Bulls celebrate Presidents' Day with win over Hawks

It's a team effort on Presidents' Day as Bulls take down the Hawks

February 20, 2012|RedEye

Only one NBA team played an afternoon game on Presidents' Day. It was the Bulls, of course. Maybe Obama himself ordered it.

In what was also Derrick Rose's return from bask spasms that sidelined him for five games, the Bulls beat the pesky Atlanta Hawks 90-79.

Since America used Monday to celebrate Abraham Lincoln and George Washington's birthdays—you had cake, right?—what better way to break down the game than to assemble a presidential cabinet based on some of the Bulls' results.

Commander-in-chief

You thought Derrick Rose would be here? No. Coach Tom Thibodeau is the real architect of this team. Thibs demands so much from this team, it wouldn't be nearly as successful without him calling the shots.

Vice president

Rose, with 23 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds, was Thibs' right-hand man, the coach on the court. And if we learned anything fromGeorge W. Bush's presidency, the VP runs the show. But that doesn't make Rose a Dick. Cheney, people.

Defense secretary

This is Joakim Noah's job. Let's be real, Noah's limited offense wouldn't earn him a starting spot if he wasn't a beast on D and on the boards. He gobbled up 16 rebounds Monday and had two blocked shots.

Treasury secretary

Luol Deng, because he's money. The All-Star, playing with torn ligaments in his left wrist, continues to play at an elite level. He had an off day, but still put up 10 points and had nine rebounds while playing a team-high 43 minutes.

Labor secretary

Like Stacey King says, "hard hat, lunch pail." Taj Gibson just goes about his game like a blue-collar worker. Nothing pretty, but makes the most of his time. He had six points and six rebounds in 23 minutes Monday.

UN ambassador

Omer Asik's 28-second appearance didn't really amount to much. You could call it symbolic, Kind of like the UN itself.

Trade representative

Carlos Boozer. Get it?

First ladies

The Luvabulls, duh.

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