May 13, 2013 |
The Bulls were in an almost-must-win situation against Miami on Monday at the United Center. Win, and they turn it into a best-of-three series. Lose, and they're practically sunk with Game 5 on Wednesday in Miami. Well, it was the second scenario that unfolded, as the Heat won 88-65. Even though they couldn't reclaim momentum from the Heat, the Bulls got good news Monday when Joakim Noah was voted onto the NBA's All-Defensive first team. The center is Chicago's first All-Defensive first-team selection since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in 1997-98.
January 23, 2012 |
Before you lose patience with the Bears' general manager search, consider how high the bar's been set for sports brass in this city. Seriously. Chicago has (mostly) figured out that success starts at the top. Kenny Williams, White Sox Give Williams this: He always goes down swinging (insert Adam Dunn joke here). While acquiring the criminally underachieving Dunn, Jake Peavy and Alex Rios has come back to haunt him, Williams still has his 2005 World Series trump card.
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?
February 20, 2012 |
Only one NBA team played an afternoon game on Presidents' Day. It was the Bulls, of course. Maybe Obama himself ordered it. In what was also Derrick Rose's return from bask spasms that sidelined him for five games, the Bulls beat the pesky Atlanta Hawks 90-79. Since America used Monday to celebrate Abraham Lincoln and George Washington's birthdays - you had cake, right? - what better way to break down the game than to assemble a presidential cabinet based on some of the Bulls' results.
March 28, 2012 |
Derrick Rose and Greg Oden have a lot in common. Both played for college basketball teams that lost in the national championship game. Both left college after one year to enter the NBA draft. And both were selected with the No. 1 pick: Greg Oden by Portland in 2007 and Rose, praise the pingpong balls, by the Bulls in 2008. It might have worked out differently, but the NBA's 2006 collective bargaining agreement declared that high school seniors could no longer enter the draft.
April 24, 2013 |
I watched in horror Tuesday as the Bulls won a playoff game. Don't get me wrong, I love the team and want them to win. They fight with the tenacity of a junkyard dog, ignoring injury and a lack of offensive talent. But the Bulls as currently constituted are so obviously sore and tired and broken down that it's almost sad to watch them win a playoff game. Every victory forces another game. Derrick Rose is the magic word when considering these Bulls. They have been gallant in his absence, but they top out at 90 points a night unless somebody has one of their two or three best games of the season.
April 30, 2012 |
18-9 That's the oft-uttered record Bulls fans are clinging to as Game 2 vs. Philadelphia looms. The Bulls fared well with Derrick Rose out for 27 games during the regular season, thanks in large part to backup point guards C.J. Watson, John Lucas III and, to a lesser extent, Mike James filling the void. Now, things are much different with Rose out for the remainder of the postseason with a torn ACL. The stakes are higher. The competition's tougher. The margin of error much smaller.
April 25, 2013 |
Sunday marks the one-year anniversary that the Bulls franchise was set back at least a year with Derrick Rose's ACL tear in his left knee. Rose suffered through the lockout-shortened season with a string of injuries that ended with one of the more devastating things that can happen to an athlete. Bulls fans may remember what the day was like, April 28, 2012, in Chicago: Cold, damp with overcast skies. With the city feeling like the team was on a collision course in the Eastern Conference finals with Miami, nobody could've imagined how the weather that day would be symbolic for the Bulls.
December 22, 2011 |
Taj Gibson might not be the Bulls' superstar, but the soft-spoken forward nevertheless offered up his fair share of highlight-reel-worthy moments in the team's postseason run last spring. Most spectacularly, he threw down a dunk practically on top of Miami's Dwyane Wade, a slam that put him into the headlines for days. But don't expect Gibson to brag about it. Instead, he throws the credit to C.J. Watson - who passed him the ball for the big dunk - puts his head down and continues to work.
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.