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February 21, 2012
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April 30, 2014 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
Boy, I would love to write a nice, poetic obituary for the Bulls. You know, it would talk about how much effort they gave, how much they hustled, how they shared the ball, how they lost their major stars and went on and had a great season and postseason. That, my friends, is the difference between Hollywood and Chicago. In Hollywood, the Bulls go on and have a deep run in the playoffs, maybe win the title through the magic of Tom Thibodeau's coaching. No. in Chicago, we live in the real world.
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March 26, 2012 | RedEye
Coaches from Bulls opponents continue to be impressed with how the team has played despite injuries to key players, including reigning league MVP Derrick Rose. "When you have a group and a guy like Derrick Rose who is your leader, who is your hardest worker ... that's infectious," said Toronto coach Dwane Casey, whose team lost to the Bulls in overtime Saturday. "And [Coach]Tom [Thibodeau] and that staff have done a great job growing that team and having mental toughness to be where they are now. " Other coaches - including Philadelphia's Doug Collins, Indiana's Frank Vogel and Boston's Doc...
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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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February 27, 2012 | RedEye
Derrick Rose wasn't down with the dance moves LeBron James pulled off during player introductions for Sunday's All-Star Game in Orlando. Rose told the Tribune after the game that James' antics were inappropriate. "I can dance. But there's a time and place for that," Rose told Tribune Bulls reporter K.C. Johnson. "And I don't think that it was then and there. " RedEye appreciates Rose's focus and intensity, but isn't it OK to dance at the All-Star Game? If that's not the right time and place, then what is?
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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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November 14, 2011 | By Chris Sosa, RedEye
For as much as we fans threaten to hold grudges in sports, our capacity for forgiveness is higher than we might realize. The NBA's been boarded up for four months, and we might say we're fed up with the constant bickering and that there's no way we'd embrace the league again. But really, the right conditions are all it takes for many of us to plug back in. Sure, it will take longer if you're, say, a Cleveland Cavaliers fan. MUCH longer. Whereas a team like the Bulls will win back fans more easily because they're a title contender and, well, Derrick Rose's...
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January 22, 2012
Rip Hamilton. C.J. Watson. Luol Deng. Derrick Rose. Taj Gibson. Joakim Noah. John Lucas III. That'd be a pretty good starting five and sixth and seventh men for an NBA team. But, unfortunately, it's the list of Bulls players who've lost playing time to injures 18 games into the lockout-shortened 66-game season. Saturday night alone, the Bulls played without four players. "Injuries are a part of the game," coach Tom Thibodeau said Saturday. "There's a reason you carry 13 or 14 players.
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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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April 1, 2012 | RedEye
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.
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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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April 17, 2014 | By Evan F. Moore and For RedEye
When Derrick Rose went down with his latest season-ending injury, many fans wanted the team to get acclimated to another lost season. Some wanted the team to tank, much like Philadelphia seems to be doing (unofficially, of course). "Play sorry for Jabari" and "Riggin' for Wiggins" were common battle cries on social media. I was of the opinion that any season with the team not at full strength was a lost cause. After all, when Rose got hurt and Luol Deng was traded, I thought taking the Heat to six games was no longer a possibility.
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February 18, 2014 | By Courtney Linehan, @courtneylinehan
Well, Bulls fans, we've made it past the All-Star break. You know what that means: We're halfway through the second season without Derrick Rose and without much hope of the playoffs. Last week's confirmation that Rose won't be back on the court this season made us wonder just what the team has been up to while we were distracted with Olympics, hockey and Olympic hockey. Here's a look at the Bulls' season so far. The standings Overall record: 27-25. With Thursday's win over Brooklyn, the Bulls improved to two games over .500 for the first time...
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October 27, 2013 | By Ben Johnson and For RedEye
How will this year's Bulls team do with Derrick Rose back? Can the team make a leap into the "genuine contender" category, or will their style of play lead to more injuries at just the wrong time? Will the team make a trade or stand pat? These are the obvious burning questions and they are boring. I want answers to the itching questions nobody else is asking. 10. Why is coach Tom Thibodeau so cagey about his favorite composer? In an offseason interview with Grantland's Zach Lowe, classical music buff Thibodeau declined to answer a...
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October 7, 2013 | By Bryan Crawford and For RedEye
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.
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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.
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April 2, 2012 | RedEye
The day many Bulls might have thought would never happen actually came to pass Monday. Long-gone shooting guard Richard Hamilton started against the Houston Rockets at the United Center. While the Bulls didn't look so good when it was all said and done, falling 99-93 for their first back-to-back losses since Feb. 5 and 7, 2011, having Hamilton back on the court had to give fans something to smile about - if only for a short time. Hamilton was picked up in the offseason to give the Bulls the piece they'd need to get past Miami in the playoffs and to the NBA Finals.
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April 8, 2012 | RedEye
A dozen Rose-less games ended for the Bulls on Sunday when their MVP returned to the lineup in New York. But Derrick and the dominoes couldn't pull out a win as they fell - when their free throws wouldn't - to the Knicks in overtime, 100-99. The loss, while hard to swallow, could have been much worse. To say the Bull started slowly would be an understatement. The Knicks raced out to a 20-4 lead before Rose even scored a point, then it ballooned to 27-6 before the Bulls began a slow comeback.
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June 13, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
EDITOR'S NOTE: In the spirit of sports brotherhood - and trash talk - RedEye and the New England Sports Network have set up a columnist showdown. Chicago vs. Boston. Blackhawks vs. Bruins. Bag Boy vs. NESN hockey writer Mike Cole. Have at it, gentlemen. Before we begin, a word of thanks. Thank you for Theo Epstein. Thank you for the blueprint on how to build an organization. We'll muck it up, but thanks. Thanks for Tom Thibodeau (don't you need these people in Boston?
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