Word on the Street: Rodman is a Hall of Fame finalist

Word on the Street: Rodman is a Hall of Fame finalist

Friday, Feb. 18, 2011
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Rodman announced Hall of Fame finalist

Former Bulls forward Dennis Rodman was among 12 finalists announced for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Rodman won five NBA titles with the Bulls and the Detroit Pistons. Head Coach Dick Motta and assistant Tex Winter were also announced to the list.

Those elected to the Hall of Fame will be introduced April 3 at the men's Final Four in Houston. (Chicago Breaking Sports)

Hawks under most pressure?

Chicago is one of eight teams that will be playing during Hockey Day in America on Sunday, but according to ProHockeyTalk, they will be the team under the most pressure.

James O'Brien says that the Hawks have to deal with being the defending champs, they're playing a game they should win (against an undermanned team at home), and they'll know the outcome of the Minnesota vs. Detroit game. (ProHockeyTalk)

Bears sign McGee to 2-year contract

It looks like Richmond McGee will be staying in Chicago for a few more seasons. The Chicago Bears signed punter McGee to a two-year contract.

McGee spent parts of 2010 regular season on the Bears practice squad after spending the 2009 preseason and part of the 2010 off season with Chicago. (ChicagoBears.com)

Rose kicks his MVP campaign into high gear

Kurt Helin will be the first to tell you that he was not always convinced Derrick Rose should be a leader in the MVP discussions. But he said that during last night's game against the Spurs Rose looked like an MVP.

"He was 18-for-28 shooting, but he was dishing as well and had 8 dimes. He just controlled this game. The Spurs had no answer." (ProBasketballTalk)

Hawks miss out on Mark Stuart

Yesterday the Blackhawks were considered "close to acquiring defenseman Mark Stuart from Boston." Well, Stuart won't be coming to Chicago for a while now. Boston and the Atlanta Thrashers worked out a deal involving the defenseman going to Atlanta in exchange for forward Rich Peverley and defenseman Boris Valabik. (ProHockeyTalk)

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Fast Break Morning Update: Where do Bulls stand as trade deadline looms?

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Bulls' Jimmy Butler mum on trade talk as deadline approaches

Bulls' Jimmy Butler mum on trade talk as deadline approaches

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.”