The NBA has found a new Scalabrine


The NBA has found a new Scalabrine

Last night, the Bulls put a whooping on the Cavs, dominating from the start en route to a 115-86 drubbing.

It wasn't even a game after the first quarter and all the reserves found their way to the floor for a few minutes, including Vladimir Radmanovic and rookie point guard Marquis Teague.

Those are the types of contest fans would get excited for the last two seasons, because it meant some well-earned playing time for the White Mamba. Every time Brian Scalabrine came into the game, it was a clear sign that the Bulls were in the "Victory Formation," much like an NFL team gearing up to take a knee.

Given how many games the Bulls won the last two years (112), it's no surprise that other players and coaches around the league picked up on Scal and his role while in Chicago.

Including Rasheed Wallace.

The Knicks power forward played just over three minutes at the end of New York's blowout of the Heat Friday night, and hasn't played much since inking a deal with the Knicks.

"I accept my Brian Scalabrine role. I'm cool with it," Wallace told USAToday Friday evening.

Too bad the Bulls don't have the real Scal anymore, as he is currently working for CSN New England. I guess Vlad-Rad will have to do.

The time Addison Russell froze up after getting a text from Eddie George

The time Addison Russell froze up after getting a text from Eddie George

Plenty of Cubs fans surely were star-struck to meet Addison Russell at Cubs Convention last weekend. But the 22-year-old All-Star shortstop has a shortlist of people he would be amazed to meet, too. 

Russell reveres President Barack Obama, on Friday the outgoing Commander-in-Chief’s work in the community when talking about getting to visit the White House. So on Monday, Russell got to check off meeting one of the people on his list. 

“There’s probably about three people that I would be star-struck by, and (Obama’s) one of them,” Russell said. 

One of those three spots is “open,” Russell said. The other member of that list is former Ohio State and Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George. 

Russell wears his No. 27 because of George, who wore that number during his career in which he made four Pro Bowls and rushed for over 10,000 yards and 78 touchdowns. Prior to the 2016 season, George sent Russell and autographed Titans helmet inscribed with good luck message.

After the season, Russell said George texted him seeing if the newly-crowned champion had time to chill. Few things rattled Russell last year — he became the youngest player to hit a grand slam in the World Series when he blasted one in Game 6 against the Cleveland Indians last November — but getting a text from George did. 

“I couldn’t text back,” Russell said. “It was nuts. I waited four days because I was thinking of what back to say.”

Even the most famous athletes still get star-struck. Russell’s been lucky enough in the last few months to meet and hear from two of the people who bring out that sense of awe in him. 

“Just to come in contact with people like that, it just makes me smile,” Russell said. “It definitely gets me in the mood of getting better, and that’s the goal this year, is getting better.” 

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Fast Break Morning Update: Cubs visit White House; Blackhawks, Bulls in action tonight

Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from Monday:

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Avalanche tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls host Mavericks in search of third straight win

Cubs meet President Obama in unforgettable, symbolic White House visit: ‘They said this day would never come’

Blackhawks' rough weekend 'a little bit of a wake-up call'

The state of the Bulls after the first half of the season

Reports: Dolphins assistant Jeremiah Washburn to be Bears' new O-line coach

Does Cubs president Theo Epstein have a future in politics?

President Obama, with Cubs at White House: 'Among Sox fans, I'm the Cubs' No. 1 fan'

At Cubs' White House visit, President Obama touts Michelle Obama's Cubs fandom, shouts out Jose Cardenal

Fire trade for midfielder Dax McCarty