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Feb 27

Are the Bulls, who lost their seventh in their last 10 games Tuesday at the United Center to the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-98, worn down from the demands of the season with so many injuries?

Were the players, even like the fans, too anxiously awaiting the return of former league MVP Derrick Rose after the All-Star break, as many speculated before …

Feb 22

It turns out the Bulls might need Derrick Rose after all.

“It was supposed to be an exciting night,” said Joakim Noah said of the much anticipated national TV matchup Thursday with the Miami Heat which turned into an 86-67 Miami rout. “To come out and play like that is disappointing. They kicked our (butt). You got to give credit …

Nov 1

Taj Gibson. Now, that is someone you can feel proud about rooting for. And that’s not counting Gibson’s subtle contribution Wednesday with four points, five rebounds and four blocks in the Bulls’ 93-87 opening night victory over the Sacramento Kings.

Sure, Gibson worked hard and competed, as he usually does. But it was in the minutes after the game where …

Oct 9

It didn’t appear like the Bulls would able to count on Luol Deng this season.

Deng seemed to be facing wrist surgery. Nevertheless, he was playing in the Olympics, which produced some tension between he and management. There were trade rumors.

But as the Bulls prepare to open the preseason Tuesday at the United Center against the Memphis Grizzlies, Deng …

Oct 7

Zach Randolph wasn’t ready for this.

First the kid popped to the top of the circle, the long spot for an NBA three, and effortlessly swished one. Then Zach went into the post and started backing him down with his big weight advantage. But the kid came around, poked the ball away and started a fast break. Zach tried again, …

Jul 2

Dating back to when John Paxson took over as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Bulls in the spring of 2003, the team has placed a premium on drafting players who come from winning collegiate programs.

When Gar Forman was named General Manager six years later, that trend continued. So when the Bulls found themselves on the clock …

Jun 1

Orlando Woolridge was “O,” both in uniform number and in exclamations.

There was the big O in “wOw” in seeing the talent that led Notre Dame to its greatest basketball era ever, and the astounding “Oh my gosh” dunks that had the Bulls 1981 No. 1 draft pick competing in the first two NBA dunk contests with Julius Erving, Michal …

May 11

In the end for the Bulls Thursday and for the 2011-12 season, it was a game they weren’t supposed to win that they left shocked they lost.

Sort of the way this whole season went.

The Bulls had lost Derrick Rose, were still without Joakim Noah, had Taj Gibson playing through a sprained ankle, saw Luol Deng leave early in …

Apr 17

It wasn’t too long ago the Bulls looked like a championship team. Actually about four days ago with the dramatic, national TV come from ahead overtime win over the Miami Heat.

But with Monday’s stunning 87-84 home loss to the 15-46 Washington Wizards, the 46-15 Bulls for about the last month look more like a .500-type team, half broken down, …

Mar 31

The Bulls’ 83-71 win over the Detroit Pistons Friday is one of those NBA games that might be termed ugly for relatively poor shooting by both teams, few fast breaks, five of 23 on threes combined by both teams and limited enthusiasm from the home crowd as the Bulls didn’t trail after the first quarter.

But the game was really …

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