Jordan’s Statement on Russell, Has DeRozan Reignited a Trend? Dominance of the 90s and other Bulls balls

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Sorry for the late balls today. I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t stop to write about the Knicks’ misfortune.

TAKE IT ALL, ADAM. EVERYTHING.

  • Many NBA players and legends paid tribute to the great Bill Russell on Sunday, including The GOAT. Michael Jordan released a statement describing Russell as he should be remembered: a trailblazer.
  • While Jordan might now occupy the top of the GOAT rankings, Russell held that spot for a few years. Only a few players – if that – have won consistently at Russell’s level. He epitomized what it meant to be a successful professional athlete, and Jordan’s statement underscores that point.
  • KC Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago also spoke with former Bull Bill Cartwright about his relationship with Russell. Cartwright attended Russell’s alma mater, the University of San Francisco, where he had the opportunity to meet the icon for the first time.
  • Speaking of icons, DeMar DeRozan will continue to honor the late Kobe Bryant through a new endorsement deal with Nike. More on this great news below…
  • While I know NBA players taking to the Pro-Am field is nothing new, I can’t help but think that DeRozan has reinvigorated some people’s desire to compete. Since DeRozan’s first Drew League game earlier this summer, we’ve seen the likes of LeBron James, Trae Young, and John Collins dress up. Dejounte Murray also recently joined his new Atlanta Hawks teammates in Jamal Crawford’s Crawsover League. To say these three were destroyed would be an understatement (hopefully they won’t look so good next season).
  • Likewise, rookies Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren tried out the Crawsover league and looked set to take the NBA by storm. Banchero dropped an absurd 50 points while Holmgren recorded 8 easy blocks. Of course, I know the competition is nowhere near what they’ll see in October, but it’s still a good reminder of how special these two prospects are.
  • Seriously, how cool is it to see these big names fill a high school gymnasium? The best part of it all is that he’s really only driven by the love of the game. No one is competing with these players in their off months, and no one is releasing these games to the masses. Instead, they’re just star players who love what they do and love to put on a show for fellow basketball junkies. You must respect it.
  • Also, in case you missed it, Bulls’ Dalen Terry gave the Chicago community a glimpse of his exciting game last week:
  • I think I may have shared this fact before, but it’s so awesome that I have to share it again:
  • Do you know how much better you have to be than everyone else to be favored in 185 game streak games? I’m not sure there are any stats to show how unstoppable and better the Bulls of the 90s really were than that one. There was nothing you could do, and Vegas knew it.
  • If you need me, I’ll be Space Jamin’.
  • The BN Blogathon is underway! My boss Brett does 41 straight hours of writing, and the trades have just started. Wish him good luck!

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