Bulls owner denies any rift between team and Derrick Rose NBC on Yahoo Sports
Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement Thursday night regarding a report in the Chicago Sun-Times about a “rift” between Derrick Rose and the organization.
“I am confounded by the irresponsible report in the Chicago Sun-Times suggesting there is anything approaching discord or confusion between the Bulls executive office, coaching staff, and Derrick Rose or any other Bulls player. To the contrary, I can remember no time when the organization has been any more focused, optimistic, and cohesive,” Reinsdorf wrote. “I've got to assume suggestions otherwise are intended to undermine the goals and objectives, spirit, and reputation of the Chicago Bulls. I am deeply disappointed that unnamed sources and totally inaccurate statements and assumptions can be used to foment nonexistent friction. The report is totally without basis or fact. It is pure malicious fiction.”
In the Sun-Times story, Rose seemingly acknowledged that there was tension between his camp and the Bulls.
Brandon Knight's 60-inch box jump will leave you impressed Video (Ball Don't Lie
Among the great YouTube videos of the last few years is one titled, " Brandon Knight is the unluckiest player in the NBA ," a series of unfortunate incidents — including Ole Miss forward Reginald Buckner's rim-protecting block of the Kentucky product and, of course, DeAndre Jordan's rim-shattering alley-oop over the then-Pistons guard — all set to Daniel Powter's 2006 ballad "Bad Day."
Truth is, Knight is a freakish athlete only getting freakier, as evidenced by this remarkable video of him successfully completing a 60-inch box jump posted on the Milwaukee Bucks' Vine account .
As the folks over at Brew Hoop point out , Knight would have cleared Peter Dinklage by seven inches. To put his impressive box jump into further perspective, consider Kobe Bryant's fake vault over a speeding Aston Martin DB9 Volante would have only required a clearance of 50 inches.
While there is some debate over the current box jump world record — a man named Kevin Bania ( no relation to Kenny ) cleare...
Ohio lawmaker proposes LeBron license plate The Associated Press
An Ohio lawmaker wants to create a specialty license plate celebrating the homecoming of LeBron James. State Rep. Rep. Bill Patmon says he plans to introduce legislation within the next two weeks for the ''LeBron James Witness 2.0'' tag. James, an Akron native, announced on July 11 that he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, four years after breaking the city's collective heart by jumping to the Miami Heat. In a letter to legislative colleagues, Patmon said the plate would ''honor the return home of our prodigal champion.'' The Cleveland Democrat said the plate would commemorate the NBA star's contributions to the economy of Ohio and to its children and families through his charity, the LeBron James Family Foundation....
Serbia will struggle to repeat Yugoslav-era success, says coach Reuters
By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Accustomed to basketball glory when they were part of the former Yugoslavia, Serbia will struggle to be more than also- rans as an independent nation at this year's World Cup in Spain, their coach Aleksandar Djordjevic said. “That’s history and there is no point at reminiscing about it,” a grim-faced Djordjevic told reporters after a training session on Thursday in Belgrade's Pionir Hall, where he started his career at Serbian champions Partizan. “Our results as an independent nation have made it very difficult for us to feel as medal contenders in any tournament, although it has to be our objective in the World Cup. We will not be favorites against anyone.” Having played a strong role in winning eight European titles, five World Cups and one Olympic gold medal as the biggest nation in the former Yugoslavia, Serbia have only managed a runner-up finish at the 2009 European Championship as an independent country....