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Feb 14

The 2015 NBA All-Star game Sunday in New York City brings with it some of the best visual delights the game can offer with the defending league MVPs in LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the special shooting and panache of Stephen Curry and James Harden and the veteran savvy of Tim Duncan and Chris Paul.

But there are only two …

Feb 14

Perhaps there never would have been a Bulls dynasty without Rod Thorn. After all, the longtime NBA executive was running the Bulls when the team drafted Michael Jordan.

Or maybe things would have been even better if during Thorn’s six years as Bulls general manager the Bulls hadn’t messed up chances to draft Magic Johnson, Maurice Cheeks and Sidney Moncrief …

Feb 13

It was another tough night for American exceptionalism Friday in Brooklyn.

A team of first and second year NBA international players, including Bulls rookie Nikola Mirotic with a game high four three pointers, defeated a team of similar U.S. players 121-112 in the annual All-Star weekend rookies and sophomores game, now known as Rising Stars.

“I was trying to play …

Feb 13

Derrick Rose sliced and diced, he slashed and dashed. The warmth from the community covered him like a familiar blanket in the verbal salutes. The Bulls Thursday on national TNT dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-98, and if it wasn’t exactly like old times, it sure seemed a lot like it and felt awfully good for the Bulls.

“When I’m out …

Feb 11

The Bulls are back! Well, perhaps that may be a bit premature given how they endured in New Orleans after Anthony Davis was injured and survived in Orlando because a young team with an interim coach panicked. And then Tuesday the Bulls pulled away from a deteriorating Sacramento Kings team apparently within days of playing for its third coach this …

Feb 9

The Bulls Sunday with a strong start defeated the Orlando Magic…No, wait! The Bulls Sunday blew a 16-point lead and lost to the Orlando Magic..No, wait! The Bulls Sunday went on a 7-0 run in the last 32.6 seconds to defeat the Orlando Magic…No, wait. Yes, they actually did!

As difficult as it was to believe as to record, the …

Feb 8

The Bulls Saturday certainly made the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce proud. Their stay in New Orleans was the most fun, perhaps the only real fun, the team has had in weeks.

“I’m just happy that we won the game,” said Derrick Rose.

A game. For the Bulls, just like the definition for a change, an activity providing amusement and …

Jan 31

Could the Bulls Friday have stumbled upon something while yet again trying to climb out of one of those deep holes of despair that have kept them from achieving the brilliance so many expected?

It would require a charge of heart, if not mind. But the possibilities are intriguing even as the Bulls headed back to Chicago for a four-day …

Jan 30

See Derrick shoot, shoot Derrick shoot?

That’s been one of the questions for the Bulls in the two games on this Western Conference trip as Rose’s shooting helped the Bulls Tuesday beat the Golden State Warriors in overtime, but then Thursday in Los Angeles Rose came up short on the potential game winner in a rough seven for 26 shooting …

Jan 30

Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers’ leading scorer at more than 22 per game, had just gone out for the season with shoulder surgery. Second leading scorer Nick Young was out injured. The Lakers were starting some guys the Bulls had heard of, but not many along with Jordan Clarkson, Ryan Kelly and Wayne Ellington. The Lakers had lost nine …

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