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Boozer named player of the week

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Boozer named player of the week

DEERFIELD, ILL.Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer was named Eastern Conference player of the week, the league announced Monday.

Last week Boozer averaged 23 points, which was fourth in the East, as well as a league-leading 14.8 rebounds.

He had his best scoring night in a Bulls uniform with a 36-point outing in the teams overtime win Wednesday in Toronto and a season-high in rebounds, 20, in Fridays overtime win in Boston.

Oklahoma Citys Kevin Durant, the three-time league reigning scoring champion, was named the Western Conference player of the week.

Durant scored a career-high 52 points, the best single-game effort in the NBA this season, in the Thunders win Thursday over Dallas.

Gibson to address fans on holiday

Bulls reserve Taj Gibson will address United Center fans at Mondays game against the Lakers, which takes place on the Martin Luther King holiday.

Of course its going to be special. Its Martin Luther King Day, I get to talk and not only that, we get to play the Lakers on national television, said Gibson, who noted that he didnt know exactly what he would say yet, when asked after the teams morning shootaround at the United Center. I just remember all the sacrifices King endured for a lot of people across this country. Not a day goes by when you dont think about all the struggles that him and all the people before us went through. Tonight is real special. This whole day is real special.

Former Bulls guard named Suns interim head coach

Lindsey Hunter, who last played for the Bulls in the 2009-10 season, was named Phoenixs interim head coach Sunday, following the Suns mutually parting ways with Alvin Gentry last week.

Hunter, who won championships with the Lakers and Pistons during his 17-year playing career, was promoted from his role as player development coordinator.

Bears cornerback Marcus Cooper turned in maybe the worst gaffe in the NFL this season

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Bears cornerback Marcus Cooper turned in maybe the worst gaffe in the NFL this season

Sherrick McManis blocked a field goal and Marcus Cooper picked the ball up with nothing but green grass ahead of him on his way to the end zone. 

Then, for some reason, Cooper eased up a few yards from the end zone. What happened next was straight out of a Leon Lett highlight reel: Vance McDonald hit Cooper from behind, leading to Cooper fumbling the ball and it being batted out of the end zone for a penalty. The Steelers went to the locker room, then had to come back out for an untimed down from the one-yard line. After Charles Leno was whistled for a false start, the Bears kicked a field goal.

So Cooper cost the Bears four points. But...why? What was he doing? 

George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

George McCaskey, Bears release statement on Trump comments

About an hour and 40 minutes before the Bears kicked off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Bears chairman George H. McCaskey released a statement following President Trump's comments about the NFL and National Anthem protests over the weekend:

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told CBS his team will remain in the locker room and will not participate in the National Anthem before Sunday's game.

A number of players knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner prior to Sunday morning's Baltimore Ravens-Jacksonville Jaguars game at Wembley Stadium in London, and Jaguars owner Shad Khan locked arms with his players during the anthem. 

Other NFL owners released statements on the Trump comments over the weekend, too: