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Current Zen Master and former Bulls coach Phil Jackson took his book tour to 'The Daily Show' to chat about "11 Rings: The Soul of Success" - the tome in which he dishes on his preference of Michael Jordan over Kobe Bryant.

Jon Stewart, a Knicks fan, pushed Jackson on whether he might have his sights set on New York - or Brooklyn - and got a tepid statement on Phil's lack of interest in returning to the court. Now, front office ...

There were a couple of Bulls snippets, though no more Kobe/Michael talk. Jackson was on the show wearing the 72-10 1995-96 championship ring. And Stewart asked about North Korea enthusiast Dennis Rodman. Jackson said he never suspected Rodman might have diplomatic skills, but did say he occasionally has contact with his former forward. Though, not by phone or text? Does Rodman only appear in his dreams?

Also, you'll be happy to hear, Phil isn't hurting for money. So stop your worrying.


In his new book, Phil Jackson compares Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. 

Let's just say, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success" will likely not be on Kobe's summer reading list.

Jackson writes:

"One of the biggest differences between the two stars from my perspective was Michael's superior skills as a leader. Though at times he could be hard on his teammates, Michael was masterful at controlling the emotional climate of the team with the power of his presence.  Kobe had a long way to go before he could make that claim. He talked a good game, but he'd yet to experience the cold truth of leadership in his bones, as Michael had in his bones."

Jackson, who won six NBA titles with Jordan and five with Bryant, wrote this about their defense:

"No question, Michael was a tougher, more intimidating defender. He could break through virtually any screen and shut down almost any player with his intense, laser-focused style of defense."

In comparing their offense, Jackson writes:

"Jordan was also more naturally inclined to let the game come to him and not overplay his hand, whereas Kobe tends to force the action, especially when the game isn't going his way. When his shot is off, Kobe will pound away relentlessly until his luck turns. Michael, on the other hand, would shift his attention to defense or passing or setting screens to help the team win the game."

Derrick Rose scored as many points last night for the Bulls as his replacements did. The box score will show that guards Nate  Robinson and Marquis Teague were a combined 0-for-14 in 48 minutes. 

However, Teague did manage to make one basket ... for the Heat!

Nate Robinson has made a place for himself in Bulls fans' hearts over the last couple of weeks.

Playing tough-as-nails playoff basketball - and providing much-needed, clutch offense is only part of the story of his success with the fans - little Nate has continuously come up big. In this video, ChicagoSide correspondent Megan Kluth tells us why all the sideshow around Nate this season is unimportant - it's the play that counts.

Let's imagine for a moment how their day may have started.

"Hey, honey, want to go to the Heat game tonight?"

"Sure, who are they playing?"

"The Bulls, I think."

"Sounds great."

So, the two meet up after work for a nice dinner, maybe a few drinks, he in his "white-out" shirt, she in her top that screams  "South Beach."

Soon after, they settle into their primo seats at the American Airlines Arena, politely cheering on their Miami Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoffs.

Spurred on by their enthusiasm, the Heat jumps out to 20-, 30- then 40-point leads.

But, then the game turns chippy. The serene pregame dinner seems like a month ago. Victory is no longer the goal; a nice, romantic evening even further removed.

As Bulls center Joakim Noah is whisked away from the floor after his technical tirade, it happens.

The 15-seconds-of-infamy camera captures the unimaginable:


Good night, Joakim.

[Update: Turns out the fan's name is Filomen Tobias, and she has quite a history. ]


Nate Robinson in a rare quiet moment against the Miami Heat during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in Miami on monday. | Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Nate Robinson is generously listed at 5-foot-9 in the Bulls media guide. With shoes on - shoes with very thick soles.

But the small guard has played as big as he talks through the playoffs. With center Joakim Noah, he's pretty much put the Bulls on his back through Round 1 - including this crossover that nearly put Kris Humphries in traction. And Robinson gave the Miami Heat all it could handle in Game 1.

Going into Game 2 tonight, here's a look at some of Robinson's best moments through the playoffs so far - from clutch point binges to 10 stitches in a usually busy mouth that are keeping him quiet - for now.


Nate Robinson reacts after scoring against the Miami Heat in Game 1 on Monday | Chris Trotman/Getty Images

His minutes were down in the playoffs--zero--but that didn't stop Bulls super sub Brian Scalabrine from securing an endorsement deal with Power 2 Switch, a company that finds consumers energy alternatives. Scalabrine can be seen playing Ping Pong, eluding dodgeballs and performing yoga--the "White Mamba" pose, of course.

danGilbert.jpgCleveland, as you may have heard, lost a basketball player Thursday night. But the city has something to fill the hole in its collective hear created by LeBron James departure to the Miami Heat via free agency - a burning hatred.

And outside of the fans turning out to burn James No. 23 jersey in the streets, perhaps no other Clevelander sums up passionate dislike more that Dan Gilbert, the majority owner of James' now former hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. In fact, Gilbert wants to leave nothing to chance in letting his former star and the city that worshiped him know where he stands on the issue, going so far as to issue an open letter to the universe declaring his distaste for King James. Some highlights:

Dear Cleveland, All Of Northeast Ohio and Cleveland Cavaliers Supporters Wherever You May Be Tonight;

As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his "decision" unlike anything ever "witnessed" in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.


The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don't deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.


In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:


You can take it to the bank.

If you thought we were motivated before tonight to bring the hardware to Cleveland, I can tell you that this shameful display of selfishness and betrayal by one of our very own has shifted our "motivation" to previously unknown and previously never experienced levels.

Some people think they should go to heaven but NOT have to die to get there.

Sorry, but that's simply not how it works.

This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown "chosen one" sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And "who" we would want them to grow-up to become.

But the good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called "curse" on Cleveland, Ohio.

The self-declared former "King" will be taking the "curse" with him down south. And until he does "right" by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.

Just watch. ...

OK, so, bitter much, Dan? Admittedly, though, understandably. But now you have a big promise to deliver on. Yes, you have some money to spread. Quite a bit, actually. But the aisles are starting to get a little bare in the free agent store.

But you do have spirit. And a city filled with the desire the see your promise come true, as much for spite as team and civic pride, but that counts, too.

Good luck, Cleveland. Now you just have to back up the talk.

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It's always nice to see Dwyane Wade make a stop in his hometown of Chicago, but this might be a little over the top. Wade and the Miami Heat were forced to make an emergency landing at O'Hare International Airport early Sunday morning when a member of the cockpit crew went into a diabetic coma.

Not what you want hear coming out of the cockpit.

Of course, the world found out via Twitter, with DWade doing the reporting honors - never mind the slip on facts - at his official page:

Hey everyone pray for our pilot. We just had a emergency landing in chicago. He went into a Coma. God bless this man and his family

Turns out is was actually a mechanic on board, not the pilot, but suffice to say it was a bit of a scramble. Miami Heat trainers administered aid as the plane landed and the man, who became ill while in the cockpit, was taken to a hospital for further treatment.

The team was returning to Miami after beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 97-84 on Saturday night.

Sadly, Wade could not stay in town to breathe life into the Bulls' playoff push while he was at it. turns out he had to jet for more important things:

Ok taking off to Miami. Gd nite tfam. I need to get some rest gotta go support my homie @andyroddick 2morrow in championship match


President Obama poses Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher at the White House.

The First Hoops Fan was thrilled to invite the Los Angeles Lakers to the White House on Monday, even if he had to throw some Bulls props in the mix.

Obama said he was especially excited to meet Lakers' coach Phil Jackson, who has won 10 championships, though he didn't hesitate to point out that six of those victories were with Obama's hometown Bulls.

"You remember that," Obama joked with former Lakers all-star Magic Johnson, who was on the losing end of the Bulls 1991 victory.

The President also commended the Lakers players not only for their athletic achievements, but also their work off the court. The players held a fitness clinic for Washington-area school children Monday, and several players are donating money to relief efforts in Haiti.

The Lakers won their 15th title last season agains the Orlando Magic.