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Only 16 local products in the NBA

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Only 16 local products in the NBA

The NBA's 2012-13 season has begun and only 16 products from the Chicago area are listed on the rosters of the 30 teams, the lowest number in recent memory. And only about six of them are starters.

The list was reduced on Oct. 27 when the Orlando Magic waived 6-foot-6 guard Quentin Richardson. The star of Whitney Young's 1998 state championship team, he had an outstanding career at DePaul before being picked as the No. 18 selection overall in the NBA's 2000 draft. He played with five teams in 12 years.

Local starters are Dwyane Wade (Heat) of Richards, Kevin Garnett (Celtics) of Farragut, Derrick Rose (Bulls) of Simeon, Evan Turner (76ers) of St. Joseph, Anthony Davis (Hornets) of Perspectives and JaVale McGee (Nuggets) of Hales Franciscan.

There are six other former Public League players who currently are on NBA rosters--Nazr Mohammed (Bulls) of Kenwood, Will Bynum (Pistons) of Crane, Tony Allen (Grizzlies) of Crane, DeAndre Liggins (Thunder) of Washington, Jeremy Pargo (Cavaliers) of Robeson and Jannero Pargo (Wizards) of Robeson.

Suburban products are Corey Maggette (Pistons) of Fenwick, Shannon Brown (Suns) of Proviso East, Eddy Curry (Mavericks) of Thornwood and Iman Shumpert (Knicks) of Oak Park.

Two Downstate Illinois products who will see plenty of playing time this season are Andre Iguodala (Nuggets) of Springfield Lanphier and Meyers Leondard (Trail Blazers) of Robinson.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 49th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 49th homer 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's 49th homer of the season came with a runner on 1st and one out, when Oriel Hershiser served up a high fastball that Sammy belted 415 feet into the last few rows in left-center field. 

Sosa would later start the game-winning rally in the bottom of the ninth, scoring the game-tying run on a Henry Rodriguez single through the right side of the infield. Jose Hernandez would step in the next at-bat and walk it off with a base hit that scored Mark Grace, as Sammy and the Cubs bested the Giants 6-5. 

Fun Fact: A 33-year-old Barry Bonds would hit home run No. 25, finishing the season with 37 homers. He would finish the next season with 34 dingers but would string five consecutive seasons with at least 45 home runs, of course hitting a record 73 home runs in 2001. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Michael Kopech prepares for The Show

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Michael Kopech prepares for The Show

Pete McMurray, David Haugh and Ben Finfer join David Kaplan on the panel and discuss the long-awaited arrival of Michael Kopech for the White Sox, Yu Darvish's short rehab start and Mitch Trubisky's second preseason game.

Plus, they discuss new NFL rules and when Eloy Jimenez could get his call up.

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