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May 25

Flynn Robinson was one of the most popular players early in Bulls’ history and one of the team’s most prolific and exciting scorers, holding the Bulls’ playoff scoring record for 18 years until it was broken by Michael Jordan in 1986.

But Robinson’s trade to the Milwaukee Bucks, as unpopular as it was Nov. 22, 1968, put in place the …

May 22

Are two No. 1 overall draft picks enough to make up for the loss of LeBron James? Probably not, but the Cleveland Cavaliers got their second Tuesday in the NBA Draft Lottery, and that raised the intriguing possibility that the way really is being cleared for James to return to Cleveland as a free agent after next season.

“By moving

May 17

Probably someone in this stats infested sports world measures it, though I haven’t seen it yet. But the Bulls probably just completed the best ever 45-win regular season with a second round playoff loss.

Of course, they knew they’d be missing for part, and it turned out all, their best player and a former league MVP, Derrick Rose. But then …

May 16

The 2012-13 season probably had to finish like it did for the Bulls Wednesday in a series closing 94-91 loss to the Miami Heat, impressive in their resolve and refusal to yield against long odds while an if only and a coulda and shoulda away from yet another improbable victory.

The Bulls made Miami sweat again. They would make it …

May 15

If Game 5 were to be the last game of the Bulls season—and it remained only possible early Wednesday evening—then Derrick Rose would be missing the entire 2012-13 NBA season.

Rose was out before the game in Miami doing his regular shooting drills and workouts, drenched in sweat as he circled the court shooting at all angles and with both …

May 15

After more than 100 games back to preseason and more injuries and misfortune than worth recounting and just the appropriate bravado to face the defending champions Wednesday trailing 3-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Bulls after all this time basically have come to symbolize Nate Robinson.

“My whole life people told me I wouldn’t be able to make it …

May 14

Don’t believe me. NBA history says this Bulls season is about to end. Eight times in NBA history a team trailing 3-1 in the playoffs, as the Bulls are to the Miami Heat with Game 5 in Miami Wednesday, has come back to win a seven game series.

That’s in the 194 times teams have trailed 3-1, making it a …

May 14

Why us? Why now? Why again? You heard it in their voices, if not always the words Monday when the Bulls lost 88-65 to the Miami Heat in probably the team’s worst ever playoff performance.

If the sentiment was determined afterward about going to Miami Wednesday to bring back to Chicago the series, now 3-1 in favor of the Heat, …

May 12

Joakim Noah is among those who expect the physical nature of Chicago’s Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Miami Heat to continue when the teams meet for Game 4 at the United Center on Monday night.

But he takes it a step further, saying it’s essential for the Bulls, who trail 2-1, to succeed.

“It’s our only chance,” Noah said …

May 11

The narrative from the Bulls’ side in Friday’s 104-94 Miami Heat victory that gave them a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal is going to be a star driven inequity that is making winning more difficult for the Bulls.

“I see how things are going,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau offered cryptically after Miami broke from a 77-77 game after …

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