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Mar 2

And then there were none.

Taj Gibson, who was the only Bulls player not to miss a game in yet another injury marred season, Wednesday had to sit out with a hamstring strain he suffered in Tuesday’s loss in Miami.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said it was, ‘tightness right in the belly of his hamstring,” and the team would evaluate …

Mar 2

There are certain numbers in sports you don’t forget.

There’s 100 for basketball, 714, 56 and 60 in baseball, and also 42. Obviously, 23 in the NBA and 99 in hockey. And now 67.5 for the Bulls, which was the historic shooting percentage they gave up Tuesday in a 129-111 loss to the Miami Heat.

It not only was the …

Mar 1

In many ways, America is a compassionate country, proud of its soldiers who serve, good Samaritans and charitable endeavors, billions donated in money and time annually. But we are not often an understanding country.

There is a difference.

Rich people can’t really understand, as much as they may try, what it’s like to be poor. White people cannot fully understand …

Feb 29

The Bulls need a super Tuesday perhaps as much as Bernie Sanders and Marco Rubio.

They may have about as much chance the way things have primarily gone for the Bulls in this NBA season.

“The big thing, hopefully, is getting our guys back, and if we do that, it’s going out there and…,” paused Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg Monday …

Feb 28

We hear so often in sports and business and life about the rewards of hard work, that if you give the effort and commit to success it’s there for you. But often the reality of talent interferes. Sometimes no matter how hard you try and how much you care and crave success and commit to it, it can elude you …

Feb 27

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg Friday seemed pondering among disappointed, disgusted and dismayed over the Bulls mostly passionless and relatively uncompetitive 103-88 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

The adjectives were about the only “D” that seemed to define a Bulls team that trailed since the opening minutes of the game.

“We took a step back today,” Hoiberg said.

If so, it …

Feb 25

The Bulls Wednesday had a pair of high scoring All-Stars on the bench watching, injured Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose, the latter who was a late scratch with hamstring and leg soreness issues. The visiting Washington Wizards had a pair of high scoring stars in the game, Bradley Beal with a team high 19 points and John Wall with 16 …

Feb 22

It’s easy to conclude it was just the woebegone Lakers whom the Bulls defeated impressively Sunday, a 126-115 victory mostly overshadowed by Kobe Bryant’s final game in Chicago. The Lakers are 11-46 and just trying to get all of this over.

So perhaps the Bulls shooting 55.7 percent and 13 of 19 on threes with 30 assists is merely the …

Feb 22

The Bulls 126-115 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Lakers was the undercard of the main event, the Kobe Bryant Farewell Tour marking Bryant’s final game in Chicago.

With a Bulls victory and Bryant playing as well as he has this season with a team best 22 points and a third quarter sequence of four straight basket on baseline fadeaway …

Feb 20

But what if; what if Doug McDermott could play like he did Friday in the Bulls’ desperately needed 116-106 victory over the Toronto Raptors? Not that McDermott should routinely score 30 points, which was his career high, including 14 in the fourth quarter when the Raptors narrowed a 12-point fourth quarter Bulls lead to 12. Oh, oh. Not another late …

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