Korver an assist man away from the game

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Korver an assist man away from the game

Bulls sharpshooter Kyle Korvers annual winter coat drive, which took place at the United Center prior to Saturdays home win over the Bobcats, seems like a nice gesture, the type of thing people will remember. But while the initiative, which benefited Victor Herbert Elementary School and the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls fans who donated either a new childrens coat or at least 15 were entitled to meet Korver afterwards and get an autograph got more visibility because of its timing, charitable work is just the norm for the swingman.

In past his past NBA stops, Philadelphia and Utah, Korver put his stamp on the community through his organization, the Kyle Korver Foundation. While with the Sixers, Korver was known for his work with youth in impoverished sections of North Philadelphia, and when he played for the Jazz, the three-point specialist was active in work with the handicapped community of Salt Lake City.

In Chicago, however, Korver has taken a different approach. Instead of starting entirely new initiatives, his foundation has mostly partnered with local organizations and enhanced ongoing efforts.

Well, we havent started our own initiative or anything, like we did in the other cities, but we found some really great organizations and weve partnered with them. Theres this school called Brown Elementary and its right over by the United Center, and weve done several things with them, partnering with a local church Soul City in the West Loop and also just some other random people, he told CSNChicago.com recently. We helped put together a couple Christmas stores, where we got a whole bunch of things donated, bought a bunch of things and let the families from that school come and buy all their Christmas presents, but a really discounted rate. So, you could buy a pair of Chuck Taylors Korver is an endorser for Converse for like two bucks, stuff like that. So, they still come, they still buy their stuff, but then we took the money and donated it to the school, too, and started a little art program, built a parents lounge, trying to get the parents more involved in the school and weve got a couple other projects weve been helping out with, with them.

Theres an organization called Breakthrough, which is also on the West Side. Its a great organization. Weve done several things with them, partnered with them in this thing called The Hunt, in like a month or two. Its basically a big scavenger hunt, sending people all over the place, raising money for Breakthrough and awareness, and things like that. It ends up in Wrigley Field, Korver continued. Klayton Korvers younger brother is working on a bunch of stuff. Were helping put together some concerts and selling our clothing line Seer, so weve got a bunch of these things going on. We havent found that one thing that were really angling for, like we did in the other cities because Im kind of waiting for the right opportunity.

But whether in Chicago or elsewhere, the devoutly religious Korver, who got married over the summer, believes he can always give back to the less fortunate.

People have been great. I think playing all across the country, theres people everywhere that want to do good things. I think lots of times, they dont know how to get involved or what to do. I think one of the biggest things that we try to do is just find ways to get a lot of people involved and partnering with people who already have great things going, and try to help them, but overall, theres good people everywhere. Youve just got to find them, he said. I think its just a part of my faith. Its just a big part of who I want to be. I feel like Gods given me a great platform and a lot of gifts, a lot of opportunities and you just try to take advantage of them. Its justtry to live out the Golden Rule.

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NEW ORLEANS—The trade talk is swirling and unavoidable, as it’ll be a topic of discussion through All-Star weekend as Jimmy Butler enters his third All-Star weekend and first as a starter.

Certainly not the only one who has to deal with such a thing, as Carmelo Anthony has a bigger mess on his hands with the Knicks and Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins is always mentioned as being in the periphery of changing addresses.

In his true politically-correct mode, Butler couldn’t decide if the constant trade talk was a compliment, a distraction or none of the above.

“I don’t know. I think that as long as somebody is reading, talking about something it makes for a great story,” Butler said at All-Star availability in New Orleans Friday afternoon. “I don’t know if I deserve to be traded? I don’t know. It’s not my job. It’s my job to play basketball to the best of my abilities.”

He took slight umbrage to the notion that the Bulls were a better team when Butler got there and before he emerged as an All-Star player compared to them hovering around .500 for the last two seasons.

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“So I should get worse and the team will be better?” he queried.

But there is a big school of thought that the return on a Butler trade will be better for the Bulls in the long run, as if he’s holding the development of the franchise back with his play.

The Boston Celtics are Butler’s biggest suitor but certainly haven’t put all their resources to the center of the table, leaving Butler dangling in a sense. A reporter who worked for the Celtics brought up the emergence of Isaiah Thomas, the NBA’s leading scorer, and called Thomas “a teammate” of Butler’s.

Knowing how the comment would be taken if it wasn’t corrected, Butler said Thomas was his teammate “this weekend” and not trying to speak any speculation into existence.

Although he spoke glowingly of Thomas when prompted, he wasn’t going to give any conversation any more real estate than necessary. He hears enough trade talk on the regular and it’s hard for even the best person to tune it out.

“I don’t pay attention to it. Obviously it comes up. Control what you can control,” Butler said. “You can’t control what people write, what people think should happen. Majority of the time, it doesn’t happen. Sometimes it does, majority of the time it doesn’t.”