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Dec 31

Jimmy Butler’s tip in finish of Pau Gasol’s lob pass for the Bulls 102-100 overtime victory over the Indiana Pacers Wednesday was a classic winner, perhaps as good as you’ll see. It demonstrated on the surface amazing skill, dexterity and ability for Gasol to hang the ball up to just the right spot against one of the best defenders in …

Dec 31

Jimmy Butler is known around the Bulls for many things these days, lately his delicate comments regarding coach Fred Hoiberg’s handling of the team, before that his 600-gallon boom box fish tank thanks to his considerable long term contract he signed with the Bulls last summer and also his native Texas affinity for country music.

Like standing by your man, …

Dec 29

Sometimes you show up at the theater all excited for the night’s performance from some of the great stars, and then you hear the announcement about the understudies: Playing the role of Derrick Rose will be Aaron Brooks, playing the role of Jimmy Butler will be Tony Snell, playing the role of Joakim Noah will be Bobby Portis.

Talk about …

Dec 27

There were tornados in the Dallas area Saturday night that forced the Bulls game with the Dallas Mavericks to begin 30 minutes late. But inside the American Airlines Center, the dust and debris was from a stormy close to the game that saw the Bulls blown away in the last few minutes with three of four missed shots and three …

Dec 25

The Bulls Friday made very merry in Oklahoma City with a thunderous present for themselves and their fans, a 105-96 victory that not only represented a season sweep of the powerful Thunder, but the most dominant victory for any team over 20-10 Oklahoma City this season.

“We knew what we were capable of,” said Jimmy Butler, who led the Bulls …

Dec 25

If the NBA All-Star game were Christmas Day—instead of just so many All-Stars playing on Christmas Day—the East team would start LeBron James, Paul George, Andre Drummond, Dwyane Wade and Kyrie Irving against Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook.

Those players were at the top of the voting with the release Friday of the first …

Dec 22

Here’s a quiz: Describe this kind of loss.

It’s when the opponent comes in 1-12 on the road on the second of a back to back after losing badly to lowly Minnesota, their fifth straight loss to give them the third poorest record in the NBA. And you’re after an off day when your team had what everyone said was …

Dec 21

This past weekend was the first time in a long time I thought the Bulls sounded, if not looked, like a championship team. Jimmy Butler complaining about the coach, the media heating up about locker room drama and discord, sources disclosing internal discomfort, the whole thing about to implode!

Reminds me of when Scottie Pippen on that road trip in …

Dec 20

The Bulls Saturday had just concluded a leaden effort against the New York Knicks in a 107-91 loss in which the Bulls trailed by double digits for virtually the entire last three quarters.

Joakim Noah starting for Pau Gasol, who rested back in Chicago after being extended in the quadruple overtime loss to Detroit Friday, had 21 points and 10 …

Dec 19

Bobby Portis is ready.

With Pau Gasol skipping the trip to New York after the quadruple overtime loss to the Detroit Pistons Friday, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Portis will for the first time this season be in the rotation for Saturday’s game against the Knicks.

“Bobby is always attentive,” Hoibqerg said before the game. “He looks you in the …

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