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October 20, 2014 Updates

Coach Thibodeau always looks like he’s on the verge of an aneurism. What, if anything, could you do to calm him down? Joakim Noah: He looks like that whether he’s happy or sad. But I’d have him do yoga with me. He could use that. The Daily Beast

You’ve hinted that the school’s brass only thinks they have the net from one of your titles: Did you seriously pull a switcharoo on them? Joakim Noah: I honestly don’t remember how I ended up with it, but it’s the real net. I don’t know where the ones they displayed came from, but I have the actual one. The worst part is, I just moved and now I can’t find it! Maybe we shouldn’t print that. The Daily Beast

October 19, 2014 Updates

Gasol’s decision came down to more than just the best place to ply his trade; he also wanted to find a location that was “cultural rich” and diverse. The son of medical professionals, Gasol thought of becoming a doctor before he grew to be a 7-footer with rare basketball talent. He also enjoys the opera, forging a friendship with tenor and conductor Placido Domingo during his time in Los Angeles. “To me, it was important on a personal level because I’m not just a basketball player,” Gasol said. “I have other interests, other desires than basketball, and Chicago had a lot to offer from that aspect.” Washington Post

In visiting with the Bulls when he was free-agent shopping this summer, Gasol said that topic came up. “Yes, yes, we did [discuss it],’’ Gasol said. “Coaches have certain tendencies and feel comfortable in certain ways, so we talked about if the coach likes to finish the game with a smaller lineup. Some teams like to play in those last minutes with a spread floor and a guy that can shoot so that it makes it more difficult for — defensively at least — a bigger lineup. So we talked about that a little bit. Chicago Sun-Times

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Asked if Thibodeau’s push for perfection year after year gets tiresome, Rose said, “No, I’m numb to it now. I’m used to it. Like [Tuesday], we didn’t even speak about it. We know what we have to do. It’s only one goal, and we can’t let anything get in the way of that goal.’’ The idea of “one goal’’ is common ground for Rose and Thibodeau. The path to that goal is where they diverge. Chicago Sun-Times

The NBA will experiment with a 44-minute game Sunday when the Nets play host to the Celtics "to examine the flow" of a shorter contest. "It's interesting," Thibodeau said. "I'm curious myself how it plays out. In some ways, the technology (we have) has been great but it also has prolonged the game. "(Commissioner) Adam Silver is very open-minded. There's part of me that likes (the idea) a lot. And there's also a part of me that thinks about the tradition of the game and the records and the history. That's where there's conflict. But the intent is good." Chicago Tribune

October 14, 2014 Updates

"His thing is wanting to be the same," Rose's brother, Reggie, says. Reggie finishes lunch and drives away, eventually making his way east on West 63rd Street. Thirteen years older, his domineering presence kept Derrick from being picked apart by the Gangster Disciples who controlled their neighborhood, then the parasitic runners and gatekeeping NCAA officials who controlled the avenues and mechanisms of escape. Nothing, not drug dealers or money-hungry basketball pimps or amateurism-guarding schoolmarms, would keep his brother stuck in Englewood. Traffic is thin as he crosses Halsted Street, with Kennedy-King College looking modern and alien at the intersection. Everything else is plywood and blight. ESPN.com

"You know what?" Reggie says, turning thoughtful, surrounded by reminders of his past. He thinks about Derrick, and how three years ago, his then-22-year-old brother was innocent and unafraid, the most valuable player in the NBA. "He knows that he will never get back to that," Reggie says. ESPN.com

That's the admission everyone has been digging for, but that's not what he means: The new Derrick Rose is explosive and aggressive, but he's coming back like Eve came back from the apple, mining intellectual and emotional depths he couldn't have imagined when he first hurt his knee. He's different now, for sure, maybe for better, maybe for worse. The old Derrick Rose is a casualty of the two injuries and the knowledge that came with them. "He's gone," Reggie says, and he sounds a little melancholy. ESPN.com

Perhaps that edge might come from Butler, a junior college product who eventually wound up in the NBA by way of blue-collar Marquette. “I’m from Tomball [Texas]. I’m not even supposed to be in the NBA, let alone be a star player. I just want to be wanted, I just want to play hard,” he said after his third-straight game of at least 18 points on at least 60 percent shooting. “A star player, a role player, a bench player, whatever it takes." When asked about his humility, he said, "I have to be because I’m from Tomball, and nobody with a mic in front of my face can tell me where that is.” CSN Chicago

October 12, 2014 Updates

Coincidentally, I talked with a person close to him Friday who told me nothing has changed. The Wizards have contacted Allen's representatives at Tandem Sports and Entertainment several times, both reported here. The prospect of being a starter again with Beal's absence isn't likely to make Washington any more enticing for Allen. He'll soon be 40. Six teams have actually contacted his reps since he became an unrestricted free agent -- the Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder and .... the Milwaukee Bucks. Yes, the latter is not a mistake. CSNWashington.com

Thanks to 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting, including 3-for-4 from three-point range, Rose turned in his best performance of the preseason, and the Bulls beat the upstart Milwaukee Bucks 91-85 on Saturday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. It was a far cry from last month, when Rose shot 25 percent from the field in the FIBA World Cup, including 1-for-19 from three-point range. “[Rose] doesn’t look like he has missed any games in a sense of his athletic ability,’’ Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “In the summer, he looked extremely powerful with his speed. Sometimes injuries can be a positive because they’ve helped him develop the jump shot from beyond the arc. [The injuries have] given him a lot of time to concentrate on that. We’re talking about a guy that has played at a high level, MVP, so he’s a smart player, and the injuries are a positive thing that helped him develop the jump shot.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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