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Feb 26

Sometimes basketball can be like poetry, its interconnected movements evoking a dramatic and creative art.

Often it is not, like in the last few minutes Tuesday of the Bulls’ 107-103 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Let me count the ways to the depths, breath and heights of old and new griefs which enabled the Bulls to salvage the win, their …

Feb 23

The Bulls can say again it was just one bad quarter, like it was when they were blown out opening night in Miami. It was that way again Sunday as the Bulls played even with the Heat other than a third quarter domination that resulted in a 93-79 Miami win.

“When we play the Miami Heat our intensity has to …

Feb 23

Tony Snell certainly was excited during that game back in October, not only his first game as an NBA player, but actually at the championship ring ceremony for his favorite player when he was growing up, LeBron James.

“It was crazy,” Snell recalled. “They’re having the ring ceremony, I’m standing there, this is LeBron James and the Heat.”

And then …

Feb 22

Now is as good a time as any for the Bulls to test themselves, coming off Friday’s most one-sided win of the season, 117-89 over the Denver Nuggets for their fifth consecutive win and season-best four games over .500. It’s not only a nice time to get out of Chicago to Miami, but perhaps the best time this season to …

Feb 21

One of the big reasons for the success and popularity of Charles Barkley is he’s such a good sport when he faces personal joking and kidding. Compared to say, Shaquille O’Neal, who seems always wanting to beat up someone. Big guys never can take a joke.

The TNT broadcast crew has a favorite gimmick for Barkley. They give Barkley five …

Feb 20

In Bulls franchise lore, it may become known as, “the Block.”

Or it may not.

But Jimmy Butler’s game-saving block on All-Star DeMar DeRozan with 2.4 seconds remaining Wednesday enabled the Bulls to pull out a 94-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors, Chicago’s fourth straight win to move to 28-25, a half-game behind third place Toronto in the Eastern Conference.…

Feb 17

It was the highest ever scoring NBA All-Star Game, a 163-155 dunk-a-thon in New Orleans Sunday won by the Eastern Conference.

Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving was named MVP with 31 points and 14 assists, while Carmelo Anthony made a record eight three-pointers and scored 30 points as the East rallied from an 18-point third quarter deficit. Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin …

Feb 15

The NBA All-Star Game is not Joakim Noah’s kind of game.

But not for the reasons you may think.

The Bulls passionate center is not going to dunk backward on the fast break or throw one off the backboard to himself or throw a behind the back full court pass or step aside and let someone show off a bit. …

Feb 15

There is a secret to the Bulls’ success, however limited it still remains, and Joakim Noah gave it away Friday.

His Bulls, and they have become his this season as much as ever–if there is such a thing, anyway, in a team game–with Derrick Rose out and Luol Deng traded as they have continued to surprise and impress going into …

Feb 14

It was one of the great rides of my life, and it was in a Chicago taxi. It was just about 30 years ago and I spent the day with one of the great Chicago athletes of all time, Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, who not only was one of the great pioneers of the NBA as one of its first black …

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