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Aug 11

There was no formal invitation. Reporters from Chicago and a few from around the country began slowly to encircle USA Basketball assistant coach Tom Thibodeau following the conclusion of Tuesday’s opening session of the three-day mini camp. There were no cheers, but there were no boos. Nor did anyone declare forcefully they had the privilege and distinct honor of presenting …

Aug 6

The fable that has become Jimmy Butler’s life continues to amaze as the homeless kid who wasn’t even an NBA starter two years ago became an NBA All-Star, a player with a maximum financial contract and now is on the roster for the USA Basketball national team.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo announced Thursday the Bulls’ Butler among eight players …

Jul 30

The man in the middle from Spain…? From Florida?

“It’s not that I see myself starting,” Pau Gasol was saying Thursday during a media conference call from Africa, where he is participating in the NBA’s first ever Africa game. “I’m going to work and earn (my spot). I don’t take anything for granted no matter how well I played or …

Jul 2

The Bulls are putting the band back together. But will it be able to hit the high notes?

That’s the big question as the Bulls, according to league sources and published reports, agreed Wednesday to contracts with their new Mr. Fabulous, Jimmy Butler, and fellow sole man Mike Dunleavy.

Teams are not permitted to discuss or officially sign contracts with …

Jun 29

No need to beware of Razorbacks bearing gifts, except perhaps if you’re the Bulls opposition.

Wearing a dark suit with a red bow tie, a red Bulls baseball cap and delivering three boxes of doughnuts (the traditional morning duty for rookies), Bulls first round draft pick Bobby Portis Monday announced his arrival in Chicago, both symbolic and hopeful.

“I’ve always …

May 29

There is no episode or incident that truly reveals the measure and nature of a person. But there was one Tom Thibodeau story I love that provides a rare glimpse at the makeup of this man that was both his success and eventual undoing.

It was late June after Thibodeau’s rookie season as an NBA coach, his most successful in …

May 15

“While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated.”

— Maya Angelou

And so the Bulls’ 2014-15 season ends with arguably their worst loss of the season at the most vital time, the closeout game of the conference semifinal against rival LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who defeated the Bulls 94-73.

It perhaps sets back the Bulls …

May 12

It didn’t sound good or look good for Pau Gasol, sidelined again Tuesday for Game 5 of the Bulls/Cavaliers Eastern Conference semifinal series, though Gasol was hopeful he could push toward a return for Game 6 Thursday.

“We’re hopeful,” Gasol said in an impromptu session with reporters outside the team locker room before Game 5. “Game 6 it will be …

May 12

On the floor of the Quicken Loans Arena Tuesday morning the Bulls were going through their light, so called shootaround practice, walking through some plays and taking shots preparing for the 6 p.m. conference semifinal game with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Behind the players down a dark hallway, Pau Gasol peddled furiously on a stationary bicycle.

It was perhaps a metaphor …

May 11

There are a lot of great stories in these NBA playoffs, which are as wide open to produce a champion since perhaps anytime in the late 1970s. Here comes Memphis and the Clippers and even Washington, and few are going to dismiss anyone.

There was the Boffo Buzzer Beater weekend with Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce and LeBron James as the …

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