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Dec 23

The long delayed NBA season finally begins Sunday, Christmas Day, and for the first time in more than a decade, Bulls fans are excited, really excited.

David Axelrod will concur. David’s been busy these days with his main job, chief strategist for President Obama’s re-election campaign after serving two years in the White House as the president’s senior advisor. But …

Dec 9

When the New Orleans Hornets’ trade of Chris Paul to the Lakers was revealed Thursday, the first thing I thought about was Bowie Kuhn in 1976 invoking the Best Interests of Baseball clause to stop the Oakland Athletics and Charlie Finley from selling his stars Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers to the Red Sox and Vida Blue to the Yankees, …

Dec 6

The Bulls are a potential championship team for the 2011-12 season.

But they’ll be fortunate to win 50 games.

And maybe not that many early in a brutal stretch of 30 games in 50 nights, the Frightening Fifty days.

It will include seven of the first nine on the road, 19 games in January and a nine games in 12 …

Jun 24

I’d grade the Bulls draft pretty well, though incomplete for now given we won’t know for a few years what they have in Nikola Mirotic, the 6-10 scoring forward from Montenegro whom the Bulls acquired for their Nos. 28 and 43 picks.

So they add for their roster just Marquette’s Jimmy Butler, a rugged big/guard small forward defender.

And the …

Jun 23

Below is my pick-by-pick reaction to the 2011 NBA Draft as it unfolded live on June 23.

1. Cleveland: Kyrie Irving As expected. I still have my doubts, though not because I dislike Irving. The tactic, to me, was to pick Derrick Williams and get a point guard at 4, either Knight or Irving as Minnesota isn’t taking a point …

May 10

The Bulls received the most votes for NBA Executive of the Year.

But they did not win.

Perhaps the NBA figured with the MVP and Coach of the Year that already was too much.

Actually, Bulls general manager Gar Forman and Miami’s Pat Riley Tuesday were named co-winners of the NBA’s Executive of the Year award.

But in a …

Feb 24

On Wednesday, Heat forward Juwan Howard made headlines when he tabbed Bulls guard Derrick Rose over his teammate, LeBron James, as his choice for NBA MVP.

Following the Heat’s shootaround at the United Center on Thursday, Howard didn’t back off that stance. But perhaps more surprisingly, Rose picked up additional support from another member of the Heat, this time from …

Feb 22

Here comes Joakim back to play Wednesday, and here comes the Miami Heat Thursday to the United Center, as the unofficial post All-Star break stretch drive begins Tuesday in the NBA. If the playoffs started today, it would be Bulls and–uh oh–Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks?

Yes, the much anticipated and too much discussed trade finally is expected to be finalized Tuesday …

Feb 21

What would it have been like if LeBron James came to the Bulls last summer?

Let me say despite what you may have heard or believe, Derrick Rose did nothing to discourage James. But had he come to Chicago, Rose might have turned into a shooting guard.

Because for much of Sunday’s fairly mundane NBA All-Star game won by the …

Feb 20

Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade, the two Chicago guys, stood side by side Saturday morning near the top of the three point circle, watching the Eastern All-Stars going through some light drills preparing for Sunday’s NBA All-Star game.

Rose laughed as Wade leaned into his ear and said something, Wade’s arm around Rose’s shoulder. Just two contented teammates.

Sure, but …

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