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Jan 22

Luol Deng is in a good place.

Yes, yes, it’s Cleveland and we know Joakim Noah doesn’t vacation there and the lake no longer is on fire—actually, it’s frozen like in Chicago—and they can’t win in football and baseball and LeBron left and there’s a new Roosevelt book out and they’re making fat jokes about Ohio’s Taft again. But forget …

Jan 21

The Bulls are in Cleveland Wednesday to face the Cavaliers and Luol Deng, the loud, vocal leader, the “guiding hand” for the team’s fortunes as they are referring to him in Cleveland media, the player who can step up and save games with big shots.

So, yes, it seems the Luol Deng whom the Bulls traded to the Cavs earlier …

Jan 20

C’mon, let ‘em hoop!

Or something like that was the message Monday from Kobe Bryant before the Bulls played the Lakers in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day game at the United Center.

Bryant, the Lakers’ great legend, is traveling with the team as he recovers from a fracture in his knee. He suffered the injury a few games after …

Jan 20

The NBA and its teams are again celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a full slate of games.

A total of 10 contests are on the docket, including the Chicago Bulls’ matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers (7 p.m. | WGN-TV | ESPN 1000/WRTO 1200).

The significance of playing on this holiday is not lost on the players or …

Jan 20

Joakim Noah is a big reason why the Bulls have won seven of their last nine games.

And while statistics tell part of the story—Noah has recorded 13.9 points, 14.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 2.00 blocks and 1.20 steals in 35.8 minutes over his last 10 games—it’s the intangibles that separate him as one of the elite centers in the NBA. …

Jan 18

The most memorable part of Marquis Teague’s Bulls career could be Saturday when it apparently ended with a tentative agreement of a trade to the Brooklyn Nets for 6-9 forward Tornike Shengelia, who mostly has played in the D-League.

Teague, a quiet respectful young man who was the Bulls first round draft pick, No. 29 in the 2012 draft, patiently …

Jan 13

After missing last game with a left thigh injury, Jimmy Butler will be back in the lineup when the Bulls host the Washington Wizards on Monday while seeking a sixth straight victory.

“He looks good,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau of Butler on Monday morning. “He went through the whole shootaround and feels a lot better. He’s ready to go.”…

Jan 7

There is only so much grief anyone can go through. It has to have an effect.

That’s perhaps the biggest issue facing the Bulls now not only in the wake of Derrick Rose’s season-ending knee surgery in November, but after Monday’s late night trade of Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Though Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before Tuesday’s game …

Jan 4

Will the Bulls be looking at immortality Saturday when they play the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center? Will the Bulls be defending the greatest shooter in the history of the NBA, Kyle Korver?

It’s certainly a debatable issue given the various criteria to rate shooting in the NBA.

But no one can claim what Kyle Korver can. Korver has …

Jan 2

Brad Stevens may be changing coaching in the NBA. Well, not exactly how the game is played. But the former Butler University coach who looks like he’s still matriculating has been one of the surprise new coaches in the NBA season and going a long way toward changing the attitude of college coaches coming to the NBA.

The Celtics even …

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