Former Bull Sefolosha grateful for opportunity in OKC

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Former Bull Sefolosha grateful for opportunity in OKC

It's not always the case in sports for trades to work out well for all parties involved. But the Bulls' move to deal Thabo Sefolosha to Oklahoma City for a first-round draft pick in 2009 represented one of those happy-all-around transactions.

Sefolosha was blocked on the Bulls' depth chart by the likes of Larry Hughes, Ben Gordon and Kirk Hinrich during his 2 12 seasons in Chicago. The No. 13 overall pick in 2006 who was immediately dealt to the Bulls from Philadelphia wasn't able to break through, starting 40 games from 2006-2009.

He's become an unsung hero of Oklahoma City, though, tenaciously guarding the top backcourt players of Miami, San Antonio, Los Angeles and Dallas as the Thunder have rolled into the NBA Finals.

"In Chicago, my position was pretty stacked," Sefolosha explained to the Chicago Sun-Times. "So I was happy to move out of Chicago. But at the same time, I was thankful for what they did drafting me and giving me an opportunity there. And trading me to a team that had a bright future."

The Bulls used the pick they acquired for Sefolosha to select Taj Gibson in the 2009 NBA Draft. That wraps it up as being a pretty successful trade for everyone.

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Riding the Metra with five-time major champion Phil Mickelson

Riding the Metra with five-time major champion Phil Mickelson

Five time major champion, Phil Mickelson, was in Chicago on Monday to promote the KPMG Women's PGA championship.

Mickelson took a 45-minute CTA train ride from Millennium Station to Olympia Fields CC, demonstrating how hassle free it is to get to the event.

While on the train, CSN's Pat Boyle interviewed Mickelson. They discussed Phil skipping the US Open, Tiger's dash cam video and how difficult the decision was for Mickelson to part with his longtime caddy, Jim "Bones" Mackay.

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