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Feb 27

They have been three amigos, even if they don’t exactly spend all their time together. They have been good, bad and ugly on occasion, but hardly stooges. They have become the Bulls Big Three, the current version of the team’s Three Headed Monster: Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Carlos Boozer.

“We bring the juice for this team,” Boozer said following …

Feb 26

It’s not unusual for a lockdown defense to face a high-powered offense when teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences meet.

That will be the case again on Wednesday when the Chicago Bulls try to hand the Golden State Warriors an 11th loss in 12 visits to the United Center.

The Warriors are 10th in the NBA in scoring at …

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 21

If the Chicago Bulls are able to match a season-high with a fifth consecutive victory on Friday night against the visiting Denver Nuggets, they will likely need to rely on one of the team’s staples: defense.

“It’s huge,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau on Friday morning of being ready defensively when facing the Nuggets. “Obviously they can put a lot …

Feb 9

Taj Gibson gets his seventh start of the season Sunday against the Lakers with Carlos Boozer sitting out what he hopes is one more game with a calf injury.

“Hopefully Tuesday,” Boozer said before Sunday’s game about a projected return. “It’s gotten a lot better; still a little tug in my calf, but its gotten a lot better.

“Getting warmed …

Feb 8

You may be able to find happier people than Taj Gibson.

Perhaps someone sitting in their Redondo Beach condo facing the ocean and the beach volleyball players in February. Maybe a mother holding her baby for the first time. Maybe Thibs with game tapes and an empty Berto Center.

But there aren’t many beaming these days quite like Gibson, who …

Feb 5

Benjamin Franklin was one of the great minds in American history, a Founding Father of the country who was a worldwide acclaimed scientist and inventor. He was considered so brilliant that he may even have had Carlos Boozer in mind when he invented the lightning rod.

The lightning rod, of course, was designed to draw the most dangerous flashes and …

Feb 4

Well, it could have been worse.

That was Joakim Noah’s view of relief after being fined $15,000 for his outburst against the officials and ejection in Monday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Though he probably could have made better use of the money. Maybe even a new stocking cap.

The NBA announced before Tuesday’s game against the Phoenix Suns Noah …

Jan 29

It wasn’t quite the Luol Deng emotional reunion, but it was another night with another popular former Bull, Marco Belinelli.

“We hated to lose him,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau before the game as the Bulls brought Joakim Noah and Kirk Hinrich back into the lineup. “Anyone who’s serious about basketball and serious about winning is going to thrive with …

Jan 29

There’s an old TV game show named “Which Bulls Are Going To Play Tonight?”

Good luck, contestants.

“Jo is feeling better today,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said at the morning practice and medical reevaluation. “We’ll see how he does in the shootaround. Kirk is going through shootaround. We’ll see where they are tonight. Both guys are feeling a lot better.”…

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