January 31, 2013 |
Well, I had planned in my mind, weeks ago (don't ever do that) to be in complaint mode with the Blackhawks and Bulls but man, it's tough. Normally I'm ripping Corey Crawford but come on, he's been unreal. I usually rip the penalty kill but darn it, they wear you down … and they score! I usually fire away at the lack of toughness but they have it at both ends, and Marian Hossa looks … well, rested. As for the Bulls, well, Jimmy Butler, you're my new best friend. All 6-7, 220 pounds of you. I see Derrick Rose at the point, Butler the two and Luol Deng the three.
February 6, 2013 |
If you were looking for a reason why the Bulls have been so successful without Derrick Rose, you could go in a number of directions. You could credit coach Tom Thibodeau and the "defense first" and "next man up" mentality he has instilled. You could look at the emergence of Jimmy Butler and the infusion of energy that is Nate Robinson. You could look at Luol Deng's consistency and the improvement that turned Joakim Noah into an All-Star. But the player you might not have thought of is Carlos Boozer.
May 5, 2013 |
May 4, 2013: the day the Chicago Bulls made history. That's a remarkable statement for a franchise with six NBA championships, six NBA MVP awards, four All-Star MVPs and a boatload of All-Stars, and so on. But watching the Bulls gut out a Game 7 ROAD WIN with basically six players was one of the great feats I have ever seen. And now, for future generations of Bulls fans: Amazing Facts About The 2013 Bulls-Nets Series. 1. The Bulls won a seven-game playoff series without home-court advantage and without their team MVP, despite Brooklyn's best...
May 7, 2013 |
Screw it, I'm in. No more of my "happy to be here" nonsense. I now see red. At the end of Game 1, after the Bulls had finished icing over the Heat, my brother texted me from L.A.: "Daaaaaamn! Think we can sweep?" I laughed at this, but when I told my buddy Jesse, he cheered. "Yes!" he said, clapping his hands together. "I like where his head is at. " And you know what? So do I. To approximately quote Derrick Rose from fall 2010, "Why not the Bulls? Why can't they beat the MVP of the league?
May 12, 2013 |
Whether they like to admit it or not, athletes are a superstitious bunch. Some guys need to take the same route to the arena before every game. Some pitchers don't like to step on the base lines when they leave the mound and head to the dugout. You hear all sorts of crazy things athletes do to not jinx themselves. Basketball players are no different. Some guys have to wear certain shoes or get dressed the same way every time. Others listen to a certain kind of music or song, and still others like to read.
May 15, 2013 |
And so it ends. No more basketball. No more games. No more 2013 Chicago Bulls. The season started with fans talking about who wasn't there. It ended with fans talking about who was. It started with hope for The Return. It ended with the return of hope. It started with us thinking we'd go as far as No. 1 took us. It ended with us knowing that the team is number one. For that, Chicago should have but one thing to say: thank you. Thank you, Joakim Noah for producing a masterful season from start to finish.