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Jul 29

Media members were only allowed in for the last half hour of USA Basketball scrimmages Tuesday in Las Vegas. I watched carefully, and Derrick Rose did appear fast, though not faster than a speeding bullet. He was powerful, though not more so than a speeding locomotive and Rose’s jumping ability seemed untainted, though not quite ready to leap a tall …

Jul 28

There was much anticipation and a festive atmosphere Monday on the UNLV campus for the opening of USA Basketball training camp for the 2014 Basketball World Cup. It was Derrick Rose’s latest return from multiple knee surgeries, and the reviews were spectacular.

“Better than four years ago,” raved coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“Looked real explosive, I thought he was one of …

Jun 4

Bulls center Joakim Noah has another accolade to add to his best professional season thus far, this time as a member of the 2013-14 All-NBA First Team.

Noah, previously named the 2013-14 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year, joined Kevin Durant, LeBron James, James Harden and Chris Paul on the first team, the NBA announced on Wednesday. He appeared …

Apr 21

Joakim Noah has always been a team first kind of guy.

Earlier this season, for example, his name started to be mentioned in the MVP conversation. No one thought he would jump past the likes of Kevin Durant or LeBron James to win the award, but he belonged in the discussion and that in itself was significant.

After all, Noah …

Apr 19

So did we go another year just for Heat-Spurs II? Or can Oklahoma City finally break through now that they are about to have the league MVP? Or has Houston made the offseason acquisition with Dwight Howard that will be the difference?

As the 2014 NBA Playoffs open Saturday with Brooklyn at Toronto at 11:30 a.m. CT followed by perhaps …

Apr 15

The first award of the 2014 NBA awards season goes to former Bull Luol Deng.

Deng was named winner of the 2013-14 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. It is voted on by the 175 members of the Professional Basketball Writers Association, similar to the media group that votes for the NBA post season awards. The honor goes to a player, …

Mar 18

The Bulls were right there, trailing the powerful Oklahoma City Thunder by a point with 10 minutes left.

“I thought we were in a good situation,” said Taj Gibson, who led the Bulls with 16 points in their 97-85 loss to Oklahoma City. “It was one of those games you want to take back. It was just one of those …

Mar 17

Derrick Rose remains out this season after a torn medial meniscus, a similar injury which Thunder guard Russell Westbrook suffered last spring when he tore his lateral meniscus. Westbrook subsequently had swelling and had arthroscopic surgery this season. Though he’s playing one game of back to backs, Westbrook started Monday against the Bulls and didn’t want to hear that he’s …

Mar 8

Carmelo Anthony is not going anywhere as a free agent this summer. That’s because next summer LeBron James is going to join him in New York.

Yes, the heck with leading stories four months in advance of free agency. I’m going with 16 months. After all, it’s then easier for everyone to forget if you get it wrong.

Sources who …

Mar 6

Joakim Noah in Wednesday’s 105-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons had his second triple-double this week and third of the season, more than LeBron James and Kevin Durant combined.

Jimmy Butler had 18 points and a game-high 12 rebounds as the Bulls overwhelmed one of the league’s top rebounding teams on the boards, 43-32.

Joakim Noah in Wednesday’s 105-94 victory

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