Archive for February, 2016
Posted on Feb 17
The Bulls start the unofficial second half/stretch run of the NBA season Thursday in Cleveland without Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic and Joakim Noah, three of their top six players from their opening night win over the Cavaliers.
Now, three and a half months later, the Bulls at 27-25 trail the first place Cavaliers by 11 games and are barely holding …
Posted on Feb 17
Taj Gibson hasn’t started packing yet.
“It could be worse,” Gibson told reporters after Bulls practice Wednesday about his name again in trade rumors. “People could not be saying your name at all. But it comes with it when the team is underachieving; you’ve got to kind of shake up things. I see what’s out there. I’m no stranger (to …
Posted on Feb 15
So if you think the Bulls defense has been bad….
Consider that the best defender on the floor Sunday night in the annual NBA All Star game probably was the Bulls’ Pau Gasol, shooting four of the seven total free throws taken in the game and second in rebounds per minute in the abomination 196-173 Western Conference victory.
The total …
Posted on Feb 13
The story in some respects Sunday at the first NBA All-Star game played outside the United States is the story of the international sports icon, NBA champion and perennial All-Star who probably is playing in his last NBA All-Star game.
Yes, Kobe Bryant, also.
”Just proud, proud and humbled by everything I’ve been able to accomplish,” Bulls center Pau Gasol …
Posted on Feb 13
Jimmy Butler didn’t quite articulate it as such when he met reporters Friday afternoon at the All-Star weekend annual media session. But he seemed to provide something of a road map to the team’s season of potholes.
And no one is to blame, even if it seems like it’s a flat tire without a spare.
It’s the irresistible force and …
Posted on Feb 12
The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Friday at the All-Star weekend festivities in Toronto completed its 2016 list and disclosed the 14 finalists for election in the Class of ‘2016, highlighted by Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.
They’ll find out if they are to be Hall of Famers this year when the final results are …
Posted on Feb 11
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Wednesday after a discouraging and dispiriting Bulls 113-90 home loss to the Atlanta Hawks that he asked his players to look themselves in the mirror during the coming midseason All-Star game break.
But what happens if there is no reflection?
“It has been a bad, bad stretch of basketball,” Hoiberg admitted of the Bulls 13th …
Posted on Feb 9
Did you know the Energizer Bunny was arrested? He was charged with battery. I’d be condescending, but I’m not sure anyone would understand. You have to lose those great memories. You know, when you can cherish the misconceptions you had about someone.
There, now haven’t you smiled a little and forgotten about that brutal Bulls 106-91 Monday loss to the …
Posted on Feb 7
Wasn’t Groundhog Day Tuesday?
Because like in the Harold Ramis/Bill Murray movie, it seems for the Bulls like a bad day keeps repeating itself in an endless loop as the Bulls Saturday for the third time in a week blew a late lead and lost, this time 112-105 to the Minnesota Timberwolves when the Timberwolves scored the last 12 points …
Posted on Feb 6
And then there was one.
Who had Derrick Rose in the pool for the only healthy Bulls current or former All-Star in February?
Joakim Noah was lost for the season with shoulder surgery last month. Pau Gasol sustained a hand injury in the Wednesday victory in Sacramento and was out for Friday’s game in Denver. After scoring 19 points in …