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Special teams score, dominate Titans

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Special teams score, dominate Titans

NASHVILLE Bears special teams players are holding each other down and fighting among themselves.

Exactly the kinds of things their coaches want.

First there was defensive end Corey Wootton, picking up a Tennessee Titans blocked by former Northwestern teammate Sherrick McManis, and charging five yards into the end zone for the first Chicago touchdown in Sundays 51-20 rout of the Tennessee Titans.

It was Woottons first touchdown since high school and he was ready to dust off some moves with a touchdown dance. But something someone -- was holding him down.

I was trying to get a dance but Anthony Walters jumped on my back so I carried him for about 10 yards in the end zone, so I wasnt able to get one, Wootton said, laughing.

I told him we should celebrate as a team, Walters claimed.

Woottons last score came on an intercepted pass in high school. That one he had to tote that one 40 yards to score so this one was easier, Wooton said. It was a heck of a play by Sherrick so a little bit of a Northwestern connection there.

Players said coordinator Dave Toub and staff had scouted Tennessee protections perfectly and when the Titans showed this look, the Bears attacked.

And they attacked particularly against what was one of the better kick returners in the AFC. So confident were the Bears that they were talking trash to the Titans, hoping to goad them into trying to run kicks back.

Tennessee kick returner Darius Reynaud was averaging 25.8 yards per runback, which the Bears took as a special challenge. Usually a touchback and forced starting position at the 20 is a good thing. The Bears wanted Reynaud to try them.

He did seven returns, modest 20.7 yards average, none longer than 32 yards.

We knew he likes to bring the ball out from wherever so we had a plan for that, Walters said, adding that it fueled what is becoming a standard competition within the coverage team.

We try to beat each other to the tackles. We have lane integrity but we argue about who had this tackle or that one. You should hear us in the film room.

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.