Word on the Street: Pacers' O'Brien canned

Word on the Street: Pacers' O'Brien canned

Friday, Jan. 28, 2011
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Pacers' O'Brien canned

Indiana Pacers head coach Jim O'Brien was fired early Sunday afternoon, just hours after his team lost 110-89 to the Bulls at the United Center Saturday night. O'Brien was ejected in the fourth quarter of that game.

The veteran coach had spent the previous three-and-a-half years with the Pacers and posted a record of 121-169. Assistant Frank Vogel will step in as the team's interm head coach until a full-time replacement is found. (Indy Star)

Jordan to be voted into High School Hall of Fame

Michael Jordan, the all-time great Bulls player, will be voted into the Hall of Fame at his old school, Laney High School, where his career first started. The induction ceremony will be on Feb. 4, but no word yet on whether Jordan will attend or not. (Chicago Tribune)

Roenick has more strong words for Cutler

Jeremy Roenick had choice words for Bears quarterback Jay Cutler after the NFC Championship game, taking to his Twitter account. But today on "The Dan Patrick Show" on Comcast SportsNet, Roenick weighed in with his opinion without being confined to a mere 140 characters.

"It would take way more than it took Cutler to get out of that game. It really disappointed me..." Roenick said.

The former Blackhawks center called in to the show to talk about the NHL All-Star Game and Cutler's performance on Sunday. (CSNChicago.com)
Rose to debut two sets of kicks in All-Star Game

Derrick Rose will be showing off more than just his talent at the NBA All-Star Game. He'll be putting his yellow adidas adiZero Rose signature shoe on display in the first half, then debuting the adidas adiZero Rose 1.5, his second version of his signature shoe, in the second.

The adiZero Rose 1.5 is lighter and more supportive than its predecessor. Plus, the shoe's three-paneled SPRINTSKIN zones represent each of Derrick's brothers who helped support him through his journey to the NBA.

The adiZero Rose 1.5 will be available at Foot Locker for 100 in mid-February. (Dime Magazine)
FBI on hand to find missing Cup clinching puck

Despite a 50,000 reward that is being offered by Grant DePorter and Harry Caray's Restaurant, the puck with which Patrick Kane scored the Stanley Cup clinching goal is still missing. DePorter received a puck from a seller in Philadelphia who claimed it was the Cup winner.

But with the help of the FBI, the puck was deemed an impostor. Using high-def, unedited footage from NBC New York, the Chicago offices of the FBI were able to zoom in on the puck and prove that is was not the actual one used in the game.

The FBI staff reportedly donated their time to solve the mystery. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Lysacek ranked among Business Week's 'Power 100'

Naperville native and Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek earned a place in Business Week magazine's "2011 Power 100." The list ranks America's sports figures based on achievements on and off the field.

He took the No. 82 after being un-ranked a year ago. According to the magazine, Lysacek earns around 2.5 million a year.

The magazine's No. 1 athlete for 2011 is Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning, who replaced Tiger Woods.

Derrick Rose dropped from last year's position as No. 83 to just barely making the cut this year at No. 99. (BusinessWeek)

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After loss to Mavs, Wade says Bulls 'keep putting (their) hand on the hot stove every day'

After loss to Mavs, Wade says Bulls 'keep putting (their) hand on the hot stove every day'

Dwyane Wade sounded every bit like a frustrated 35-year old father when talking about the repeated ills and so-called growing pains of his Bulls, as they surrendered yet another game against a sub-.500 team.

Sometimes it's the New York Knicks whom the Bulls are offering temporary refuge. Or maybe the Minnesota Timberwolves as they are all-too-generous to roll out the welcome mat for returning figures to Chicago.

Tuesday it was the Dallas Mavericks, the second-worst team in the Western Conference, who stormed into the United Center and escaped with a 99-98 win, courtesy of Wesley Matthews' triple with 11.7 seconds left followed by him locking down Jimmy Butler on the ensuing possession.

Wade was forced to take a contested 21-footer that went awry, but the Bulls' ills went far beyond the last two possessions, when the Mavericks exploited their strategy yet again.

"Either you learn the lesson or figure out," Wade said. "Keep putting your hand on the hot stove every day.

"We just gotta figure out not to put our hands on that stove. And understand when we come in the kitchen, that stove is hot, don't touch it. As I continue to say, this is a very young team and they have to play in these games and have to go through these moments. The one thing you want, whether it's this year or next year, is to not make the same mistakes."

The Bulls are apparently insistent on touching the stove and keep burning themselves, the most recent time with the confusion or the bad strategy in defending the Mavericks' final offensive possession.

Deron Williams found himself with Nikola Mirotic defending him off a switch from Jimmy Butler. Not the quickest afoot, Mirotic gave Williams an easy path to the basket and Wade was the backside help, not wanting to leave Matthews on the wing for a triple.

But with the bench commanding Wade to help, Williams easily found Matthews for an open 3 as Wade had no help for his man. With the Bulls up two, one could see how Wade didn't want to leave Matthews.

"I'll have to go back and watch, but it looks like Deron got downcourt, Wade went over to help and we didn’t rotate accordingly," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "We obviously need to do a better job of staying in front of the other end."

Mirotic was supposed to be brought back slowly in his return from strep throat, but he played the entire fourth quarter and 22 minutes overall, having lost eight pounds with his illness that had him miss four games.

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Their issues were game-long and have been seasonlong as the Mavericks were supposed to absorb a shellacking from a Bulls team that felt a 25-point beatdown in Texas last month.

Instead, they would've been happy with settling for an escape when Butler rose up over his college teammate Matthews for a 20-foot wing jumper with 22.8 seconds left.

Butler nearly added a triple-double and clutch moment to his growing resume with 24 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds but was dogged by Matthews all night, the defender who wouldn't give him airspace, went chest-to-chest and even earned a technical foul when he felt Butler exaggerated some contact in the third quarter.

"He took away my space, wouldn't let me get to my spot," Butler said of Matthews. "Good for him. I should've did something different."

Wade missed 13 of his 21 shots, scoring 17 with five rebounds on his 35th birthday

With scoring at a premium, Robin Lopez had a season-high 21 points being guarded by Dirk Nowitzki — and they were necessary considering the Bulls were without Taj Gibson (ankle injury) and Doug McDermott couldn't repeat his 30-point showing from Sunday in Memphis.

Rick Carlisle has long been regarded as one of the top strategic coaches, and though he doesn't have the usual personnel from the Mavericks' salad days, he had enough tricks up his sleeve to throw the Bulls off.

Six Mavericks scored in double figures, led by Harrison Barnes' 20 points and Seth Curry's 18, as Barnes, Matthews and Curry combined for eight triples — spreading the Bulls out and picking them apart defensively.

The Mavericks started Nowitzki at center, going to an almost all-small lineup. And though Lopez scored 14 points in the first half, trying to feed him seemed to take the Bulls out of it in the second half.

The energy was tardy to the party, as they shot just 41 percent in the first half but woke up a little in the third quarter — continuing their all-too familiar trend of half-hearted efforts against lesser teams.

And it looks like the ever-optimistic Wade is dishing out some realism, probably something that comes with the perspective of turning 35.

"You can't keep getting stressed out or frustrated. We've been going through this all year. We'll get back in in the morning.

"Once you realize who you are, you're better off. I sleep better at night. Once we want to be a better team and start winning games, we will. I'm not mad, I'm not frustrated, I'm not stressed. Just taking the hits."