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Dec 20

That’s it? That’s all you got? Stopped the Golden State Warriors winning streak at 16 games. Took out the defending champion Spurs in triple overtime on their court. Not bad, but it’s not like you’re facing Jimmy Butler, Nikola Mirotic and the rebounding guys.

“Jimmy has been unreal for us this year,” said Joakim Noah of Butler’s 31 points and …

Dec 19

Welcome to the NBA and the Bulls Doug McDermott, can you spell “meniscus tear?”

“When we got the MRI, I was definitely shocked,” the Bulls rookie said before Friday’s game in Memphis as he was going to do some shooting. “But then Dr. (Brian) Cole explained to me this is a very minor knee issue and very easy to come …

Dec 19

Jimmy Butler didn’t know what the big deal was. After all, he’s just good ‘ol Jimmy from Tomball, Texas.

“I don’t want be a star,” Butler was saying in answer to a question after the Bulls struggling 103-97 victory Thursday over the New York Knicks. “I just want to be a decent role player on a really good team. Whatever …

Dec 17

Much of the story when the Bulls host the New York Knicks Thursday in the national TNT game will be Carmelo Anthony’s free agency last summer and whether Anthony, now hauling around a 5-22 record with his Knicks, either made a mistake not signing with the Bulls, regrets his decision or simply could not look at another piece of deep …

Dec 16

The spotlight shines brightest on the star. With it comes the rewards, the fame and the fortune. But also the scrutiny like with no one else, the examination with a powerful telescope. Like a diamond in the sky. That’s fine with Derrick Rose, who didn’t have a particularly sparkling one Monday in a 93-86 Bulls loss to the Atlanta Hawks.…

Dec 15

I’m occasionally asked about a favorite player and it’s not an easy question because there really are mostly good guys in the NBA. But one of the joys of traveling around with the Bulls is the camaraderie around the league, and renewing acquaintances with players around the NBA. And I can see one of my all time favorites in Atlanta, …

Dec 15

The first half Sunday in Miami, a 39-32 Bulls lead on the way to a 93-75 Bulls victory, was painful for so many. Little babies cried, women fainted, men lost their hair. Thibs paced, but Mike Dunleavy, scoreless at the break, relaxed.

“We came out and were going to kind of slow roll them in the first half,” Dunleavy offered …

Dec 14

Life, no how much we may otherwise prefer, becomes what occurs. Almost as if it’s preordained. Especially in sports. The team that wins is supposed to win, correct? So we will never know what could have happened if the Bulls kept Luol Deng last January. Would the Bulls have been out in the first round of the playoffs last season? …

Dec 13

Chicago looms below him seemingly awaiting an answer as Derrick Rose sits there into the night in his downtown high rise apartment seeking his own answers, about his future, his game, the next great moment.

“I prepare myself for the game the night before,” Rose was saying late Friday night in the Bulls locker room after his best scoring game …

Dec 12

So is Tom Thibodeau President Obama’s favorite coach?

The president didn’t quite go that far in comments Friday morning on the ESPN Colin Cowherd radio show, but the president offered his support for the Bulls over the Cavaliers this season because of Thibodeau and what the president said was a tough group of players.

“He’s got my vote,” Thibodeau laughed …

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