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Good morning October! Stay hungry- stay humble!
Congrats to the Royals. Thought there was no way they'd pull it off. The beauty of post season baseball.
Headline change in Kansas City: Yost Can Coast.
They're partying on the plaza tonight.
Got to love MLB post season
Ned Yost Manager of the Year!
Big time onions or baseballs
Headline for tomorrow in Kansas City: Yost is Toast.
Feel badly for Royals fans..they wait this long for a post season game and what happens? Shields is pulled...he leaves for free agency..
Oh, and that woman who gets a puppy if the Royals win...may want to start thinking about something else...like a parakeet
There is absolutely no tension or excitement to this game. TBS needs to dial up Charles Barkley. " Well, Ernie, KC is just turrible..."
Jim Frey wants to manage the 7th inning for the Royals.
Charlie Weis: " Thank you..Ned Yost..."
Brad Pitt says Art Howe is a better manager than Ned Yost.
Ned Yost won't be second guessed will he?
soto out-hand injury
Someone better tell Billy Butler he's not Brett Butler on the base path.
Um....that's not how you play fundamental baseball KC....
I'm still not feeling the Lester-Soto combo--first time he's worked with Soto and it's a playoff game?
So if The A's lose tonight what are the chances of Lester opening up for the Cubs April 6th at Wrigley vs Cards?
Hall of Fame sportscaster Dick Enberg : " A parent is only as happy as his unhappiest child."
Veteran sportscaster Dick Enberg : " A parent is only as happy as his unhappiest child."
"I think it’s important for everyone to put team first," says Thibs. "Sometimes that means doing what may not necessarily be best for you."
Thibs philosophy: "I’m going to ask them to sacrifice. Some guys are going to sacrifice not starting. Some may sacrifice not finishing."
Thibs on rotation: "Joakim, Pau and Taj. I look at those guys as starters. You have to divvy up those minutes. That doesn’t leave a lot."
Who finishes games, Thibs? "Taj was probably our best fourth quarter player last year. Who we finish games with remains to be seen."
Thibs: "It’s very difficult to play consistent if you play one day, take a day off, play one day, take a day off, play short minutes."
Thibs said Rose needs to play: "We may get to a point where we think he needs to play more. The way you find a rhythm is if you’re playing."
Thibs on Rose preseason: "You want to see different players the first 6. The last couple of games, you get to more your rotation."
Thibs on Noah, Pau and Taj playing together: "The jumbo lineup? We tried that last year. I don’t see that working in today’s NBA."
Thibs pointed out the last time 2 rookies were in regular rotation for a title team was Jamaal Wilkes and Phil Smith for '75 Warriors.
Thibs says Pau wants work: "He shared that with our team that he’s willing to make that commitment to work (big minutes)."
Thibs on Pau: "With Phil, they didn’t have very many days off. He played a lot of minutes and that’s what he is used to, 37 minutes a game."
First scrimmage had Rose, Butler, Dunleavy, Gasol and Noah starters; expected for opener. Thibs said Noah looked "very good, actually."
Summer of Butler: "Worked on my beard. Plenty of shots. Probably like 3 times a day because I worked out in Houston; it’s very boring there"
Butler on Rose: I think (the injury stuff) is already behind him, to tell you the truth. He’s focused right now. Just playing."
Butler on contract: "I want to be here; I think the Bulls want me here. Basketball is my main focus, not really the contract situation."
Rose ready: "When you miss 2 years you want games right away. I wish we had a game tomorrow, but we’ve got to wait a couple of more days."
Rose on Pau feel for game: "He’s not going to get in your way. It comes with experience, and of course playing with Kobe for so many years."
Rose sees Butler as next Bruce Bowen: "He could really change the game; I think that’s the type of role Jimmy is going to find his way to.’’
Rose on "new" Rose: “Everyone keeps asking that. I don’t know what more you all want (laughs). Just going to try and play my regular game’’
Rose on Mirotic: "He did moves where (it should have been) a charge. He pumped his way around and scored. We know he can shoot; he’s good.’
Rose learning Mirotic: "Going to surprise people (the way) he puts the ball down. Fly out at him, he’s able to attack the rim, avoid charges
Rose on McDermott flaw: “He forgot to bring (rookie job) donuts. He set 3 alarms and forgot that; I’m going to have to ask him about that."
Rose on McD: "I think Doug’s biggest problem right now is just his nerves. Playing in the preseason is going to calm down his nerves."
Doug's a Bull: "Being a Midwest kid, watching the Bulls I have to pinch myself. Driving by those banners. I'm not tak(ing) it for granted."
More McDermott: “Went to bed early, woke up, thought it was time to go, but looked at my phone and it was 3:30. Like, 'I have to stop this'
McDermott first day of school: "Last night I set like 3 alarms. I woke up every hour. I had Thibs' voice in my head."
Doug McDermott's initiation: “So much quicker, more physical. The coach is already screaming 3 seconds on the shot clock. It goes by faster.
Thibodeau doesn't sound high on Snell again. Said he needs to be more consistent.
Thibodeau: "Who we finish games with, that remains to be seen. We’re going to finish with the guys who give us the best chance to win."
Thibs said there may come time where Rose plays more than normal in preseason: "I want him to build some confidence built off playing well."
Rose on if we'll see anything different in his game this year: "Everybody keeps asking that. I don't know. What more do ya'll want?"
Rose said this is the first time he can remember scrimmaging on the first day of training camp. Said starters tied second unit.
Thibs said the starters today in practice were Rose, Butler, Dunleavy, Gasol and Noah. Things can change, but that's what I'd expect at MSG.
In new Rose detail he says he has a new chef -- but hasn't given up candy all the way.
Rose in good spirits after first practice. Says his confidence is high right now. He knows he must stay on the floor to quiet critics.
How do you know it's Camp Day 1? Rose asked what his favorite meal is. Pasta with a red sauce and grilled chicken, by the way.
DRose has a new chef this year. I do not.
Six days and counting to see the new look Bulls take on the Wiz.Gar and Pax have done an amazing job adding quality pieces.A fun year ahead!
Butler sounds pleased with the way negotiations are going. Trying not to let ongoing talks become a distraction.
Someone asked Butler how to impress Thibs as a rookie. Answer: Know your job, do your job. He's listened well.
First practice in new gym. J Butler in foreground http://t.co/WjiadOIWLa
McDermott said he set 3 alarms last night and went to sleep with Thibs' voice in his head. He's learning quick.
McDermott said he set 3 alarm clocks so he wouldn't miss first practice. Said he heard Thibodeau's voice in his head before sleeping.
Thibodeau said 74-75 Warriors are last title team to use 2 rookies in rotation. Jamaal Wilkes and Phil Smith.
The jumbo lineup of Pau, Taj and Noah likely won't happen.
Who will close games is yet to be determined.
Starters today were Rose, Butler, Noah, Pau and Dunleavy.
Yesterday, Thibodeau said you rarely see championship teams use 2 rookies in rotation. Today, he said that doesn't mean it can't happen.
Thibodeau called Taj Gibson the Bulls' best 4th-quarter player last season.
Thibodeau said starting lineup isn't set but used Rose, Butler, Dunleavy, Gasol, Noah today. Expect that to stick.
Gibson's agent Mark Bartelstein was in the Bulls' locker room hammering out the final details of the deal with Bulls' personnel.
Bulls went down to the wire a couple years ago with Taj Gibson and ended up just getting deal done a few minutes before the deadline.
Bulls have til Oct. 31 to get an extension done with Butler. If they don't, he would become restricted FA at the end of the year.
Nice touch in new Bulls practice facility w/ plaque honoring Sheri Berto, after whom last facility was named http://t.co/oZ70shlQDw
Free agent forward Alonzo Gee has reached agreement on a deal with the Denver Nuggets, source tells RealGM. Gee is reporting to camp today.
Fesenko sighting in Minnesota. Last time I saw him he was chugging coffee before a Bulls exhibition game in Champaign.
I love the Dunks After Dark idea from the T'Wolves. Looks like a great atmosphere. Why not try something new to get fans excited?
Who does Brady miss the most... Randy Moss, Wes Welker, or Aaron Hernandez