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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 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. …

Dec 1

Jimmy Butler, we know, can defend. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich before Monday’s Bulls game with the Spurs likened Butler to his own star, Kawhi Leonard, as among the best two-way players in the game. And it was Butler with a terrific defensive play, refusing to go for the pump fake, bodying up the physical Leonard and forcing Leonard …

Nov 30

Mike Dunleavy likely will be unable to play longer than previously anticipated.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said prior to Monday’s home game against the San Antonio Spurs that Dunleavy experienced a setback in his recovery from preseason back surgery and would now be going to see additional specialists.

The preseason estimate was that Dunleavy would be out eight to 10 …

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 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 20

The Golden State Warriors qualify these days in the NBA as the irresistible force not only with their 13-0 start, but also Thursday’s 23-point comeback win against the Los Angeles Clippers. The question for Jimmy Butler and the Bulls Friday in Oakland is whether they can become the immovable object.

Because then something’s gotta give.

“Impossible to guard,” said Bulls …

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 …

Nov 17

Jimmy’s under the boards, Jimmy’s in the open, Jimmy makes the shot.

And then Jimmy made the block. And the Bulls won!

Jimmy likes it when the Bulls win.

“We’ve got to learn to build on our leads,” said Bulls guard Jimmy Butler Monday after the Bulls 96-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers. “But a win’s a win,”

Butler had …

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