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November 7, 2012 | By Bryan Crawford@_BryanCrawford and For RedEye
If you don't know a lot about Jimmy Butler, Bulls fans, it's understandable. He didn't see a lot of action as a rookie last season. His sophomore campaign will be different as No. 21 is expected to contribute a lot more this season. But the question remains, who is Jimmy Butler? The answer may surprise you. He hails from Tomball, Texas, a small town of about 11,000 people that's 34 miles north of Houston. Given that proximity, one might think Butler would have big-city tendencies.
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April 29, 2014 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
So that's it then. The plucky Bulls gave it all they had, but their season is over after a 75-69 loss to Washington at the United Center on Tuesday. The Wizards eliminated the Bulls four games to one in their first-round playoff series. Believe it or not, the Bulls' chances to win Game 5 hinged on the health of Mike Dunleavy's injured left thumb. Could he score anywhere close to 35 points again, like in Game 3? Or at least pass to someone who could?  OK, so maybe we're overstating that appendage's importance a tiny bit. But it makes for a good visual, so here's what earned a...
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April 21, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The Bulls let a 13-point lead slip away Sunday night on home turf for a 102-93 loss in Game 1 of the first-round matchup against the Wizards. "We're not happy with the result tonight, a disappointing loss at home in front of the home crowd," Bulls center Joakim Noah said. "But we'll bounce back. " The Bulls will get that chance Tuesday when the two teams meet again at the United Center. This series marks the third time the Bulls have faced Washington in the playoffs. The first was in 1997 when the Bulls swept them and went on to win their fifth championship title.
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April 21, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
The Bulls let a 13-point lead slip away Sunday night on home turf for a 102-93 loss in Game 1 of the first-round matchup against the Wizards. "We're not happy with the result tonight, a disappointing loss at home in front of the home crowd," Bulls center Joakim Noah said. "But we'll bounce back. " The Bulls will get that chance Tuesday when the two teams meet again at the United Center. This series marks the third time the Bulls have faced Washington in the playoffs. The first was in 1997 when the Bulls swept them and went on to win their fifth championship title.
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January 31, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
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.
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February 6, 2013 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
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.
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May 5, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
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...
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May 7, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
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?
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May 12, 2013 | By Bryan Crawford, For RedEye
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.
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May 15, 2013 | By Jack Silverstein and For RedEye
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.
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April 21, 2014 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
"I get asked that every day, man," a seemingly exasperated Taj Gibson said when prodded to talk about how much Joakim Noah has meant to the Bulls this season. But Gibson's response wasn't one of annoyance. It was pointing out that no one should ever have to ask about Noah's value, because if you've watched this team play, it should be obvious. It's apparent to everyone else in the NBA, too. On Monday, the Bulls' ultra-animated center was named the NBA's defensive player of the year.
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November 20, 2013 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
Jimmy Butler's hairdo had been an interesting discussion topic among fans. The Bulls guard started growing his hair out a year and half ago, and what began as a respectable high-top fade morphed into a style that was, well, hard to describe, but we know Sideshow Bob would've been proud. But for a guy who wears cowboy boots almost every day, his hairstyle was reflective of someone who marches to the beat of his own drum. And it was only a matter of time before it reached cult status.
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May 15, 2013 | By Jack Silverstein and For RedEye
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.
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May 12, 2013 | By Bryan Crawford, For RedEye
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.
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May 9, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
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.
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May 7, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
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?
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May 9, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
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.
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April 29, 2014 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi
So that's it then. The plucky Bulls gave it all they had, but their season is over after a 75-69 loss to Washington at the United Center on Tuesday. The Wizards eliminated the Bulls four games to one in their first-round playoff series. Believe it or not, the Bulls' chances to win Game 5 hinged on the health of Mike Dunleavy's injured left thumb. Could he score anywhere close to 35 points again, like in Game 3? Or at least pass to someone who could?  OK, so maybe we're overstating that appendage's importance a tiny bit. But it makes for a good visual,...
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May 6, 2013 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi and RedEye
How in the world are the Bulls doing this? Somehow they managed to drag themselves past the first round and into a series against hated Miami. All this while Joakim Noah can barely walk. And Nate Robinson was puking his guts out against Brooklyn. And Luol Deng is dealing with who knows what illness. If nothing else, the Bulls should be commended for their fortitude. Here's a look at Monday's Game 1 according to what we found painful, sickening and, ultimately, soothing. FIRST QUARTER Sickening: LeBron James accepts the NBA MVP award before the game.
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May 5, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
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...
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