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Word on the Street: Rose joins Japan relief effort

Word on the Street: Rose joins Japan relief effort

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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Derrick Rose joins NBA Japan relief effort

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is just the latest NBA star to pledge to donate 1,000 for every point they score in this weekend's games. Pau Gasol (L.A. Lakers), LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), and Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) are also participating in the NBA charity effort.

If Rose scores at his season average of 24.9 points during this weekends two games, the Japan earthquake and tsunami relief effort will be 50,000 richer.

"When disaster strikes we are all on the same team," Rose said in a statement. "Right now were all pulling for the people of Japan... We need to step up and help however we can." (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Mayweather wins hefty bet on Bulls game

Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. just won some money courtesy of Derrick Rose. The undefeated boxer put down 41,000 on the second half of last night's game between the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks.

His winnings? A cool 37,272.75.

Mayweather tweeted, "My lil brother Derrick Rose will always get you Paid," along with a picture of his betting slip. (BusinessInsider.com)
MJ restaurant returns to Chicago

After a 12-year absence, a Michael Jordan-branded restaurant is returning to Chicago. His Airness will open Michael Jordan's Steak House in late summer in the second-floor dining room and ground-floor bar area of the InterContinental Chicago on North Michigan Avenue.

This would be the third Michael Jordan's steakhouse. The Connecticut venture is in the Mohegan Sun casino and another location in New York City's Grand Central Terminal.

In 2004, Jordan said he wanted a more visible downtown location for his steakhouse, and seven years later, that's exactly what he's getting.

If the menu in any way resembles that of the New York and Connecticut menues, macaroni n' cheese will be served. (Chicago Breaking Business)

Yard sale at Scottie Pippen's house!

The current owners of Scottie Pippen's mansion in Highland Park invited the general public to the property and put just about every belonging inside on sale. That included trading cards, cabinets, used towels, and Beanie Babies.

Shoppers began lining up at the door at about 6:30 a.m. for the sale that didn't start until 9 a.m. (Yahoo Sports)

Ochocinco begins his MLS tryout

Chad Ochocinco began his four-day trial with Sporting Kansas City today. The Begnals receiver, who's looking for something to do in the NFL lockout, was reportedly moving fluidly on the field. Forty media members watched him getting individual instruction from assistant coach Zoran Savic.

Ochocinco seems to like spending time with Sporting Kansas City tweeting, "What an awesome place Kansas City is, just getting here and it feels like home already, superb hospitality." (Pro Football Talk)

New Organist at U.S. Cellular?

A new organist is scheduled to sit at the organ at U.S. Cellular Field, filling the legendary shoes of Nancy Faust. Faust was the White Sox organist for the past 40 years.

Lori Moreland will start at U.S. Cellular Field on Opening Day on April 7. She's been going over her 100 plus tune repertoire, including Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer," "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye," and other pop songs in addition to the baseball staple "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

"If I don't get that one right, I'll be in big trouble," she said. "But I've got that one down pat for sure." (Chicago Tribune)

Buddy Ryan Battling Cancer

Former Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan was recently diagnosed with cancer. New York Jets coach Rex Ryan told the New York Daily News about his father's recent diagnosis.

Although Rex did not specify what type of cancer his father was diagnosed with, he said that it is a different form of cancer than the melanoma he haw beaten twice.

"It's going to take more than this to get rid of him," Rex told the New York Daily News. "That's what he always says. He's tougher than (s---)." (CSNChicago.com)

Kobe Bryant reportedly dies in helicopter crash in Calabasas

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Kobe Bryant reportedly dies in helicopter crash in Calabasas

According to TMZ Sports, Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash over Calabasas Sunday morning.

Shortly afterwards, the Los Angeles County Sheriffs confirmed the crash:

ABC 7 News and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski both later confirmed the report that Bryant was among those that perished:

Bryant played 20 years in the NBA, all with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA championships, two MVPs and appearing in 15 All-Star games. He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and four daughters.

The story appears to still be developing, but this is heartbreaking and stunning news for the basketball world at large, and, above all, Bryant's family.

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Kirk Cousins on John DeFilippo: 'He’s going to add a lot to Bears' staff'

Kirk Cousins on John DeFilippo: 'He’s going to add a lot to Bears' staff'

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins spoke with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Patrick Finley at the 2020 Pro Bowl and offered a glowing review of Bears quarterback coach, John DeFilippo, whose addition to Chicago's coaching staff is expected to bring the best out of Mitch Trubisky, the Bears' incumbent starter who's entering a make-or-break offseason with the team.

“He’ll be outstanding,” Cousins said. “He’s a great coach. He’s been around this league for a long time. I think it says a lot when someone like Matt Nagy, who knows quarterbacks so well, hires him. I think that says a lot about ‘Flip.’

“When you look at what he did with Carson Wentz as a young player, I think there’s a lot to like there. And he’s going to add a lot to that staff. It’s going to be to my detriment, because we’re in his division. But he’s a great coach.”

DeFilippo was the Eagles quarterback coach for two seasons (2016-17) and played an integral part in Wentz's development between his rookie and second seasons. Under his DeFilippo's tutelage, Wentz went from enjoying a solid rookie season to an MVP-worthy campaign in 2017. It's also noteworthy that DeFilippo managed to get the best out of veteran Nick Foles, who replaced Wentz after a season-ending injury. Foles went on to enjoy a miraculous Super Bowl run.

DeFilippo certainly has his work cut out for him with Trubisky. The former second-overall pick has looked like an average starter (at best) through 41 regular-season starts and regressed mightily in 2019. Blame for his regression has been shared among the offensive line and play-calling, but he deserves much of the criticism too. His mechanics were sloppy, his accuracy was lacking and he just didn't play with the kind of downfield killer instinct Nagy wants from his starter.

Nagy's end-of-year comments about Trubisky needing to learn how to identify coverages didn't create much confidence in his near-term trajectory, either.

But that's why DeFilippo is in town. And if Cousins' comments prove to be true, then we may be on the precipice of a breakout season from Trubisky.

Or maybe DeFilippo will be the tie-breaking voice that allows the Bears to move on if Trubisky's struggles continue.