Parker displays flair for the dramatic

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Parker displays flair for the dramatic

For the last three years at Simeon, Jabari Parker has shown hes an exceptional player on the court, and an even better person off it. But on Saturday night at the inaugural Chicago Elite Classic, the high school senior also showed a trait not many have seen: a flair for the dramatic, or as the kids like to call it, swag.
The 6-foot-8 Parker wasnt expected to play in Simeons 2012-13 season opener against Milton (GA) at the UIC Pavilion, but word began to circulate prior to tip-off that he would suit up, creating buzz in the arena as the estimated 5,000 fans in attendance realized they would get what they paid to see.
I wanted to play because I miss the game so much, said Parker who played 11 minutes and tallied six points and four rebounds in Simeons 56-35 victory. I just worried about myself for once and I felt like I missed the game and I wanted to get out there with the guys and begin my last year.
Parker had initially stated he wouldnt rush to get back on the court and allow his injured foot to heal on its own, but he obviously had a change of heart as game time neared. The decision to play was ultimately his call and Wolverines' head coach Robert Smith trusted his All-American when he said that he was ready to go.
When I got back to the hotel, Jabari said he wanted to go. So I thought about it and called his parents and they were fine with it; so I let him get out there and play, Smith said.
The excitement of Parkers return to the court for the first time since July wasnt just limited to the fans in the stands. His teammates were pretty happy about it as well.
It was exciting. We actually found out an hour before the game that he was going to play, sophomore standout D.J. Williams, who led the Wolverines with 12 points, said. He talked to coach Rob about it, then the rumor got out and thats what got us hyped for the game, that Jabari was going to play.
Said teammate Kendrick Nunn who scored 11 points in the opener, including being on the receiving end of some high-flying, alley-oop dunks, We were excited at the hotel when we found out Jabari was going to play. I didnt think he wanted to miss the beginning of the season and I know he just wanted to be here for the team.
When asked to assess his performance, Parker who is about 15 to 20 pounds above his playing weight was brutally honest.
Id give myself a D; close to an F, he said of his play. I just wanted to get a feel on the floor and that was the most important thing. My body felt good. I was surprised I wasnt as winded I wasnt gasping for air. I was alright and the foot feels alright.
To protect his injured foot, for the game, Jabari wore LeBron James latest signature shoe from Nike an event sponsor the LeBron X which has superior cushioning all its own.
In addition to that, he also wore specialized insoles to help prevent any chance of reinjury.
I had my orthotics in which were built for high-impact, explained Parker. They help because my foot isnt as loose and I am worried about my feet right now."
When asked how he felt physically after playing full-court basketball for the first time in five months, Parker jokingly stated, Im probably going to sleep like 12 hours tonight. My body is like an old man. Sunday my back is probably going to be aching and Ill need an ice bath.

Honda Road Ahead: Bulls continue playoff push against Cavaliers, Hawks

Honda Road Ahead: Bulls continue playoff push against Cavaliers, Hawks

Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue break down the Bulls' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Bulls Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

TNT Bulls are back this week as the team heads into a crucial stretch. 

Currently, the Bulls sit half a game back of the Miami Heat for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and with just eight games remaining on the schedule, each contest is essentially a must-win. 

So, yes, Thursday would be a great time for Jimmy Butler and company to summon their TNT alter ego. The Bulls have sealed 18 straight victories when playing on TNT Thursday, an improbable feat considering those games are usually reserved for two of the NBA's best. 

To continue that run, they'll have to down Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are also fighting for playoff positioning -- albeit at the top of the conference. Good thing the Bulls have a tendency to get up for big games. 

"The Bulls play up and down to their competition," Bulls Pregame and Postgame analyst Kendall Gill said. "They've been doing that the whole season." 

After Cleveland, the Bulls get set to battle another playoff squad, the Atlanta Hawks. 

Watch the video above to see Schanowski, Gill and Perdue break down the matchups. 

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson's foot could keep him out until late May

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson's foot could keep him out until late May

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Charlie Tilson will spend another three weeks in a walking boot and is likely out until at least the end of May.

The White Sox outfielder has been wearing the boot ever since he re-aggravated a stress reaction in his right foot earlier this month. Tilson is also rehabbing a torn hamstring that required surgery last August and ended his 2016 season early.

The White Sox later downed the San Francisco Giants 4-3 at Camelback Ranch. Catcher Roberto Pena had a two-out, two-run single in the ninth.

“It’s likely going to be a little bit of a process from there,” Tilson said. “One of those things you have to listen to your body. Like I said, it may take more time than I would like. But the ultimate goal is to be sustainable and get myself back to where I need to be.”

The White Sox top options for center field remain veteran Peter Bourjos and prospect Jacob May. They also could use Leury Garcia in center, manager Rick Renteria said.

Center field is one of several open roster battles with only three full days to go in camp. The team is off on Thursday before playing a pair of exhibition games at Milwaukee on Friday and Saturday.

“We’ll figure it out, and it could be in the next couple of days,” Renteria said. “We just have to allow it to play out and then make a determination at that point.”

The White Sox also have two spots up for grabs in the back of the bullpen. Michael Ynoa, who is out of options, non-roster invitees Anthony Swarzak, Cory Luebke and Matt Purke, and rookie Zack Burdi are vying for jobs. Rookie Juan Minaya is likely to start the season on the disabled list.

Rule 5 draftee Dylan Covey, who pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings on Saturday, could figure into the team’s plans even more if Carlos Rodon starts the season on the disabled list. Covey is expected to start for the White Sox on Wednesday against the San Diego Padres.

Sunday’s starter James Shields said he’s ready for the regular season after throwing five innings. Shields allowed three earned runs and eight hits, walked three and struck out two.

He finished the Cactus League with a 3.45 ERA in 15 2/3 innings.

“Overall I felt good and I’m ready to move on,” Shields said. “These last couple outings I’ve been trying to work on my two-seam fastball. Today it was a little erratic, but overall felt pretty good.”

Nate Jones struck out two in a scoreless inning pitched. David Robertson, Blake Smith and Dan Jennings also pitched a scoreless inning.

Jose Abreu doubled and walked in four trips. Melky Cabrera singled twice in three trips.