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Mar 22

The Bulls made a Chicago type statement Friday in their 91-79 loss to the Indiana Pacers. It was a Cubs-like paraphrase to, “Wait until next time.”

For the Bulls, next time comes Monday at the United Center. Though the Bulls will have to be a lot better if they hope to even the season series because the only reason they …

Mar 20

You hate that this is happening to the seemingly decent kids playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, who lost their 22nd consecutive game Wednesday, this time 102-94 to the Bulls.

This 76ers team, which did compete hard, is the basketball version of a train wreck in the making. You can’t bear to look as the crash is coming and you weep …

Mar 19

The Bulls will be watching their national team player when USA Basketball opens play Aug. 30 in the World Cup basketball tournament.

Yes, how will Erik Murphy do?

“There’s nothing like playing for the national team,” said the Bulls seldom used rookie forward as the team prepares to play the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday. “It’s going to be awesome. I’m really …

Mar 18

The Bulls were right there, trailing the powerful Oklahoma City Thunder by a point with 10 minutes left.

“I thought we were in a good situation,” said Taj Gibson, who led the Bulls with 16 points in their 97-85 loss to Oklahoma City. “It was one of those games you want to take back. It was just one of those …

Mar 17

Derrick Rose remains out this season after a torn medial meniscus, a similar injury which Thunder guard Russell Westbrook suffered last spring when he tore his lateral meniscus. Westbrook subsequently had swelling and had arthroscopic surgery this season. Though he’s playing one game of back to backs, Westbrook started Monday against the Bulls and didn’t want to hear that he’s …

Mar 16

Tough week? Who says it was a tough week for these Bulls? No stinkin’ tough week for these Bulls and Joakim Noah in a performance Saturday worth its weight in gold.

The heck week concluded with a 94-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings. And this is what Joakim Noah, after 23 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, five blocks and three …

Mar 14

It hasn’t been a perfect week for the Bulls, though on national ABC Sunday Joakim Noah’s play overshadowed that of LeBron James in a Bulls overtime win. And on national TNT Thursday, Noah missed a triple-double by one assist in the 111-87 victory over the Houston Rockets and an uninspiring Dwight Howard.

Mike Dunleavy came back from a 10-stitch …

Mar 12

These are some things I was thinking about during Tuesday’s Bulls/Spurs game: If a mime is arrested, are they told they have the right to start speaking? If I loan someone $20 and never see them again, that has to be money well spent. How do deer know to cross the road by those yellow signs? And if Jimmy cracks …

Mar 9

Joakim Noah isn’t the best player in the NBA. We know that. Nobody is saying he is. But what exactly is a Most Valuable Player? Someone whose passion, enthusiasm and model inspires an entire team, if not a city? Someone whose will, desire and determination helps a team become more than it is supposed to be and perhaps eventually as …

Mar 8

Carmelo Anthony is not going anywhere as a free agent this summer. That’s because next summer LeBron James is going to join him in New York.

Yes, the heck with leading stories four months in advance of free agency. I’m going with 16 months. After all, it’s then easier for everyone to forget if you get it wrong.

Sources who …

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