Archive for the ‘Up Close’ Category

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Dec 4

Luol Deng always has been a man, a United Nations Refuge Humanitarian of the Year award winner, the NBA’s Sportsmanship award winner, an ICON role model award from a major entertainment publication and various community service commendations.

Now Deng has to be, “the Man,” that much identified, if somewhat of a contradictory designation in a team sport.

“It’s something I’ve …

Mar 5

So what do you want from a starting shooting guard?

Obviously, someone who can average in double figures scoring and spread the floor with three point shooting. Though it also would be a plus if he could handle the ball and make plays, allowing your high level point guard, as Isiah Thomas famously did on the way to two championships …

Mar 22

My friend, Lacy Banks, died Wednesday. He was a much accomplished man, from his military service to his Baptist church preaching and decades writing for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Lacy had a rich singing voice he used in concerts and in church. But it was his voice for equality that always resonated most deeply with me and was an inspiration.

One …

Feb 23

The NBA’s annual midseason gala is going to have a distinct Bulls tint with Derrick Rose among the Eastern Conference starters, Luol Deng in his first All-Star appearance an Eastern Conference reserve, and Tom Thibodeau coaching the East team.

Joining Thibodeau will be his staff of assistant coaches, Ron Adams, Adrian Griffin, Mike Wilhelm, Ed Pinckney, Rick Brunson and Andy …

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