Archive for the ‘Up Close’ Category
Posted on Feb 23
Tony Snell certainly was excited during that game back in October, not only his first game as an NBA player, but actually at the championship ring ceremony for his favorite player when he was growing up, LeBron James.
“It was crazy,” Snell recalled. “They’re having the ring ceremony, I’m standing there, this is LeBron James and the Heat.”
And then …
Posted on Feb 15
The NBA All-Star Game is not Joakim Noah’s kind of game.
But not for the reasons you may think.
The Bulls passionate center is not going to dunk backward on the fast break or throw one off the backboard to himself or throw a behind the back full court pass or step aside and let someone show off a bit. …
Posted on Feb 15
There is a secret to the Bulls’ success, however limited it still remains, and Joakim Noah gave it away Friday.
His Bulls, and they have become his this season as much as ever–if there is such a thing, anyway, in a team game–with Derrick Rose out and Luol Deng traded as they have continued to surprise and impress going into …
Posted on Feb 12
Derrick Rose not only said he wasn’t depressed about his latest injury setback, but he wanted to know who even said he was. He didn’t say anything about disliking the Bulls’ rebuilding plans going forward, which was suggested in anonymous reports a few months back. He didn’t seem upset about the Luol Deng trade, said he wasn’t really even thinking …
Posted on Feb 9
Long before Adam Silver was appointed NBA Commissioner, which happened just eight days ago, he was like the rest of us – a fan of the game.
“I’ve always been such a huge basketball fan. And I kind of stumbled into the NBA,” admits Silver, who started out working as a lawyer in New York, which led to an opportunity …
Posted on 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 …
Posted on Jan 7
It’s a sad day for Bulls fans.
Yes, plenty of them wanted Luol Deng traded once Derrick Rose was hurt and out for the season with the possibility of a championship lost, Deng a free agent and possibly leaving after the season for a better contract or weather. Plenty of fans wanted a shot at a young player in the …
Posted on Dec 7
Bulls forward Taj Gibson is known around the team, at least to his buddy Joakim Noah, as Tagy-woo.
But around the NBA these days it’s been Tagy-Wow!
The fifth-year forward is off to the best start of his career, and he’ll need to continue that as the Bulls Saturday face one of the top young front lines in the NBA …
Posted on Dec 5
I’m riding with Derrick Rose.
Derrick Rose is as well, which is probably the more significant part.
“I’m not done,” Rose said Thursday in his first appearance before media since his season ending knee injury Nov. 22. “I know that He’s preparing me for something bigger. Of course, right now when you’re living in the moment, you just don’t understand …
Posted on Dec 5
Less than two weeks removed from season-ending knee surgery, Derrick Rose was on hand at the United Center to discuss the injury and what lies ahead as he endures another rehabilitation process.
There is no doubt Rose has a long road ahead in terms of the physical aspects, though not as severe as when he worked his way back from …