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Uncovering the Michael Vick of NBA 2K

By Yousef Nasser
Medill Reports

The mere sight of it took NBA players gathered for All-Star Weekend to a simpler time. The timeless, slick white box contained Madden 2004, a video game with a legacy that speaks for itself.

“That’s the greatest Madden game that came out,” Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine exclaimed.

“It’s one of the best video games of all time,” Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon declared.

Gracing the cover of Madden 2004 is then-Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, one of the most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen. HIs digital avatar in the game is a force that’s virtually unmatched throughout the sports gaming world.

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Gordon makes history but ‘Airplane Mode’ prevails

By Yousef Nasser
Medill Reports

Aaron Gordon made history, but it was Derrick Jones Jr. who came home with the hardware on his 23rd birthday in one of the most electrifying NBA Slam Dunk Contests of all time.

Gordon, who entered the contest with three perfect scores in his two previous dunk contest appearances, reeled off five consecutive perfect scores to begin the contest, which has never been done. In the process, Gordon passed Zach LaVine (7) and Michael Jordan (6) for the most perfect scores in the history of the Slam Dunk Contest. Despite Gordon’s historic performance, Jones was able to keep pace with Gordon, and ultimately prevail in a controversial decision by the judging panel

“I’m happy that I was able to be a part of this and showcase my talents,” Jones said. “Just show the world that I am the best dunker in the NBA.”

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The Chi-Side provides opportunity for young sports journalists to stay in the game

By Yousef Nasser
Medill Reports

The Chi-Side was credentialed to cover the eighth annual Chicago Elite Classic, giving young journalists their first taste of covering high school basketball.

Developed by social media professional Evan Marshall along with sports broadcasters Brooke Weisbrod and Camron Smith, the Chi-Side identifies itself as an intersection of basketball and culture in the city of Chicago. The Chi-Side aims to give creative young kids from the ages of nine to 19 an opportunity to learn the craft of covering sports alongside experienced sportscasters like Weisbrod and Smith.

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