Posts Tagged ‘tom thibodeau’

Oct 5

Already, Fred Hoiberg is proving a coaching iconoclast.

Hoiberg Tuesday will coach his first NBA game, albeit exhibition, in the United Center against the Milwaukee Bucks. Yet, Hoiberg boldly is risking the Bulls chances for the preseason championship that the Bulls last won in 2013 with an 8-0 preseason.

“We’re going to hold some guys out,” Hoiberg said after practice …

Sep 30

The stormy skies and clouds that hovered Tuesday began to recede, bringing some much needed relief and brightness.

And, yes, the sun came out in Chicago, also.

But it was the Bulls who got some much needed clarity and cheer Wednesday with the disclosure that Derrick Rose’s surgery for an orbital fracture sustained in the first minutes 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 …

Sep 29

It felt and sounded a lot like 2010 and 2011 Monday for the Bulls as they began training camp for the new season.

There was a new coach getting his first NBA head coaching opportunity and thrilled about it. There was Taj Gibson talking about his ankle—he said he hopes to play the season opener Oct. 27 against Cleveland–which Gibson …

Sep 28

The Bulls certainly hope it becomes an era, and presumably Fred Hoiberg does as well. It basically began Monday with the opening of Hoiberg’s first training camp as Bulls coach, media day interviews and team meetings.

After a summer of visiting with all the players at their homes or training facilities, like with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in California, …

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 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 …

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 …

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