Archive for the ‘Pre-Game’ Category
Posted on Feb 13
Just about everyone in America, it seems, has a torn ACL. Well, a lot of guards in the NBA. Derrick Rose, obviously, for the Bulls, and now Rajon Rondo and Leandro Barbosa for the Celtics.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers before Wednesday’s game was talking about the NBA guards’ greatest fear these days—Iman Shumpert, Ricky Rubio and Eric Maynor also in …
Posted on Feb 1
The Bulls may be taking this first trip ever to play an NBA game in Brooklyn, which rests in the shadow on Manhattan and the Knicks, a bit too seriously.
They’re fielding their second team, though it’s difficult to tell at times as the Bulls for three seasons now have had remarkable success with reserves moving into the starting lineup.…
Posted on Jan 3
Derrick Rose will be there in Miami Friday when the Bulls get their first crack this season at the defending champion Miami Heat. But it’s not quite the same, obviously, with Rose sidelined likely another few months recovering from his knee injury and surgery.
These were the kind of games you circled the calendar for the last few years, the …
Posted on Jan 1
It was coming to the end of the long road trip in late November. The Bulls were the team to beat in Michael Jordan’s first full season after his 1993 retirement.
The Bulls had opened the trip with an overtime win in Dallas, and then they took care of the Spurs, a 62-win team that season working on 59 wins. …
Posted on Dec 11
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul is one person who isn’t surprised about Marco Belinelli’s recent hot stretch.
“He’s one of the best shooters you’ll ever see,” said Paul on Tuesday following his team’s shootaround at the United Center. “The thing is, Beli can shoot off the move [and] he can shoot standstill. So a lot of times, it’s …
Posted on Dec 11
It’s not really a mob because they’re from Los Angeles, where, to quote the great philosopher Neil Diamond, the sun shines most the time and the feeling is lay back.
So call the Los Angeles Clippers’ reserves, who rank among the most substantial in the NBA, the Bench Coterie.
They’re in the United Center with former Bulls coach Vinny Del …
Posted on Nov 20
It’s been an uncertain start to the season for the 5-5 Bulls, though hardly unexpected without the rehabilitating Derrick Rose. So after one game recently back on the team plane, Joakim Noah, averaging a career high 38.8 minutes per game, was looking for some relaxation and distraction. Noah eyed his favorite backgammon set.
And then he thought, “Where’s Omer?”
Posted on Nov 13
There’s no complaining this season — or shouldn’t be — about the annual November road trip starting in Phoenix Wednesday. The Bulls play just four games in the Western Conference over eight days before a final road game in Milwaukee Nov. 24. But in playing the Suns, the Bulls face a bit of a defensive quandary they haven’t quite seen …
Posted on Nov 7
It’s a rematch Thursday for the Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Only this time, unfortunately for the Bulls, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are planning to play.
It was just over two weeks ago in the preseason that the Bulls managed a 94-89 win over the defending Western Conference champions who were resting their two main stars. They may have …
Posted on Oct 26
I must admit I have trouble asking men about certain parts of their anatomy. Well, women, too.
But as the fearsome and fearless if not feckless journalist and prober, all questions must be considered.
So here we go again about Kirk Hinrich’s groin tweak.
I still flinch writing it.
In any case, as expected Hinrich sat out Friday’s final preseason …