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Jan 18

You know how you have this girlfriend or boyfriend who is really nice and fun and you enjoy them. But they’re not exactly perfect, and wouldn’t it be nicer if they looked just a little better? And then you find someone who does, and what do you know, they can’t play defense.

“The way that they play, that’s the way …

Jan 17

One of the great teams in NBA history was the late 1980’s Los Angeles Lakers. When they won the NBA title in 1987, they gave up the 12th most points in the league. When they repeated in 1988, they gave up the 11th most points and were ninth in shooting defense.

Welcome to the 2014-15 Bulls: Showtime II?

“The bottom …

Jan 15

Some months you look like a title contender, like December when the Bulls defeated the Trailblazers, Grizzlies, Raptors, Pelicans and Wizards.

And then there’s January.

Which has produced losses to Utah, Orlando and now twice to the Washington Wizards in less than a week, the latter Wednesday, 105-99 despite 32 points from Derrick Rose.

And, hey, only six games left …

Jan 13

It was a difficult night Monday for the Bulls in the Retnec Detinu, where they lost 121-114 to the Orlando Magic, the fifth time this season the Bulls have lost at home to a losing team with now more than half their losses on the season to teams with records below .500.

Welcome to the Bizarro World of the 2014-15 …

Jan 11

It was the first game for Pau Gasol after he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008. Gasol took a pass, spun and put the ball in smoothly. Kobe Bryant lit up. As he ran back on defense, he yelled to coach Phil Jackson, “We’ve got a big man.”

And so do the Bulls, who got one of …

Jan 10

The Bulls lineup bingo continued Saturday as the Bulls opened against the Bucks with their 11th different starting lineup of the season with Derrick Rose added to the injury list.

Rose was declared out before the game with the Bucks after coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose was suffering knee soreness.

It didn’t appear it was serious, and it’s possible that …

Jan 9

In the NBA’s era-of-the-guard, Friday figures to be another one directly to the point in Washington.

“This is like the point guard era,” said Derrick Rose, the only one active now who has a league Most Valuable Player award. “Every guard you play against, no matter what team they’re on, you’re playing against great guards. No matter if they’re in …

Jan 8

Pau Gasol seems almost certain to earn his first All-Star game start, according to the latest fan voting returns released Thursday.

Gasol remains second among Eastern Conference front court players behind only votes leader LeBron James. Carmelo Anthony is third followed by Chris Bosh and Kevin Love. The top three players will be starters. Gasol has almost a 200,000-vote margin …

Jan 8

You know how it goes in life. Some days bug, some days windshield; some days statue, some days pigeon; some days dog and some days hydrant; some days the baby and some days the diaper; some days sitting in the living room and telling your wife you never want to live in a vegetative state dependent on some machine and …

Jan 6

The Houston Rockets’ James Harden came into the United Center Monday night as the reigning Western Conference Player of the Month and presumptive favorite for league Most Valuable Player. The Bulls Jimmy Butler not only outscored Harden, but Butler held Harden to three points and 0-9 shooting in the second half and drew a vital offensive foul on Harden in …

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