"With what happened to Derrick in Game 1, it would be easy to hang your heads right now. You could lose sight of the ultimate goal and give up before the rest of the game have even been played. But I know that's not even a consideration for this group. And that's exactly why you'll make me, Derrick, the organization, and the city of Chicago so proud."
The opening words by Scottie Pippen in a letter to the Bulls after witnessing the sadness of losing Derrick Rose for the remainder of the postseason due to an ACL injury sends a mixture of calmness, motivation, and happiness to what has been such an unfortunate turn of events.
The former Chicago star continues to reinforce the impact the team has made on the NBA this season--with or without their reigning MVP. Much of that is contributed to the organization's strong support of one another.
"Yes, Derrick was the reigning NBA MVP, but he epitomizes the team concept and you all followed his lead. So it's been the effort of the group, as well as a tremendous job by the coaching staff, which has gotten us to this point. And it's exactly why I feel good about this team right now."
As far as the specifics of Rose's injury go, Pippen believes this ailment will only make him better in the future. It will teach him that injuries are a part of the game and will better prepare him for other obstacles he may face as he continues through his career.
"Just go out there and play hard. Play your best. Leave everything you've got on the floor. Yes, you lost one of your brothers--a warrior in every sense of the word--but I know and you know you've still got a lot of fight left."
After getting a look at each point guard in the starting lineup this preseason, Jim Boylen finally got a look at what appears to be his starting lineup for Opening Night.
Tomas Satoransky started as the point next to Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr., Lauri Markkanen, and Wendell Carter Jr. That group was down 10-7 when Carter subbed out at the 8:36 mark but looked better in later stints in the game.
Carter was noticeably slow on his first step on his defense, specifically on plays where Raptors center Chris Boucher was able to use his speed and length advantage to finish at the rim. But he was solid on the glass, even chipping in on the offensive rebounding side of things, grabbing 3 offensive boards in the first half alone.
Carter was clearly re-adjusting to the speed of NBA basketball and as play-by-play broadcaster Stacey King noted during the game, he "just doesn't have his legs underneath him." He was 1-6 from the floor, struggling to get lift as he went up for putback layups around the basket.
That being said, he was decent, more so on the defensive side of the floor where he became more active as the game wore on.
In his 16-minutes stint, Carter posted 10 points, 7 rebounds, an assist and a block, while picking up 3 personal fouls.
Outside of Carter's return stint, the Bulls new-look starting group looked solid and offers hope as we approach the start of the NBA regular season.
After 26.2 miles of winding through the packed streets of Chicago on a quintessential day to run, with unbeatable forty-degree fall temperatures, the men’s 2019 Chicago Marathon came down to one second.
Kenyan runner Lawrence Cherono outkicked Ethiopian runners Debela Dejene and Asefa Mengstu in the final 400 meters to win the men’s elite race. After running 26 miles and some change, the top three band of runners looked like they were coming down the home stretch of an 800-meter track race rather than the final minute of their endurance run.
Long-winded, yet determined to fight for first, Cherono, Dejene, and Mengstu finished within three seconds of each other – the closest podium finish in Chicago Marathon history. It was such a close margin that the entourage of people gathering around the finish and crowding Michigan Ave. had to crane their necks to see Cherono cross first.
Some may have been surprised that British distance runner Mo Farah, last year’s champion, wasn’t in the mix. Farah competed again this year but finished more than four minutes off his winning time last year of 2:05:11.
Leading the men’s elite field this October, Cherono ran a 2:05:45, topping his winning time from April's Boston Marathon (2:07:57). He is the first man since 2006 to win both titles in the same year – the latter, secured in a second.