Word on the Street: Another comeback for MJ?

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Word on the Street: Another comeback for MJ?

Friday, Feb. 11, 2011
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Another MJ comeback on the horizon?

Yahoo sports is reporting that Jordan has been taking part in practice with his Charlotte Bobcats and - apparently - kicking a little butt while he's at it.

"He's Mike. He's been kicking our rear ends," Bobcats captain Gerald Wallace said Thursday."He still has it. He doesn't have his quickness, but he's a scorer, he's a shooter. The last thing to go is your jump shot, and he still has that."So, is there another comeback on the horizon for the 48-year-old Jordan? Probably not, considering he would, by rule, have to sell his majority share in the Bobcats to do so. But it's fun to dream. (Yahoo! Sports)Detroit to retire Rodman's No. 10
The Detroit Pistons announced on Friday that they will be retiring ex-Bull Dennis Rodman's No. 10 at a ceremony before their April 1 game against the Bulls. Rodman played seven years in Detroit and two years in San Antonio before joining the Bulls for their second three-peat. (The Detroit News)
Chuck Tanner dies at 81Former White Sox manager Chuck Tanner died at the age of 81 on Friday. Tanner also managed the A's, Braves and Pirates throughout his career - earning a world series title in 1979 with Pittsburgh. Tanner, always well liked by his players, is regarded as likely the most quintessential "player's manager." (Hardball Talk NBC Sports)Former Sox exec pleads guilty to kickbacksFormer high-ranking White Sox executive David Wilder pleaded guilty on Friday to federal fraud charges, admitting that he solicited hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from Latin American baseball prospects.
"He apologizes to the White Sox and any others that he harmed," said Thomas Bienert Jr, Wilder's lawyer. (Chicago Tribune)Prosecutors to meet with BradleyFormer-Cub Milton Bradley is set to meet with Los Angeles prosecutors early next month in response to his Jan. 19 arrest on domestic violence allegations. Bradley's attorney, Harland Braun, released a statement claiming that Bradley would not be charged in connection with the allegations, however a spokesman for the LA City Attorney's office said that decision has not yet been made. (Chicago Breaking Sports)Taj Gibson, Steve Kerr in 'Shooting Stars'Former Bull Steve Kerr will join Taj Gibson and Catherine Kraayveld of the Chicago Sky in representing Team Chicago in the Haier Shooting Starts competition at NBA All-Star Weekend. Aside from Kerr, who was obviously a lights-out shooter in his playing days, the Chicago team is an odd bunch considering both Gibson and Kraayveld are inside players and not known as shooters. (Yahoo! Sports)Bears won't use franchise tagThe Bears announced on Friday that they would not use the franchise tag on any of their free agents this off season. The announcement is not surprising, considering general Manager Jerry Angelo's reluctance to use the tag in the past. There are 14 players ready to become unrestricted free agents this off season; however only four of them are starters. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Doug McDermott scored a career-high 31 points, Jimmy Butler had a pair of key baskets in the closing minute and the Chicago Bulls beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-104 on Sunday night.

The Bulls broke a 104-all tie with 25 seconds left on a 15-footer from Butler and a pair of free throws by McDermott. Butler also had a go-ahead 18-footer with 53 seconds left and finished with 16 points to help Chicago win its second straight.

Taj Gibson finished with 18 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls.

Mike Conley led Memphis with 28 points and eight assists, and Marc Gasol had 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Chicago was without second-leading scorer Dwyane Wade, who did not play on the second night of a back-to-back after the Bulls beat New Orleans at home Saturday.

The game featured 16 lead changes and 11 ties, with neither team holding a double-digit lead.

Most of McDermott's damage came in the first half after the Bulls struggled shooting in the latter part of the first quarter. McDermott came off the bench to reverse the trend.

McDermott scored 20 points in the first eight minutes of the second quarter, moving Chicago's lead to eight. He had 22 points for the half and the Bulls led 52-46 at the break.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Nikola Mirotic missed his fourth straight game dealing with an illness. ... F Paul Zipser, a rookie from Germany, started his second game and second straight after coming off the bench in his first 10 appearances this season. ... McDermott converted a four-point play in the second quarter. ... McDermott's 22 first-half points were more than his total for the four previous games (21). ... Chicago scored 14 points in the first quarter, a season low for the opening frame. ... The Bulls are now 4-5 on the second night of back-to-backs.

Grizzlies: Gasol made a pair of 3-pointers in the first half, marking 17 games this season he has made multiple shots from outside the arc. ... Memphis made 11 3-pointers in the game and has converted at least 10 3s in 20 games this season, including 11 of the last 14 games.

MLK HOLIDAY

This is the 15th season Memphis has hosted a game on Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. The Grizzlies are 6-9 in the holiday game.

In recognition of the holiday, Memphis wore special MLK50 Pride uniforms. The black jerseys have sea foam blue numbers, letters and piping with the full T-shirt look instead of the normal sleeveless. The piping replicated the railing in front the rooms at the Lorraine Motel, where King was assassinated in 1968, and the blue color was similar to the doors on the rooms.

MISSING WADE

Wade's absence meant missing a reunion with Memphis coach David Fizdale. Both left the Miami Heat organization after last season - Wade signing with the Bulls and Fizdale getting his first head coaching job in Memphis. Fizdale said he is sort of a "basketball romantic" and would like to have seen Wade retire in Miami. But he predicted after the player's career "his statue will be out front and (Wade) will be remembered as the great player that he should be."

UP NEXT

Bulls: Return home to face the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Grizzlies: Memphis travels to Washington to face the Wizards on Wednesday night.