WBEZ | Chicago basketball http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-basketball Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Duke announces signing of recruit Jabari Parker http://www.wbez.org/news/duke-announces-signing-recruit-jabari-parker-106952 <p><p>DURHAM, N.C. &mdash; Top recruit Jabari Parker has signed his letter of intent to play at Duke.</p><p>The school announced Parker&#39;s signing Thursday &mdash; more than four months after he picked the Blue Devils over Michigan State, Florida, Stanford and BYU during a nationally televised ceremony in Chicago.</p><p>Because that decision came in December after the conclusion of the fall signing period, Parker had to wait until the spring signing period began April 17 to make it official.</p><p>The 6-foot-8 forward is one of the most highly touted recruits in years, earning a top-five ranking from the four major recruiting services.</p><p>He&#39;s the first two-time Illinois Mr. Basketball winner and led Simeon Career Academy to four straight state championships.</p><p>Coach Mike Krzyzewski says his staff is &quot;confident he will have a great career.&quot;</p></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 13:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/duke-announces-signing-recruit-jabari-parker-106952 Isiah Thomas, city officials team up to keep kids off the streets http://www.wbez.org/news/isiah-thomas-city-officials-team-keep-kids-streets-105611 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F79974210" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/hoops.jpg" style="float: right; height: 370px; width: 300px;" title="A group of boys play ball in the Windy City Hoops league. (Chicago Park District)" />When NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas was growing up on Chicago&#39;s West Side, basketball was a big part of his life. But it wasn&#39;t just the game that influenced him, he says playing helped him meet mentors, make friends outside his normal circle, and keep him safe.</div><p>&quot;Whether it be 3-on-3 competition, 5-on-5 competition, it teaches you how to function in a group,&quot; Thomas said. &quot;It teaches you how to get along, how to plan, how to strategize, how to set a goal and how to accomplish that goal.&quot;</p><p>Thomas said he wants to bring that experience to kids across the city, so he&#39;s teaming up with Mayor Rahm Emanuel in expanding the Windy City Hoops basketball league for at-risk youth.</p><p>Starting in March, the Friday and Saturday night tournaments will be expanded to 10 more Chicago parks. The Park District selected the neighborhoods, including Englewood, Roseland, Rogers Park and others, based on high crime levels and low median income.&nbsp;</p><p>As for how the expansion will be funded, the Park District has chosen an unorthodox route: they&#39;re asking Chicagoans to donate. They&#39;re hoping to raise $480,000 over the next two months to fund an additional 3,200 registration slots for the 13-17 year old round.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Chicagoans are interested in helping combat these problems, and we are pleased to offer them an outlet to do so,&rdquo; Emanuel said in a statement.</p><p>The 10 parks are spread across eight community areas:<br /><br />&middot; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Pottowottomie (Rogers Park)<br />&middot; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Amundsen (Austin)<br />&middot; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Columbus (Austin)<br />&middot; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Garfield (East Garfield)<br />&middot; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Franklin (North Lawndale)<br />&middot; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Kennicott (Kenwood)<br />&middot; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Jackson (Woodlawn)<br />&middot; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ogden (Englewood)<br />&middot; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hamilton (Englewood)<br />&middot; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fernwood (Roseland)<br /><br />When asked how this will help those kids who don&#39;t play basketball, Thomas said the tournaments would provide a place for neighbors to meet new people, helping them break out of that &quot;three to four block radius&quot; that he said people can sometimes feel they are confined to.</p></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/isiah-thomas-city-officials-team-keep-kids-streets-105611 Bulls gear up for Game 6 http://www.wbez.org/story/bulls-gear-game-6-86419 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//derrick-rose getty jonathan daniel.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Bulls are poised to make it to the Conference Finals. That is, if they can clinch their second round series against the Atlanta Hawks.&nbsp;</p><p>If Tuesday's victory is any indication of how the Bulls will play tonight, Chicago fans should be cautiously optimistic. The Bull's will be leaning heavily on their star point guard and league Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose. Last game Rose scored 33 points and served up 9 assists.<br> <br> Atlanta will have home-court advantage and everything to lose. The Bulls lead the best of 7 series 3 games to 2. If the Bulls lose tonight, the deciding game will be played at the United Center on Sunday.<br> <br> And if you're not a basketball fan, take advantage of less crowded grocery stores and laundromats starting at 7pm this evening.</p></p> Thu, 12 May 2011 10:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/bulls-gear-game-6-86419 Chicago is hardly a second city when it comes to the NBA http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-27/chicago-hardly-second-city-when-it-comes-nba-85732 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-27/United Center Flickr Storm Crypt.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://blackhawks.nhl.com/index.html" target="_blank">Chicago Blackhawks’</a> come from behind playoff run came to an end on Tuesday. The team lost to the <a href="http://canucks.nhl.com/" target="_blank">Vancouver Canucks</a> in overtime. But the <a href="http://www.nba.com/bulls/" target="_blank">Bulls</a> managed to lock up the first round of the playoffs, beating the <a href="http://www.nba.com/pacers/" target="_blank">Indiana Pacers</a> 116-89 at the United Center.<br> <br> The United Center isn’t the only place with Chicago connections in the NBA: Most likely MVP <a href="http://www.nba.com/playerfile/derrick_rose/" target="_blank">Derrick Rose</a> isn’t the only hometown player on the hardwood. When it comes to pro basketball presence, Chicago isn't a second city. Whether it’s Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett in Boston or Dwyane Wade in South Beach, Chicago is all around the league.</p><p>One person who’s been courtside for nearly 30 years is longtime Chicago sports journalist <a href="http://www.nba.com/bulls/news/smith_archive.html" target="_blank">Sam Smith</a>. The official blogger for <a href="http://www.nba.com/bulls/?tmd=1" target="_blank">Bulls.com</a> spoke to <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> about Chicago's presence in the NBA.</p><p><em>Music Button: Pink Skull, "Gonzo's Cointreau", from the CD Zeppelin 3, (Free News Projects)</em></p></p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 13:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-27/chicago-hardly-second-city-when-it-comes-nba-85732