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Doug McDermott
Doug McDermott
Position: F-G
Born: 01/03/92
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:223 lbs. / 101.2 kg.
Salary: $2,380,440
‘‘My dad would never do that,’’ McDermott said. ‘‘He’s a coach, and he has to deal with parents all the time, calling him up all the time. Boosters [and] parents calling all the time about playing time, everything. He would never do that. He has too much respect for the coaches here, [general manager] Gar [Forman] and Pax [vice president of basketball operations John Paxson], all those guys. He would never do that.’’
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Bulls rookie forward Doug McDermott was in the locker room before a game last month when he was told about a rumor that his father, Greg, had called the front office to complain about his son’s lack of playing time and about the role coach Tom Thibodeau played in that. ‘‘Trust me, I heard it,’’ McDermott said, acknowledging it was bothersome. ‘‘I actually talked to my dad right after someone brought that to my attention in the locker room. I called him up and was just kind of laughing, almost. He was like, ‘What are you laughing about?’ I said, ‘You hear this rumor going out that you called the front office and stuff?’ He started laughing.’’
“My dad would never do that,’’ Doug McDermott said. “He’s a coach, and he has to deal with parents all the time, calling him up all the time. Boosters, parents, calling all the time about playing time, everything. He would never do that. He has too much respect for the coaches here, [general manager] Gar [Forman] and Pax [VP of basketball operations John Paxson], all those guys. He would never do that.’’
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Doug McDermott was in the locker room before a game last month, when he was informed that there was a rumor that his father, Greg, had called the Bulls front office to complain about his son’s lack of playing time and the role that coach Tom Thibodeau played in that. “Trust me, I heard it,’’ the younger McDermott said, acknowledging that it was bothersome. “I actually talked to my dad right after someone brought that to my attention in the locker room,’’ he continued. “I called him up and I was just kind of laughing almost. He was like, ‘What are you laughing about?’ I said, ‘You hear this rumor going out that you called the front office and stuff?’ He started laughing.’’
McDermott said he is shooting, riding a stationary bicycle and will start running in water when the stitches from last Saturday’s arthroscopic surgery to remove a small meniscus in his right knee are taken out soon. He sounded confident he would beat the six-week estimate to return. “When we got the MRI, I was definitely shocked,” said the rookie, who never missed a game in high school or college. “But then (team physician Brian) Cole explained this is very minor and I’ll be feeling (ready) to play within a week.”
From a team perspective, the most promising news this time is that Smart is expected to miss less time. Tests weren’t scheduled as of last night, with the reasoning that Smart should be reevaluated after a night of rest. “Strained Achilles on the same foot as his ankle, is what I was told. I don’t know what a strained Achilles means from a long-term standpoint, but I know that (team physician) Doc (Brian) McKeon said that he should be relatively quick healing but he didn’t feel comfortable sending him back in tonight,” said coach Brad Stevens.
After graduating from college, instead of doing the normal move-out thing and saying goodbye to four-year friends and having one last party, the former Creighton star got drafted by the Chicago Bulls. Which means he left Creighton with some unfinished business — mainly in the form of bags of his clothes, leaving his former roommate Michael Vandevoort an idea that only works when your former roommate is one of the most well-known athletes from Creighton: To sell them.
As for McDermott, he was well aware of the noise out there about Love, and also aware that his name is attached to it. “I didn’t really pay attention to it much,’’ McDermott said. “I think rumors happen a lot. There’s been a lot this offseason. So you’ve just got to stay patient. You can’t really read into that stuff. I’m just focused on what I can do to become better.’’ That’s also why he admitted to staying away from asking his new organization about it. “To be honest, I get asked about it. I don’t really ask anyone,’’ McDermott said. “I try to stay off Twitter and I think a lot of people ask me or text me through my friends. But I just ignore it. Whatever happens, happens.’’