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Apr 22

Love is what truly makes Joakim Noah who he is.

Love of his family, who was there Monday when Noah received the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, love of his teammates, whom he credited for his success, love of the fans, who thrill to his passion, and love of the game, a love that is on display …

Apr 3

As March Madness comes to an end, Joakim Noah and Nazr Mohammed will be keeping track of this weekend’s Final Four games with a vested interest.

Noah is a former Florida Gator, while Mohammed spent three seasons with the Kentucky Wildcats.

Florida, the tournament’s top overall seed, will face the University of Connecticut, coached by former Bulls guard Kevin Ollie, …

Mar 27

There’s been a buzz lately around the Bulls and the NBA that Taj Gibson should be a strong candidate to win the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.

And, indeed, he deserves to be among the leaders, if not the winner.

TNT broadcaster Steve Kerr suggested it during a Bulls national broadcast last month. And Gibson admitted earlier this …

Mar 25

Kirk Hinrich suffers in silence. But you knew he was suffering.

“I felt like I had a good rhythm on my shot,” Hinrich way saying late Monday night after his third quarter shooting and scoring that was crucial in the Bulls’ 89-77 win over the Indiana Pacers. “I wanted to come out in the second half and be aggressive. Coming …

Mar 19

The Bulls will be watching their national team player when USA Basketball opens play Aug. 30 in the World Cup basketball tournament.

Yes, how will Erik Murphy do?

“There’s nothing like playing for the national team,” said the Bulls seldom used rookie forward as the team prepares to play the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday. “It’s going to be awesome. I’m really …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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