All Bull - Chicago Bulls

All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Clock ticking and Taj unsigned

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 10/31/2012 - 18:35
The clock is ticking and Taj Gibson hasn’t yet reached for the pen. As the Bulls prepared to face Sacramento in their season opener, it appeared the two sides would not come to terms on a contract extension before the 11 p.m. deadline. Gibson spoke briefly in the locker room and seemed resigned to becoming a restricted free agent next summer. A few minutes later, general manager Gar Forman and vice president of basketball operations John Paxson chatted courtside while Gibson shot baskets. Asked if could say anything about the Gibson negotiations, Forman replied, “There’s still time.”

Economics hit Harden in OKC

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 10/28/2012 - 00:02
The Bulls endured some economic reality this summer when they broke up the Bench Mob. Oklahoma City landed in the same spot with shooting guard James Harden. The Thunder couldn’t afford another maximum salary and traded Harden to Houston on Sunday. There are other players involved and OKC is getting some draft picks, but the deal is essentially for Kevin Martin and rookie Jeremy Lamb. It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that OKC would have to part with Harden. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are already getting max salaries, while big men Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka are also locked up at hefty prices.

Hinrich has thumb injury

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 10/16/2012 - 18:43
Kirk Hinrich has a right thumb injury and will not play tonight when the Bulls host Milwaukee in their fourth preseason game. Nate Robinson is getting the start at point guard. Coach Tom Thibodeau didn’t mention Hinrich’s injury when he spoke to the media at the United Center, so the extent of the thumb issue is unknown. It’s possible Thibodeau wanted to get a longer look at Robinson, anyway. He’s shown some flashes of being a dynamic scorer in preseason, but is shooting just 23.3 percent from the field (7 for 30) in the first three games. Richard Hamilton and Luol Deng are back in the starting lineup after sitting out Saturday’s loss at Minnesota. Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah are starting as usual. Backup center Kyrylo Fesenko is sick and not at the arena.

Noah returns for preseason opener

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 10/09/2012 - 18:29
Joakim Noah is back with the Bulls after a three-day absence due to the death of his grandmother. He is expected to start Tuesday’s preseason opener against Memphis at the United Center. The Bulls said Noah’s absence was a personal issue, but he sent a Twitter message thanking people who sent respect to his grandmother. He wrote that she was once captain of the Cameroon national team and he started playing basketball because of her. Noah’s return gives the Bulls a chance to use their projected regular-season starting lineup of Noah, Kirk Hinrich, Richard Hamilton, Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer. It might be more interesting to see how coach Tom Thibodeau uses the revamped “Bench Mob” of Taj Gibson, Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli, Vladimir Radmanovic and Nazr Mohammed.

D-Rose recovery: Birthday edition

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 10/04/2012 - 10:21

Happy 24th birthday to Derrick Rose (Thu., Oct. 4). The fourth edition of his "return" webumentary is out today. This one seems a little dated since he gave a health update this week at media day and can be seen (by reporters) working out on the court after practice. I spotted his new TV commercial based on his comeback this morning on ESPN.

D-Rose recovery: Episode 2

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 09/07/2012 - 15:55

Better than the first? Maybe. This one features several cameos by Randall Hampton, Rose's friend since junior high, along with brothers Reggie and Dwayne.

D-Rose recovery: Episode I

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 08/22/2012 - 11:20

The first installment of the Adidas-sponsored documentary following Derrick Rose's rehab is out. It's three miniutes long and has some behind the scenes footage of his knee surgery in May. Bulls team physician Dr. Brian Cole, who performed the surgery to repair a torn ACL, makes a cameo.

Rose's rehab now a net documentary

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 08/17/2012 - 12:12

Bulls fans can pass the time while waiting for Derrick Rose's return from ACL surgery by watching highlights of his rehab.

Adidas will launch a Web series following Rose's comeback using the title, "D-Rose will rise." Here's the trailer:

Rose: Great to be back in gym

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 08/15/2012 - 14:57
Derrick Rose sent a self portrait via Twitter on Tuesday. It was a photo of Rose getting ready to shoot a basketball inside the Berto Center with the caption, “Feels good to be back in the gym.” The Bulls are about six weeks from the start of training camp and it will probably be around six months before they even think about getting Rose back from ACL surgery. In the meantime, he spoke about the injury for the first time with CSN Chicago. The interview is billed as taking place last month in Los Angeles, where Rose usually conducts his summer workouts.

Reinsdorf weighs in on Rose recovery

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 08/13/2012 - 17:28
Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf made an appearance on WMVP’s “Talking Baseball” show last weekend and made time to talk basketball. Reinsdorf compared Derrick Rose’s ACL injury to Michael Jordan’s broken foot in the 1985-86 season. Long-time Bulls fans will remember Jordan fighting to play late that season while Reinsdorf and GM Jerry Krause didn’t want to take the risk. Jordan won the battle and scored his playoff-record 63 points against Boston.