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Apr 14

American reporters were waiting patiently outside the Bulls locker room late Monday after the Bulls dominant 113-86 victory over the Brooklyn Nets that at least clinched first round home court advantage. Nikola Mirotic, who led the Bulls with 26 points with a barrage of six three pointers in a second half blowout, was finishing up interviews with Spanish media.

Mirotic …

Apr 13

Derrick Rose says he doesn’t think about it much, and perhaps that’s a good thing. Because Rose is now just a few days away from what could be walking off the court for the first time in a playoff game since May 11, 2011.

“Being in the playoffs is an honor,” Rose was saying after Bulls practice in Manhattan Monday …

Apr 12

Yes, there he was again Saturday. You know, that Derrick Rose, the one who gives the Bulls a chance, as they so often say, to do something special this season.

That Derrick Rose was there for the Bulls when they were about to lose a game to the Philadelphia 76ers that would have to continue to raise doubts about the …

Apr 10

Maybe it was Nazr Mohammed’s halftime speech, a stem winder after the Bulls trailed Miami 51-32 and shot three of 24 in the second quarter. “Nazr, he really chewed us out,” said Taj Gibson, who had all three second quarter scores. Maybe it was Derrick Rose in his second game back from knee surgery with a dozen points and drawing …

Apr 9

Derrick Rose Wednesday returned from knee surgery and a six-week absence and had an encouraging bounce in his step. The Bulls, well, they didn’t look quite as energized in a 105-103 loss to the Orlando Magic.

“Tough loss, bad loss on our part because it’s a game we needed, a game we should have wanted 100 million times more than …

Apr 8

They’re in Orlando; there’s five games left to the regular season; they’re in third place and they’re wearing Rose colored glasses. Hit it!

“Just try tonight and see where it takes me,” said Derrick Rose, who is expected if there are no setbacks at morning practice to make his return from his February 27 meniscus surgery when the Bulls play …

Apr 7

Is he ready?

Is he back?

It’s beginning to look more and more like Derrick Rose’s latest return from knee surgery could be Wednesday in Orlando.

Unless it isn’t.

Sorry about that. Actually, I do believe Rose will play Wednesday when the Bulls visit the Magic. Why else would I go to Orlando when it’s 44 degrees and overcast in …

Apr 5

Joakim Noah was in the shower Sunday following the Bulls 99-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers rapping. There were lyrics that had something to do with Tony Snell. It didn’t seem like Noah was destined for a new career. Pau Gasol munched at a buffet while Jimmy Butler slipped into something with lots of black and white and gray patterns …

Apr 4

It wasn’t looking like the greatest night in a great season for Pau Gasol even as Gasol was recording his 50th double/double of the season Friday, the first Bull to do so since Charles Oakley in 1986-87.

The Bulls had blown basically all of a 16-point lead to the Pistons—much as they’d blown a 19-point lead to Detroit two weeks …

Apr 4

What did Magic Johnson call it? Winnin’ Time, right? For the Bulls, amazingly enough, it continues to be Nikola Mirotic time. It’s also enough to say with Mirotic Friday being named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for the second time this season that Mirotic should be Rookie of the Year.

Really, there aren’t many more unexpected stories this …

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