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Noah will miss four games to rest foot

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 02/04/2010 - 21:32
The Bulls announced plans Thursday to rest center Joakim Noah through the all-star break. Noah will head back to Chicago and receive treatment for plantar fascitis in his left foot. This means Noah will miss at least four games. The Bulls are in Atlanta on Friday, then return to play Miami at home on Saturday. Next week, they have another back-to-back at Indiana and at home against Orlando. Noah played limited minutes in the two recent losses to Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Clippers. He averaged 7 points and 7 rebounds in those games, compared to 11.2 points and 12.0 rebounds for the season. So far, Noah has missed just one game because the foot injury, on Jan. 24 at Houston. Veteran Brad Miller figures to start at center in Noah’s place.

Rose excused from rookie challenge

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 02/02/2010 - 18:31
Here’s some news heading into the Bulls’ triumphant return to the United Center on Tuesday against the L.A. Clippers: --The NBA gave Derrick Rose a pass for the rookie-sophomore game, replacing him with Golden State’s Anthony Morrow. In the past, the league made players selected for the rookie challenge and main all-star game to play in both. Portland’s Brandon Roy was the last to do it in 2008. But Rose may have earned his way out because he’s also participating in the skills challenge on all-star Saturday night. Speaking of which… --The other competitors for the skills challenge were announced Tuesday: Phoenix’ Steve Nash, Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings and Utah’s Deron Williams. Rose won the event last year as a rookie.

More Bulls miss pratice time

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 02/01/2010 - 16:36
The Bulls haven’t gotten much quality practice time lately. Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and Brad Miller skipped Sunday and Monday –- Noah and Gibson to rest plantar fascitis, while Miller has a sore knee. Maybe it’s good news that coach Vinny Del Negro cancelled three practices during the recent seven-game road trip and the Bulls responded with wins each time. All three players are expected to be available when the Bulls host the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, their first game at the United Center in 18 days.

Bulls' 5-2 road trip was not a dream

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 01/30/2010 - 01:58
Here’s one way to put the Bulls’ stunning 5-2 road trip in perspective. To this point in the season, the rest of the Eastern Conference has gone 10-34 on the road against Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and New Orleans. The Bulls just went 5-0. The Spurs are 10-1 against other East teams, losing only to Boston. The Thunder is 8-2. Keep in mind, though, that this trip was a step down in competition from what the Bulls faced in November. During the circus trip, they played the No. 1 (Lakers), 2 (Denver), 4 (Utah) and 6 (Portland) teams in the West, based on current standings. And that was when the Blazers had both Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla on the floor. Those two big men were since lost for the year.

Report: Rose is an all-star

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 14:49
The Bulls will find out tonight if their 12-year run without an all-star will end. Yahoo.com reported Thursday afternoon that Derrick Rose has been selected as an Eastern Conference reserve, but the official announcement will come tonight on a TNT pregame show beginning at 6 p.m. Rose’s numbers are soaring. He’s up to 19.8 points per game, 5.9 assists and shooting 47.7 percent from the field. During the current four-game road win streak, he’s averaging 26.3 points and shooting an incredible 59.3 percent. Conference coaches were asked to vote for two guards, two forwards, one center and two wild cards. There’s been a growing trend in recent years to reward only players from winning teams.

Gray trade could set stage for another deal

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 01/25/2010 - 16:57
By trading center Aaron Gray to New Orleans for veteran guard Devin Brown on Monday, the Bulls are clearly hoping to move John Salmons or Kirk Hinrich before the Feb. 18 trade deadline. The idea is to trade one of those guards for an expiring contract and create even more cap room to pursue free agents this summer. Such a deal won't be easy, because few teams are willing to take on add salary to their payrolls right now, two sources confirmed. The 7-foot Gray has barely played this season after recovering from a stress fracture in his leg. A second-round draft pick in 2007, he did have some strong moments in his first season and a half with the Bulls.

Barkley picks Noah as all-star

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 01/23/2010 - 03:16
Derrick Rose appears to have the best shot of becoming the Bulls’ first all-star since 1998. But on TNT’s studio show Thursday, Charles Barkley picked center Joakim Noah as one of the Eastern Conference reserves. Barkley didn’t quite get the name right, though, saying, “My favorite player probably in the NBA now is Yannick Noah.” Of course, Yannick Noah is Joakim’s dad and a former world-class tennis player. Joakim ranks second in the league in rebounds, averaging 11.1 points and 12.4 boards overall. Noah has some tough competition for an all-star spot between New York’s David Lee (19.1 ppg, 11.2 rpg), Milwaukee’s Andrew Bogut (15.4 ppg, 10.4 rpg), Washington’s Antawn Jamison (22.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg) and Atlanta’s Al Horford (13.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg).

Rose's all-star chances may have improved

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 01/21/2010 - 23:33
The all-star starters were announced Thursday and there were no surprises in the Eastern Conference. LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade and Allen Iverson are the starting five. Iverson might be a poor choice by the voting fans, but his election is no surprise, since he had a hefty lead in the most recent voting returns. Now the question, as far as the Bulls are concerned, is whether Derrick Rose will be chosen as a reserve, snapping the team’s 12-year run with no all-stars. As I wrote a few days ago, I believe Rose should be an all-star. My picks for the East reserves are Rose, Atlanta’s Joe Johnson, Toronto’s Chris Bosh, Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace, Boston’s Paul Pierce, Washington’s Antawn Jamison and New York’s David Lee.

Rose's jersey sells; Salmons rates with peers

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 01/20/2010 - 15:03
Derrick Rose is flying up the charts in popularity. At least, his jersey is. The NBA released its list Wednesday of best-selling jerseys at the NBA Store in New York and online. Rose is at No. 4, up from 11th last year. As a team, the Bulls rank fifth in jersey sales, trailing the Lakers, Boston, Cleveland and New York. Here’s the list of top 15 best-selling players: 1. Kobe Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers 2. LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers 3. Dwight Howard- Orlando Magic 4. Derrick Rose – Chicago Bulls 5. Dwyane Wade – Miami Heat 6. Kevin Garnett – Boston Celtics 7. Chris Paul – New Orleans Hornets 8. Paul Pierce – Boston Celtics 9. Shaquille O’Neal – Cleveland Cavaliers 10. Pau Gasol – Los Angeles Lakers 11. Carmelo Anthony – Denver Nuggets

Report: Bulls' season tickets drop below 10,000

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 01/19/2010 - 13:48
According to a story in the Sports Business Journal, the NBA held its annual marketing meeting recently and handed out awards to teams that sold 10,000 full season tickets. The Bulls made the list last season, but dropped out this year. That doesn’t mean there is any cause for alarm, because the Bulls currently lead the league in attendance at 20,644 per game. Fan support for the Bulls hasn’t dropped much at all since the championship era. Attendance started to dip around 2004, but quickly bounced back when the Bulls made the playoffs a year later. They consistently ranked in the top three during the past decade. The Bulls have a team policy of not commenting on season ticket numbers.