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Jul 13

It was a season of refection for Bobby Portis, the Bulls top draft pick a year ago who spent more time watching than playing, and more than a little time, he admits, worrying, wondering and shedding a tear or two.

Basketball was the life, but it wasn’t turning out to be the life Portis expected. So he committed to work, …

Jul 13

We all knew this was coming with Tim Duncan, whose retirement was announced Monday by the Spurs in a press release. Well, no one was sure if it would be this summer or next, but it was close with Duncan in his 19th season and his playing time declining. But everyone was sure it would come, like this, in some …

Jul 11

Here’s the truth: You never really know someone until you live with them, and even then it’s not always clear sometimes.

We’re mythmakers in the media, and I’ve been guilty as well, telling stories, revealing intimacies about heroes and villains, drawing that word picture that takes you inside to how they really are. Except it’s merely a snapshot of time …

Jul 11

Cristiano Felicio knows something about having to fill big shoes.

He’s hoping to help the Bulls do so this season with the free agency departures of Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol, and he took a big step in that direction Sunday with 17 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and making all eight of his field goal attempts in leading …

Jul 9

Denzel Valentine Saturday played one of the best four of 16 shooting—zero for nine on threes—games you’re going to see in the Bulls summer league opener, a 71-62 victory over the Boston Celtics.

No, really.

“My shot wasn’t falling,” Valentine, the Bulls’ No. 1 draft pick, agreed after his NBA debut. “But I tried to do all the little things, …

Jul 7

The Bulls have a chance to be much improved, and what’s wrong with that?

That Thursday was the message from General Manager Gar Forman, who spoke to reporters at the Advocate Center following Rajon Rondo’s introduction as the Bulls’ new point guard. Forman was not permitted comment by league rule about Dwyane Wade, who is expected to sign soon with …

Jun 27

It’s Jimmy Butler driving into the lane, passing cross court to Denzel Valentine, who then off the dribble finds a cutting Jerian Grant to the basket for a layup. Or perhaps a pass out to Doug McDermott or Nikola Mirotic for a three.

The Splash Platoon! A lineup that can kill? You know, a Death Lineup.

The Bulls can only …

Jun 24

Did the Bulls Thursday in the NBA draft put the next building block in place for a new, exciting, versatile perimeter game with the drafting of Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine to pair with Jimmy Butler and newly acquired Jerian Grant?

“We talked about the changes we want to make with our team, wanting to get younger and more athletic and …

Jun 22

The start of the last season of that old Bulls gang we came to both love and despair over so much probably went something like this message, perhaps more understated, unsaid, if also apparent.

It was that you guys have been in this run for five or six years. You haven’t gotten there. We added a center with a championship …

May 17

The Bulls will get the No. 14 pick in this year’s NBA draft.

That came as a result of the annual lottery drawing in New York. The Sacramento Kings kept their draft pick since the Bulls were to get it if it fell outside the top 10. The Kings get selection No. 8.

The Philadelphia 76ers won the No. 1 …

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