Oct 7

No one called it Freddie-ball yet. But the Bulls Tuesday seemed to be having a ball in a 105-95 preseason opening win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

“You’ve got the freedom to shoot it when you are open,” said Jimmy Butler, who had 23 points in 25 minutes and was matched by Doug McDermott with 23 points, McDermott’s all after halftime. …

Oct 5

Already, Fred Hoiberg is proving a coaching iconoclast.

Hoiberg Tuesday will coach his first NBA game, albeit exhibition, in the United Center against the Milwaukee Bucks. Yet, Hoiberg boldly is risking the Bulls chances for the preseason championship that the Bulls last won in 2013 with an 8-0 preseason.

“We’re going to hold some guys out,” Hoiberg said after practice …

Oct 4

Happy Birthday, Derrick.

And it should be a happy one Sunday, No, 27, for Rose and for Bulls fans, as well

No, there probably won’t be any candles.

That’s because Rose’s eyes are sensitive to light following his surgery last week for an orbital fracture.

But there’s still a light shining on the Bulls’ future and Rose because Rose’s recovery …