October 15, 2013 |
Halloween is just around the corner, and while everybody will be doing their best Walter White and Johnny Football imitations, there are a handful of costumes that you will not see roaming the streets of Chicago on Oct. 31. Here is a list of Chicago's least popular costume ideas. 1. Derrick Rose on crutches Ladies and gentlemen, he's back - and not a moment too soon. When D-Rose went down against Philadelphia in 2012, I lay under my comforter for three days. People thought my dog died.
October 14, 2013 |
Hall of Fame basketball writer Sam Smith probably has forgotten more about basketball than most people remember. But when it came to Derrick Rose's knee injury and the backlash he took for sitting out the 2012-13 season, Smith saw something he hadn't witnessed in 30 years covering professional sports: fans turning on the homegrown star of the hometown team. RedEye talked to the co-author of "The Jordan Rules" for his take on Rose's injury and the 2013-14 Bulls. Talk about why you were upset by the backlash toward Rose.
October 7, 2013 |
It's hard to believe, but there are some basketball fans in Chicago who don't believe in Derrick Rose anymore. Taking an entire season off to get his knee healthy angered many and caused many more to make character assessments of the South Side native. Derrick Rose is selfish. Derrick Rose quit on his team. Derrick Rose is not a leader. Derrick Rose has no heart. All these things were said about the Bulls star last season, and the fan base that celebrated him as the "anti-LeBron" seemed to turn on him overnight.
August 11, 2013 |
When Michelle Harris, the Bulls' director of entertainment, has the floor, she means business. "Buckle up and be ready," Harris told the 225 estimated women who came to the United Center on Saturday in hopes of becoming a member of the Luvabulls. They hail from different backgrounds - teacher, account executive and personal trainer, to name a few. But they all have one goal: to land one of the 20 open spots on the Bulls' dance team, which is in its 35 t h season. The first rounds of cuts were made this weekend, and the squad will be finalized later this week.
July 10, 2013 |
All this Derrick Rose jazz can be frustrating. We get it. But look on the bright side: the Bulls could have taken Kansas State's Michael Beasley with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Imagine that. Yikes. That was once the great draft debate, remember? Rose or Beasley? Rose or Beasley? Hmmm... To make a short story even shorter, Beasley never panned out. Not even close. By all accounts Beasley is a “bust.” He's one example of many great college athletes that seemed destined for successful pro careers and ended up falling flat on their face. With this year's NBA draft still fresh in the review mirror, Bulls fans can only hope that Tony Snell doesn't slam his motorcycle into a pole (Yes, I'm talking about you, Jay Williams)
July 1, 2013 |
We get it, you've been cozied up in a Blackhawks blanket for two months. It's been awesome, hasn't it? Well, now the dog days of summer are here. But while the Hawks were busy capturing the coolest trophy in sports, other Chicago teams were making headlines, too. Some were even intentional. Each team has given fans reasons to wake up and pay attention - or to hit snooze. CUBS Wake up: Fans don't have to worry about Carlos Marmol blowing games anymore; they designated him for assignment.
July 1, 2013 |
I'm trying to read the tea leaves about the Bulls, and it's not easy. Our dear Bullies took small forward Tony Snell out of New Mexico and power forward Erik Murphy out of Florida in the NBA draft, which tells me nothing. Snell is a tall, athletic wing who can play big at guard or quick at forward. Murphy is 6-foot-9 and can shoot. But what does this mean? When asked about the new players, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau talked about shooting. "You can never have enough shooting," he told ESPN on Thursday.
May 13, 2013 |
You're not going to take a $20 bill today when you could be a millionaire two years from now if you were patient, right? Of course not. $1 million buys you a lot more burritos than that $20 ever could. Right now, any number of Tuesday Morning Thibodeaus are likely grumbling on the train about how this series would've been different if Derrick Rose decided to play in this series. But mortgaging the sustained glory of the future for a brief burst of cheers in the present makes about as much sense as choosing a twenty over a million.
May 9, 2013 |
Measuring the unmeasurable. Or as Hawk Harrelson says, you can't measure a player's heart. And, it pains me to say it, he's right. As proof, your Chicago Bulls. I am 1) speechless and 2) Even after Wednesday's meltdown, I'm all in. I'm ordering a Nate Robinson jersey! I'm ordering a Jimmy Butler jersey! With "Buckets" on the back. Jimmy, has Hollywood called yet? And a quick note on Tom Thibodeau. The guy finishes eighth in Coach of the Year voting? Um, sorry. The guy is the best coach in the league.
May 8, 2013 |
It happened one day in July 2010. Two days actually. July 7 and 8. In those 48 hours, professional basketball changed in Chicago and Miami. Early July 7, Bulls fans still thought The Decision would mean Chitown. Jordan's throne. Rose's home. If LeBron wasn't coming, then certainly Dwyane Wade. Rumor had it Wade wanted to return to Chicago to be closer to his children. Rumor had it he was bringing his friends. That's the trouble with rumors. When we woke July 8, Wade was still a member of the Heat, and he'd convinced Chris Bosh to join him. When we woke July 9, James was there too, and the Bulls had settled for Carlos Boozer.