Archive for December, 2013

Dec 10

Though Jimmy Butler and Luol Deng were out for Tuesday’s matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center, both players are on track to return to action soon.

“It’s still tight,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Deng’s left calf following the team’s shootaround on Tuesday. “It’s better. Both guys are a lot better. They’re close, but not quite …

Dec 9

Jimmy Butler and Luol Deng missed practice on Monday and remain day-to-day for Tuesday’s home game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said that both players did some shooting, while Mike James, who has been sidelined with a right knee injury since Dec. 2, did practice.

“He’s improved and I don’t want to speculate, but we’ll see where …

Dec 8

How ‘bout that Taj Gibson!

The Bulls forward starting for injured Luol Deng—yes, another one bites the dust—added to the best-in-his-career season Saturday with 21 points and 10 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons. Gibson is averaging 21.4 points and 8.4 rebounds on 61 percent shooting the last five games.

The rest of the starting five?

“We sucked tonight,” explained Joakim …

Dec 7

Bulls forward Taj Gibson is known around the team, at least to his buddy Joakim Noah, as Tagy-woo.

But around the NBA these days it’s been Tagy-Wow!

The fifth-year forward is off to the best start of his career, and he’ll need to continue that as the Bulls Saturday face one of the top young front lines in the NBA …

Dec 6

Luol Deng was sitting back in his locker stall late Thursday following the Bulls’ overpowering 107-87 victory over the Miami Heat, a smile seemingly of both satisfaction and relief washing over his sharp features.

Deng had scored 20 points, his sixth consecutive game of at least 20 points and eighth in the last 10. Carlos Boozer led the Bulls with …

Dec 5

For many of us of another generation, you always remember where you were on Nov. 22.

For many in the NBA, even like LeBron James, they remember where they were this past Nov. 22 when Derrick Rose in Portland suffered his second severe knee injury in less than two years.

“I didn’t want to believe it,” James said before Thursday’s …

Dec 5

I’m riding with Derrick Rose.

Derrick Rose is as well, which is probably the more significant part.

“I’m not done,” Rose said Thursday in his first appearance before media since his season ending knee injury Nov. 22. “I know that He’s preparing me for something bigger. Of course, right now when you’re living in the moment, you just don’t understand …

Dec 5

Less than two weeks removed from season-ending knee surgery, Derrick Rose was on hand at the United Center to discuss the injury and what lies ahead as he endures another rehabilitation process.

There is no doubt Rose has a long road ahead in terms of the physical aspects, though not as severe as when he worked his way back from …

Dec 4

The Miami Heat will be at the United Center Thursday, and so will Derrick Rose.

Unfortunately, for different reasons.

Rose conducted his first media conference since his knee injury Nov. 22 in Portland that will keep Rose out the rest of the 2013-14 regular season and playoffs,

Rose’s surgery Nov. 25 was said to have gone well and after an …

Dec 4

Luol Deng always has been a man, a United Nations Refuge Humanitarian of the Year award winner, the NBA’s Sportsmanship award winner, an ICON role model award from a major entertainment publication and various community service commendations.

Now Deng has to be, “the Man,” that much identified, if somewhat of a contradictory designation in a team sport.

“It’s something I’ve …

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