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Word on the Street: Granger calls Noah 'dirty player'

Word on the Street: Granger calls Noah 'dirty player'

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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Granger calls Noah a 'dirty player'

Danny Granger was ready to get into it with Joakim Noah after the Bulls finished off the Pacers on Tuesday night. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau intervened and told Granger to cool off.

Then Granger turned his attention to the media and didn't hold back on his feelings towards Joakim Noah.

"Joakim Noah, he's a dirty player," Granger said. Honestly. He elbowed two of my power forwards. One got kicked out. The other got a tech and nothings called on him. I dont think theres a place in the game for it."

Noah didn't spend too much time worrying about Granger's complaint.

I play dirty? Noah said. OK. Im just trying to win basketball games, man. Its the name of the game." (Daily Herald)

Thrashers heading to Winnipeg?

Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz said he believes the Coyotes will end up staying in Glendale. He said because of contractual and financial obligations the Coyotes have to Arizona, the team wouldn't be able to make the move to Manitoba.

But the people of Winnipeg should not have to worry about missing out on an NHL team relocating to their city: the Atlanta Thrashers, who are also for sale, are a possibility to acquire and move to Manitoba.

The clock is ticking on the deal between Winnipeg buyers, the NHL (which currently owns the Coyotes, and the city of Glendale. (Phoenix Business Journal)
Is Tyler Colvin being demoted?

Well, not officially, but it is looking more and more like Tyler Colvin could be demoted to AAA Iowa.

Colvin has struggled (.128.196.319) during his split time with Kosuke Fukudome (.458.552.479) and has been pushed to the back of the bench. The young fielder has only started one of the last ten games.

Could Mike Quade be transitioning Colvin from the majors to the minors? We'll just have to wait and see. (Cubs Billy Goat Blog)

Bulls unveil new license plate

Joining the likes of the Bears, Cubs and Blackhawks, the Chicago Bulls are the latest team to offer fans the opportunity to support their team with an Illinois license plate. Sec. of State Jesse White and the Bulls unveiled the new Bulls permanent plate.

The plate is striped black and red, and features the Bulls logo. Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen and team president Michael Reinsdorf joined White in unveiling the plate at the Thompson Center. (My Fox Chicago)

Bears' Dent owes IRS over 1 mil

The IRS has filed a more than 1.1 million tax lien against Chicago Bears great Richard Dent for failing to pay federal taxes. According to public records, DeKalb County Superior Court in Georgia filed a 1,160,056 tax lien against Dent about one month after Dent was elected for Pro Football's Hall of Fame.

Dent is heading to the NFL Draft on Friday as he is scheduled to be the Bears' guest representative for their second-round pick. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Canucks fans fail at burning Blackhawks jersey

After the Blackhawks heartbreaking loss to the Vancouver Canucks in overtime on Tuesday, Canucks fans took to the streets to celebrate the victory. Among the fans, a group decided to torch a Chicago jersey in celebration.

They had a bit of a tough time igniting the Blackhawks sweater, so eventually they decided to just jump on it. Classy celebration, indeed.

You can watch the 'celebration' below:

(Vancouver Sun)

Charles Leno, Jr. on Harry Hiestand: 'He's getting us better'

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Charles Leno, Jr. on Harry Hiestand: 'He's getting us better'

Chicago Bears left tackle Charle Leno, Jr. has outplayed expectations after joining the Bears as a seventh-round pick in 2014. General manager Ryan Pace rewarded Leno for his play with a four-year, $38 million extension last offseason, committing to the former Boise State product as the Bears blindside protector for the immediate future.

Leno joined his teammates at the team's annual Bears Care Gala on Saturday and said new offensive line coach Harry Hiestand is going to make the group better.

"We love Harry, let's just get that out of the way," Leno told 670 the Score's Mark Grote. "Harry is a great coach. I saw what he did for guys that he coached in college and the guys that were before us here in Chicago. He's getting us better."

Hiestand's efforts at Notre Dame produced four first-round picks: Zack Martin, Ronnie Stanley, Quenton Nelson and Mike McGlinchey. He brings a no-nonsense coaching style back to Chicago, where he last served under Lovie Smith from 2005-2009. 

STANKEVITZ: In Harry Hiestand, Matt Nagy hits a home run on his first swing at Bears' coaching staff

Leno enjoyed the best season of his career in 2017. His 80.4 grade from Pro Football Focus was the best of all Bears linemen and his highest overall mark over the last four years. He finished 15th among all tackles graded by PFF last season.

Regardless, Leno still has to impress his new coach just like every other offensive lineman on the roster. The Bears haven't added any competition for Leno, but his fate as the team's long-term answer at left tackle could be decided by Hiestand.

Matt Nagy is winning over his players by being himself

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Matt Nagy is winning over his players by being himself

Despite losing 34 of his 48 games as the Bears’ head coach, John Fox’s players generally liked him and were disappointed to see him fired on New Year’s Day. That’s not to say they were blindsided by it — losing leads to people losing their jobs, even if the culture at Halas Hall had changed for the better following the disastrous end of the Marc Trestman-Phil Emery era. 

It was with that backdrop that Matt Nagy was offered and accepted the position of Bears head coach a week after Fox’s firing. Four and a half months later, Nagy has seemingly made a strong first impression on his new team, with one reason standing out among many: He’s genuine in who he is and what he does.

“I would say Nagy can be stern, and he can be playful also,” cornerback Prince Amukamara said. “I think when you’re a first-year coach, you want to win (over) your guys, and you want to be firm, and he’s doing that. You can’t really tell he’s a rookie coach or whatever. I feel like he was born for this, and he’s doing a great job.”

Granted, no player is going to publicly blast their new boss — especially not before he’s even coached a game yet. But veteran players also aren’t oblivious to who can and cannot work out as a head coach, and there haven’t been any “damning with faint praise” types of comments that were more common five years ago at the beginning of the Trestman era.

Will this win Nagy any games come September? No. But consider this sort of like team chemistry: It won't win a team anything, but if a team doesn't have it, it can be costly. 

“He’s a cool coach, man,” linebacker Danny Trevathan — who played for Fox in both Denver and Chicago — said. “He’s always giving us little details and smiling but we know he’s a hard worker just like we are. He’s up there working just like we are. He’s always putting us in the right position and he takes care of us. On the back end, where I come from, you take care of coaches like that. You go out and make plays for those coaches.”

From an observational standpoint, Nagy comes across as genuinely excited not just to be a head coach, but the head coach of the Bears. Players respect that approach — he's not coming in acting like a hired gun, and he's shown through these OTAs and practices that he cares about them, even if they haven't spent much time together yet. And he's also not strutting into Halas Hall every day with an over-inflated ego based on his promotion. That resonates, too. 

“I like the way he came in,” Trevathan said. “He came in humble but he was hungry. He came anxious, moving around in the meetings. I like that. That gets me fired up. I feel like we’ve got a good leader up here in the head coach.”