Archive for the ‘Berto Center/Practice’ Category
Posted on Oct 5
With the long-awaited return of Derrick Rose finally here, one might expect the star point guard to have a case of the butterflies.
But Rose reported no such emotions as he prepared for the team’s morning shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Saturday.
“I’m good,” said Rose, whose Bulls will face the Pacers at 6 p.m. CT on …
Posted on Oct 5
In the pantheon of greatly anticipated exhibition games, oxymoron that it is, Saturday’s in the Indianapolis basketball temple ranks among the most significant, a great welcome back for one of the NBA’s basketball gods.
Or at least most everyone still hopes.
“I’m just playing the same way I normally do,” Derrick Rose promised after Bulls practice Friday, displaying the sort …
Posted on Oct 3
The Bulls knew they were getting one of the NBA’s premier shooters when they added Mike Dunleavy on the first day of official free agent signings this summer.
But aside from that, two things have stood out about Dunleavy after a handful of practices—his off the charts aptitude for the sport and his ability to pass the ball.
“He’s a …
Posted on Oct 2
It wasn’t until last season that Jimmy Butler saw meaningful minutes on a regular basis, so he has yet to truly experience playing alongside Derrick Rose in the backcourt.
That is about to change, as Rose, Butler and the Bulls will play the first of eight preseason games Saturday when they visit the Indiana Pacers.
And both players, who spent …
Posted on Oct 1
It’s not quite for the 2013-14 Bulls “The Last Dance,” Phil Jackson’s famous declaration that the 1997-98 season would be–and was–the last one together for that championship core of the 1990’s Bulls.
But Jackson, the brilliant motivator and strategist, successfully was able to unite an aging Bulls team for a successful run, in part, because of the way he portrayed …
Posted on Sep 28
They were bursting with pride around the Berto Center Saturday morning. All the big guys were there, sitting on folding chairs at one end of the court. They all were watching the kid, their kid in a sense, though not so much a kid anymore, take his metaphorical first steps, Derrick’s Rose first true full scrimmaging with his teammates since …
Posted on Sep 9
One of the more cultured players in the NBA, Joakim Noah, as usual, has enjoyed an eventful offseason with trips to Africa and China.
But the Bulls center is back in Chicago now for most of September with the team set to open training camp at the Berto Center in just two and a half weeks.
While Noah has battled …
Posted on May 14
Don’t believe me. NBA history says this Bulls season is about to end. Eight times in NBA history a team trailing 3-1 in the playoffs, as the Bulls are to the Miami Heat with Game 5 in Miami Wednesday, has come back to win a seven game series.
That’s in the 194 times teams have trailed 3-1, making it a …
Posted on May 12
Joakim Noah is among those who expect the physical nature of Chicago’s Eastern Conference Semifinals series against the Miami Heat to continue when the teams meet for Game 4 at the United Center on Monday night.
But he takes it a step further, saying it’s essential for the Bulls, who trail 2-1, to succeed.
“It’s our only chance,” Noah said …
Posted on May 9
If the Bulls have a slogan for this season, it might be, “Don’t mind me, I’m just over here bleeding.”
The Bulls trudged back to Chicago for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Friday against the Miami Heat in the United Center as perhaps the least euphoric team to have taken away home court advantage.
That maybe was less …