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Word on the Street: Pacers' O'Brien canned

Word on the Street: Pacers' O'Brien canned

Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
CSNChicago.com

Pacers' O'Brien canned

Indiana Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien was fired early Sunday afternoon, just hours after his team lost 110-89 to the Bulls at the United Center Saturday night. O'Brien was ejected in the fourth quarter of that game.

The veteran coach had spent the previous three-and-a-half years with the Pacers and posted a record of 121-169. Assistant Frank Vogel will step in as the team's interm head coach until a full-time replacement is found. (Indy Star)

Jordan to be voted into High School Hall of Fame

Michael Jordan, the all-time great Bulls player, will be voted into the Hall of Fame at his old school, Laney High School, where his career first started. The induction ceremony will be on Feb. 4, but no word yet on whether Jordan will attend or not. (Chicago Tribune)

Roenick has more strong words for Cutler

Jeremy Roenick had choice words for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler after the NFC Championship game, taking to his Twitter account. But today on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Comcast SportsNet, Roenick weighed in with his opinion without being confined to a mere 140 characters.

"It would take way more than it took Cutler to get out of that game. It really disappointed me..." Roenick said.

The former Blackhawks center called in to the show to talk about the NHL All-Star Game and Cutler's performance on Sunday. (CSNChicago.com)
Rose to debut two sets of kicks in All-Star Game

Derrick Rose will be showing off more than just his talent at the NBA All-Star Game. He'll be putting his yellow adidas adiZero Rose signature shoe on display in the first half, then debuting the adidas adiZero Rose 1.5, his second version of his signature shoe, in the second.

The adiZero Rose 1.5 is lighter and more supportive than its predecessor. Plus, the shoe's three-paneled SPRINTSKIN zones represent each of Derrick's brothers who helped support him through his journey to the NBA.

The adiZero Rose 1.5 will be available at Foot Locker for 100 in mid-February. (Dime Magazine)
FBI on hand to find missing Cup clinching puck

Despite a 50,000 reward that is being offered by Grant DePorter and Harry Caray's Restaurant, the puck with which Patrick Kane scored the Stanley Cup clinching goal is still missing. DePorter received a puck from a seller in Philadelphia who claimed it was the Cup winner.

But with the help of the FBI, the puck was deemed an impostor. Using high-def, unedited footage from NBC New York, the Chicago offices of the FBI were able to zoom in on the puck and prove that is was not the actual one used in the game.

The FBI staff reportedly donated their time to solve the mystery. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Lysacek ranked among Business Week's 'Power 100'

Naperville native and Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek earned a place in Business Week magazine's "2011 Power 100." The list ranks America's sports figures based on achievements on and off the field.

He took the No. 82 after being un-ranked a year ago. According to the magazine, Lysacek earns around 2.5 million a year.

The magazine's No. 1 athlete for 2011 is Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning, who replaced Tiger Woods.

Derrick Rose dropped from last year's position as No. 83 to just barely making the cut this year at No. 99. (BusinessWeek)

Kris Bryant is ready for fatherhood '[I was] put on this earth to be a dad'

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Kris Bryant is ready for fatherhood '[I was] put on this earth to be a dad'

Suffice to say Kris Bryant is budding with anticipation for becoming a father.

Bryant and his wife, Jessica, are expecting their first child — a baby boy due in April. During Friday night’s Cubs-Padres broadcast, the third baseman shared his excitement for fatherhood with reporter Taylor McGregor

“I think this is really what I’ve been put on this Earth to do, is be a dad,” Bryant said, laughing. “Obviously I play baseball pretty good, but I’m just so excited [for] this new journey with my wife and my family. Honestly, I think this is going to be one of the best years of my life.”

Bryant’s son is due shortly after Opening Day, but the Cubs will play two spring training games in Las Vegas — Bryant’s hometown — on March 7-8. He told McGregor one of Jessica’s last doctor’s appointments is around the same time, so Bryant will get one last visit in before Baby Bryant is born.

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How Dusty Baker inspired former Cub Adam Greenberg after scary head injury

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How Dusty Baker inspired former Cub Adam Greenberg after scary head injury

Adam Greenberg’s baseball career was cut short by a scary head injury 15 years ago. But with the help of Dusty Baker, he found the motivation to transition to his post-baseball life.

Greenberg made his MLB debut with the Cubs on July 9, 2005, and Baker called upon the then 24-year-old to pinch-hit in the ninth inning against the Marlins. On the first pitch Greenberg saw in the big leagues, Marlins reliever Valerio De Los Santos hit him in the back of the head with a 92-mph fastball.

Greenberg was concussed from the incident, suffered from vertigo and vision problems, and battled depression. The Cubs released him in 2006 and he caught on with the Royals and later the Dodgers in 2007 — which is when Baker reappears in the story. From MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart:

A couple of years following the incident, in 2007, Baker got a letter from a fan requesting a baseball card be signed. In the letter, the person told Baker that Greenberg had been released by the Royals and his baseball career was in jeopardy. Baker tracked down Greenberg and left him the voice mail that served as his motivation for a post-baseball life.

“It was so genuine and from the heart,” Greenberg said. “It put me in tears the first time, but it was the motivation and inspiration I needed to get up and keep going. And since then, he’s been somebody that’s been near and dear to me."

It's unfortunate Greenberg couldn’t experience a long big-league career, but Baker inspired him and helped him move forward post-baseball. According to McTaggart, Greenberg started a nutrition company and sold it 10 years later. He also ran for state senate in Connecticut in 2019 and is currently a baseball analyst for the ACC Network.

Greenberg’s career effectively ended moments after it began, but 2005 wasn’t the last time he stepped in a big-league batters’ box. In 2012, fans started an online petition to get him one last at-bat — and his career came full circle. The Marlins signed him to a one-day contract on Oct. 2, 2012, and he pinch-hit that same day against the Mets.

Greenberg struck out on three pitches, but Baker’s voicemail left a mark on his life. Seeing him enjoy success outside of baseball is as heartwarming as it gets.