year starter suffered a concussion late in Notre Dame's win over Stanford on Saturday.

Golson didn't pass his cognitive test on Monday and will re-take it today. Once Golson clears his cognitive test, he'll begin light exercise, and if there's no re-occurrence of headaches he'll return to practice. The earliest he could return to practice is Wednesday.

Golson has passed a balance test and an exam and has no symptoms such as light sensitivity or agitation. All he has to do is pass the cognitive test, which is done on a computer.

"If Everett Golson was a guy that you knew, you would know when he's ready," Kelly explained Tuesday. "When he's smiling and bouncing around, we're seeing that yesterday and today. We're seeing great progress."

Kelly said Sunday he expected Golson to be cleared by Tuesday, but if not, he could still start if he were cleared Wednesday. If Golson isn't cleared to practice Wednesday but does Thursday, he could still play against BYU, although the playbook may shrink as a result.

"We would probably limit of the things that we do," Kelly said. "There's very little we can't do in the running game. We would probably limit some of the things we would do in the passing game and some of the things that we have put on him. But he could practice on Thursday and be ready to help us on Saturday."

Golson completed 12 of 24 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown against Stanford, but fumbled three times -- with those turnovers leaving Kelly "very concerned."

"It's something that obviously we cannot continue to have," Kelly said Sunday. "He's got to take better care of the football, and he's got to do it in practice, and he's got to be smarter."

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.

Bulls Talk Podcast: 2018 NBA Draft primer (and some Kawhi talk)

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Bulls Talk Podcast: 2018 NBA Draft primer (and some Kawhi talk)

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Strotman and Scott Phillips get you set for the 2018 NBA Draft. They put together their own mock draft, analyzing each of the first seven picks, analyze a handful of options the Bulls should look at at No. 22, and answer questions from Twitter. They also discuss the Kawhi Leonard trade rumors and whether the Bulls could put together a package that would entice San Antonio.