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The Mustangs won the Class 3A state basketball championship March 18, but school administrators said there was no money to buy rings for the roughly 30 players, managers and coaches.
Athletic Director Michael Berger took to Twitter March 28, broadcasting the predicament of the school at 1744 W. Prior Ave. He said in the past Chicago Public Schools helped pay for the rings as well as the championship banners that hang in the gym.
“However, in the severe budget crisis times we are living in, no financial help is available from these sources this year,” Berger wrote.
On Tuesday afternoon, Berger sent out a Tweet thanking the Chicago-born Buress, Bennett’s Uncle Smarty Foundation and Fenwick High School — which Morgan Park defeated (69-67) in overtime to take the state title — for their donations.
“I am writing this letter to say that I have been blown away by the response by people that read my letter asking for donations and have emailed and called telling me their stories of how the team inspired them, or they went to Morgan Park, or it made them feel good to help kids who were doing the right things,” Berger wrote.
Berger was attempting to raise $11,000 for the rings and banner. He previously said most of the team’s dedicated money was used to travel to the championship game in Peoria as well as other away games.
The Mustangs also won basketball titles in 2013 and 2014. In those years, CPS and Morgan Park High School had some discretionary money to buy the rings. But a series of budget cuts have erased such funds at both the school and district level.
He said any additional money raised for the rings would be used to support the team next year. He also encouraged those still interested in making a donation to do so, as all athletic programs are in dire need.
“Unfortunately, the funding crisis that affects our school, our district, our city and our state is probably not going away anytime soon,” he said.
Carmelo and La La Anthony are reportedly headed for divorce and today a Chicago man has stepped forward with details about the woman that Melo allegedly got pregnant.
Melo’s mistress who the Chicago man mentioned is 24-year old Mia Angel Burks, who graduated from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in health communication last year, and she’s been seeing the Knicks player for quite some time.
The two allegedly met last Summer in Chicago.
According to Page six, Anthony Jacobs, a former friend of Mia’s, said she’s not a stripper and that she and Melo have been dating for months now.
“Mia met Carmelo at Room Seven, a club in Chicago, when he was here for the NBA draft doing press,” he told “Chicago Morning Takeover ” “She’s not a stripper … she works in education setting up programs.”
“I’ve known that [they’ve dated] for some months now,” he added.
Jacobs says he roomed with Burks for a while but had a falling out over a rent dispute. He alleges he found out about her pregnancy with Melo through a mutual friend.
The Sacramento Kings have traded three-time NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. In return, the Kings received rookie guard Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and a future first- and second-round draft pick, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The trade pairs Cousins with another All-Star big man in Anthony Davis, creating the most formidable four-five combo the league has to offer. It signals the ninth-seeded Kings’ concession of the Western Conference playoff hunt, though just 1.5 games behind the 8th place Denver Nuggets.
The deal also propels the 11th place Pelicans, just 2.5 games behind Denver, into arms-reach of the post-season.
Cousins’ trade came days after the Kings denied trade speculation, according to the Sacramento Bee’s Jason Jones. Sacramento also reached out to the Los Angeles Lakers for a deal involving Brandon Ingram, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, but the Lakers refused to include their rookie wing.
Boogie made his third All-Star appearance over the weekend, entering the break with averages of 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. But he also entered the All-Star Game with a league-leading 19 technical fouls, a trend that has followed the Kings’ big man for his entire career.
Cousins becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2017-18 season. His agent told ESPN.com it would be “highly unlikely” the All-Star big man re-sign with the team that trades for him.
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