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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.”…

Jan 27

When the Bulls signed D.J. Augustin on Dec. 13, it was a move about needs for both parties involved.

With Derrick Rose out for the season and Kirk Hinrich about to miss the first of five games with a back injury, the Bulls needed a point guard and a scorer. Enter Augustin, who after being let go by the Toronto …

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 …

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