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Nov 20

As the Bulls embark on the first of two six-game road trips this season, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, in typical fashion, isn’t about to skip any steps.

“The way we’ve always approached it—and we’re not going to change—is that we’re not looking at it as a long road trip,” stated Thibodeau on Tuesday. “We’re just looking at it as getting …

Nov 11

When the Bulls host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, Derrick Rose and Kyrie Irving will cross paths for the first time in their basketball careers.

Widely regarded as two of the top point guards in the game, Rose in his fifth season and Irving in his third season have never faced off due to one or the other being …

Nov 8

The Chicago Bulls know there is always room for improvement.

After a 1-3 start, that’s become even more evident, but Joakim Noah and the Bulls are hopeful that Friday’s game against the winless Utah Jazz at the United Center will help get them moving in the right direction.

“We’re a work in progress,” said Noah following the team’s Friday morning …

Nov 6

There used to be this 1960’s TV show which you can still find on reruns, the Munsters, about a curious family led by a gentle Frankenstein sort of family head who thumped around somewhat awkwardly in heavy boots.

No, it wasn’t Pacers center Roy Hibbert.

But Indiana’s somewhat deliberate 7-2 center suddenly has become a center of attention, a monster …

Nov 5

The Bulls, especially coach Tom Thibodeau, do not like to talk about games being crucial or vital, especially this early in the season. But when Chicago visits the Indiana Pacers Wednesday, it’s something of a showdown given Indiana’s undefeated start and that the Bulls and Pacers are considered rivals for the defending champion Miami Heat.

“For us getting off to …

Nov 1

The Bulls now pretty much know their No. 1 guy is healthy and ready to go, Derrick Rose making his points most dramatically Friday with a fantastic running shot to beat the Knicks with 5.7 seconds remaining.

But as the Bulls Saturday are in Philadelphia to play one of the remaining two undefeated teams in the Eastern Conference, the concern …

Oct 31

Derrick Rose is dealing with a sore neck but the Bulls point guard doesn’t expect it to sideline him for Thursday’s home opener against the New York Knicks.

Rose is under the assumption he tweaked his neck at some point during Chicago’s regular season opener in Miami on Tuesday, though he doesn’t know exactly when it happened.

“I don’t know …

Oct 31

Much changes quickly in sports, and so it is for the Bulls who a few days ago were having visions of championships as they headed for Miami to open the season against the two-time defending champions.

So Thursday as the Bulls prepare to play their home opener against the Knicks, also on national TNT, the issue is whether the Bulls …

Oct 29

It was like the Finals Tuesday before the beginning, the first game day shootaround before the first game of the 2013-14 NBA season.

The TV networks, TNT and ESPN, were there with cameras rolling as the Bulls prepared to play the Miami Heat in Miami’s first game since winning the championship in the same arena five months ago. The commissioner’s …

Oct 28

The Bulls aren’t certain what they’ll be doing when the Miami Heat receive their championship rings and raise their 2013 title banner before Tuesday’s NBA season opener between the Bulls and Heat.

Though it would be hardly surprising if there’s some Black Eyed Peas lyrics making the rounds:

“Let’s get it started in here;

Let’s get it started in here.”…

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