Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010
Phil Jackson's last trip to Chicago?
Former Bulls head coach and current Lakers head coach Phil Jackson could be making his last visit to the United Center when the Bulls host Los Angeles Friday night. But at least one current Bull isn't holding his breath that the game will serve as Jackson's swan song.
"I feel like he says that a lot," Joakim Noah said, smiling. "Every year, he's always saying he's going to retire. For some reason, he always comes back. I think it's a smart thing to try to get his contract. He's smart with that kind of stuff. You never know." (chicagobreakingsports.com)
Brandon Webb is still Cubs' top target
After the Cubs signed Carlos Pena on Wednesday, reports surfaced that they were also attempting to trade for his former Rays teammate, Matt Garza. However, sources are currently indicating that former Cy Young winner Brandon Webb remains their No. 1 target.
Webb hasn't pitched since Opening Day of 2009 due to a shoulder injury that required surgery. (nbcsports.com)
Bill Veeck movie remains in limbo
A movie version of Bill Veeck's life remains in limbo after being put into development several years ago. Veeck, considered a baseball maverick, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991, five years after his death.
His son, Mike Veeck, along with Chicago-born actor Bill Murray discussed the current issues holding up the movie at the winter meetings this week - which include the fact that Ted Turner owned the original rights and the movie idea was tossed out during the AOL-Time Warner merger.
"When they merged, they threw out any vehicle that wouldn't make its money back overseas," Mike said. "They don't call them movies -- but vehicles. And guess what movies are the only ones that don't make money overseas? Baseball movies."
Will it ever get made?
"I think something will happen, but you just kind of let that stuff percolate," he said. "There's a lot of people that don't know him because of the age difference now. The redeeming thing is that fun is now even more heavily marketable. If I see one more corporation that led us down the primrose path selling fun and customer service, I'm going to throw up." (chicagobreakingsports.com)