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Dec 10

The Bulls have been thinking this season they could be going to the moon, the NBA’s celestial championship destination.

But, Chicago, you’ve got a problem.

“We’ve got to pick it up. The way we are playing is not good enough,” said Jimmy Butler, whose career high 36 points Wednesday wasn’t enough as the Bulls lost 105-100 to the Boston Celtics. …

Dec 8

And then depression set in.

“You have to have that killer instinct,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Monday after the Bulls squandered a 16-point fourth quarter lead and lost 103-101 to the Phoenix Suns on an offensive rebound put back. “We have yet to find it this year.”

And off Hoiberg went following his briefest post game remarks of the …

Dec 6

The journey of a thousand miles, the proverb goes, begins with a single step. For the Bulls, it too often begins with an empty gas tank.

“I didn’t think we started the game the way we needed to,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg was saying late Saturday after the Bulls 102-96 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. “We dug ourselves a hole, …

Dec 3

Pau Gasol is a paradox. Right down to his name, the onomatopoeia you don’t get. It’s not Pow! It’s more silky and elastic from the seven footer, like the feathery touch on his jump shot and the strategic placement to thwart the opponent. There’s more guile than fury, more artistry than ferocity.

Sometimes it’s not as easy to appreciate, but …

Dec 1

Welcome to the NBA, Fred Hoiberg. Maybe the league office didn’t know your name.

David Blatt, Eastern Conference Coach of the Month? C’mon, really?

The NBA Monday announced its coaches for the month of November as the Cavs’ Blatt and the Warriors Luke Walton.

Yes, I get it with Walton in the Western Conference as their Coach of the Month. …

Nov 28

There was a dog in the locker room and he ate the game plan. No, they ate a seafood pregame meal and pulled a mussel. Wait, no, they couldn’t get their pregame naps because there was a loud chess team staying in the hotel on a holiday trip and the chess nuts were boasting in an open foyer. They thought …

Nov 25

Remember those days for the Bulls when the fourth quarters were like a slog through a swamp with players standing around on offense, barely getting off shots to beat the clock while pressuring and switching and closing and finally creeping above 90 points to win a game?

Oh right, Tuesday.

Because that’s when the Bulls with Derrick Rose back in …

Nov 22

The Bulls are in big trouble.

Wait, let me structure that a different way.

The Bulls bigs are troubled.

“I’ve got to be more aggressive offensively and look for my opportunities,” said a somber Joakim Noah late Friday night after the Bulls loss to the Golden State Warriors. “Right now I’m not really sure where I can get them, but …

Nov 21

There is a method to that madness that has become Jimmy Butler’s life, the multiple workouts per day, starting basically every morning at 5 and pounding away.

“I want to give us the best chance of winning,” Butler was saying in Oakland late Friday night. “That’s why I train as many times as I train per day, as early as …

Nov 19

Jimmy Butler didn’t drive the team bus to the arena Wednesday in Phoenix. He didn’t tape anyone’s ankle. He didn’t sing the national anthem. But Butler did pretty much everything else for the Bulls in a spectacular down-the-stretch shooting and defensive performance to carry the Bulls to a 103-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

It was an unlikely and perhaps …

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