Word on the Street: Thibodeau disliked Deng's T

Word on the Street: Thibodeau disliked Deng's T

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thibodeau not a fan of Deng's late foul

Luol Deng received loads of praise from teammates, media and fans over the weekend for the forth quarter technical foul he picked up for shoving Tyler Hansbrough. Just before, Hansbrough had committed a hard foul on Derrick Rose - just one of many Rose had suffered throughout the game. However, it appears head coach Tom Thibodeau was not one of those showering him with praise.

"What I don't want are fourth-quarter technicals; I can tell you that," Thibodeau said.

"This is the playoffs," Thibodeau said. "There are going to be fouls like that. This is ordinary. This is no big deal. Just play. That's what we have to do. All that other stuff is nonsense." (Chicago Tribune)

Bears' game abroad hinges on NFL labor deal

The NFL made an official announcement that the Chicago Bears will play in London when they meet Tampa Bay on Oct. 23 at Wembley Stadium. The game would mark the first time the Bears played in London since a preseason game in 1986.

But if the NFL's labor situation isn't resolved by Aug. 1, the game will be played on U.S. soil. Tampa will host the game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. (Chicago Breaking Sports)
NBA fines coach 35,000

The NBA has charged Portland Trail Blazers' head coach Nate McMillian 35,000.

His offense? Griping.

McMillian was angry because the Dallas Mavericks took 29 free throws and his team took 13. Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki had 13 free throws in the fourth quarter alone, helping lead Dallas to an 89-81 victory. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Rose displacing Kobe?

Kobe Bryant is the unofficial Most Valuable Clutch Player in the NBA. But he's getting older according to NBC Sports' blog Trash Talk, that title will fall to Derrick Rose.

Michael Ventre is confident that Rose will be the clutch guy in the NBA. He attributes Rose's superior judgment over his peers, understanding of his strengths and weaknesses, and he has the calm and the vision to convert.

Ventre also mentioned that Rose has a better, more reliable outside shot than LeBron James. (NBC Sports)

Schlitter headed back to Cubs

Chicago native Brian Schlitter will report to the Cubs' complex in Mesa, Ariz. because of a technicality. The Commissioner's office deemed that the Maine South alum's elbow injury was a pre-existing condition when the New York Yankees claimed him off waivers for the Cubs last December, and voided the claim.

He was returned to the Cubs from Philadelphia, which claimed him after the Yankees waived him. After pitching in spring training for the Phillies, he was placed on the disabled list in March with a right elbow strain.

"We're glad to get him back," Jordan Hendry said. (Chicago Tribune)

Rick Adelman out as Houston coach

The Houston Rockets will be without a familiar face on the sidelines next season. According to the Houston Chronicle, Rick Adelman will not return as Rockets coach.

Adelman led the Rockets to their only playoff series win in 17 years and a franchise record 22-game winning streak. Adelman and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey failed to reach agreement on how they would continue to work together after consecutive seasons in which the Rockets failed to reach the playoffs.

"I've talked this over with my wife and we have a pretty good idea what we would do either way," Adelman said last week. "It's OK either way. There are definite things I want to know if I were to have the opportunity to come back." (Houston Chronicle)
Former Hawk Daze buys Hinsdale mansion

Here's a twist on recent news; a former Blackhawks player is actually buying a home in Chicagoland. Reversing a recent trend of former players selling their Chicago homes and moving from the area, Eric Daze recently paid 1.68 million for a new, six-bedroom, mansion in Hinsdale. (ChicagoBreakingSports)
Notre Dame releases report on lift accident

Notre Dame has released a report on the scissor-lift accident that left one student dead last year. Declan Sullivan was recording a Notre Dame football practice on a scissor lift when high winds knocked over the lift, killing Sullivan. So, who was to blame? According to the report, it's not one person in particular. The report says that multiple factors led to the tragedy, including the height of the lift, the strength of the wind, and the staff members' lack of knowledge regarding the weather forecast. (Bleacher Report)

Bennett signs with new agent

Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett has signed with a new agent from the Chicago mega-firm Octagon according to a tweet from Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal. Bennett, 24, will be represented by Doug Hendrickson and C.J. Laboy as he enteres the final year of his contract.

In 2010 Bennett played in 14 games and made 46 receptions for 561 for the Bears. (Twitter.com)

NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Workout season could be more important than ever


NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Workout season could be more important than ever

With Zion Williamson making his NBA regular season debut Wednesday night, we finally got a chance to see what a No. 1 overall draft pick is supposed to look like: an athletic and versatile skill set, with the chance to impact a franchise for years to come. 

2019 No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant also looks like a franchise-changing talent with his speed and playmaking ability, lifting Memphis into playoff contention.

So, which players will have that kind of impact in the 2020 draft?

Well, for now it’s almost impossible to say. James Wiseman, the 7-foot-1 Memphis center, dropped out of school after playing just three games because of an eligibility battle with the NCAA. His size and raw tools are intriguing, but at this point his offensive game is extremely limited.

Meanwhile, Lonzo Ball’s younger brother, LaMelo is sitting out the rest of the Australian professional league season while he rehabs from a foot injury, another Australian professional, R.J. Hampton, just returned from a hip injury and North Carolina’s combo guard Cole Anthony is getting ready to return from a knee injury to finish his one and done season. 

That’s left NBA talent evaluators scrambling in trying to figure out the top of the draft, with only Georgia’s Anthony Edwards healthy and available among the players projected as the possible No. 1 overall pick. 

So, as we get closer to the end of January, here’s a look at how teams could view the available talent, with the understanding that the draft order will change dramatically as NBA scouts and GMs get a look at how players perform in the most important games of the season still to come.

2020 NBA mock draft 3.0

Will Nick Madrigal make Opening Day roster? White Sox say he has 'a few more things to prove'

Will Nick Madrigal make Opening Day roster? White Sox say he has 'a few more things to prove'

What’s the White Sox plan for second base in 2020?

Depends on when you ask.

“If we sat here today,” general manager Rick Hahn said during his pre-SoxFest press conference Thursday, “it would be some combination of Leury Garcia, Danny Mendick and Nick Madrigal.

“Ask me again on March 25.”

Presumably, Hahn and manager Rick Renteria will be asked many more times between now and then.

It doesn’t seem like a particularly difficult question to answer if we’re talking about the bulk of the 2020 campaign, as Madrigal — ranked as one of the best prospects in baseball — figures to be the guy at second base for a majority of the season. But with just 29 games played at Triple-A Charlotte last year, the White Sox might not be as ready for him to make the leap to the bigs as the fan base seems to be.

“He's got a few more things to prove,” Hahn said. “I think that when we go through trying to be as objective as possible thinking about where he is developmentally, he hasn't necessarily answered all the questions we have for him at the minor leagues.

“But we're going to go in with fresh eyes and a fresh approach in spring training and see where he's at and in all probability make an assessment there.

“I don't think we have him, by any means, written in pen as the Opening Day second baseman at this point, if that's what you mean. But could he change our minds? Yeah.”

Madrigal just might do that. After all, the bat-to-ball skills that continue to be described as “elite” are still there. He struck out just 16 times — 16 times! — in 532 trips to the plate between three levels of the minor leagues in 2019. He’s had his defense talked up as Gold Glove caliber since the White Sox selected him with the No. 4 pick in the 2018 draft. All the rave reviews are still there.

Considering the alternatives are two guys who seem to be ticketed for reserve status, at best, in Garcia and Mendick, it’s no shocking thing to suggest that Madrigal is probably the organization’s best second baseman. But during this rebuilding process, the White Sox have been consistently patient with their prospects, an approach that has maddened fans at times. But Yoan Moncada and Eloy Jimenez arrived at the big leagues eventually, and a big-money extension for Luis Robert has cleared his path to an Opening Day roster spot a year after he set the minor leagues on fire.

“We still want him to get more at-bats,” Renteria said of Madrigal on Thursday. “I want to see him out there defensively. He can catch the ball. We already know that he's a heady player. I think we want him to still have the at-bats this spring to see big league play, more big league pitchers.”

And so you can begin to envision an Opening Day lineup without Madrigal in it as he continues to polish off the final stage of his minor league development in Charlotte. That means Garcia, likely, as the Opening Day second baseman and the main option there until the White Sox deem Madrigal ready for the major league stage. Mendick will probably earn a roster spot, as well, and he might see more time than expected should Renteria opt to utilize Garcia’s versatility in the outfield on any sort of regular basis.

While there are plenty of guys out there on the free-agent market that might strike as better options than those two — and the White Sox might not be done making smaller additions before Opening Day — it might also not make the most sense to pay for someone who will be backing up Madrigal in a matter of weeks or a couple of months. Just something to consider.

Anyway, Madrigal’s really going to have to blow the doors off the Cactus League, it would seem, if he’s going to be starting alongside Robert & Co. in the March 26 opener against Kansas City. But until he and the White Sox get down to Arizona, the answer can’t be more certain than “maybe, but probably not.”

But, hey, feel free to ask Hahn again come March 25.

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