Archive for November, 2013

Nov 28

That whistling sound you heard around the Bulls Wednesday was no longer the air leaking out of their playoff balloon as much as escaping relief in their voices after a smothering 99-79 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

“That was huge, man,” agreed Luol Deng. “There has been a lot weighing on the team. This was what we needed.”

Taj Gibson …

Nov 27

Luol Deng is one of the best players in Bulls franchise history. He is in the top 10 in franchise history in 10 major statistical categories and with this being his 10th season with the Bulls tied with Jerry Sloan and Tom Boerwinkle and behind only Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in years with the franchise. Deng is behind only …

Nov 26

The Bulls were putting all the pieces in place around the kid. They added some youth, and they had veterans and hoped the way they meshed around the kid could enable them to make a big jump in the standings.

The season began well, but then, shockingly, he was badly injured and gone from the team. So what could you …

Nov 26

Luol Deng never really had a summer like this where he was so excited about basketball. Deng traveled extensively, but more than ever he spoke regularly with his buddy and teammate, Derrick Rose. Rose mostly continued his rehabilitation from ACL surgery in Los Angeles, and while Deng did clinics and appearances all around the world, he was constantly on the …

Nov 25

At least there’s not going to be any more guessing games about Derrick Rose’s return from knee surgery.

Rose’s surgery for a torn meniscus, the Bulls announced Monday morning, went well and he will rehabilitate and be out for the rest of the 2013-14 season.

Bulls general manager Gar Forman discussed the Rose injury and the franchise going forward …

Nov 24

The Bulls were grieving.

But life and the NBA doesn’t stop for that. So about 36 hours after Derrick Rose sustained yet another serious knee injury, though this time not quite as severe, the Bulls players had to put it all out of their hearts and minds and commit their skill, energy, effort and enthusiasm to the basketball court. Perhaps …

Nov 24

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, the Maywood native and one of the league’s top coaches, says, for now, the Bulls likely have to improve from within.

But there’s no replacing Derrick Rose.

“I don’t want to say the coach’s name, but he always tells me, ‘You don’t want to learn about two through 12,’” said Rivers with a laugh. “But you …

Nov 24

See you in September, see you when the summer’s through?

That’s what we may know soon as Derrick Rose undergoes knee surgery Monday, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Sunday before the Bulls played the Clippers.

“He’s headed back to Chicago today and will have surgery [Monday],” Thibodeau told reporters. “Then we’ll have a better idea about what the timetable will …

Nov 23

And then he was gone, again.

So now we know. It’s bad for Derrick Rose, but not the worst, not the dreaded anterior cruciate ligament tear like Rose suffered in April 2012 from which he’d made a gallant recovery.

Until Friday in Portland, anyway, when Rose, as the Bulls announced Saturday afternoon after an MRI, sustained a medial meniscus tear …

Nov 23

I’m out of jokes and witty repartee. Our greatest concerns as basketball fans were on display again late Friday night in Portland as Derrick Rose, headphones covering a black stocking cap, hobbled on crutches leaving the arena after Portland’s 98-95 victory over the Bulls.

Rose suffered an apparent right knee injury with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter with the …

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