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Record-setting Thibodeau nonplussed about feat

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Record-setting Thibodeau nonplussed about feat

ORLANDOIf you expected Tom Thibodeau to be elated about becoming the NBA head coach to reach 100 career victories in the shortest amount of time, you clearly havent been paying attention.

Im just glad we won. When you look at stuff like that, it says that you have good players, he said after the Bulls throttled the Magic Monday night. We have great guys, too. Theyre not only good players, but theyre great people. Im very fortunate to be coaching this team.

However, while Thibodeau downplayed the feat, his players showed their appreciation for the workaholic coachs achievement.

Im glad its him because he works so hard. He really deserves it. Ive never seen anyone work as hard as he does. We all believe in him, so as hard as he works, whenever he comes up with a game plan, we all buy into it because we know how much effort he puts into studying every opponent, said Luol Deng.

It says a lot. He didnt even say anything. No one said anything before the game about it. Most of us didnt even know and its just the type of guy he is. He was just focused about tonights game and thats it.

Echoed Joakim Noah: I know hes going to say it doesnt mean anything, but I think its a great accomplishment. Hes the hardest-working guy Ive ever been around and he deserves it.

John Lucas III, whose father Thibodeau coached under during his long career as an NBA assistant coach, discussed the coachs famed work ethic.

I always say when you put the work n, you put the time in, you can be successful at whatever you do and he puts the work in, the time in and it shows. Look at what hes done in the past two years. Hes a guy who loves the game of basketball and hes still a student of the game of basketball. Hes always learning something, always going into other things to make us better and also make himself better as a coach, so when you have a coach like that, hes going to be successful, said the dimuntive point guard.

Its just who he is. Hes humble. He doesnt expect less. He wants us to play our best and I know he wants to his best when hes out there.

Swingman Ronnie Brewer acknowledged that while it made the record more special because it came on a night when the Bulls set a franchise record for fewest points allowed to an opponent in a regular-season game, that wouldnt matter to the single-minded coach.

He doesnt care. It goes in the record books, but thats not going be in the record books like he wants. He wants to win the championship, I think thats what everyone wants to do and were going to keep working until were playing championship-caliber basketball, he said. If a team gets a bucket at the end, hell come and let us hear it in the locker room, like Yo! You all didnt play 48 minutes! You let them scorethey scored 61, 63 pointshes like, Yo! Youve got to play to the end. We played great D, but thats the kind of coach Thibs is.

Added Carlos Boozer: Toms been great since we all got together last year, putting us in a great system that well continue to improve and get better at, but well-deserving. He puts so much work in with film. You guys see him. He almost looks exhausted every day, just watching film. But hes one of the most detailed people Ive been around and its been a fun ride, but knowing that, at the same time, none of us is satisfied. We want a whole lot more and it starts with him. He wants a whole lot more, too.

Hes not about himself. Hes about the team and that trickles down to everybody, from Coach Thibs to D-Rose, to the rest of us, everybodys about the team. Nobody talks about themselves, really.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Interview with Hall of Famer Harold Baines

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Interview with Hall of Famer Harold Baines

Chuck Garfien sits down with new Hall of Famer Harold Baines.

First, Chuck, Ryan McGuffey and Chris Kamka share their memories of watching Baines play with the White Sox (1:40). Then, Baines explains why he's always been so soft-spoken (8:45), how he was able to play 22 seasons in the majors (13:00), why he's never spoken to GM Larry Himes for trading him to Texas (15:30), the apology he received from President George W. Bush (16:30), what he thinks about the critics who don't think he should be in the Hall of Fame (18:25), a replay of Baines emotional interview with Chuck about his dad (20:50) and more.

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson discusses inspiring a younger generation of black baseball players, bat flipping and much more on Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum

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White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson discusses inspiring a younger generation of black baseball players, bat flipping and much more on Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson appeared on Thursday's episode of the Pull Up Podcast hosted by Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum and ESPN's Jordan Schultz to discuss many things including his MLB career, the charity work he does in the Chicago community and the need more expression and entertainment (overall) in baseball.

McCollum asked Anderson if the sport of baseball has evolved and what he would do to further these developments, based on the idea that the sport has a stigma of being boring, particularly within inner-city and/or largely black communities. Anderson stated, "They should allow players to have more fun.....just allow players to be themselves." 

Anderson discussed how being the only black player on the White Sox—the team that represents the South Side of Chicago—is extremely important to him and how great the White Sox organization has been at giving him every opportunity to be himself and "be comfortable". He expanded on how much he loves MLB life and how he wants to be able to pass on that love for the game to younger generations, especially the youth of the South Side of Chicago.

"I enjoy it [the responsibility of being the lone black player on the White Sox].....a lot of those kids in they area [the South Side], they kinda remind me of myself."

Schultz brought up the criticism of Anderson's bat flipping, asking him why it was so important for him to show that he was enjoying himself, at the expense of breaking one of baseball's "unwritten rules".

Being of a younger generation, Anderson lamented that it was indeed a new day in baseball and doubled down in saying that the simple aspect of having fun needs to be encouraged even more in the sport. 

"You're playing a game that you're failing most of the time and the times that you do succeed they don't want you to enjoy those moments. For me man, y'know, I think that's just a lot of pain showing.....from struggling, that's just that emotion that's coming out man. You know when you finally get to a point where you feel like you breaking through.....those moments that I want to remember and I want people around me to remember. That’s why I play the way that I do.”

Anderson is indeed having the best season of his career so far, with a slash line of .317/.342/.491 entering Friday morning. He is also nine home runs away from matching his season-high of 20 with over the half the season left to go.

With even more of a platform amid his career-year, Anderson has continued his crusade to make baseball fun again and doesn’t plan on changing up the way he plays the game anytime soon.


 

As touched on earlier in this post, Anderson wants to serve as a role model while also showing the youth that it is OK to be yourself as a Major League Baseball player.

In all the camps and baseball clinics that Anderon hosts, he always makes sure to answer every question about his unique experience in the MLB because he understands the value of kids getting to see someone who looks like them succeeding, even more so in a sport where the number black players sits at a mere 7.7% of the entire league

“Everything [is] not always good [for kids in inner-city communities], so I think that understanding that and kinda being a role model and motivating and inspiring those kids that look like me and I look like them, I think it's easier for those kids to look up to me. So that's why I go out and play hard and....enjoy the moment and do those crazy things on the field.....because that's what those kids like."

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