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Oct 13

You can imagine that Derrick Rose is more weary of this than anyone.

But here we go again with the latest Rose series of injury/return updates, which Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, taking the explanation baton from predecessor Tom Thibodeau, Tuesday put in perspective after Bulls practice.

“It’s a long season, 82 games, and, hopefully, playoffs,” Hoiberg observed in showing how …

Oct 13

Long after the Bulls blew a 20-point lead Monday and lost 123-115 to the New Orleans Pelicans, long after Bobby Portis had come in for a foul plagued Nikola Mirotic and provoked a turnaround with 11 first quarter points, long after Portis led the Bulls in the game with 20 points and 11 rebounds while playing a team high 31 …

Oct 11

Last year it was the fall of Doug McDermott. This year the Bulls preseason has become the Fall of Doug McDermott.

The second year forward, who is emerging as one of the team’s most important players, Saturday continued his hot shooting to help lead the Bulls to a wire-to-wire 114-105 preseason win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Winnipeg, Canada.

The …

Oct 9

It’s going to be more difficult to get that preseason championship now.

The Bulls, though again playing without Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol, Mike Dunleavy and Taj Gibson and then resting Jimmy Butler and Joakim Noah in the second half, Thursday were outplayed, outhustled and out run by the Denver Nuggets in a 112-94 loss.

It wasn’t close after a 26-3 …

Oct 7

It was a woeful, oh-no-here-we-go-again first half for Doug McDermott Tuesday in the Bulls preseason opener. McDermott was zero for five and scoreless, missing all his three pointers. Could it be that he only could play against summer league talent?

McDermott wasn’t losing faith quite yet, but they’d all seen his shoulders sag too often. Jimmy Butler wasn’t having any …

Oct 7

No one called it Freddie-ball yet. But the Bulls Tuesday seemed to be having a ball in a 105-95 preseason opening win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

“You’ve got the freedom to shoot it when you are open,” said Jimmy Butler, who had 23 points in 25 minutes and was matched by Doug McDermott with 23 points, McDermott’s all after halftime. …

Oct 5

Already, Fred Hoiberg is proving a coaching iconoclast.

Hoiberg Tuesday will coach his first NBA game, albeit exhibition, in the United Center against the Milwaukee Bucks. Yet, Hoiberg boldly is risking the Bulls chances for the preseason championship that the Bulls last won in 2013 with an 8-0 preseason.

“We’re going to hold some guys out,” Hoiberg said after practice …

Oct 4

Happy Birthday, Derrick.

And it should be a happy one Sunday, No, 27, for Rose and for Bulls fans, as well

No, there probably won’t be any candles.

That’s because Rose’s eyes are sensitive to light following his surgery last week for an orbital fracture.

But there’s still a light shining on the Bulls’ future and Rose because Rose’s recovery …

Oct 1

“One can have a dream, baby, Two can make a dream so real; One can wish upon a star, Two can make a wish come true.

One can stand alone in the dark Two can make a light shine through. It takes two, baby It takes two, Me and you You know it takes two.”

— Marvin Gaye; Songwriters Sylvia …

Oct 1

Kobe wore the Zorro mask. Earl Cureton just before he played for the Bulls wore the hospital face mask. LeBron wore the clear half face protection. Ron Artest with the Lakers wore the baseball that covered his head as well. Richard Hamilton called his a work of art because of the connection with the headband. Reggie Miller had the California …

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