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Apr 14

It wasn’t how the Bulls hoped it would be eight years ago when they drafted Derrick Rose and with a future league Most Valuable Player were soon on the verge of the NBA Finals and perhaps another, at least, mini-dynasty.

But it officially ended Wednesday after a 115-105 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers that gave the Bulls a 42-40 record, …

Mar 14

Now, he’s back!

Yes, I’m using that one much too much. But with this Bulls team it’s become the go-to lead.

This time as the Bulls Monday prepare to face the Toronto Raptors, it’s Jimmy Butler, back from his second opinion, and missing 14 of the last 15 games with knee problems and 15 of the last 17 since going …

Feb 17

Taj Gibson hasn’t started packing yet.

“It could be worse,” Gibson told reporters after Bulls practice Wednesday about his name again in trade rumors. “People could not be saying your name at all. But it comes with it when the team is underachieving; you’ve got to kind of shake up things. I see what’s out there. I’m no stranger (to …

Jan 9

The Bulls Monday begin their only four-game-in-five-nights sequence, but it looks like reinforcements may be in the way. OK, maybe just one, Joakim Noah.

“Hopefully we’ll get him back on Monday,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said before Saturday’s game with Atlanta. “He’s going through some activity today (Noah did not make the trip to Atlanta). We’ll get him doing some …

Dec 29

Sometimes you show up at the theater all excited for the night’s performance from some of the great stars, and then you hear the announcement about the understudies: Playing the role of Derrick Rose will be Aaron Brooks, playing the role of Jimmy Butler will be Tony Snell, playing the role of Joakim Noah will be Bobby Portis.

Talk about …

Dec 25

The Bulls Friday made very merry in Oklahoma City with a thunderous present for themselves and their fans, a 105-96 victory that not only represented a season sweep of the powerful Thunder, but the most dominant victory for any team over 20-10 Oklahoma City this season.

“We knew what we were capable of,” said Jimmy Butler, who led the Bulls …

May 29

There is no episode or incident that truly reveals the measure and nature of a person. But there was one Tom Thibodeau story I love that provides a rare glimpse at the makeup of this man that was both his success and eventual undoing.

It was late June after Thibodeau’s rookie season as an NBA coach, his most successful in …

May 28

Sometimes it’s just time, time for a change, a divorce, a breakup, too much water under the bridge—or minutes throughout the lineup—as it were. That time came Thursday for the Bulls and coach Tom Thibodeau when the Bulls announced Thibodeau was being dismissed as head coach.

Thibodeau departs after five seasons as the third longest tenured coach in franchise history …

May 9

The Bulls Friday by a 99-96 margin, again beat the Cleveland Cavaliers with a buzzer beater from their star. Call it The Shot Jr.

“I was supposed to get the ball in the corner,” said Derrick Rose, who banked in the most unlikely of three pointers to give the Bulls a 2-1 lead in the conference semifinal. “When I ran …

Dec 15

I’m occasionally asked about a favorite player and it’s not an easy question because there really are mostly good guys in the NBA. But one of the joys of traveling around with the Bulls is the camaraderie around the league, and renewing acquaintances with players around the NBA. And I can see one of my all time favorites in Atlanta, …

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