WBEZ | Doc Rivers http://www.wbez.org/tags/doc-rivers Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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