Archive for the ‘Training Camp’ Category
Posted on Oct 22
After all those mostly underperforming “M’s,” — Minnesota, Milwaukee and Memphis — the Bulls get a look at a real contender Tuesday at the United Center, the Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder.
Though mostly overshadowed by the Lakers and their high profile additions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, most around the NBA still consider the Thunder the favorites …
Posted on Oct 20
So how do you like me now, Carlos Boozer might have been saying Friday night in the Bulls’ 92-81 preseason victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Boozer didn’t say anything of the sort as he doesn’t much speak that way. But it was the kind of game—24 points, mostly with strong post moves, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals—that many …
Posted on Oct 16
Taj Gibson may be the Bulls, at least the Bulls without Derrick Rose.
“It’s up to us to fill in the blank spots and recover for what we lost and do what we need to do,” Gibson said as with the Bulls also preparing to host the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday at the United Center in the team’s fourth preseason game. …
Posted on Oct 9
When the Bulls took the court and opened the preseason against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday at the United Center, they did so with a different look.
The most significant change, of course, was that Derrick Rose remains on the sideline as he rehabs a torn ACL. With Rose out, Kirk Hinrich started at point guard in his return to …
Posted on Oct 9
It didn’t appear like the Bulls would able to count on Luol Deng this season.
Deng seemed to be facing wrist surgery. Nevertheless, he was playing in the Olympics, which produced some tension between he and management. There were trade rumors.
But as the Bulls prepare to open the preseason Tuesday at the United Center against the Memphis Grizzlies, Deng …
Posted on Oct 2
Maybe this 2012-13 Bulls season, or at least the part until and whether Derrick Rose can return to play, will and should be known as “Booz and Rip unchained.”
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” Carlos Boozer said. “I did a lot of things this summer. I’ve got a lot to show.”
Added Richard Hamilton: “I probably have to …
Posted on Oct 2
The NBA officially opens its season, as it did Monday, with so-called “media day,” which is not unlike baseball in February. You know, when the Cubs believe they can win a World Series and Ozzie Guillen isn’t going to say or do anything stupid this year.
It’s the time when anything is possible, and sometimes it is.
So why can’t …
Posted on Dec 15
It’s been 203 days since that discouraging, draining May 26 night in the United Center. But now: They’re back!
The Bulls Friday again play NBA basketball, the first of two preseason games before the opening of the labor-shortened, 66-game season Christmas Day against the Lakers. The Bulls Friday visit the Indiana Pacers, whom they defeated in a rugged five game …
Posted on Dec 6
The Bulls are a potential championship team for the 2011-12 season.
But they’ll be fortunate to win 50 games.
And maybe not that many early in a brutal stretch of 30 games in 50 nights, the Frightening Fifty days.
It will include seven of the first nine on the road, 19 games in January and a nine games in 12 …
Posted on Oct 3
Last week, I wrote my main story from Bulls training camp.
I called it “The indispensable man: Carlos Boozer.”
Yes, there’s still almost a month before the beginning of the season, and it’s not a knee injury or a season ended. But it was a huge blow to the Bulls when the team announced Sunday afternoon that Boozer had …