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December 8, 2014 Updates

LeBron James is searching for a way to protest the Eric Garner decision, and he could display it Monday night in Brooklyn in front of the Royal Couple. Already outspoken about the death of Garner and a grand jury‘s decision not to indict the responsible officers, James was asked Sunday about a t-shirt worn recently by Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. The message on Rose’s shirt, “I can’t breathe,” is a reference to Garner’s words as he was choked while being arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes. “It was spectacular,” James said about Rose’s shirt, which he wore in pre-game warmups Saturday night. “I loved it. I’m looking for one.” New York Daily News

December 7, 2014 Updates

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James is no stranger to speaking out on social issues. He has weighed in on the recent controversial shootings, killing young African Americans in Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown (in Ferguson) and 12-year-old Tamir Rice (in Cleveland). On Sunday prior to practice he was asked about Rose's gesture. "It's spectacular," James said. "I loved it. I'm looking for one." When asked if he planned to wear the T-shirt before a game, James was coy, but hinted it could potentially happen. "It's possible," he said. "I'm looking for one. I think it was great." Cleveland Plain Dealer

There are Bernard and Albert King, Dominique and Gerald Wilkins and Gus and Ray Williams among several others of note, but, on this December day, allow us to go ahead and declare Pau and Marc Gasol the best brothers to ever grace the NBA. But while you may grant they’ve conquered the league, there’s another battle still to be decided. The Spaniards’ own. And even at age 34 and in his 14th NBA season, Pau Gasol is not ready to relinquish the Best in Family designation to the Memphis center. “Ah, no, no, no,” Pau said last week with a smile. “That’s an argument that people can bring up, but I’m playing pretty well myself and I’m happy with where I’m at. “But at some point, maybe he will . . . when I stop playing, maybe he will continue to play. Or I’ll decline more, or not. We’ll see.” Boston Herald

Ahead of the Chicago Bulls Saturday night game against the Golden State Warriors at the United Center, Derrick Rose elected to wear a T-shirt reading “I Can’t Breathe” instead of his normal shooting shirt. For The Win

Noah said he thinks it's important that professional athletes use their platforms to make social statements. "Yeah. If that's what he wants to do, I respect it," Noah said. "I think a lot of people feel that way. When you wear a T-shirt with a statement everybody's going to know how you feel about it. I respect Derrick 150 percent and I'm riding with him ... a lot of people feel that way. It's really sad what happened. Police brutality is something that ... it happens. Not every cop is a bad person. Not every black person is a bad person. You can't judge people. But he definitely made a statement by wearing that T-shirt." ESPN.com

December 5, 2014 Updates
December 4, 2014 Updates

Soft? “I don’t know what reputation that is,’’ Gasol said, when asked about the perceptions that grew in Los Angeles over the years. “I’d like to think my reputation is about being a professional, about just being a great addition to any team I’m a part of, and being a champion. If that’s the reputation people talk about, it’s pretty accurate. “If it’s other things, you know the last couple of years in L.A. have been difficult from many aspects. But I think I was still able to put myself beyond that or above that and still do my job, still give everything I had every time I put that jersey on.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

And while he still considers Bryant a friend and is thankful in winning two rings with the Lakers, he’s thrilled to be elsewhere. “It was emotionally draining,’’ Gasol said of his final years in Los Angeles. “It was hard on me especially after all the great times and great teams we had, and I just needed to be in a different position. To be refreshed, to be motivated again. Put myself in the best position possible. And I felt this is it.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

Nowitzki said of the foul: “They had the game won and they foul Monta on the dribble up which in my 17 years is one of the dumber fouls I’ve ever seen … I saw coach (Tom) Thibodeau and he was just shaking his head.” That quote ended up getting repeated and replayed throughout Wednesday. Nowitzki said before the Milwaukee game that he regretted throwing Hinrich, who he considers a friend, under the bus. “Yeah, it got overblown a little bit,” he said. “You know, Kirk is actually my guy. We went to dinners before. I didn’t really mean to put him on the spot like that. It was an unfortunate play. We’ve all been part of unfortunate situations. I don’t know if Thibs wanted them to foul, but it was just way too late. Dallas Morning News

“They had a chance to foul Monta when he dribbled two or three times up the floor. The situation was just a bad one, but it was fortunate for us. But I didn’t mean to put my man Kirk on the spot like that, because he’s a good dude. He’s a hard-nosed player. He made two 3s right before that actually to put them in position to win, so I have nothing but respect for Kirk Hinrich. I didn’t mean to really get it out like that.” Dallas Morning News

December 3, 2014 Updates

Nick Friedell: Bulls injury release says Gibson is out tonight. McDermott is questionable. No mention of Rose, Noah, Gasol. Good sign for Bulls. Twitter @NickFriedell

That’s where Butler’s bet on himself came in. There have been some reports on the negotiations between Butler and the Bulls, but according to Sporting News sources, the Bulls’ offer went as high as $11 million per year for four years. Butler was asking for $14 million per year, but would have been willing to negotiate downward to the $12.5-$13 million range. Sporting News


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