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AL HAMNIK: Thibodeau's MVP on Bulls is the entire team, who else?

AL HAMNIK: Thibodeau's MVP on Bulls is the entire team, who else?

CHICAGO | So, what do we really know about the Bulls after an 82-game regular season?

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AL HAMNIK: Jimmer gives Bulls an added glimmer of hope

AL HAMNIK: Jimmer gives Bulls an added glimmer of hope

CHICAGO | If they ever erected an NBA statue to Jimmer Fredette, he'd have pigeons on each shoulder.

April 15, 2014 7:45 pm
AL HAMNIK: Magic's Moore quite 'reserved' in his role

AL HAMNIK: Magic's Moore quite 'reserved' in his role

CHICAGO | E'Twaun Moore was an Indiana All-Star, the first player in 20 years to lead Purdue in both scoring and assists, and originally a second-round pick of the Boston Celtics.

April 14, 2014 7:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: 'Coach Nick' made it a joy to play football at Andrean, Whiting

AL HAMNIK: 'Coach Nick' made it a joy to play football at Andrean, Whiting

It costs nothing to be nice, to make others smile with a sense of humor that entertains without offending.

April 12, 2014 5:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: GR3, Mitch McGary, Branden Dawson need more college credit

AL HAMNIK: GR3, Mitch McGary, Branden Dawson need more college credit

No one asked me, but our college stars Glenn Robinson III, Branden Dawson and Mitch McGary should wait another year before jumping to the NBA.

April 08, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Region coaches help give NBL Finals a push

AL HAMNIK: Region coaches help give NBL Finals a push

Picture this, if you can.

April 07, 2014 5:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: Hammond 9-1-1 slugfest a real lovefest

AL HAMNIK: Hammond 9-1-1 slugfest a real lovefest

HAMMOND | They held a boxing card at the Hammond Civic Center Saturday night and a love-in broke out.

April 05, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: These ring tones sweet music to 'Slugfest' promoters

AL HAMNIK: These ring tones sweet music to 'Slugfest' promoters

Would you step into the ring, in front of a large crowd, and trade punches with basically no fight experience?

April 01, 2014 6:15 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Jimmy Butler serving up some prime 'D' for Bulls

AL HAMNIK: Jimmy Butler serving up some prime 'D' for Bulls

CHICAGO | For a free autographed Tornike Shengelia game jersey, who is Jimmy Butler's closest friend on the Bulls this season?

March 31, 2014 5:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: Jason Wille now the IHSAA's bulldog

AL HAMNIK: Jason Wille now the IHSAA's bulldog

INDIANAPOLIS | Imagine running a day-care center, at full capacity, by yourself.

March 29, 2014 7:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: Highland's Grigson steering Indy team through stormy seas

AL HAMNIK: Highland's Grigson steering Indy team through stormy seas

Ryan Grigson loves his job as general manager of the Colts, with its suffocating pressure, long hours and incredible demands.

March 25, 2014 5:45 pm

AL HAMNIK: Vogel, Pacers seek 'sustainability'

CHICAGO | Frank Vogel is just too calm.

March 24, 2014 7:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: 'Pistol Pete' was right on target with hoops career

AL HAMNIK: 'Pistol Pete' was right on target with hoops career

Pete Trgovich is a guy who feasted in the basketball buffet line, sampling everything with delight.

March 22, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Time for a coaching change in Purdue, IU men's basketball

AL HAMNIK: Time for a coaching change in Purdue, IU men's basketball

I ask Indiana and Purdue basketball fans to be straight up with me. Is it time for a coaching change?

March 18, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Bulls winning mind games as well

CHICAGO | They say the uniform makes the man in the military.

March 17, 2014 6:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: Larry Bird wants his Pacers to be more like Bulls

AL HAMNIK: Larry Bird wants his Pacers to be more like Bulls

It's hard to find fault with the Indiana Pacers' 48-17 record as of Saturday, which includes a league-best 30-4 at home.

March 15, 2014 5:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: The short answer says Pop is one of the best

AL HAMNIK: The short answer says Pop is one of the best

CHICAGO | Gregg Popovich, much like the fine wine his California vineyard produces, demands an acquired taste.

March 11, 2014 7:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: Bulls seeing red at just the right time

AL HAMNIK: Bulls seeing red at just the right time

CHICAGO | Write this down, please.

March 10, 2014 5:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: Bulls' defense not sexy but highly effective

AL HAMNIK: Bulls' defense not sexy but highly effective

CHICAGO | Defense is like your obnoxious uncle, Lenny, whom everyone tolerates at parties.

March 09, 2014 6:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: Munster's Kindon Crowder realizes his dream at Ball State

AL HAMNIK: Munster's Kindon Crowder realizes his dream at Ball State

Kindon Crowder is basketball's Rocky. He's spent more time on the canvas than sweat and won't throw in the towel.

March 08, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Bulls somehow staying afloat on Noah's ark

AL HAMNIK: Bulls somehow staying afloat on Noah's ark

The red "S" fell off Joakim Noah's chest Monday night.

March 04, 2014 5:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: NBA discussion of a 4-point shot a real stretch

AL HAMNIK: NBA discussion of a 4-point shot a real stretch

Golden State's Stephen Curry told me his range is 30 feet, even if the defender is so close, you feel his sweat.

March 03, 2014 6:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: Todd Reirden's career path smooth as ice

AL HAMNIK: Todd Reirden's career path smooth as ice

CHICAGO | The look of absolute joy on the little boy's face gave off a warm glow Friday night at the ice pond in the middle of Soldier Field.

March 01, 2014 7:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: Jack Callahan still throwing punches for a good cause

AL HAMNIK: Jack Callahan still throwing punches for a good cause

Got a pencil? Write this down. April 5. Hammond Civic Center. 911 Slugfest. Bring the family. A great cause.

February 25, 2014 5:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: UIC's Howard Moore has a winner despite his 5-23 record

AL HAMNIK: UIC's Howard Moore has a winner despite his 5-23 record

If any coach had good reason to jump up and down like a madman, scream bloody murder at his players, and ride officials like a golf cart, it's University of Illinois-Chicago's Howard Moore.

February 24, 2014 8:45 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Grigson's Super Bowl train chugging along

AL HAMNIK: Grigson's Super Bowl train chugging along

Is Trent Richardson a bust?

February 22, 2014 5:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: Gibson's attitude fits with no-quit Bulls

AL HAMNIK: Gibson's attitude fits with no-quit Bulls

CHICAGO | Taj Gibson, you're starting tonight.

February 18, 2014 5:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: NBA 'image' problem not affecting its cash flow

AL HAMNIK: NBA 'image' problem not affecting its cash flow

I love pro basketball. Give me the NBA 12 months, 365 days a year. I love the job TNT does and its excellent team of announcers.

February 17, 2014 6:15 pm
HAMNIK.COLUMN: Kawann Short feeling the love of his Carolina brothers

HAMNIK.COLUMN: Kawann Short feeling the love of his Carolina brothers

EAST CHICAGO | Second-round pick of the Carolina Panthers, productive backup at defensive tackle, a Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie selection.

February 15, 2014 5:15 pm Photos

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HAMNIK COLUMN: Korver still serving up the hot sauce

CHICAGO | Take a 7-footer who can chew gum and walk a straight line at the same time and a 3-point shooter with range to the VIP seats.

February 11, 2014 7:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: Mike Sam wastes no time winning the NFL's trust

AL HAMNIK: Mike Sam wastes no time winning the NFL's trust

In describing Hall of Fame middle linebacker Dick Butkus, former Bears' teammate Doug Buffone noted the Neanderthal gene is extremely rare.

February 10, 2014 6:45 pm

AL HAMNIK: To Russia with love and kisses again

Dark, dreary, dirty, dog packs everywhere.

February 08, 2014 8:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: Gary's Lloyd McClendon ready to join Seattle's Best

AL HAMNIK: Gary's Lloyd McClendon ready to join Seattle's Best

New Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon was shivering alongside team broadcaster Rick Rizzs and general manager Jack Zduriencik during last month's FanFest at Safeco Field.

February 04, 2014 6:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: Seahawks' 'D' very good, but not close to '85 Bears

AL HAMNIK: Seahawks' 'D' very good, but not close to '85 Bears

We should eliminate our exhausted use of the word "best" and apply a rating system like A1, A2 and A3 to signify degrees of excellence.

February 03, 2014 6:15 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Taking a big bite out of Super Bowl Sunday

I have a friend who delivers for one of the region's top pizzerias and he's got dollar signs in his eyes today.

February 01, 2014 5:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: Game on for Colts' general manager Ryan Grigson

AL HAMNIK: Game on for Colts' general manager Ryan Grigson

The Broncos and Seahawks clash for NFL supremacy on Sunday.

January 28, 2014 5:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: NBA life 'suits' Hummel just fine

AL HAMNIK: NBA life 'suits' Hummel just fine

CHICAGO | Inactive? Robbie Hummel inactive, again? Put this kid in the game and he's a spinning top with legs.

January 27, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Look no further than I-94 nightmare for your real heroes

AL HAMNIK: Look no further than I-94 nightmare for your real heroes

Good morning, class. Please open your books to the chapter entitled "True Heroes -- No Kidding."

January 25, 2014 6:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: Bulls, Deng put friendships aside at opening tip

AL HAMNIK: Bulls, Deng put friendships aside at opening tip

CHICAGO | There will be no flowers, no hankies for wiping away tears, no heart-felt apologies.

January 21, 2014 6:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: Lakers go from contender to pretender

AL HAMNIK: Lakers go from contender to pretender

CHICAGO | The once-dominant Los Angeles Lakers visited snowy Chicago on Monday as a running punch line, not an NBA contender.

January 20, 2014 7:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: Law and order coming to the Hammond Civic Center

AL HAMNIK: Law and order coming to the Hammond Civic Center

HAMMOND | Jack Callahan is still throwing haymakers.

January 18, 2014 5:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: A much needed jump start for Gary track memories

AL HAMNIK: A much needed jump start for Gary track memories

Once upon a time, high school track and field was a glowing beacon that put Gary on the national map.

January 14, 2014 6:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: Wizards' Randy Wittman credits his 'teacher'

AL HAMNIK: Wizards' Randy Wittman credits his 'teacher'

CHICAGO | Bob Knight was a blowhard, a bully at Indiana University and then Texas Tech.

January 13, 2014 7:30 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Three sports blunders destined for failure

Everywhere you look these days, there are videos shown of people around the world doing the dumbest things you could imagine.

January 11, 2014 6:00 pm
AL HAMNIK: Gavit grad Wolters shooting for a walk on the red carpet

AL HAMNIK: Gavit grad Wolters shooting for a walk on the red carpet

James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese didn't rent a tux after their first movie and limo over to the Academy Awards.

January 07, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: All NFL teams need some luck in postseason

AL HAMNIK: All NFL teams need some luck in postseason

I feel sorry for Andy Reid.

January 06, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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AL HAMNIK: Internet smear tactics won't deter Packers' Aaron Rodgers

AL HAMNIK: Internet smear tactics won't deter Packers' Aaron Rodgers

The Internet has a split personality.

January 04, 2014 5:15 pm
AL HAMNIK: Colts feel-good story not over yet

AL HAMNIK: Colts feel-good story not over yet

There's a feel-good story unfolding in the NFL playoffs that tugs at heartstrings, like an angel playing the harp.

December 31, 2013 5:30 pm
AL HAMNIK: Bears stand accused of giving away a playoff berth

AL HAMNIK: Bears stand accused of giving away a playoff berth

Hear ye, hear ye. The court of honorable Judge Joe Fan is now in session.

December 30, 2013 5:45 pm
AL HAMNIK: 'Rocky' reluctantly takes the count

AL HAMNIK: 'Rocky' reluctantly takes the count

CHICAGO | A nation watched "Rocky," the football movie, Sunday at Soldier Field.

December 29, 2013 7:30 pm
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