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Word on the Street: Pippen to be honored in bronze

Word on the Street: Pippen to be honored in bronze

Thursday, March 17, 2011
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Pippen to be honored in bronze

The Bulls will unveil a bronze bust of Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen at halftime of the Bulls' April 7 game against the Boston Celtics. The bust was created by Omri and Julie Rotblatt-Amrany, who also created the Michael Jordan statue outside the United Center. Pippen's bust will be permanently displayed inside the UC on the 100-level concourse by Gate 7.

"Words really can't express my feelings," Pippen said in a statement. "It's an unbelievable honor and truly amazing. It's something you dream of as a kid growing up, but you can never foresee those childhood fantasies becoming reality." (CSNChicago.com)

Mendenhall backs Peterson's slavery comments

Steelers running back, and ex-Illini star, Rashard Mendenhall tweeted his support for Adrian Peterson's analogy between the NFL's labor stance and slavery. Mendenhall said that "anyone with knowledge of the slave trade and the NFL" could see the parallel between them. Like Peterson, he received plenty of criticism for his stance, but took it in stride.

"If you look back and dissect what I said, I didn't say that the NFL was slavery, I said that they parallel each other," he tweeted. "Look up the word parallel. This means that they're not the same thing, but they run the same course. These paths will never cross, but they mirror each other." (USA Today)

Kings no more?

The decision has yet to be made as to where the Sacremento Kings franchise will call home next season. One thing, however, is certain; if they move to Anaheim, they will no longer be the Kings. Lawyers for the Maloof family, who own the franchise, filed federal trademark registrations for the names "Anaheim Royals," "Anaheim Royals of Southern California," "Orange County Royals," and "Los Angeles Royals."

Additionally, an unknown entity filed for the domain rights to "anaheimroyals.com" and "laroyals.com." (Sacramento Bee)

Fire sign midfielder

The Chicago Fire signed MLS SuperDraft pick Davis Paul on Thursday. Paul was selected in the third round, 51st overall, of the draft and will be added to the Fire's roster right away. The terms of his contract were not disclosed due to team and league policy.

"We've been pleased with Davis' skill, effort and attitude on-and-off the field," said Fire Technical Director Frank Klopas. "Davis is a creative player and a strong competitor with the ability to play up top and on the wing. (The Sports Network)

Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

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Akiem Hicks makes Pro Football Focus Team of the Week after strong game against Dolphins

The Bears defense was not its usual self in their overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The pass rush was minimal and tackling looked optional, and Brock Osweiler threw for almost 400 yards.

There was plenty of blame to go around, but a few individual defenders had success while their teammates struggled.

Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks made the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week for Week 6 with a 92.2 overall grade.

He recorded seven tackles that resulted in a defensive “stop,” the most of any defensive lineman according to PFF.

Chicago’s next highest-graded player was cornerback Kyle Fuller (78.2), who intercepted Osweiler twice but also missed two tackles.

Offensively, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel led the way with a 76.9 mark. PFF credited four of his five catches coming against Dolphins cornerback Torry McTyer in coverage.

Meanwhile, outside linebacker Khalil Mack had the lowest-graded game of his career (47.8), while linebacker Danny Trevathan (29.9) and safety Adrian Amos Jr. (47.5) each had their second-worst games.

Some of the Bears’ best players were at their worst in Miami. They’re going to need to get their act together for the New England Patriots on Sunday.

2018-19 NBA Power Rankings: Opening Week edition

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2018-19 NBA Power Rankings: Opening Week edition

The theme of the 2018-19 NBA season will be: “old faces in new places”. Like a season-long game of the NBA on TNT crew’s “Who he play for?” game, this year will be about fans trying to get used to the idea of LeBron James in purple (I won’t call it ‘Forum Blue’)-and-gold, DeMarcus Cousins being on a championship-contending franchise and Kawhi Leonard being the new face of Toronto.

The Warriors are still the easy favorite to make it four NBA championships in five years, but they will be tested perhaps more than any year before in a loaded Western Conference, where even the lowliest of teams (here’s to you Phoenix and Memphis!) made solid offseason moves geared towards winning games.

Over in the now-LeBron-less East, there is hope amongst at least four-to-five teams that they could actually have a shot to win the conference. The Pacers still have budding superstar Victor Oladipo, the Sixers still have Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and the Raptors and Bucks made head coaching changes that could lead to deep playoff runs. But with the rest of the Eastern conference being stuck between lottery contention and middle of the pack, expect the half-experienced, half-youthful Celtics to takeover as East juggernaut.

But whether or not your favorite franchise is aiming for a high draft pick or a postseason berth, there is tons to be excited in a 2018-19 NBA season that will surely be an intriguing one. Check out Week 1 of our NBA Power Rankings right here.