Bulls aim to clean up turnover issues

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Bulls aim to clean up turnover issues

When observers look at the past two games for the Bulls, they might wonder why it would take an overtime period to relinquish the Pistons on Sunday and -- even with Derrick Rose and Luol Deng out on Monday -- how it's possible to lose to the Wizards, two teams with less combined wins than the Bulls' 46?

That Kevin Seraphin, he came out of nowhere, said Kyle Korver. Hes a good player, a big boy, heavy and strong boy. They just kind of beat us up down low.

Korver was referring to the Wizards second-year forward after his 21-point, 13-rebound and five blocks were key to Washingtons dominance over Chicago with a 48-22 edge in points in the paint.

Turnovers in particular have hurt the Bulls the past three games as theyre averaging 17 in that span. They gave away that amount on Wednesday and it helped the Wizards to 20 fast break points, while they could only muster two points in the open court.

We have to play a lot better, said Coach Tom Thibodeau. That part is on me. I have to get the team to play well, we have more than enough to win with. We didnt do our job tonight, I didnt do my job. It starts with me. I have to have them ready.

Added Korver: What makes us a good team is were a lot of pieces that fit really well together and we all bring something different and we all just need to do our jobs and do whatever it is that we do. They played a lot harder than we did tonight and that was the bottom line. They got a lot of guys who are playing for their careers and it just goes to show in the NBA you can win any night, you can lose any night.

We dont need to coast until the end of the season, we just have to win our games, he continued. Lets go win them. we can win them. We can win every single one. We have to get healthy, we have to get some timing, guys are beat up but we can. After the New York game on April 8, it was like the world is crashing down on us, then we won two big games and everything was amazing. We just have to get back to playing good basketball.

The Bulls seem to also fall into lulls during the game before picking up their intensity towards the end. That was on display in Sundays overtime win in Detroit and again vs. Washington -- only this time, their late push fell just short.

To be honest, thats the way weve been playing, said Thibodeau. That edge and that sense of urgency has to be there at the start of the game. Were scrambling at the end and executing well at the end, but thats not the way you win. Youre not going to be consistent by doing that.

As angry and disgusted as Thibodeau was after Mondays loss, Wednesdays game against the Charlotte Bobcats is the perfect matchup for a bounce-back performance foucing on correcting the mistakes that have plagued the team recently.

I think we just try to get a little too cute with the ball, said Korver. I think sometimes, its fun to make the pass that gets the assists and sometimes you just have to swing the ball and I think were making too many assist passes instead of making the easy play.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Jose Quintana trade rumors and SoxFest preview

White Sox Talk Podcast: Jose Quintana trade rumors and SoxFest preview

When will a possible Jose Quintana trade go from a watch to a warning?

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For Tom Rees, coaching gig at Notre Dame always seemed like an inevitability

For Tom Rees, coaching gig at Notre Dame always seemed like an inevitability

The last time Tom Rees played a game for Notre Dame, he was still known as Tommy Rees — but his coach put forth an offer that didn't come as a surprise to anyone in the press room at Yankee Stadium. 

"I'm a Tommy Rees fan for life," Kelly said after Notre Dame's 2013 Pinstripe Bowl win over Rutgers. "… He'll keep trying to play the game as long as he can. But I told him, he's got a bright future as a graduate assistant for Brian Kelly anytime."

Rees is joining Notre Dame as a full-time quarterbacks coach, not just as a coach-in-training graduate assistant role. The 24-year-old — whose father, Bill, has held a number of scouting roles in the NFL — only has two coaching stops on his resume, a graduate assistant role at Northwestern in 2015 and an offensive assistant job with the San Diego Chargers last year. But his lack of experience is more than made up for by the simple fact that, while at Notre Dame from 2010-2013, there was a well-established belief held by coaches and teammates that one day the Lake Bluff, Ill. native one day would coach in some capacity. 

"I'm very excited to have Tom join our staff," Kelly said in a statement Tuesday. "He possesses an understanding of the game, and most importantly the quarterback position, that's unique. He's a true student of the game and great communicator that will offer immediate dividends toward guiding our quarterback room.

"As a former quarterback at Notre Dame, Tom also has a rare ability to truly relate with the quarterbacks on our roster. He's literally sat in their seat, dealt with the ups and downs, faced the criticism, deflected the praise, and all that comes with playing the position at Notre Dame. He can genuinely mentor them — not only on the football field, but in the classroom and the community as well."

Rees effectively became a player/coach in 2012, when a July arrest for resisting law enforcement and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor led to a one-game suspension that knocked him out of what was a four-person competition to be the team's starting quarterback. Everett Golson ultimately emerged from that fray, but Rees was a fixture as both a mentor to and a replacement for the redshirt freshman as the Irish rolled to the BCS Championship with an undefeated regular season record. 

Consider what Rees said about his relationship with Golson prior to the 2013 BCS Championship:

"There'd be a couple late night discussions," Rees said. "He'd ask me what I thought he needed to improve on, you know, don't hold anything back. And I told him the truth sometimes -- I told him the truth all the time, sometimes it wasn't what he wanted to hear. But any way I could help, and I've had a lot of fun working with him."

Rees' playing time that year was important, yet sporadic. So during the week and from the sidelines, he took more of a coach's point of view with the Irish offense, which teammates said was beneficial when he took over the starting job again in 2013 follow Golson's academic suspension. 

"Not being a stating quarterback, it's sort of pushed him to become more of a leader and more of a coach," former offensive lineman Chris Watt said before the 2013 season. "I think that helped him see the game a little bit differently than before." 

Rees will be primarily tasked with grooming redshirt sophomore Brandon Wimbush, a guy who some around the program thought was the most talented quarterback on Notre Dame's roster the last few years. Of course, Wimbush's offensive knowledge wasn't near the level possessed by Malik Zaire or DeShone Kizer, but his throwing and running ability are both mouth-watering traits that Rees will have a chance to mold.

That Rees is getting his coaching start in his mid-20's isn't particularly surprising. In many ways, has always been on track for this role, and maybe more (think offensive coordinator).

"When I finished my playing career and graduated from Notre Dame, I wanted to do two things," Rees said Tuesday. "First, I wanted to coach, and second, at some point in my career I hoped to get an opportunity to return and do it at my alma mater. I didn't know when or if this opportunity might present itself, but I'm so grateful and honored that it did. I'm ready to get things rolling with this great staff and group of student-athletes."