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Tommy Lasorda hospitalized after heart attack

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Tommy Lasorda hospitalized after heart attack

From Comcast SportsNet
NEW YORK (AP) -- Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda was hospitalized in stable condition Tuesday, a day after having a "mild" heart attack while representing the Los Angeles Dodgers at the Major League Baseball draft. The Dodgers said doctors inserted a stent to repair a blocked artery in Lasorda's heart. The energetic, enthusiastic 84-year-old was resting comfortably and there was a chance he could return to California on Wednesday. "The doctors confirmed I do bleed Dodger Blue. I'm looking forward to being back at the stadium to cheer on the Dodgers," Lasorda said, according to the Dodgers' Twitter feed. Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson took Lasorda's sense of humor as a sign that he is doing all right. "He's had a couple (attacks) before, so he's in New York for the draft and probably went out and pounded a huge meal, and went down," said Gibson, who was managed by Lasorda during his playing career. "I've eaten several meals with him, so I know what it's like. I felt like I was having a heart attack after eating with him as well." TMZ first reported Lasorda's condition. He is in his sixth decade working for the Dodgers organization, starting out as a pitcher when the team was still in Brooklyn. Lasorda had a heart attack in June 1996 while he was the Dodgers' manager and retired the next month. He guided the Dodgers to 1,599 victories and won the World Series in 1981 and 1988, the team's last two titles. The Dodgers won four NL pennants and eight division titles in his 20-year career. Lasorda has worked in the team's front office since his retirement and has been a constant presence around the Dodgers. He was with them in spring training this year and drew a nice ovation at Dodger Stadium last week when he was at a game and his picture was shown on the videoboard. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Lasorda managed the U.S. team to a gold medal in baseball. Last September, in honor of Lasorda's birthday, current Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had Lasorda serve as an honorary coach in a game against San Francisco. He presented the lineup card to the umpires before the first pitch. Lasorda was in the New York this week and was set to announce the Dodgers' picks at the draft held across the Hudson River in New Jersey.

Breaking: LW East AJ Henning to Michigan

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Breaking: LW East AJ Henning to Michigan

Lincoln-Way East 4 star ranked running back AJ Henning (5-foot-10, 183 pounds) today gave the University of Michigan his verbal commitment.

"At the end of the day Michigan was just the best overall for me," Henning said. "Michigan has stuck with me in this process for a long time including when I was injured and never backed off. Michigan also recruited me but also  got to know my family well which really made a strong impression on me."

Henning, who narrowed down his final list of schools to Michigan. Georgia, Notre Dame and Penn State new that Michigan was his school after his recent official visit. 

"When I made my official visit to Michigan is when I knew that I found my school. I was able to just get a great feel for the coaches and the guys on the team on my official visits. I just felt that I will be a great fit at Michigan socially, athletically, academically and that I really fit in well with the guys on the team. After my official visit I knew that Michigan was the place I needed to be."

Henning, who ended up selecting Michigan over scholarship offers from 33 FBS schools  is bit thrilled and relived to have announced his college choice.

"It's definitely a relief, but just being able to be recruited and offered scholarships from 33 different schools is a true blessing. I'm just glad I found a home in Michigan."

The 1995-1998 Bulls belong on the list of 10 greatest lineups in NBA history

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The 1995-1998 Bulls belong on the list of 10 greatest lineups in NBA history

Listen, Tom. We like you. A lot. You do incredible work and you give us shoutouts. But we had to read through your latest piece, “Ranking the 10 greatest lineups in NBA history,” a few times before realizing you had a massive omission.

We present the following: The 1995-1998 Chicago Bulls.


PG: Ron Harper
SG: Michael Jordan
SF: Scottie Pippen
PF: Toni Kukoc
C: Dennis Rodman

Total All-Star appearances: 23
MVP Players: 1
DPOY Players: 2
Finals MVP Players: 1
Titles won together: 3

We thank you for mentioning Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in your piece. They were pretty good, we agree. We’ll dig a little deeper on those two to begin our argument. From 1995 to 1998, Jordan averaged 29.6 points on 48% shooting, 6.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.9 steals. He also didn’t miss a game, playing in 304 of a possible 304 games. He was also named league MVP twice and Finals MVP all three years. Pippen wasn’t too shabby a sidekick, averaging 19.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists in that three-year span.

These guys were all-time greats, but you might have forgotten that they weren’t alone.

All Dennis Rodman did in this three-season span was lead the league in rebounding all three years (15.3 per game). He wasn’t the same All-Star talent that he was in his Detroit days – also a two-time Defensive Player of the Year – and his San Antonio stint but he was still critical to the Bulls’ success. The Worm had a little bit of Draymond Green in him, not afraid to take on any defensive assignment to allow the Bulls a little more versatility. He got assignments of Shawn Kemp and Karl Malone in the Finals.

Kukoc is where we bend the rules a bit, but we hope you’ll allow it (mostly because our argument turns to dust if we need to talk about Luc Longley). Kukoc was the 1996 Sixth Man of the Year (hey, you said they could be closing lineups, too) and was a model of consistency in those three seasons. He averaged 13.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists and gave the Bulls another ball handler and distributor, as well as versatile defense. He’s at times the forgotten gem of the Jerry Krause era, and he’s more than just a funny story from the Dream Team era.

The Bulls had their Iguodala, too. Ron Harper averaged a modest 7.7 points and 2.7 assists in these three seasons with the Bulls. But he also did it with a 14.9% usage rate. That was lower than Bill Wennington’s usage rate of 17.0% in that same span! Let’s not forget that Harper had averaged 19.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists in eight seasons with the Cavaliers and Clippers before signing with the Jordan-less Bulls. He would have had a much larger and more effective role had Jordan not returned (we’re glad he did). In 1998, Harper also had the pleasure of guarding Gary Payton and John Stockton in the Bulls’ three Finals victories. Have you had enough of the Iggy comparisons yet?

So there it is. Five incredible players to put together three remarkable championship seasons that included the Greatest Team in the History of Basketball (our capitalization intended). Feel free to update your story as needed.