All Bull - Chicago Bulls

All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Hinrich out vs. Bucks

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 19:55
Kirk Hinrich will miss his fifth game of the season tonight against Milwaukee. This time the problem is a lacerated right elbow, which happened Monday against Cleveland. Nate Robinson gets the start against the Bucks and ex-Bulls coach Jim Boylan, who beat Phoenix in his debut Tuesday night.

Only one Rose update means much

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 01/09/2013 - 13:08
After Tuesday's practice, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned that Derrick Rose has started taking planned contact as part of his rehab. Sounds like he's getting hit with a practice dummy while going in for a layup. It's pretty minor news, just another small step as Rose inches closer to a return. The news we're waiting for is that he's cleared for full practice, which would mean all-out scrimmaging with his teammates. Once that happens, he's probably two or three weeks from returning to game action, though everything is just a guess at this point. New York's Iman Shumpert returned to full practice on Tuesday and participated in 3-on-3 drills, according to Shumpert tore his ACL on the same day as Rose, April 28.

LeBron may be better than ever

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:01
LeBron James has been nursing a sore knee lately, but you wouldn't know anything is wrong by checking the numbers. In his third season in South Beach, James is posting even more impressive numbers than usual. His scoring is on the low end of his career scale -- 26.5 ppg is the lowest since his rookie season. But James is producing career highs in rebounds (8.6), field-goal percentage (.544) and 3-point percentage (.414, previous high was .362). At the same time, he's at career-lows in fouls per game (1.4) and turnovers (2.9), while his assist average (7.1) is among the league leaders. James participated in Friday's shootaround and expects to play against the Bulls tonight in Miami.

Asik has more all-star votes than Noah

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:46
Either the Houston Rockets have done a great job of getting out the vote, or Omer Asik's popularity has skyrocketed. The NBA released the third all-star balloting results on Thursday. Asik has 160,935 votes in the Western Conference, while Bulls center Joakim Noah has 158,743. Neither one is likely to earn a starting spot, although there are some close races. In the East, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo all have big leads. The remaining spot is a race between Boston's Kevin Garnett (391K), Miami's third amigo Chris Bosh (363K) and New York's Tyson Chandler (316K).

Rubio close to return; how much longer for Rose?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 12/12/2012 - 17:25
Minnesota guard Ricky Rubio is hoping to return to action on Saturday according to numerous reports. If that happens, he’ll be back on the court roughly nine months and one week after suffering a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. Rubio would be the second Twin Cities pro athlete to make such a recovery from a torn ACL and MCL. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was back on the football field nine months after the injury occurred and if you see any flaws in his game, please contact Lovie Smith immediately. So what does this mean for Derrick Rose? First of all, it’s not a perfect comparison because Rose did not tear his MCL. He had a less severe knee injury than Rubio and Peterson. Rose’s ACL tear happened on April 28. Rubio’s injury was on Mar. 9.

Carmelo out vs. Bulls

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 12/08/2012 - 15:29
UPDATE: Anthony will not play tonight vs. the Bulls. New York coach Mike Woodson ruled Carmelo Anthony a game-time decision for tonight’s contest against the Bulls at the United Center. Anthony, who’s averaging 26.7 points, missed Thursday’s 20-point win at Miami with a lacerated middle finger on his left hand. Woodson said Anthony will test the injury during warm-ups and determine if he’s able to play. “I've got to trust his judgment,” Woodson told reporters at Saturday’s shootaround, according to “He'll let us know when he's ready.” The Knicks are leading the Eastern Conference with a 14-4 record. The Bulls, meanwhile, will be playing their fourth game in five nights.

Are the Knicks best in the East?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 12/07/2012 - 09:48
Start spreading the news, the New York Knicks are clearly the class of the Eastern Conference after their second blowout victory over Miami this season. Or are they? The Knicks beat the Heat 112-92 on Thursday, the worst home loss of the Power Trio era. No doubt New York has been impressive this season, posting a 14-4 record, best in the East. The Knicks’ next game is Saturday against the Bulls at the United Center. Confusion about New York’s place among the NBA elite arrives when you take a closer look at what happened in Miami. First of all, Carmelo Anthony didn’t even play, due to a cut on the middle finger of his left hand, which required five stitches to close. It seems likely he’ll be back against the Bulls.

Yes, Rose is making progress

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 12/03/2012 - 23:18
In this business, we can all appreciate a slow news day, but there’s no need to get nutty about the latest Derrick Rose progress report. Rose could be seen running sprints on Monday at the Berto Center. More specifically, he could be seen finishing sprints. He started in the weight room and ended in the gym, allowing reporters to catch a glimpse of the recovering star. The estimated length of his sprints is probably 20 or 30 yards and it’s the first time a Rose workout has been visible to reporters at the Berto Center since before the circus road trip. The Sun-Times took the opportunity to scoop the world on Rose’s return, stating he “could be just weeks away from practicing with the Bulls again.”

D-Rose recovery: Final episode

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 12:31

It's being billed as the final episode, but don't think it means Rose is ready to return just yet.

Not as much action in this segment, though we do get to check out the views from Rose's Trump Tower condo.

Anthony Davis won't face Bulls

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 11/03/2012 - 02:04
No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Davis won't make the trip back to his hometown when the Hornets visit the Bulls on Saturday at the UC. Davis reportedly suffered a mild concussion on Friday against Utah. He was inadvertently elbowed in the head by a teammate and sat out the second half. New Orleans still managed to win when PG Greivis Vasquez hit a driving back with a second remaining. Davis scored 21 points in his NBA debut on Wednesday against San Antonio.