Thibodeau opines on NBA-Spurs controversy

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Thibodeau opines on NBA-Spurs controversy

DEERFIELD, ILL. As a man who has been heavily scrutinized as of late regarding his rotation decisions, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau can empathize with San Antonios Gregg Popovich. On the other hand, as a coach who pushes the pedal to the metal for all 82 games of the NBAs regular season, he can also comprehend league commissioner David Sterns point of view.

Popovich, the longtime Spurs head coach, chose to sit regulars Tim Duncan (one of the NBAs elder statesmen, which is understandable), Manu Ginobili (the aging sixth man started the season banged up, so that makes sense), Tony Parker (though hes had some nagging injuries, the speedy point guard is in the prime of his career) and Danny Green (at only 25 years old, this was the most egregious addition to the sideline quartet) for Thursday nights primetime, nationally-televised showdown with the Heat in Miami.

In fact, the aforementioned players didnt even make the trip as Popovich reportedly sent them back to San Antonio via commercial flight from Orlando.

Those actions, although Popovich has used the tactic of resting healthy players throughout the regular season several times in recent years, prompted Stern to issue a statement that included the phrase substantial sanctions, in reference to the Spurs forthcoming punishment. Thibodeau was diplomatic when asked about the saga Friday.

I have a hard enough time worrying about my own team. I think every team understands where they are and you have do whats best for your team, but I also think youre part of the league, too. Youve got to pace your team and you play the guys you think you should play, he said after the Bulls afternoon practice at the Berto Center. Im not concerned about it. Its not my issue, but you always want whats best for the league.

Its each individual case. Theres two sides to it. I certainly understand where Pops coming from. Pops one of the all-time great coaches, so I would never question what he was doing with his team. I think he understands his team, he understands the makeup of his team, he understands the age of his team. Those things are all critical, he continued. The commissioners always charged with what to do, with doing whats best for the league and so, theres two sides to it. So, hopefully in the end, it will be resolved in a good way.

Javy Baez flaunts epic World Series tattoo

Javy Baez flaunts epic World Series tattoo

Javy Baez should win a gold glove in tattoos.

The kid with the MLB logo inked on the back of his neck now has an absolutely epic 2016 World Series Champions tattoo on his left deltoid:

That. Is. Awesome.

Javy apparently has had the tattoo for a little while, though it wasn't quite as eye-popping as it is now (or what we could see of it back in January):

😎 Find The #W #JB9 #ElMago

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That's some good ink work, Javy.

Now just make sure you don't spend too much time in the gym working on those delts. That tattoo would look awfully weird stretched out:

Mark Buehrle 'floored' White Sox will retire his number

Mark Buehrle 'floored' White Sox will retire his number

GLENDALE, Ariz. — He's a little nervous now that he has a speech to make, but Mark Buehrle is enjoying life and has no regrets about retiring from baseball.

Addressing the media for the first time since his final game on Oct. 4, 2015, Buehrle said Friday he's right where he wants to be — at home with his family. Buehrle determined 3-4 years ago he would retire after his contract expired to spend more time with his wife and kids. The pitcher, who will have his number 56 retired by the White Sox on June 24, said he didn't announce his decision to step away because he hoped to do so with much fanfare.

"I knew I was done, that I didn't have the drive any more," Buehrle said on a conference call. "I think a big part of it was missing the family, they weren't up in Toronto the whole season and I think that just kind of drained on me. The reason I didn't say anything — I didn't want all the attention. I've always told people I was a young guy that came into the big leagues unknown. Kind of snuck into the big leagues and I wanted to kind of sneak my way out. That's why I haven't said anything, I haven't talked to anybody, I just kind of let it go. Hopefully one day it was just kind of got forgotten and five years down the road, ‘Where's that Buehrle guy? Is he still around?'"

Buehrle, who won 161 games and completed 200 innings in 11 straight seasons with the White Sox, has spent the past year-plus on his Missouri farm with his wife, Jamie, and two children, "doing what I've been wanting to do for 20 years," he said. 

While he misses teammates and life in the clubhouse, Buehrle is at peace with his decision to retire after 16 seasons. He discovered when watching games last season that he didn't miss playing as much as he expected.

Buehrle joked that he doesn't want many former teammates to attend the ceremony because it means he'd have to speak in front of a larger audience. He promises to keep his speech brief, similar to the way he pitched. The left-hander even joked that he offered to allow his son to make the speech in his stead.

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Even though he's one of the most popular players in club history, Buehrle was surprised last month when the White Sox informed him of their plans. He'll be the 12th player to have his number retired by the White Sox.

"I was blown away and floored by it," Buehrle said. "It's obviously a great honor. It's something you don't really intend to happen or you don't play for that reason. You just go out there and play. I had a long, successful career there in Chicago. I just tried to do everything right and that's how I was kind of raised and how I went about it. Jerry (Reinsdorf) is kind enough to come with this offer about retiring my jersey. I really don't know.

"I've been joking around with friends saying my jersey is going to be up there next to Frank Thomas. I grew up watching this guy. It doesn't seem right. It doesn't seem like it belongs up there next to his.

"I'm going to be up there with all those numbers and it doesn't seem right, like that's where I belong. I just did what I was supposed to do, had fun with it and lived every day like it was my last. Now my number is going to be up there. I haven't really soaked everything in. It just doesn't make sense right now."