Posts Tagged ‘phil jackson’

May 1

There always has been a Zen Master in the NBA. Red Auerbach was perhaps the first, which may be why he and Phil Jackson were so at odds, because they really were so alike.

Red was a teacher, as all the great coaches truly are, and one whose mantra of sacrifice and teamwork transcended the individual.

Phil Jackson most popularized …

Apr 13

I’m not making any comparisons with the championship Bulls of the 90’s or making any predictions for this Bulls team, which Tuesday beat the New York Knicks 103-90 and now at 61-20 is tied with the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the NBA.

“When guys play like we did in the second half, we are a hard …

Apr 5

In some respects, Artis Gilmore was going to be Derrick Rose, the man who would erase memories of recent failures and carry the Bulls to their championship aspirations.

It didn’t happen because, really, the best of Artis had passed in the American Basketball Association, where he was that league’s version of Wilt. Like when Gilmore came up with 28 points …

Apr 2

If recent reports are accurate, at least two former Bulls will be among those set for enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame when its Class of 2011 is announced on Monday.

First, Dennis Rodman reportedly confirmed on Friday he would be among those named. On Saturday, the Chicago Tribune reported that Tex Winter, the genius behind the …

Apr 2

It sounds like one of those April Fool’s jokes.

You know, telling people there are two weeks left in the NBA season and with Joakim Noah out yet again, this time missing his 33rd game with a sprained ankle, with Carlos Boozer having a pair of such sprains himself and missing eight games to add to the 15 in …

Mar 23

Let’s get this straight. Wasn’t Thibodeau supposed to be the defensive guru?

But there the high scoring Bulls go again Tuesday, this time with a 114-81 thumping of the Atlanta Hawks. On the road in the second of a back to back no less against a fifth seeded, a playoff team. It was the Bulls second straight win by more …

Feb 18

Chicago, or the Bulls, is likely to have a third straight inductee to the basketball Hall of Fame this summer.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday announced its finalists for the Class of 2011 and it included former Bulls coaches Tex Winter and Dick Motta, former Bull (and various others) Dennis Rodman and Chicago native Maurice Cheeks.…

Feb 6

Time to panic?

Certainly not just because the Bulls Saturday lost 101-90 to the Golden State Warriors in the Oakland House of Horrors for the Bulls franchise.

That’s right. It was here in 1985 when Michael Jordan suffered the only serious injury of his Bulls career, a broken foot, and where Jordan compiled his lowest scoring average. So the Bulls …

Jan 7

This Bulls team has a long way to go to be a championship team. Sure, they don’t have the talent quite yet for that level of play, and, unlike the 1990s Bulls, they don’t even know how to have a good controversy.

Those six-time champion Bulls rollicked through the league and loads of internal and external disputes: Demands to be …

Dec 24

Bulls and Knicks, Christmas Day in Madison Square Garden. Yes, that’s a rivalry.

No, the Knicks and Celtics are not a rivalry, as the Knicks wanted to make it a week ago or so when they played Boston and Paul Pierce laughed about it. The Bulls and Knicks, yes, that’s a rivalry.

The nation’s No. 1 city, at least in …

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