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Jan 21

Jimmy Butler will be an Eastern Conference All Star for the second straight year.

He’ll just have to wait one more week to learn for certain.

The NBA Thursday on the TNT pregame show announced the final fan voting to select the All-Star game starters. Butler finished fourth among Eastern Conference guards as Toronto’s Kyle Lowry made a huge late …

Jan 17

It’s not time to write the obituary for Joakim Noah as a Bulls player.

This season likely is over for Noah after he suffered a dislocated shoulder Friday against the Dallas Mavericks. The Bulls disclosed Saturday Noah was evaluated at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, where it was determined that he will undergo surgery. His recovery time is estimated at four …

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 …

Dec 27

There were tornados in the Dallas area Saturday night that forced the Bulls game with the Dallas Mavericks to begin 30 minutes late. But inside the American Airlines Center, the dust and debris was from a stormy close to the game that saw the Bulls blown away in the last few minutes with three of four missed shots and three …

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 …

Dec 8

And then depression set in.

“You have to have that killer instinct,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Monday after the Bulls squandered a 16-point fourth quarter lead and lost 103-101 to the Phoenix Suns on an offensive rebound put back. “We have yet to find it this year.”

And off Hoiberg went following his briefest post game remarks of the …

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. …

Nov 14

Hush, hush not so sweet Charlotte.

The Bulls may not have finally quieted and solved the mystery of the Charlotte Hornets. But Friday in the United Center, the Bulls at least got a measure of justice for themselves in a hard earned 102-97 victory.

“This was a good one,” said Jimmy Butler. “At home, after what they did to us …

Nov 7

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg was bewildered Saturday following the Bulls 102-93 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves in which the Bulls not only were scoreless in overtime for the first time in franchise history but also missed 19 of their last 20 shots.

“I don’t understand how we play with as much energy as we did the other night (in …

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