Nick Anderson Has Potential Answer to Illini Basketball’s Chicago Recruiting Problems

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Nick Anderson gave the first legitimate answer to the age old question that’s been plaguing college basketball in the state of Illinois for decades. The question is very cliche, yes, but it’s extremely shopworn because it’s also painfully true. This question is to Chicago and Illinois college basketball coverage what basing a film off a toy or comic book is to movie-making. Or the local college hoops equivalent of writing a song that rhymes “love” with “above.”

Sing along with me now- “all this great basketball talent in Chicagoland, yet none of the blue chippers stay home to play college ball, why? How do you change that?”

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Deron Williams Will Have a NBA Job Next Year, Says Dee Brown

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The future of Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Deron Williams remains in doubt.

Williams signed a one year, $410,733 contract with the Cavaliers, all of it guaranteed, but he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2017. His previous team, D. Will’s hometown Dallas Mavericks, paid him $9,000,000 in 2016-17.

After an absolutely abysmal NBA Finals performance (he finished with just five points on 2-of-16 shooting, 1-of-9 from three-point range and five turnovers in just 61 total minutes of action), many are wondering if Deron Williams will return at all to the league next season.

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Chicago Bulls Fans Have Every Right to “Check Out” For a Very Long Time

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Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman lied to the media several times about shopping Jimmy Butler, so on the night that he finally dealt away his franchise player, some backlash was to be expected. The 20 cents on the dollar the Bulls got in return for Butler also opened the team up to being heavily critiqued.

Forman probably didn’t expect to be publicly called out as harshly as he was by Butler’s trainer though-

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Caleb Swanigan Could Get Minutes Immediately, Given Portland Trail Blazers Needs

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You’ve read all the scouting reports on Caleb Swanigan, the 6’9” Power Forward/Center out of Purdue University who was taken by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

You already know the limitations of his athleticism and his defense. You’ve already heard/read about how Swanigan turns the ball over too much. On the flip side, you also know how well he rebounds and passes, what a great shooter he is for a player his size, and that he takes care of business at the free-throw line too.

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Bulls Get Fleeced in Jimmy Butler Trade; Some of the Funniest Reaction Tweets

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The Chicago Bulls made a really poor business decision by holding a country music theme night (because nothing says NBA like honky tonk), but it was pure genius compared to the Jimmy Butler trade. If you thought Chicago Bears GM Ryan Pace got fleeced on draft night, in what he gave up in order to acquire quarterback Mitchell Tribusky, well that was an Oceans 11 level of a brilliant heist compared to this.

The Minnesota Timberwolves sent Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the rights to Lauri Markkanen at no. 7 to Chicago for Jimmy Butler and the rights to Justin Patton at no. 16. No, that’s not a typo.

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2017 NBA Draft: Several Reasons this “Event” is Receiving Almost No Buzz

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A few years ago, a Twitter user (and we only use the term “Twitter user” because we literally cannot locate the Tweet now) posted “the NFL Draft is porn, the NBA Draft is comfort food and the MLB Draft is stamp collecting.”

He did not even bother analogizing the NHL Draft, and he was right not to do so. Here in 2017, his hilariously accurate at the time metaphors are now a bit off. While the NFL Draft is still a huge event it has definitely peaked in relevance. Its importance was overrated anyway. The MLB Draft is still certainly about as exciting as stamp collecting, but the NBA Draft is definitely not comfort food.

It’s more like a mediocre frozen dinner or run-of-the-mill cafeteria fare.

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Jimmy Butler Puts on Skills Display at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge (Video)

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Chicago Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler was one of the hottest sports news topics today as multiple sources reported that the team is actively shopping him.

Butler himself was actually at Stamford Bridge, home ground for Chelsea Football Club on the same exact day that his name was dominating headlines. While we’ve covered those trade rumors in a previous post, we now want you show a Jimmy Butler video that is sure to go viral.

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Jimmy Butler Visits Chelsea FC on Same Day Numerous Trade Rumors Circulate

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In the both the NBA and Premier League, summer is all about trade/transfer rumors. It’s the offseason for both leagues, which means it’s the silly season for gossip and rumors about which players are headed where. Chicago Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler was one of the hottest sports news topics today as multiple sources reported that the team is actively shopping him.

Multiple teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves, are in trade talks with the Bulls. So where was Jimmy Butler today, while his future is being determined for him?

At Chelsea Football Club in west London.

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Chicago Bulls 2017 NBA Draft Mocksourcing Collection

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In the 2017 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls will have two picks, one in each round. The Bulls currently own the No. 16 and the No. 38 (from Sacramento via Cleveland) selections. What will they do with them? We looked at a whole host of NBA mock drafts across the internet, and this is a sample of what we saw.

It’s time to do some Chicago Bulls NBA Draft mocksourcing! Enjoy-

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Golden State Warriors Making History is Something We Should All Witness Friday

It looks like the NBA Finals, and thus the National Basketball Association’s postseason, are set to wrap tomorrow night with the Golden State Warriors very likely finishing off the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Golden State Warriors remain in Cleveland in for game four, having completed a comeback for the ages in game three.

Cleveland got transcendent performances from both Lebron James and Kyrie Irving last night, but it still wasn’t enough as the Warriors were truly golden in crunch time, ending the game on an 11-0 run, turning a late seven point deficit into a six point win. If the Cavs can’t win at home, when both James and Irving are at the very top of their game, then when can they beat Golden State?

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Says Bill Maher Shouldn’t Be Fired for Using N-Word

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar pens a column for The Hollywood Reporter these days, and in his latest offering, he weighed in on the firestorm surrounding HBO talk show host Bill Maher. The polarizing comedian was the #1 trending term on Twitter for much of Friday night due to his using the N-word while interviewing Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse.

Abdul-Jabbar, yes the very same Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who is the all-time leading scorer and player with the most career wins in NBA history, says he doesn’t think that Maher should be fired for what he did.

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Deron Williams Takes Beating on Twitter During NBA Finals; Some of the More Clever Tweets

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The 2009 version of Deron Williams is kind of like the 2005 edition of Illini basketball- in reality not that long ago, but feels like ancient history.

As a University of Illinois alum, it’s painful to watch Deron Williams have such a brutal NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Especially since this is the first appearance of his career, and it may be his only one. He’s still scoreless in the series, and game three reached a new low point.

That’s really a shame because D. Will had a big game or two down the stretch and during the postseason.

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