Amidst criticism and speculation that Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau had lost a grip on his team, the Bulls' most famous player, Derrick Rose, came to a strong defense of his coach after Thursday night's impressive 104-81 win over the Spurs.
As per its custom, the NFL will use a modified set of procedures to prep game balls for Super Bowl XLIX. Established long before allegations of deflated balls in the AFC title game, the process includes independent equipment managers and ball attendants.
Baltimore Ravens defensive end Chris Canty said the New England Patriots are "habitual line-steppers" and that the use of underinflated footballs should be dealt with on the same level as players taking steroids or other banned substances.
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Thursday he was "shocked" when he was informed of the allegations that his team used balls that were deflated after they were inspected by officials before the game.