Thibodeau opines on NBA-Spurs controversy

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Thibodeau opines on NBA-Spurs controversy

DEERFIELD, ILL. As a man who has been heavily scrutinized as of late regarding his rotation decisions, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau can empathize with San Antonios Gregg Popovich. On the other hand, as a coach who pushes the pedal to the metal for all 82 games of the NBAs regular season, he can also comprehend league commissioner David Sterns point of view.

Popovich, the longtime Spurs head coach, chose to sit regulars Tim Duncan (one of the NBAs elder statesmen, which is understandable), Manu Ginobili (the aging sixth man started the season banged up, so that makes sense), Tony Parker (though hes had some nagging injuries, the speedy point guard is in the prime of his career) and Danny Green (at only 25 years old, this was the most egregious addition to the sideline quartet) for Thursday nights primetime, nationally-televised showdown with the Heat in Miami.

In fact, the aforementioned players didnt even make the trip as Popovich reportedly sent them back to San Antonio via commercial flight from Orlando.

Those actions, although Popovich has used the tactic of resting healthy players throughout the regular season several times in recent years, prompted Stern to issue a statement that included the phrase substantial sanctions, in reference to the Spurs forthcoming punishment. Thibodeau was diplomatic when asked about the saga Friday.

I have a hard enough time worrying about my own team. I think every team understands where they are and you have do whats best for your team, but I also think youre part of the league, too. Youve got to pace your team and you play the guys you think you should play, he said after the Bulls afternoon practice at the Berto Center. Im not concerned about it. Its not my issue, but you always want whats best for the league.

Its each individual case. Theres two sides to it. I certainly understand where Pops coming from. Pops one of the all-time great coaches, so I would never question what he was doing with his team. I think he understands his team, he understands the makeup of his team, he understands the age of his team. Those things are all critical, he continued. The commissioners always charged with what to do, with doing whats best for the league and so, theres two sides to it. So, hopefully in the end, it will be resolved in a good way.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above. 

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.