January 25, 2012 |
Wednesday night's Bulls-Indiana Pacers game was both a rematch of a hard-fought first-round playoff series from last season and what some see as a preview of another collision in this season's playoffs. The players themselves seemed to treat the game as if the playoffs already were here. In a back-and-forth contest in which each team seemed to have a grip on the game at one point or another, the Pacers walked away with a well-deserved 95-90 win. If this indeed is a playoff preview, what exactly did we learn?
January 29, 2012 |
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...
April 1, 2012 |
This was a joke, right? Surely Sunday's Bulls game in Oklahoma City was just one big, elaborate April Fools' Day joke organized by the NBA. Unfortunately, Bulls fans, you weren't punk'd. But you'd be forgiven if you thought you had tuned in to a Bulls game circa 2003. The Bulls, without Derrick Rose for the 10th straight game, were blown out by perhaps the NBA's best team in the Oklahoma City Thunder, 92-78. There were several developments during the course of the game that supported the April Fools' Day theory.
April 10, 2014 |
I would like to talk with you candidly about a very personal subject matter to me. I'm speaking, of course, of mascots. We had an incident in Wrigleyville (of course, where else?). A man parading around as an unsanctioned mascot gets picked on by an inebriated fan and retaliates with a punch. And this got me to thinking. I'd like to start a club for what I call "honest mascots" out there. Think about it. Look at Clark, the Cubs' new mascot. We hate him already, because every time you see him, he has a goofy grin on his face.
February 12, 2012 |
Derrick Rose sat on the bench, showing little emotion as the Bulls lost. On the court, his teammates showed they need Rose to get well--soon. Boston put a halt to the Bulls' five game winning streak Sunday, answering every run thrown at them in a 95-91 win at TD Garden. Give the Bulls credit. They put up a fight without their leading scorer and floor leader in Rose and gave the surging Celtics a scare, but they didn't have enough in the end. Rose's absence not only hurt the Bulls on the offensive end, but also on defense.
April 29, 2012 |
"No one knew how serious the injury would be or how quickly the foot might heal. Early on, there was talk of six to eight weeks, but that optimism faded quickly. Suddenly Michael Jordan was being forced to sit out virtually an entire season as he rehabilitated his foot. The loss was singularly frustrating, for playing was his principal source of joy, and it gave him his sense of identity …" --From "Playing For Keeps," David Halberstam Well that sucked. For so many reasons, and for so many people, starting of course with Derrick Rose, who in one foul misstep was stripped of...