Mundelein stays undefeated with win


Mundelein stays undefeated with win

By Bryan Bonato

Mundelein improved to 6-0 on the season, racing past visiting Lake Forest 67-56 on Friday in a North Suburban Lake opener.Junior guard Robert Knar scored 19 points (9-of-16 from the field, 1-of-4 from three-point range) and had 10 assists for the winners, who face Lake Zurich on Tuesday and then will host Warren next Friday.Sean OBrien (12 points, nine rebounds, three steals) and Chino Ebube (10 points, four blocks) also played well for the winners.Lake Forest (3-2) got 19 points from Thomas Durrett and 12 points off the bench from Ben Simpson.Scout standouts John Hayes (four points) and Carter Bass (six points) were shut down, but freshman center Evan Boudreau had three points and 10 rebounds.Its a big win for us, said OBrien. Losing Ryan (Sawvell, the teams best player last year who is now playing at Evansville), nobody really knew how wed be. Thats a good team we beat tonight.I thought we played really hard and we set a good tone for the rest of the conference season.Mundeleins coach, Richard Knar, praised the play of OBrien and his son Robert.I thought Robert did his best job of the year finding other people and getting into the lane, the coach said. He wasnt just relying on jump shots.Sean did a really nice job all-around, defensively and rebounding. Those two guys did a nice job calming things down down the stretch.Lake Forest got within 40-34 in the third quarter, but Knar had the next seven points as part of a 13-2 run that sealed the deal.We didnt stick to our game plan, said Scouts coach Phil LaScala. Give Mundelein credit. They do a good job getting you out of it.They play at a really fast pace and they get you to hurry. We got impatient and they took advantage of it.Lake Forest will face Carmel (1-3) on Saturday in Mundelein.

Horace Grant on current state of Bulls: 'No need to panic'

Horace Grant on current state of Bulls: 'No need to panic'

After the Bulls got off to a 3-0 start, it looked like this would be a team that might be able to give LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers a run for their money in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls proceeded to lose their next three, tempering those optimistic expectations. What those first six games proved is that they're an inconsistent bunch, and it's been a microcosm of their season past the halfway mark.

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Entering Thursday, the Bulls were slotted in as the No. 8 seed in the East with a 21-22 record through 43 games.

Former Bulls forward/center Horace Grant, who was named a special advisor to president and chief operating officer Michael Reinsdorf last year, joined SportsTalk Live on Thursday to talk about the team's current state, and why Bulls fans shouldn't panic just yet.

Check out his comments in the video above.

See what else he had to say during his SportsTalk Live appearance and on In The Loop below:

Jimmy Butler acknowledges 'huge accomplishment' but stays nonchalant about All-Star starter nod

Jimmy Butler acknowledges 'huge accomplishment' but stays nonchalant about All-Star starter nod

ATLANTA — Jimmy Butler insisted being a starter in the All-Star Game means next to nothing, but it seems to go against his never-ending battle for credibility and validation as a legit superstar.

Moments after it was revealed he would be an All-Star starter for the first time and make his third overall trip to All-Star weekend, he sang the same nonchalant tune.

"It hasn't changed at all," Butler said on a conference call Thursday evening. "Obviously, it's a huge accomplishment and honor to be named a starter. But it's All-Star weekend. There are going to be a lot of good players there. I guess it's just another name thrown in with some decent players."

The NBA's format for selecting the All-Star starters changed this season, with fans no longer being the sole group that gets to vote for starters. If it was still a fans-only vote, Philadelphia's Joel Embiid would've started in Butler's place.

But with the new formula that allows the media and the players to take part in the vote, the fan vote accounts for just 50 percent of the formula. So Butler joined Cleveland's LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, Milwaukee's Giannis Antekounmpo and Toronto's DeMar DeRozan in the starting five for the Eastern Conference.

Butler's is averaging 24.8 points with 6.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists, career-highs across the board, and had he not been selected as a starter, the Bulls' 20-21 record would not have prevented coaches from selecting him as a reserve as they had the last two seasons.

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He won't be joined in the starting lineup by Dwyane Wade, who finished second in backcourt voting behind Irving, but cast his vote for his teammate anyway and hopes Wade will be selected as a reserve.

"Of course. He's been a huge part of what we're doing here, and I think he has played extremely well the first part of the season," Butler said. "He got my vote. I will tell you that."

Golden State's Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant will start for the West, along with Houston's James Harden, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard and New Orleans' Anthony Davis, a Chicago native.

The fun-filled and busy weekend in New Orleans begins Feb. 17, from the league events to the parties to the festivities and then finally the All-Star Game on Sunday night.

Butler likely views it as more of an accomplishment for his team of trainers and confidants then himself.

"It's fun, man. You get to know the other really good players in the league, and you get to know a little bit about them," Butler said. "And the experience that you get to be a part of, whether it be the Jordan party or taking your guys with you everywhere. That's the most fun part for me, my trainers, my brothers, everybody that's behind the scenes helping me gets to experience it too."