Posts Tagged ‘james johnson’

Dec 22

There are many routes to a starting position in the NBA.

Obviously high level talent is one. But increasingly in the NBA, players are entering so young and with their games unexplored, their maturity level undeveloped. They enter a grown up world really without enough preparation.

The great ones adjust quickly; the great majority face the test that determines the …

Nov 14

A funny thing happened to the Bulls Thursday on the way to an impressive 100-93 victory over the conference leading Toronto Raptors, the Bulls’ fifth consecutive road win without a loss.

Derrick Rose, who had 20 points with the Bulls leading by seven with 1:53 remaining after being up by 18 a few minutes earlier, slipped on a drive and …

Dec 31

The Memphis Grizzlies are the Bulls’ kind of Western Conference team. They don’t score much or shoot well and can’t make threes. They like to run down the clock until they have to force up a contested shot, but they’re willing to give you a shot of another sort. Yeah, they can play those guys.

And the Bulls did Monday, …

Dec 2

It turns out Richard Hamilton tore his plantar fascia in his left foot late in the third quarter of the Bulls Saturday night win over the 76ers, according to Bulls sources.

But that’s sort of the good news.

Plantar fasciitis, the painful inflammation on the bottom of the foot, can last months. At times, treatment will include a tear so …

Nov 1

Yes, it was Halloween night. Joakim Noah was wearing his stocking cap pulled down low over his ears as he sat in the sweltering Bulls locker room after the team’s gritty (we’ll hear that a lot this season) 93-87 opening night victory over the Sacramento Kings. Noah’s colorful pants hung baggy and loose, though it all was no costume. Just …

Jun 28

1. New Orleans: Anthony Davis, Kentucky. There’s been so little discussion about Davis because he’s the consensus No. 1, if not personally exciting. When Rose was top pick there still was debate about whether the pick would be Michael Beasley. When LeBron was No. 1, there was discussion about LeBron because many thought he was the king of England. Davis …

Mar 25

The Bulls clearly don’t believe they can lose to the Toronto Raptors. And try as the Bulls might Saturday in being outrebounded, outshot and generally outplayed, the Bulls were right.

They defeated the Raptors 102-101 in overtime for the second time in four days despite trailing badly much of the game and in the fourth quarter both times before Luol …

Mar 22

Basketball is a pretty simple game. Figure your team is tired, trailing by eight with about 10 minutes left, a little underwhelmed by the opposition and still without the league MVP and its starting backcourt while playing a league most 26th road game.

So you dig in a bit on defense. And hope John Lucas III and Kyle Korver can …

Jan 15

It hadn’t been a great night for Taj Gibson and the men of the Bulls Bench Mob, giving up an early 13-point lead the starters had created against the Toronto Raptors Saturday in the United Center.

The game, featuring two teams playing their fifth game in six nights, which about everyone does in the NBA these days, had emulsified into …

Jun 24

I’d grade the Bulls draft pretty well, though incomplete for now given we won’t know for a few years what they have in Nikola Mirotic, the 6-10 scoring forward from Montenegro whom the Bulls acquired for their Nos. 28 and 43 picks.

So they add for their roster just Marquette’s Jimmy Butler, a rugged big/guard small forward defender.

And the …

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