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Jan 14

And here they come spinning out of the final turn and heading down the home stretch in the final days of voting for the NBA All-Star game. The Bulls’ Jimmy Butler is on the outside among guards and gaining, but there isn’t much time left.

The fan voting concludes Monday night. Butler, in the last release before the final accounting, …

Jan 7

Jimmy Butler remained fourth among Eastern Conference guards, but he still has a good chance of being voted a starter in the latest fan All-Star voting returns released Thursday.

Miami’s Dwyane Wade leads the Eastern Conference guards by a wide margin and surely will be one of the starters. The Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving is second with fewer than half the …

Jan 3

Jimmy Butler was absolutely, positively, impressively Jordanesque Sunday when he carried the Bulls with a franchise record 40 second half points to a 115-113 comeback victory over the Toronto Raptors.

I’ll get to later all the statistics and records that usually come first in these summations.

Those of us who saw Jordan from the early days through six championships don’t …

Dec 25

If the NBA All-Star game were Christmas Day—instead of just so many All-Stars playing on Christmas Day—the East team would start LeBron James, Paul George, Andre Drummond, Dwyane Wade and Kyrie Irving against Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook.

Those players were at the top of the voting with the release Friday of the first …

Sep 29

Yes, Mrs. Lincoln. But other than that, how did you like the play?

It was a productive first day of Bulls practice Tuesday morning under new coach Fred Hoiberg.

Yes, other than that.

“That” was once again Derrick Rose’s luck turning bad.

Rose sustained, according to a statement released by the Bulls later in the afternoon, a left orbital fracture …

Aug 14

Next stop training camp.

And so ends the NBA’s version of sleep away camp as USA Basketball Thursday concluded it’s brief invitational camp for the 2016 Olympics with an All-Star game like dunk fest exhibition won by the “white” team coached by a sedentary Tom Thibodeau, 134-128.

The exceptionally relaxed camp was more like a pre-school playground attendance drill with …

Aug 12

Derrick Rose may not be going to the Olympics next year, but he may be getting closer to reaching his own olympus, the place where he once ruled in the NBA.

“He looks like the old Derrick to me,” said Rob McClanaghan, Rose’s trainer, at the USA Basketball camp in Las Vegas. “Now having that full year (back playing), a …

May 7

Often we wonder who are these guys, these NBA stars, like Jimmy Butler, Thursday in the United Center receiving the NBA’s 2015 Most Improved Player award, yet another accolade in a career arc probably too great to even be in his dreams. Butler wore a tuxedo-like suit, gray with matching handkerchief, cable vest with white button down shirt buttoned to …

Apr 9

Derrick Rose Wednesday returned from knee surgery and a six-week absence and had an encouraging bounce in his step. The Bulls, well, they didn’t look quite as energized in a 105-103 loss to the Orlando Magic.

“Tough loss, bad loss on our part because it’s a game we needed, a game we should have wanted 100 million times more than …

Feb 14

The 2015 NBA All-Star game Sunday in New York City brings with it some of the best visual delights the game can offer with the defending league MVPs in LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the special shooting and panache of Stephen Curry and James Harden and the veteran savvy of Tim Duncan and Chris Paul.

But there are only two …

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