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Word on the Street: Bulls to get Butler?

Word on the Street: Bulls to get Butler?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
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Bulls to get Butler?

Veteran guard Rasual Butler is expected to clear waivers Wednesday and the Bulls might be interested. The 31-year-old swingman had his contract bought out by the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this week and he could be a good fit for the Bulls, who have been looking for a shooting guard all season.

Butler averaged just 18.1 minutes per game for the Clippers this season, his lowest total in the past three years, but he drained an average of one three-pointer per game. The Hawks, Celtics, Thunder and Knicks are all reportedly interested. (Chicago Tribune)

Have the White Sox found their RF of the future?

The White Sox are working Dayan Viciedo into a potential outfielder and the young phenom is exceeding expectations one game into his trail run. The first pitch of Tuesday's Spring Training game soared out Viciedo's way in right field and the slugger made a nice running catch.

That was a very tough play, manager Ozzie Guillen said. The ball was right on the line, the first ball hes seen in spring training. That was a good read. (CSNChicago.com)

Can the Cubs learn from the '10 Giants?

The 2010 World Champion San Francisco Giants found success on pitching and strong defense, the two things Cubs manager Mike Quade preaches about the most. So, can the Cubs follow the Giants' pattern and make a push for their first championship in over a century?

Pitching and defense is how you win championships, pitcher Ryan Dempster said. Anybody sees it as motivation. You dont have to be picked on somebodys preseason board to be the World Series champ. (CSNChicago.com)
Fire sign new goalkeeper

The Chicago Fire signed Alec Dufty on Tuesday, extending the number of goalkeepers on the roster to three.

"Alec is a talented young goalkeeper, with size and confidence in goal," Frank Klopas, the Fire's technical director said about the 23-year-old Dufty in a release. "He has the ability to grow as a 'keeper with the Fire and helps provide stability to our goalkeeping core." (Chicago Tribune)

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 10th, 11th homers 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 is heating up, but even a red-hot Sosa doesn't automatically equal wins for the Cubs.

Slammin' Sammy notched his first multi-homer game in 1998 in a 9-5 loss to Kevin Millwood and the Atlanta Braves. Sosa drove in 4 of the Cubs' 5 runs on a solo shot in the 4th inning and a three-run shot in the 8th. 

Sosa tallied 830 feet of homers in the game, with his first blast going 410 feet and the second shot measured at 420 feet.

The big game bumped Sosa's overall season slash line to .337/.411/.551 (.962 OPS) with 11 homers and 35 RBI.

Fun fact: Mickey Morandini hit second for the Cubs in this game and went 4-for-4, but somehow only scored one run despite hitting just in front of Sosa all game. That's because Morandini was caught stealing to end the 3rd inning, leaving Sosa to lead off the 4th inning with a solo blast.

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.

Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.

"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"

Paxson famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch the series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.

"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"

Watch the video above to see the interaction.

Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.