Slaughter suspended; Young on probation


Slaughter suspended; Young on probation

Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
1:32 p.m.By Michael O'Brien
Young coach Tyrone Slaughter has been suspended from all coachingactivities until Feb. 14, according to IHSA Executive Director MartyHickman. Young is also on probation until Jan. 1, 2012. Thepenalties are the result of the IHSA's investigation into Young's boysbasketball practice at Burr Ridge Middle School on Nov. 12, 2010. Slaughter is suspended from all team events, including contact with players and coaches.
Thiswas not an event that came together at a moments notice, Hickman saidin a statement. Youngs basketball program had ample time to seekclearance from its athletic administration, high school administrationor from the IHSA. Had they done so, they would have been notified thata practice of this nature violates the IHSA Recruiting Bylaws,specifically 3.071 and 3.073.
The practice was first revealed in the Sun-Times on Dec. 9.Slaughterconfirmedthat the practice happened, but didn't give a specific reason why.According to the IHSA media release, Young had a conflict at its campusgym on Nov. 12 and practiced at Burr Ridge Middle School on the way toa team event. "It's not against the rules," Slaughter said. "There is no rule against it. There is nothing."Burr Ridge Middle School Principal Julie Bartell said the practice was "an opportunity for our students."Thispractice violated the IHSA recruiting by-laws and would have done soeven if none of the attendees were basketball players, added Hickman.The fact Whitney Young traveled some 20 miles from its campus toconduct a practice, with an audience which was made up almostexclusively of middle school basketball players was especiallytroubling. A schools administration can market its programs, but ithas to be done in the overall context of the schools academic andextracurricular programs. This event was conducted by the coach andonly provided the attendees with the opportunity to learn about WhitneyYoungs boys basketball program.With that said, we did not find evidence that any particular players were recruited, as was previously alleged.
Hinsdale South filed an official complaint with the IHSA in December.

Dwyane Wade's near-miss of a triple-double caused by friendly Felicio fire

Dwyane Wade's near-miss of a triple-double caused by friendly Felicio fire

In a season where the triple-double has become commonplace to the point of stat chasing in the effort to chase history, Dwyane Wade didn't mind snatching his own piece of turf.

In a game where teammate Jimmy Butler reached the feat for the first time this season, it would've been doubly satisfactory for Wade to achieve the fifth triple-double of his career.

One rebound away in the final seconds of the Bulls' 117-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the memo didn't reach Cristiano Felicio, who reached over Wade to grab a rebound, causing it to harmlessly fall out of bounds and ending Wade's chance at history.

After Wade finished with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds in 34 minutes, he was asked if he "hated" Felicio for interrupting his moment.

"No hate. Just a strong dislike, though," said Wade with a wry smile. "You know how long it's been since I had a triple double? It's been a long time."

It's been six years, as his last triple-double came in the 2010-11 season with the Miami Heat, achieving the feat with a 22-point, 12-rebound and 10-assist performance against the then-Charlotte Bobcats on Feb. 4, 2011.

Even more than the statistical feat was Wade's variety, as he grabbed seven rebounds in the decisive third-quarter run that broke the game open, hitting Butler and Bobby Portis for long touchdown passes that would've had Jay Cutler or whichever quarterback the Cleveland Browns are banking on next fall, blushing.

Perhaps even more impressive was the fact it was on the second night of a back-to-back with the Bulls winning in overtime against the Phoenix Suns—a game where Wade turned it up late then threw it down over Alex Len in overtime.

"I think we just found our groove," Wade said. "We've had some injuries that have gone on but we're playing good basketball."

More pointedly, so is Wade, aided by him often finding Felicio for easy dunks on the pick and roll as they play second and fourth quarters together. 

Felicio was clearly bothered by his gaffe, which was made worse by the take-no-prisoners approach from Wade and Butler. When a member of foreign media approached him about an interview, Felicio said "you're not asking me about that last rebound, are you?"

Later in the evening, Felicio went to Twitter, posting "I did not know!!" in reference to Wade's night.

"I told him I didn't not even gonna act like I ain't mad at him. I'm very mad at him," said Wade with a laugh. "But he's all good. He said he didn't see me down there. So he took a shot at my height. It's cool. Jimmy had one. It would've been nice to have two triple doubles."

"I'm sure a stat would've came out that would've said, ‘Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler are the first duo to get a triple-double on a back-to-back since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen', since they got every record around here."

He was close, although Jordan and Pippen didn't achieve their feat on a back-to-back but a random night in the 1988-89 season. Jordan scored 41 with 11 assists and 10 rebounds and Pippen had 15 with 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a 126-121 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We laugh about that often, but it's all good," Wade said. "I gotta work harder till I get another one one day."

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