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Posted on Sep 8
BARCELONA — The USA Basketball staff members had been talking about Derrick Rose. Yes, all the players, but there’s been this discussion about Rose’s game as the team plays its next round of 16 elimination game Tuesday against Slovenia.
They’ve been thrilled with the way Rose has pressured defensively, showing speed, aggression and quickness. But they have not seen it …
Posted on Aug 13
The NBA sure knows how to start a party. This one is the 2014-15 regular season NBA celebration, and for the Bulls it begins with a bang in New York against the Knicks October 29 and then for the Bulls’ home opener against LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers Halloween night, October 31.
It’s an appropriate kick start to the engine of …
Posted on Jul 28
It’s Comeback III for Derrick Rose starting Monday in Las Vegas with the USA Basketball World Cup team training camp. Yes, it’s Roman numerals now because it is that significant.
And it’s also time to begin setting the record straight regarding Rose.
He’s joined an elite group in NBA history, stars who have been demeaned in their own community. For …
Posted on Jul 18
Phil Jackson knows greatness. He’s seen it in Pau Gasol, who helped Jackson’s Lakers win two NBA titles. And when Gasol’s career is finished, presumably after this run with the Bulls, Jackson believes there’ll be a place for Gasol among the immortals of the game.
“He will be a Hall of Fame entry after his career,” Jackson wrote me in …
Posted on Jul 13
The Bulls apparently are about to introduce the next Big Three: Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol.
Not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven… wins hopefully by Thanksgiving.
Gasol, 34, the four-time All-Star who vied with Dwight Howard four years ago to be considered the league’s best center when he helped the Los Angeles …
Posted on 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 …
Posted on Feb 8
You may be able to find happier people than Taj Gibson.
Perhaps someone sitting in their Redondo Beach condo facing the ocean and the beach volleyball players in February. Maybe a mother holding her baby for the first time. Maybe Thibs with game tapes and an empty Berto Center.
But there aren’t many beaming these days quite like Gibson, who …
Posted on Feb 2
There were a lot of issues for the Bulls Saturday that led to the 88-79 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Bulls missed layups, two in the first four possessions, a harbinger of miscues to come. The Bulls admired numerous loose balls Pelicans’ players gathered in like Mardi Gras beads. The Bulls shot free throws like they were contested …
Posted on Jan 30
Joakim Noah is going back to the NBA All-Star Game again, and this time he may try to remember something about the game.
Not surprisingly, Noah said in a conference call with Chicago reporters after the All-Star reserve selection announcement Thursday, he couldn’t recall much about the last year’s game. He paused a bit and thought. No, still couldn’t.
Posted on Jan 23
Joakim Noah is having the best season in his seven-year NBA career.
He’s averaging 11.7 points and a career-high 11.4 rebounds, one of 10 NBA players averaging a double-double. Plus, he’s averaging 14.4 points and 15 rebounds in 11 games in January.
If not for Kevin Durant, he’d be making a case for player of the month. He’s in the …