Kurt Helin

Watch Bulls’ tribute video to Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah (with Chance the Rapper)

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Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah — two legendary Bulls players — were welcomed back to Chicago Friday night.

Well, Noah was welcomed back with open arms, Rose heard a few boos.

The Bulls organization knocked it out of the park — like a Cubs hitter — with their tribute video featuring Chance the Rapper.

Noah, Rose, and the Knicks got the win.

Lakers now break huddle with Metta World Peace’s “I love basketball”

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Metta World Peace loves basketball.

So much so that he said it earlier this season after a made free throw, and as these things happen it became a thing in the NBA Twitterverse. Here is the original.


The Lakers have adopted this as a mantra.

If you’ve watched the Lakers this season that the most noticeable difference under Luke Walton:


Love of the game.

It was evident as the Lakers knocked off Golden State — as much as it was Stephen Curry missing threes, it was the Lakers playing with pace and energy. The ball is moving, the players are moving. There is passion there again after they have been released from the Byron Scott shackles, and the Lakers are watchable again (not to dismiss out of hand the Kobe Bryant farewell tour, but that was hard to watch basketball for long stretches).

If World Peace can help instill this in a young team, he’s worth the contract.

Report: Chandler Parsons to make debut with Memphis Sunday vs. Portland

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Memphis paid $94 million to have Chandler Parsons provide another shot creator on the perimeter, and knock down threes — the things they have needed desperately the past couple of years.

That era should begin Sunday.

The Grizzlies had brought Parsons along slowly following his off-season knee surgery, but he is set to play Sunday against Portland reports Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

The Grizzlies are bumping Chandler Parsons’ Memphis debut up to Sunday. “Felt great in workout [Friday]. I’m ready to rock,” Parsons told ESPN in a text message. “No reason to wait.”

Memphis needs him, they are 27th in the NBA in offense so far this season. On the bright side, the Grizzlies are taking 26.2 threes a game (31 percent of their shot attempts), and they are knocking down a respectable 35.7 percent of those. However, they are shooting just 41.2 percent inside the arc leading to a league-low shooting percentage overall of 40.1 percent (they are 26th in team true shooting percentage, which counts threes and free throws).

Parsons will likely have a minutes restriction and be eased in, but just having the threat of his scoring back on the court will help Memphis.

Report: Gordon Hayward to make season debut with Jazz Sunday vs. Knicks


The Utah Jazz have been able to hang on without Gordon Hayward. Last season he averaged 19.7 points a game and was the primary shot creator in the Jazz offense, he is an efficient scorer carrying a heavy load. He’s been out since Oct. 7 October after breaking a finger on his left (non-shooting) hand in training camp.

Without him, the Jazz are 3-3 with the 19th ranked offense in the NBA. With him… we will find out starting Sunday, reports Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

Source: Jazz star Gordon Hayward is expected to make his season debut in Sunday’s matinee game vs. Knicks.

He beat the timetable for a return by a week or two.

This is huge for Utah, who has had George Hill carrying the offensive load so far (and doing well, but he needs help). Myself and many pundits picked a breakout season for the Jazz, maybe a top-four seed, based off an elite defense and Hayward — an underrated, All-NBA level player — creating the offense. So far that defense also has been pedestrian, but with Hayward back the team should see quick improvement on both ends.

Watch Devin Booker with the over-the-backboard and-1 shot


The rest of the league gets an “H.”

Devin Booker was making a lot of shots Friday night, but none more impressive as this and-1. Booker knew E'Twaun Moore had fouled him, so he just took the shot — from behind the backboard, off the top, and in.

Booker also had the game-tying step-back jumper at the end of regulation to force overtime, where the Suns went on to win. The end of regulation in New Orleans was wild.