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Bulls Fans Pushing for Firing of Front Office

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A group of Chicago Bulls fans frustrated with the team’s direction erected a billboard reading “Fire Garpax” on Wednesday.

A group of Bulls fans set up a GoFundMe account to put up a giant billboard with the phrase “Fire Garpax” (a shortened version of the names of Bulls GM Gar Forman and team President John Paxson) up in Chicago. Forman and Paxson have been at the center of controversy over the last few years as they’ve tried unsuccessfully to turn the Bulls into a perennial contender in the Eastern Conference. Trading Butler and Derrick Rose proved to be unpopular moves among fans, and signing players like Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo didn’t help lift the team’s playoff chances last season.

Source: James Neveau of NBC Chicago

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Agent: Gordon Hayward Likely Out Rest of Season Following Surgery, Expected to Make Full Recovery

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Celtics All-Star forward Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return during the 2017-18 season, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Hayward underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia in Boston on Wednesday night, a procedure that Bartelstein labeled a success.

“We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form,” Bartelstein said.

Source: ESPN

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Ben Simmons on NBA Debut: ‘It felt like I was playing 2K’

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Ben Simmons finally made his long-awaited NBA regular-season debut against the Wizards in Washington on Wednesday night. And after his extended wait to wear the Philadelphia 76ers jersey in a meaningful game, he said he felt initially like he was in a video game.

“It felt like I was playing 2K, honestly,” Simmons said postgame.

“Just looking at Joel Embiid out there with the lights on his jersey. I was like, ‘man, I’m actually here.'”

Simmons was drafted with the first overall pick by the Sixers in the 2016 draft, but he missed the entire 2016-17 season while recovering from foot surgery to repair a Jones fracture. He suffered the injury on Sept. 30, 2016, less than a month before the start of the regular season. The Australian was originally expected to miss three months, but was eventually ruled out for the entire season.

Source: Nick Metallinos of ESPN

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Sources: Nuggets Release Jameer Nelson

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Sources: Veteran point guard Jameer Nelson has been released by Denver, clears free agency waivers Friday.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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