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All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Bulls expect to spend a couple more years in Deerfield

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 06/13/2012 - 21:05
Though they announced plans Wednesday to move their practice facility downtown, the Bulls are expecting to use the Berto Center for at least two more years. The Berto was a prototype for NBA practice facilities when it was built in 1992 and still holds up well. It has plenty of gym space, a large weight room, a rehab pool and players lounge off the locker room. What it lacks is office space and every year, it seems the Bulls add another assistant coach, video coordinator, scout or assistant to the GM. The Bulls are planning to sell the Berto Center and though it seems unlikely anyone would be able to make use of the building the way it is, it sits on a valuable plot of land in Deerfield and borders a couple businesses that could be looking to expand.

LeBron gets chance to relive his worst playoff moment

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 06/07/2012 - 12:56
Normally, you’d expect a team as talented as the Miami Heat to shrug off the pressure, rise to the occasion and fight off elimination in tonight’s Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals at Boston. In this case, history does not favor Miami. The Heat has lost 15 of its last 16 games in Boston, regular season and playoffs. The lone victory was last year in Game 4 of the second round, when Rajon Rondo was playing with a dislocated elbow and missed an uncontested that would have tied the score late in the fourth quarter. Some are calling the Celtics’ 3-2 lead in this series a surprise. But it’s really no different than what’s been going on all season.

PJax, Pippen headed to Orlando?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 06/06/2012 - 11:24
While the two conference finals series have taken surprising turns, an interesting story has developed in Orlando. According to si.com, the Magic are considering a proposal to bring on former Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson in head of basketball operations role. The full plan, according to the story, would allow Jackson to spend most of his time in Los Angeles. Several Jackson associates could be involved, including ex-Lakers assistant Brian Shaw as head coach, Bulls ambassador Scottie Pippen as lead assistant, and Sam Vincent in a front-office role.

Bulls might hope Bobcats lose again in draft lottery

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 05/30/2012 - 11:23
The NBA draft lottery is tonight, before Game 2 of the Boston-Miami series. The Bulls have no direct interest, but might be pulling for old friend Michael Jordan to watch the wrong ping pong balls emerge from the machine. Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats earned the lottery’s top seed by finishing the season with a 23-game losing streak. The Bulls could benefit from some Bobcats’ bad luck because they own a conditional Charlotte draft pick from the Tyrus Thomas trade. That pick is protected through the top 12 in 2013, top 10 in 2014 and top 8 in 2015. If the Bulls don’t get the pick by then, it’s unprotected in 2016.

British hoops dreading the cost of Deng's insurance

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 05/29/2012 - 12:11
Bulls forward Luol Deng remains committed to playing for Great Britain in this summer's London Olympics, even though it would likely mean postponing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist. Now comes a story from across the pond, where British basketball is looking forward to Deng’s participation, but dreading the cost of insurance. “His wrist situation will make this exorbitant premium even more expensive and we will have to make sacrifices to all our other programs if we are to make this happen,” Chris Spice, Britain’s performance director, said in the Metro UK. “It is difficult, but there is only one Luol Deng and there is only one London 2012 Olympic Games.”

Rose left off All-NBA teams

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 05/24/2012 - 14:48
Derrick Rose's streak of being named to the All-NBA team has ended at one. A year ago, Rose was a first-team selection and won the league's MVP. This season, thanks to missing 27 games with injuries, Rose was left off the All-NBA teams completely. The first team featured LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul. Second team: Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Andrew Bynum, Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook. Third team: Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler, Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo. If there was a fourth team, it would have included Rose, Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, Memphis' Marc Gasol, Atlanta's Josh Smith and Boston's Paul Pierce. Luol Deng received 5 votes and Joakim Noah 3.

Bird unloads on Pacers after rough loss in Miami

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 10:57
Miami took a 3-2 lead in its second-round series against Indiana with a convincing 115-83 victory on Tuesday, but most of the discussion focused on three flagrant fouls and whether or not some Heat players will be suspended for Game 6. When the game was over, Pacers president Larry Bird expressed his disappointment in strong comments to the Indianapolis Star. “I can’t believe my team went soft,” Bird said. “S-O-F-T. I’m disappointed. I never thought it would happen.” Here’s the rundown of rough fouls: --The first flagrant was by Indiana’s Tyler Hansbrough against Dwyane Wade. It was a hard foul, no doubt, although Hansbrough did hit the ball before clipping Wade near the eye on the follow-through, drawing some blood.

NBA all-rookie team shows path Bulls could have traveled

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 05/22/2012 - 16:41
The NBA released its all-rookie teams on Tuesday and the list included one player drafted by the Bulls and a few more they could have chosen. In general, there is no point in second-guessing draft night swaps of low picks. The Bulls traded up in last year’s draft to grab the No. 23 pick from Minnesota and used it on Nikola Mirotic, a 6-foot-10 native of Montenegro who plays for Real Madrid. At this point, it looks like a great move. Mirotic won the Euroleague’s Rising Star Award, given to the best player under 22, for the second straight season. Mirotic turned 21 in February, so he’s still eligible to win the award again next year. Some past winners of the Rising Star Award are Ricky Rubio, Danilo Gallinari, Andrea Bargnani and Rudy Fernandez.

Watson reveals foot surgery

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 05/17/2012 - 17:44
Bulls guard C.J. Watson revealed via Twitter message that he had a surgical procedure done on his foot Thursday. Here's the message, with puncutation added, "Just had successful surgery by @weilforfeet, best in the business. Rest up, then back to getting better this summer and get ready for next year." The procedure to correct plantar fascitis was performed at the Weil Foot, Ankle and Orthopedic Institute. The Bulls characterized the surgery as minor. Nothing was said late in the season about Watson having a foot injury, though coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned a few times that Watson was playing through some pain.

Naperville's Domercant makes all-Euroleague

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 05/16/2012 - 16:00
Naperville native Henry Domercant earned a spot on the all-Euroleague second team. Playing for Russia’s Unics Kazan, the 6-4 shooting guard averaged 15.5 points this season, fourth-best in the Euroleague. He also ranked first in 3-pointers made with 48 and fifth in 3-point accuracy. Domercant, 31, has been playing in Europe since leaving Eastern Illinois in 2003. He spent last season playing for Spartak St. Petersburg in the Russian league and before that spent time in Italy, Turkey and Greece. This was the first time in the Euroleague for Unics Kazan, which is located in the town of Kazan, about 300 miles east of Moscow. Unics survived two rounds of pool play and reached the quarterfinal playoffs, but was swept 3-0 by Barcelona Regal.