Archive for January, 2012

Jan 24

Let’s see how that roll call went Monday before the Bulls defeated the New Jersey Nets 110-95.

Derrick Rose: Back playing after missing four games with a sprained turf toe, getting 22 points and eight assists, though admitting his toe injury may not fully heal this season.

“I know that if someone steps on it again it’s going to hurt,” …

Jan 22

It mostly was an exercise in speculation and imagination, though Luol Deng didn’t much like it. I used to come up with various trade scenarios involving Deng. They weren’t unpopular.

After averaging 18.8 and 7.1 rebounds in the 2006-07 season when the Bulls won 49 games and swept defending champion Miami in the first round of the playoffs, Deng was …

Jan 21

When Derrick Rose missed his fourth consecutive game with a toe injury Saturday as the Bulls defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 95-89 and improved to an NBA-best 15-3 overall record, he had plenty of company at the end of the bench.

Joakim Noah was a late scratch due to a sprained ankle. Omer Asik started in his place, snagging a career-high …

Jan 21

It’s pretty clear now what the Bulls have to do following Friday’s dominating 114-75 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers to raise the team’s record to a league best 14-3.

They have to shut Derrick Rose down the rest of the season.

Look, what’s really the point anymore after a brilliant effort against an improving Cavs team that is actually seventh …

Jan 20

The Bulls Saturday at the United Center and various sites around the area host the annual Kyle Korver coat drive. I don’t write about many charitable endeavors, though the Bulls and various players are involved in quite a few. But I love this one just because of the immediacy and utility of the cause, especially as Chicago Friday sits under …

Jan 18

Carlos Boozer didn’t take the bait Tuesday night after perhaps his best game as a Bull with 31 points, 26 in the first half, in the wipeout win over the Phoenix Suns.

Reporters wanted to hear Boozer say things were different and his scoring touch was back and he was feeling like a dominant force again, but Boozer would have …

Jan 18

I suspect Derrick Rose’s job still is safe, and I also suspect he’ll be back from his sprained toe/turf toe injury Friday in Cleveland.

But Rose got a nice rest and coach Tom Thibodeau got a nice 54th birthday present Tuesday in the United Center with a near perfect — well, Thibs had some issues with the defense, of course …

Jan 17

Derrick Rose was sidelined by a sore left toe for a third time on Tuesday. Fortunately for the Bulls, they didn’t need him in an easy 118-97 win over the Phoenix Suns at the United Center.

While the Bulls were without the reigning NBA MVP, the team did get some good news with Rip Hamilton returning to action earlier than …

Jan 17

One of the fun stories of the NBA season could be a game show: Are you smarter than an NBA general manager?

Based on the results of the annual general manager’s survey released on Tuesday, the answer may be yes.

These guys get these things wrong all the time, although one may argue that an opinion cannot be wrong, …

Jan 16

Now it’s about Derrick Rose and his sprained/turf toe for the Bulls. Forget the 102-86 pummeling the Bulls absorbed from a hot Memphis Grizzlies team and falling to 12-3 in the centerpiece Martin Luther King Day game in Memphis Monday.

It was a day to ponder a great dream that still strives for reality and acceptance. For the Bulls, it …

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