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Jun 27

It’s Jimmy Butler driving into the lane, passing cross court to Denzel Valentine, who then off the dribble finds a cutting Jerian Grant to the basket for a layup. Or perhaps a pass out to Doug McDermott or Nikola Mirotic for a three.

The Splash Platoon! A lineup that can kill? You know, a Death Lineup.

The Bulls can only …

Jun 22

The start of the last season of that old Bulls gang we came to both love and despair over so much probably went something like this message, perhaps more understated, unsaid, if also apparent.

It was that you guys have been in this run for five or six years. You haven’t gotten there. We added a center with a championship …

Apr 10

Perhaps the opponent ledger says it all—even if it’s mostly indecipherable—about this 2015-16 Bulls season that remains one Bulls loss or Indiana Pacers win from being eliminated from the playoffs. With Saturday’s 105-102 win over the conference leading Cleveland Cavaliers, the Bulls finish 7-1 against against the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, 3-1 over the Cavs.

But the …

Apr 7

Who figured when Thomas Paine famously wrote, “There are the times that try men’s souls,” he may have been looking toward Fred Hoiberg and the Bulls’ 2015-16 season.

“It’s tough, tough,” Hoiberg was saying at practice before the Bulls were to play in Miami Thursday. “I’ve always been a guy that…as a long shot to make it in this league, …

Mar 24

Sometimes you can hold your tongue and say the right thing, the political thing, for just so long. And this was just too much for Jimmy Butler, what with the Bulls shockingly uncompetitive 115-107 loss Wednesday to the going nowhere New York Knicks, the Bulls outrebounded a stunning 53-34, giving up 52 percent shooting and 56 percent on threes, trailing …

Mar 13

The Bulls haven’t been kicked out of the playoffs or had their team shut down quite yet, but it’s perhaps getting dangerously close.

The Bulls Monday are in Toronto with Pau Gasol back in Chicago with a right knee swollen. Derrick Rose remains doubtful to play with a groin strain, though Jimmy Butler could return after missing 15 of the …

Mar 2

There are certain numbers in sports you don’t forget.

There’s 100 for basketball, 714, 56 and 60 in baseball, and also 42. Obviously, 23 in the NBA and 99 in hockey. And now 67.5 for the Bulls, which was the historic shooting percentage they gave up Tuesday in a 129-111 loss to the Miami Heat.

It not only was the …

Feb 18

Look, the Bulls fired Jerry Sloan, after all.

And so probably ends the Bulls career of Kirk Hinrich, as close as any ever have been to the original Mr. Bull, the personification in many ways of what the Bulls represent, from the snort of the mascot to the floor burn.

Kirk Hinrich may not be remembered as the greatest Bulls …

Feb 15

So if you think the Bulls defense has been bad….

Consider that the best defender on the floor Sunday night in the annual NBA All Star game probably was the Bulls’ Pau Gasol, shooting four of the seven total free throws taken in the game and second in rebounds per minute in the abomination 196-173 Western Conference victory.

The total …

Jan 28

The East and Midwest are about being a little tougher, able to endure the elements other perhaps cannot, succeeding over the expectations.

Which in some ways describes Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, whose own story of achievement is remarkable and inspiring along with a full third of the Eastern Conference roster for next month’s Feb. 14 All Star game in Toronto.…

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