Chelsea GK Thibaut Courtois Dunks While Training with Timberwolves (Video)

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A healthy and fit Thibaut Courtois is of primary importance to Chelsea this season. Well, as the video shows, the Belgian goalkeeper can dunk a basketball, so that counts for something. As the 2016 Chelsea FC summer preseason tour winds down, the club have taken in some rest and relaxation on their off days. Some of the Blues attended a home game of the Minnesota Twins, of Major League Baseball, at Target Field.

Then they had the chance to interact with the MLB players, before meeting up with the Minnesota Vikings at their training facility. 

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Former Boston Celtics Hostess Molly McGrath Joins ESPN

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Former Boston Celtics hostess and FOX Sports personality Molly McGrath has joined ESPN; according to a network announcement. McGrath grew up in San Francisco, California and eventually moved across the country to attend Boston College, where she studied Broadcast Journalism and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Now she’ll be on the sidelines for ESPN college sports broadcasts.

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Rajon Rondo Lists Bulls Roster Hierarchy; Somewhat Contradicts Himself

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“The main thing is that we have three alphas. There will be three alphas on the team,” newly minted Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo told reporters today. He was referring to himself, Jimmy Butler and just announced signing Dwyane Wade. 

“Just trying to mesh together and try to make sure we are doing the best thing for the team,” Rondo said before later contradicting himself. The NBA leader in assists last season was asked who the big dog was going to be.  “Obviously it’s Jimmy’s team,” he responded.

“Jimmy’s the youngest, he’s the engine here. It’ll be Jimmy, Wade, and then it will be a pecking order.”

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Chicago Bulls Sign Rajon Rondo, but Not Clearly Picking a Lane

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Former Sacramento Kings, Boston Celtics and Kentucky Wildcats point guard Rajon Rondo is coming to the Chicago Bulls. Multiple outlets are reporting that the Bulls have agreed to a two-year deal with Rondo, who led the league in assists this season at 11.7 per game. The second year of the contract is only partially guaranteed, and the total deal is worth $30 million; according to some outlets.

Other outlets are reporting Rondo’s deal to be worth $28 million. His salary is only a minor uncertainty; that’s microlevel.

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Evan Turner Gets $70 Million Deal, Redefines “Journeyman” Term

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When Evan Turner was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Indiana Pacers on February 21st, 2014, his deal highlighted an extremely dull NBA Trade Deadline day.

There are trade deadline days some years that are extremely boring and painful. Then there was the 2014 NBA Trade deadline day, which made those kind of deadline days that I just described look exciting and interesting. Since then Turner left the Pacers for the Boston Celtics, and today he announced his departure for the Portland Trail Blazers. That means Evan Turner has now been on four different rosters in just two years and four months.

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Joakim Noah to Make $18m per Season, Reunite with Derrick Rose

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It’s no mystery why the New York Knicks have just one playoff series win this century. If there’s one thing the Knicks do well, and do very consistently, it’s OVERPAY for big name players who are way past their prime. It’s like Owner James Dolan bases his entire roster on just one trait- individual brand name awareness.

Enter Chicago Bulls Center Joakim Noah, who is joining the Knicks for $18 million per season, according to multiple sources.

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Denzel Valentine on Wearing Michael Jordan’s Number

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Denzel Valentine wasted no time beginning his transition to “the league.” The Chicago Bulls selected him with the 14th and final pick of the  NBA Draft Thursday night. By Monday he was at Bulls headquarters to meet the media and display his #45 jersey, the number both he and his Dad wore with the Michigan State Spartans, and briefly worn by Michael Jordan himself during his 1994 Bulls comeback. 

In the media session, Bulls GM Gar Forman said that Zel showed up with four or five large duffel bags, indicating that he’s moved in now and ready to hit the ground running.

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NBA Free Agency: 8 Teams Needing a Point Guard

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The NBA Free Agency period official kicks off on July 1st when teams are able to start negotiating with available players. A weak class of free agent point guards is led by Mike Conley and Rajon Rondo. From there, the level of talent dips which is why we have already seen guys like Derrick Rose, Jeff Teague, and George Hill get dealt prior to the NBA Draft.

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Bulls Denzel Valentine on Future of Michigan State Hoops (Exclusive)

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It was #DenzelValentinesDay at Chicago Bulls headquarters on Monday. Denzel Valentine, the last pick in the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery, by the Chicago Bulls at #14, was unveiled to the local media for some Q&A. Zel will wear #45 with the Bulls, the same number that both he and his Dad wore at Michigan State.

It’s also the same number that Michael Jordan briefly wore in 1994 during the first season of his historic comeback.

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Draymond Green Makes USA Rio Olympics Roster

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USA Basketball announced on Monday that Golden State Warriors forward and Michigan State Alum Draymond Green will be part of the 12-man roster for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team. #USABMNT

The full roster of players selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title when they compete in the Rio Summer Olympiad includes:

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2016 NBA Draft Team Grades

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It was a wild 2016 NBA Draft with plenty of shocking picks as well as a whole lot of guys getting drafted who most had probably never heard of or had no clue how to pronounce their names.  So which teams were winners and losers on draft night? Time to hand out some 2016 NBA Draft team grades. [Read more…]

2016 NBA Mock Draft First Round (6/23/16)

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Happy NBA Draft Day!  Here is a look at The Sports Bank’s latest 2016 NBA Mock Draft. The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft. [Read more…]