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Mar 9

Joakim Noah isn’t the best player in the NBA. We know that. Nobody is saying he is. But what exactly is a Most Valuable Player? Someone whose passion, enthusiasm and model inspires an entire team, if not a city? Someone whose will, desire and determination helps a team become more than it is supposed to be and perhaps eventually as …

Mar 3

We don’t expect Joakim Noah to say it like Derrick Rose did a few years back, though there was nothing wrong with that. But why can’t Joakim Noah be the NBA’s Most Valuable Player?

Which is what we all thought when Rose said so before the 2010-11 NBA season.

C’mon, are you serious?

But as the Bulls were preparing to …

Mar 2

Talk about your New York minute.

It’s been said as the time between the light turning green and a New Yorker blowing the car horn. It’s lately been the time between when an NBA game starts and the Knicks contemplating the postgame meal.

It was the time Sunday in the Bulls’ eventual 109-90 victory that Joakim Noah had three assists …

Mar 1

The Bulls aren’t this good, are they?

They’re in Dallas Friday night, and they’ve fought back from 16 points behind to take an 84-80 lead early in the fourth quarter, the highlight occurring with Joakim Noah literally diving over Dirk Nowitzki to corral a loose ball and call time out. But the Bulls then have five empty possessions, one with …

Feb 27

If Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are the greatest shooting backcourt in NBA history, like Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson likes to say, then the Bulls Wednesday produced one of the great defensive games of all time.

Except the Bulls’ 103-83 victory over the Warriors in which Curry was held to five points and no Warriors starter scored in …

Feb 23

The Bulls can say again it was just one bad quarter, like it was when they were blown out opening night in Miami. It was that way again Sunday as the Bulls played even with the Heat other than a third quarter domination that resulted in a 93-79 Miami win.

“When we play the Miami Heat our intensity has to …

Feb 22

Now is as good a time as any for the Bulls to test themselves, coming off Friday’s most one-sided win of the season, 117-89 over the Denver Nuggets for their fifth consecutive win and season-best four games over .500. It’s not only a nice time to get out of Chicago to Miami, but perhaps the best time this season to …

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 14

This Bulls team took a hard right cross with Derrick Rose’s season ending injury and then a stunning uppercut when Luol Deng was traded. The mantra was to go out and play the games. They didn’t admit it, but they wondered. Was it too much of a beating? Was a knockout looming?

“Yeah, I did have doubts,” Joakim Noah admitted …

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 …

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