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Jul 18

Phil Jackson knows greatness. He’s seen it in Pau Gasol, who helped Jackson’s Lakers win two NBA titles. And when Gasol’s career is finished, presumably after this run with the Bulls, Jackson believes there’ll be a place for Gasol among the immortals of the game.

“He will be a Hall of Fame entry after his career,” Jackson wrote me in …

Jul 13

The Bulls are getting the band back together. At least with a few new members.

The Bulls Sunday agreed to terms on a two-year deal with veteran point guard Kirk Hinrich. Former first round draft pick Nikola Mirotic also posted on his Twitter account–as Pau Gasol did Saturday–that he was signing with the Bulls. Mirotic’s deal is estimated at three …

Jul 13

The Bulls apparently are about to introduce the next Big Three: Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol.

Not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven… wins hopefully by Thanksgiving.

Gasol, 34, the four-time All-Star who vied with Dwight Howard four years ago to be considered the league’s best center when he helped the Los Angeles …

Jul 11

So LeBron James is returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s been long speculated, though few believed it would occur this soon. Though few saw Dwyane Wade’s knees giving out so quickly, as well.

So now the questions come fast:

What will Carmelo Anthony do? Take an offer from the Bulls to start the Greatest Central Division Rivalry of …

Mar 8

Carmelo Anthony is not going anywhere as a free agent this summer. That’s because next summer LeBron James is going to join him in New York.

Yes, the heck with leading stories four months in advance of free agency. I’m going with 16 months. After all, it’s then easier for everyone to forget if you get it wrong.

Sources who …

Jan 7

Monday night’s move that sent longtime Bulls forward Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers was one made with the team’s long-term future in mind.

Yet it was hardly an easy decision to make.

As he explained the process of how the trade came to fruition, Exec. VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson in his opening comments on Tuesday at the …

Dec 13

There are a few reasons veteran guard D.J. Augustin is happy he ended up with the Chicago Bulls. One of them is so he doesn’t have to face the team he’s now on.

“I always hated playing against the Bulls,” Augustin said on Friday morning as he made his way with Assistant General Manager Randy Brown to Milwaukee to join …

Jul 10

It’s tough to be the next great one. Grant Hill and Vince Carter never much cared for that Next Jordan label, and many others have tripped up being advertised as the next Wilt or Russell or Oscar or Magic or Bird.

Mike Dunleavy Jr. as well since being a good shooting, unselfish, ball handling white guy, well, you have to …

May 17

Probably someone in this stats infested sports world measures it, though I haven’t seen it yet. But the Bulls probably just completed the best ever 45-win regular season with a second round playoff loss.

Of course, they knew they’d be missing for part, and it turned out all, their best player and a former league MVP, Derrick Rose. But then …

Mar 5

So what do you want from a starting shooting guard?

Obviously, someone who can average in double figures scoring and spread the floor with three point shooting. Though it also would be a plus if he could handle the ball and make plays, allowing your high level point guard, as Isiah Thomas famously did on the way to two championships …

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