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Jul 15

Billy Baron isn’t the next Mike Smrek, but he hopes to at least get the chance Smrek did.

Smrek, a seven-footer, played one season for the Bulls in 1985-86 as a rookie and was the last player from Canisius College to play in the NBA. Baron, who is playing for the Bulls summer league team, hopes to be the next.…

Jul 15

Since Carlos Boozer was signed by Chicago as a free agent in 2010, statistically one of the most successful free agent acquisitions in franchise history, the Bulls were just one of four NBA teams to win at least 200 games. The others were the Spurs and Heat, who won three of the four championships, and the Thunder, who went to …

Jul 14

The NBA draft overall has not been particularly kind to the Bulls.

Sure, it did help them to all their six championships with the drafting of Michael Jordan in 1984. And it did produce the only other MVP in franchise history with Derrick Rose in 2008. There was a big one with Scottie Pippen in 1987 and later residuals from …

Jul 13

The Bulls are getting the band back together. At least with a few new members.

The Bulls Sunday agreed to terms on a two-year deal with veteran point guard Kirk Hinrich. Former first round draft pick Nikola Mirotic also posted on his Twitter account–as Pau Gasol did Saturday–that he was signing with the Bulls. Mirotic’s deal is estimated at three …

Jul 13

The Bulls apparently are about to introduce the next Big Three: Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol.

Not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven… wins hopefully by Thanksgiving.

Gasol, 34, the four-time All-Star who vied with Dwight Howard four years ago to be considered the league’s best center when he helped the Los Angeles …

Jul 13

It was late in the second quarter Saturday of the Bulls’ summer league opener and Tony Snell actually looked like he wanted to play basketball. It is not a scene that played out much in Snell’s disappointing rookie season.

The laconic 6-7 swingman who sometimes could be mistaken for a birdwatcher on the court, started with a couple of gracefully …

Jul 11

So LeBron James is returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s been long speculated, though few believed it would occur this soon. Though few saw Dwyane Wade’s knees giving out so quickly, as well.

So now the questions come fast:

What will Carmelo Anthony do? Take an offer from the Bulls to start the Greatest Central Division Rivalry of …

Jun 27

I’ve been to a lot of bad Bulls drafts. Mark Randall, Byron Houston, Travis Knight, Marcus Fizer and Tyrus Thomas come to mind. Thursday night was a very good one as the Bulls pulled out a minor coup and traded their Nos. 16 and 19 draft picks for the rights to national player of the year, Doug McDermott of Creighton.…

May 20

So have the Cavs been paid back enough yet for losing LeBron James?

For the third time in four years, the Cavs Tuesday won the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, and this one is a good one.

No, not as great as projected or predicted before the season. But with the No. 1 pick and a roster that …

May 8

Taj Gibson finished a close second to Jamal Crawford in the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year voting, but he remains the winner with the Bulls.

“You have to congratulate Jamal and for what he’s done throughout his career,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. “But in my opinion, and I’m biased of course, but to me Taj was the Sixth …

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