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May 15, 2012 | By Matt Lindner, for RedEye
Plenty of Chicagoans were seeing red when the Bulls bowed out in six games in the first round to the Philadelphia 76ers. Lincoln Park's Ximena Beltran saw something different: An opening in Chicago Bulls player Luol Deng's schedule that she's hoping to close shortly to honor her fallen friend. Beltran, a single 25-year-old who volunteers as a camp counselor at Children's Oncology Services Inc., has created a YouTube video hoping to land a date with Deng to COSI's annual Campfire Ball . The summer camp-themed event, which will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at Venue One, 1044 W. Randolph,...
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January 21, 2014 | RedEye
Reading what Joakim Noah says about Luol Deng, you want to wrap your arm around the Bulls center and tell him it's gonna be OK. On Wednesday, the Bulls will face Deng for the first time since he was traded to Cleveland earlier this month. "I love Luol," Noah said. "He's my brother. But when that ball goes up, he's not going to be my brother. " OK, so Noah won't go easy on his former teammate on the court. But his friendship with Deng has earned a spot among the top Chicago sports bromances.
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January 24, 2013 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
Believe it or not, Joakim Noah wasn't always a good basketball player. Actually, there was a time when he wasn't very good at all, and certainly not as good as many of the other marquee names the 2004 high school graduating class. Perhaps you've heard of these guys: Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay, Glen "Big Baby" Davis, J.R. Smith, Shaun Livingston, Al Jefferson and Sebastian Telfair, to name a few. But in those nine years, Noah has won two national championships at Florida, was the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft by the Bulls and has been one of the main reasons the team has again risen to...
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January 7, 2014 | By Scott Bolohan and For RedEye
It was not supposed to be like this. The Bulls fall from being arguably the most exciting team in Chicago to a team merely playing out the rest of the season because someone scheduled them 82 games. After the Derrick Rose re-injury, the Bulls have morphed into a movie montage of awful things happening in slow motion while everyone just sort of stands by and watches helplessly. The Luol Deng trade had to happen. The amount of money the team saves, the amount of talent in the lottery this year - it just made too much sense for too many reasons.
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October 31, 2013 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi and RedEye
THAT's what Chicago has been waiting for. After 18 months recovering from a torn knee ligament, Rose was finally playing in Chicago in games that count Thursday. And in typical D-Rose fashion, he buried the winning bucket to lift the Bulls to an 82-81 victory over the N.Y. Knicks in their regular-season home opener. Most of the city is still catching its breath. Though the numbers for Rose were modest--18 points, six rebounds, three assists - the magnitude of his impact was anything but. RedEye highlights what worked for the Bulls' superstar in his long-awaited return, rating each body...
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July 7, 2013 | By Evan F. Moore and For RedEye
The sheer mention of Duke basketball stirs emotions one way or the other. Especailly when those players are current and former Bulls. When the Bulls recently announced they would sign swingman Mike Dunleavy Jr., a former Blue Devil, I got to thinking: Why do they Bulls continue to draft and sign players from the nation's most hated college program? Especially since few seem to pan out? Those who favor this practice say Duke players come from a more "structured" program, are disciplined, NBA-ready and the give "maximum effort.
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March 5, 2012 | RedEye
The last time the Indiana Pacers were at the United Center, they were celebrating a 95-90 win over the Bulls. Too much celebrating, according to Derrick Rose. After the game he expressed his frustration. "I'll never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game," Rose said Jan. 25. "I can't wait to play them again. " Turns out, the way the Bulls played, it seems as if many of them didn't like that public display of celebration at the United Center as the Bulls rolled to a 92-72 win Monday night.
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January 29, 2012 | RedEye
Sunday's Bulls-Miami game was billed as a statement game. For the Heat, a win would serve as their proclamation that they are the team to beat in the NBA. For the Bulls, a win would be an "I-told-you-so" to the critics who've said they can't beat the Heat. A loss for either would label them as also-rans. As it turns out, there might never have been a bigger, more thrilling game that said so little about the teams involved. The Heat's 97-93 victory might have Miami fans beating their chests and some Bulls fans wringing their hands, but neither side should draw too many...
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May 5, 2013 | By Evan F. Moore and For RedEye
There's a disturbing pattern that emerges when star athletes get hurt. Just about anytime sports fans question an injury to a player, the first thing that is questioned is that player's "manhood. " The player is even more scrutinized when the injury occurs before or during a playoff game. Next, fans run to social media questioning that player's mettle without having all the facts. And once they learn the facts, there are still those who are not as forgiving as they should be. Now Luol Deng has entered the category of "questionable" sports injuries along with Derrick Rose and Jay Cutler.
SPORTS
May 7, 2013 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
The Bulls have absolutely no chance of beating Miami in this year's Eastern Conference semifinals. None. They can't do it. They will not do it. As a team, they are dead men walking. It's all over but the shouting. The cows have come home. The fat lady has sung. All of that. And you know what? It's exhilarating. It's the most exciting thing to happen on a basketball court in this city since Michael Jordan. If you are one of the last people who isn't watching this team just because "what's the point, they're going to lose anyway," get your head in the game.
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December 4, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz
Ringling Bros. could have used Luol Deng when the circus was in town last week. The 28-year-old forward has been juggling roles in the wake of Derrick Rose's season-ending injury last month. His latest position: the Bulls' go-to guy. In Monday's triple-overtime loss to New Orleans, Deng played 55 minutes, scored a season-high 37 points, nabbed eight rebounds and posted seven assists. It was the Bulls' first home game since returning from their annual two-week road trip while the circus was at the United Center.
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October 31, 2013 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi and RedEye
THAT's what Chicago has been waiting for. After 18 months recovering from a torn knee ligament, Rose was finally playing in Chicago in games that count Thursday. And in typical D-Rose fashion, he buried the winning bucket to lift the Bulls to an 82-81 victory over the N.Y. Knicks in their regular-season home opener. Most of the city is still catching its breath. Though the numbers for Rose were modest--18 points, six rebounds, three assists - the magnitude of his impact was anything but. RedEye highlights what worked for the Bulls' superstar in his...
SPORTS
July 7, 2013 | By Evan F. Moore and For RedEye
The sheer mention of Duke basketball stirs emotions one way or the other. Especailly when those players are current and former Bulls. When the Bulls recently announced they would sign swingman Mike Dunleavy Jr., a former Blue Devil, I got to thinking: Why do they Bulls continue to draft and sign players from the nation's most hated college program? Especially since few seem to pan out? Those who favor this practice say Duke players come from a more "structured" program, are disciplined, NBA-ready and the give "maximum effort.
SPORTS
July 1, 2013 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
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.
SPORTS
May 7, 2013 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
The Bulls have absolutely no chance of beating Miami in this year's Eastern Conference semifinals. None. They can't do it. They will not do it. As a team, they are dead men walking. It's all over but the shouting. The cows have come home. The fat lady has sung. All of that. And you know what? It's exhilarating. It's the most exciting thing to happen on a basketball court in this city since Michael Jordan. If you are one of the last people who isn't watching this team just because "what's the point, they're going to lose anyway," get your head in the game.
SPORTS
May 5, 2013 | By Evan F. Moore and For RedEye
There's a disturbing pattern that emerges when star athletes get hurt. Just about anytime sports fans question an injury to a player, the first thing that is questioned is that player's "manhood. " The player is even more scrutinized when the injury occurs before or during a playoff game. Next, fans run to social media questioning that player's mettle without having all the facts. And once they learn the facts, there are still those who are not as forgiving as they should be. Now Luol Deng has entered the category of "questionable" sports injuries along with Derrick...
SPORTS
July 1, 2013 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
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.
SPORTS
January 7, 2014 | By Scott Bolohan and For RedEye
It was not supposed to be like this. The Bulls fall from being arguably the most exciting team in Chicago to a team merely playing out the rest of the season because someone scheduled them 82 games. After the Derrick Rose re-injury, the Bulls have morphed into a movie montage of awful things happening in slow motion while everyone just sort of stands by and watches helplessly. The Luol Deng trade had to happen. The amount of money the team saves, the amount of talent in the lottery this year - it just made too much sense for too many reasons.
SPORTS
January 24, 2013 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
Believe it or not, Joakim Noah wasn't always a good basketball player. Actually, there was a time when he wasn't very good at all, and certainly not as good as many of the other marquee names the 2004 high school graduating class. Perhaps you've heard of these guys: Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay, Glen "Big Baby" Davis, J.R. Smith, Shaun Livingston, Al Jefferson and Sebastian Telfair, to name a few. But in those nine years, Noah has won two national championships at Florida, was the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft by the Bulls and has been one of the main reasons the team has again risen to...
NEWS
May 15, 2012 | By Matt Lindner, for RedEye
Plenty of Chicagoans were seeing red when the Bulls bowed out in six games in the first round to the Philadelphia 76ers. Lincoln Park's Ximena Beltran saw something different: An opening in Chicago Bulls player Luol Deng's schedule that she's hoping to close shortly to honor her fallen friend. Beltran, a single 25-year-old who volunteers as a camp counselor at Children's Oncology Services Inc., has created a YouTube video hoping to land a date with Deng to COSI's annual Campfire Ball . The summer camp-themed event, which will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19...
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