Bulls' Robinson, Radmanovic excited about NBA's potential return to Seattle

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Bulls' Robinson, Radmanovic excited about NBA's potential return to Seattle

With reports that the Sacramento Kings could sell their franchise to a Seattle-based ownership group in the near future, two Bulls in particular were especially pleased with the news.

Seattle native Nate Robinson and Vladimir Radmanovic, a member of the SuperSonics the name of Seattles franchise until its 2008 move to Oklahoma City for the first five seasons of his career, shared their enthusiasm about professional basketball returning to the city.

For our city, its big-time. Theyve been waiting for that for a few years now and the fans pretty much got their prayers answered, so for me, of course Im happy, just because my familys out there. My kids love to watch me play basketball, so going back home for me, Ill be ecstatic, said Robinson, who grew up in Seattle, is the son of a former Seattle Seahawks football player and attended the University of Washington, which is located in Seattle. I went to Gary Paytons basketball camps, Shawn Kemps basketball camps, Detlef Schrempf, I did it all, so I grew up a big Sonic fan and Im happy theyre back.

I was kind of ticked off when the Sonics moved, but it happens. But be patient and now look, were back, added the Bulls backup point guard, who admitted that while he rooted for the Sonics in the 1996 NBA Finals, he wasnt heartbroken when they lost to the Bulls, due to being a Michael Jordan fan. They have to give the franchise back its original name, which was ceded by Oklahoma Citys ownership. Thats a must. It wouldnt be the same. Seattle Kings? No way. The city wouldnt let that happen.

Radmanovic chimed in: Im excited. Im glad they got the team back. That town deserves to have a basketball team and Im sure theyll make the best out of it.

It was great. I was lucky enough to be there with some great players and we had some success. Not as good as we wanted to be, but we had a lot of support from the people in Seattle, continued the seldom-used reserve, who had perhaps the best years of his career with the Sonics, playing alongside the likes of Ray Allen on the organizations last playoff team in Seattle. That was a little disappointing, knowing that Seattle had a great fanbase already and to take away a team from them was a bad thing to do, in my opinion. But obviously, not many people from Sacramento are going to be happy about taking a team from Sacramento, so thats how it goes.

Even Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau seemed pleased about the potential move, saying before Wednesday nights game, Its a great basketball city and I dont want to speculate on teams being sold until it happens, but Seattle itself is a great city and I think it would be great for the league, so hopefully, at some point, there will be a team there again.

PHOTO: Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose reunite at Cubs-Dodgers game

PHOTO: Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose reunite at Cubs-Dodgers game

Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose may not be teammates anymore, but that didn't stop them from catching up on the west coast while watching a familiar Chicago team.

The former set of Bulls teammates happened to bump into each other at the Cubs-Dodgers game on Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, where they both work out in the offseason.

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Rose and Butler likely haven't seen each other since the trade that sent Rose to the New York Knicks over the summer.

Butler shared the picture on his Instagram with Rose and his son P.J., capturing a cool moment after speculation of a reported rift during their time together in Chicago never seemed to go away:

three cats at a cubs and dodgers game.

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Dwyane Wade's cousin shot and killed in Chicago

Dwyane Wade's cousin shot and killed in Chicago

On Thursday, Dwyane Wade appeared on an ESPN special for The Undefeated to talk about gun violence. The next day, Wade's cousin was shot and killed in Chicago.

Nykea Aldridge was pushing a baby stroller in the Chicago neighborhood of Parkway Gardens when she was shot and killed. Aldridge was 32 and a mother of four.

Police said she was not the intended target and one person was taken into custody as a result of the incident.

Wade's words during his appearance on the ESPN panel took on extra meaning after Friday's shooting.

"It's important for all of us to help each other, to go back and say 'You know what, where did this start, how did this start? Let's see how we can change there,'" Wade said on ESPN. "It's deep-rooted and this is something that didn't start today. This is something that's not going to end tomorrow. But this is something that we can start a conversation, we can start the work today and hopefully eventually we can stop it."

Wade tweeted after the shooting.

Windy City Bulls fill out roster in D-League expansion draft

Windy City Bulls fill out roster in D-League expansion draft

The Windy City Bulls are beginning to feel more like a real team.

On Wednesday, the Chicago Bulls' new NBA D-League franchise that will play games in Hoffman Estates beginning this season participated in the league's expansion draft.

As one of three new expansion teams joining the NBA D-League this season, the Windy City Bulls were allowed to select 12 players from the other 19 teams in the league. Each returning D-League team was allowed to protect the rights to 10 players on each roster with two players being available to the Bulls, Long Island Nets and Greensboro Swarm.

The Bulls acquired the rights to 12 players as here's the rundown of who they selected.

Round 1: Wesley Saunders, G/F, Harvard (Austin Spurs)
Round 2: Kiwi Gardner, G, Midland College (Santa Cruz Warriors)
Round 3: Ralph Sampson III, C, Minnesota (Maine Red Claws)
Round 4: Booker Woodfox, G, Creighton (Texas Legends)
Round 5: Jerel McNeal, G, Marquette (Northern Arizona Suns)
Round 6: Akeem Richmond, G, East Carolina (Reno Bighorns)
Round 7: Casey Prather, G/F, Florida (Northern Arizona Suns)
Round 8: Jon Octeus, G, Purdue (Canton Charge)
Round 9: Justin Dentmon, G, Washington (Texas Legends)
Round 10: Jamal Jones, F, Texas A&M (Delaware 87ers)
Round 11: Xavier Thames, G, San Diego State (Fort Wayne Mad Ants)
Round 12: Ian Chiles, C, Morgan State (Salt Lake City Stars)

It's important to note that although the Bulls have the rights to these 12 players for two seasons that many of them might never suit up for the team. Many players from this expansion draft group will head overseas to pursue professional opportunities there. If they do end up signing a D-League contract, the Bulls will have right of first refusal, giving the Bulls rights to these players for two seasons.

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Among the notables picked by the Bulls include the 5-foot-7 Gardner, who has had a successful D-League stint in the past as well as some experience in the Saudi Premier League. Local college hoops fans will probably recognize the 6-foot-3 McNeal from his days at Marquette where he played for one season with Bulls star Jimmy Butler. McNeal also has more NBA experience than anyone on the expansion list as he most recently finished out the 2014-15 season with the Phoenix Suns. Former Washington product Justin Dentmon is also a native of Carbondale as the 6-foot-0 guard helped Carbondale High School to a fourth-place finish in the 2004 IHSA Class AA state basketball tournament.

Windy City will tip off the season with a home opener at Sears Centre on Friday, Nov. 11. The 2016-17 D-League schedule was released earlier this week as Windy City will have 24 home games, including 16 that will be played on Friday or Saturday night. 

While the Windy City roster will look very different from this expansion draft list, the Windy City Bulls should help the main Bulls franchise develop young talent in a nearby location as it will be the start of a very intriguing dynamic.