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March 15, 2015 Updates

In a documentary produced by HBO Sports last fall, Durant said a city’s culture was a heavy influencer in Gasol’s decision. “He was more concerned about the city,” Durant said of Gasol in the documentary. “He’s into, like orchestras and plays.” Gasol refuted that theory and said it was about basketball. “No. To me, it was where I would fit best on the court,” Gasol told The Oklahoman. “I’m sure there are musicals and theaters in Oklahoma as well. That wasn’t a difference-maker for me at all. But I do appreciate music and culture. But that was not a difference-maker for my decision. I appreciated every team that showed interest,” Gasol said. “And Oklahoma, the Thunder were a team that I highly considered. They were a great option for me as well. But I had to make a tough, tough choice. I was thankful for their interest, for Sam Presti, Scott Brooks, Russell, KD, they all really showed their desire to have me on board. So I’m always going to be appreciative of that.” Oklahoman

March 13, 2015 Updates
March 12, 2015 Updates

A pair of Nike basketball shoes, believed to be the earliest NBA game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers to ever hit the market, will be auctioned off next month. Khalid Ali, who was a ballboy for the Los Angeles Lakers for the 1984-85 season, has consigned the Nike shoes he says Jordan gave to him after the Chicago Bulls played the Lakers on Dec. 2, 1984, to SCP Auctions. Ali, 15 at the time, distinctly remembers asking Jordan for the shoes on his feet during warmups. They were red, white and black, Ali said, a pair of what would become the first Air Jordans. ESPN.com

March 11, 2015 Updates

He continues to take advantage of all the injuries the Bulls are dealing with, and Mirotic is averaging 34.00 FantasyScore points over his past six games. He draws a friendly matchup against the 76ers, offering a safe floor and a high ceiling at a price that won't kill your cap. HoopsHype

But it’s almost always hip-hop. Some Drake, Kanye West, sometime’s it’s edgier stuff. Sometimes it’s throwbacks like Biggie, Tupac, DMX. And if it’s Jimmy Butler’s turn in the Chicago locker room, it’s some country too. “I get my own playlist in warmups sometimes,” Butler told ProBasketballTalk. “My teammates don’t like it very much because it’s country music, but they get over it.” Country? Yes. Starting with Taylor Swift. “I like Taylor Swift,” Butler said. “I like music as a whole, but her music is kinda catchy. I’m sure she’ll hear this interview now and be like ‘what’s going on?’” NBCSports.com

March 10, 2015 Updates

Ric Bucher: The worst kept secret in the NBA is that Tom Thibodeau is not getting along with the Bulls' front office and that the expectation is he will be gone at the end of the year regardless of how deep the Chicago Bulls go in the playoffs. Bleacher Report

March 9, 2015 Updates


Very few doubts with the Top 2, but who comes after Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen?


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