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Apr 6

It’s now with Tuesday’s 108-92 loss in Memphis time for the tragic number for the Bulls—the number of games to be eliminated from the playoffs—in a season that started with joy and hope and appears to be ending as a basketball tragedy.

“I told the guys,” related Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. “I said, ‘I never quit in my life and …

Apr 4

Young Jerry Reinsdorf was like a lot of kids growing up in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn in the 1940s, pretty much devoted to stickball and the Brooklyn Dodgers. His dad was an itinerant salesman and tinkerer and his mom taking care of the kids. There was extended family around in a crowded household where life was the front stoop …

Apr 4

If the Bulls are going down for the count in this battle to make the playoffs, at least they are going down fighting.

The Bulls Sunday allowed a 19-point lead get away—16 at halftime—and they let the Milwaukee Bucks get within a point three different times in the fourth quarter. But Aaron Brooks, E’Twaun Moore and Jimmy Butler each time …

Apr 3

And just like that after trailing by seven points with 43.3 seconds left in perhaps the most important game of the Bulls season Saturday, there was Jimmy Butler hustling over in front of a driving Reggie Jackson for what looked like an offensive foul, an amazing chance to get the ball back with 20.4 seconds left and a chance to …

Apr 2

The games keep coming, big as they are for the Bulls, as well as the injuries. Both Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson, after frustrating efforts this week to play through injuries, were unable to play Saturday as the Bulls faced the Detroit Pistons in the contest for the last Eastern Conference playoff position.

Gibson was uncertain right up until 30 …

Apr 1

Pssst, pass it on. Derrick doesn’t like Jimmy.

Did you hear, Pau doesn’t like Derrick.

Did you know Jo was mad at Pau.

Hey, how about Jimmy hating Fred like that!

“They need to just shut up,” an exasperated Taj Gibson told reporters after Bulls practice Friday when asked about reports in nmedia that coach Fred Hoiberg didn’t fit with …

Apr 1

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, mothers and fathers, fans and doubters, step right up. Come closer, you won’t believe your eyes. Yes, we’ve got ourselves a playoff race here.

It may not be the greatest show on Earth, but there aren’t clowns running around anymore.

“There is a lot more fight out of our guys,” …

Mar 31

So the doctors looked at the X-ray. Then they looked at Taj Gibson. Huh! Looked back at the X-ray with the big spot on Gibson’s rib, where it was fractured. You’ve been playing with this for how long? they thought.

“I didn’t know (it was cracked/fractured),” Gibson was saying before Thursday’s game in Houston. “I was just playing through it. …

Mar 30

The Bulls arrived in Houston for Thursday’s TNT nationally televised game—talk about your preseason scheduling assumptions—and basketball was the talk of the city. Not the Bulls and Rockets, though, even with the Bulls’ superior 37-37 record to the Rockets’ 37-38.

Hey, if you are disappointed in the Bulls season, this Rockets team, mostly healthier than last season, also is just …

Mar 30

When the Bulls showed up Tuesday in Indianapolis, it seemed like a funeral and they’d be in a casket. The four consecutive losses dropped them below .500, they’d suffered humiliating blowout losses to non contending teams, and the obituary was being written.

And then they sat up and declared, “We ain’t dead yet!”

That was with Jimmy Butler’s 10 footer …

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