Comcast SportsNet celebrates Black History Month

Comcast SportsNet celebrates Black History Month

COMCAST SPORTSNET CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Chicago, IL (January 26, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, celebrates Black History Month in February with four special feature stories highlighting prominent African-American athletes, teams and sports moments that will air every Sunday night in February on SportsNet Central presented by GMC at 10:30 PM. In addition, Comcast SportsNets newly-enhanced website CSNChicago.com will provide a pair of profile feature stories on two of Chicagos greatest basketball icons. Comcast SportsNet celebrates Black History Month is presented by the U.S. Marines.

Beginning Sunday, February 5 and airing every Sunday night in February at 10:30 PM on SportsNet Central presented by GMC, Comcast SportsNet celebrates Black History Month will present a new feature story highlighting the tremendous impact African-Americans had on the sporting world from a local perspective. CSNChicago.com will also make each feature story video available for viewing immediately after they air on Comcast SportsNet. Note the following Black History Month feature stories and air dates:

AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN HOCKEY (Sunday, February 5 at 10:30 PM): Well chronicle the history of African-American participation in the sport of hockey, which will feature interviews with current African-American standouts in the NHL today, including Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery and Philadelphia Flyers RW Wayne Simmonds.

1971-72 THORNRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAM (Sunday, February 12 at 10:30 PM): Arguably the greatest Boys Basketball team the history of Illinois high school athletics. The Thornridge High School Falcons in Dolton, IL, led by Chicago-area basketball legend Quinn Buckner, won back-to-back state titles in 1971 & 1972losing only one game in those two seasons. Buckner, who won a national collegiate title with Indiana in 1976 and an NBA title in 1984 with the Boston Celtics, discusses the amazing run of that remarkable high school team.
MAC IRVIN (Sunday, February 19 at 10:30 PM): The Godfather of Chicago basketball, who passed away at the age of 74 this past December, was instrumental in the development of numerous NBA stars (including Kobe Bryant, Shawn Marion, Shaquille ONeal, Antoine Walker and Tim Hardaway) through his successful AAU program. His sons have carried on his legacy giving back to the basketball world, but his influence continues to carry far beyond his family. (NOTE: CSNChicago.com Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam will also pen an additional original feature story on the extraordinary life of Mac Irvin.)

FRED MITCHELL (Sunday, February 26 at 10:30 PM): A true gentleman in every sense of the word, Fred Mitchell was the first African-American sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune. His brilliant athletic career as a record-setting place-kicker at Wittenberg University, along with his decades-long devotion to helping those in need in the community, earned Mitchell a national collegiate football award being named after him: The Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award. Well take a look back at his life covering the stories that have changed the local sports scene, while examining the changes of African-Americans working in the media.

In addition to the Mac Irvin feature, CSNChicago.coms Aggrey Sam will feature an additional, original Black History Month themed feature story on yet another local basketball icon, Lloyd Walton:

LLOYD WALTON: A Mt. Carmel H.S. and Marquette University superstar whose brilliant mind and drive to help others earned him a Masters degree following his brief stint in the NBA. Walton will also be receiving his Doctorate later this year. Hes currently the NBPAs Midwest coordinator for the Rookie Transition program who advises players throughout the league on a variety along with being a standout motivational speaker.

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks win, Jimmy Butler starts All-Star Game

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks win, Jimmy Butler starts All-Star Game

Here are some of Sunday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Jimmy Butler: 'Hopefully I’m not going to get traded'

Patrick Kane leads Blackhawks to win in Buffalo homecoming

What Joe Maddon wants to see next from Javier Baez

Jose Abreu ready for 2017 after season full of 'different challenges'

Wojnarowski: Bulls-Celtics Jimmy Butler trade talks 'will loom over the entire week'

After surreal offseason, Ben Zobrist comes to Cubs camp in style as World Series MVP

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson out at least 10 days with foot injury

Fire score five goals for fourth preseason win

Simeon beats rival Morgan Park for city championship

Former Northwestern football player Torri Stuckey now focuses on helping others

Jimmy Butler: 'Hopefully I’m not going to get traded'

Jimmy Butler: 'Hopefully I’m not going to get traded'

NEW ORLEANS — Every All-Star isn’t created equal, even by the slimmest of margins as the best 24 NBA players take their turn on the midseason stage.

So Jimmy Butler being announced among the first five as an All-Star starter had to represent some form of validation, now that he’s not a novice at the whole experience and he’s able to go through the motions of the hectic weekend without breaking much of a sweat.

But despite being a three-time All-Star and routinely mentioned as one of the game’s top 15 players or even top 10, he can’t shake the trade rumors that have seemed to follow him since this time last season.

As he finished up his All-Star experience at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, clarity was nowhere to be found—although heading to some tropical island for a couple days to actually unwind with clear water and warm air seemed to be the best therapy if he’s stressed by the uncertainty of the next few days.

“What’s Thursday? Oh, trade deadline,” Butler said. “I don’t know. I don’t know. Am I anxious? Come on, man. I don’t worry about it. It don’t bother or scare me none.”

“Hopefully I’m not going to get traded but I don’t know. I don’t control that. Control what I can control, like going on vacation.”

Surely it has to be frustrating for a guy who’s elevated his game yet again, averaging 24.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.8 steals for the Bulls in 51 games. But he refuses to let it damper his All-Star spirits, playing with some of the best players in the world and a few guys he calls friends, like DeAndre Jordan and Kevin Durant.

“Not for me,” said Butler of the potential stress. “Not saying I’m untradeable but I don’t think about that. If I’m not in a Bulls uniform, I’ll give you a hug and say goodbye to you.”

Moments after Butler made his statement in the media room, the floodgates opened for the trade market as fellow Olympian DeMarcus Cousins was traded from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans for what seemed to be mere fodder, pennies on the dollar for the most talented center in the NBA.

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While Cousins is far more of a handful than Butler could be, the trade almost signals a consistent truth that always bears repeating—that short of a select few, anybody can be traded.

Even a franchise altering talent like Cousins, who was traded to the city he was physically in for All-Star weekend, and included in the package of players was a guy who hit him in the groin last week (Buddy Hield), resulting in a Cousins outburst and ejection.

Butler has made his name with the Bulls, although not necessarily on the All-Star stage, a player who values defense and doesn’t have as much flash as some of the game’s shinier players.

With a six-point outing in 20 minutes, Butler was an on-court afterthought despite being a starter for the first time.

“Six? Should’ve gone for eight,” he sarcastically deadpanned.

In a relatively jovial mood through the weekend, Butler joked about the talk surrounding him and tried to brush it off as mere chatter as opposed to the franchise not seeing enough in him to make a firm commitment for the long-term, as the Boston Celtics are always hovering.

League sources expect the Celtics to engage the Bulls in conversations for the next few days, but nobody has a great feel for what either side is truly looking for.

But as Butler insisted, he’s only controlling what he can control, which is making himself a fixture for All-Star games to come as opposed to some of the first-timers who don’t know if they’ll get back here again.

“I think I got two underneath my belt,” Butler said. “I know what they’re feeling the first time, It’s so surreal like maybe I do belong here. That’s how I was thinking. Now it’s how do I get here every year? I think that’s the fun part, that’s the challenge. A lot of those guys have done it 10-plus years, hopefully I’m one.”

The only question seems to be, which uniform will it be in because the crazy season has begun.