All Bull - Chicago Bulls

All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Vinny doing fine without vote of confidence

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 01/12/2010 - 01:21
There isn’t much to say about the Bulls’ easy 120-87 victory over the slumping Detroit Pistons, other than, “What was Joe Dumars thinking last summer?” So this is a good time to examine some recent Internet rumors regarding the Bulls. --I saw one today on ESPN.com asking if coach Vinny Del Negro is now in the clear after so much speculation about his job security last month. I’ll agree with the headline, since that’s what I wrote on Dec. 27. There’s no guarantee Del Negro will finish the season, but the Bulls are not anxious to make a change.

More Tyrus drama?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 01:19
The Bulls were cruising along toward an easy 110-96 victory over Minnesota on Saturday. There should have been no worries, but then Tyrus Thomas got a surprising quick hook late in the third quarter, leaving the floor after playing less than two minutes. I wasn’t watching when Thomas walked over to the bench, because I wasn’t expecting him to leave. But he remained standing on the sideline for a long time before finally pulling on his warm up and sitting down. What was this all about? Not sure and didn’t think there was any point in asking coach Vinny Del Negro after the game, because he always downplays internal issues. Thomas left the locker room quickly after the game, which isn't unusual.

Bad calls, sure, but Bulls need to hit big shots

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 01:30
The bottom line in the Bulls’ 96-93 loss in Milwaukee on Friday night is they’re just lacking people to knock down big shots in close games. Derrick Rose is doing an impressive job carrying the load, but opponents are ganging up on him and trying to make him give up the ball. When he does, no one can be confident of the results. The Bulls opened the fourth quarter with consecutive 3-pointers by John Salmons and Kirk Hinrich – when was the last time that happened? From then on, the visitors went 6 of 19 from the field (31.6) percent, which isn’t going to win many games.

Arenas given indefinite suspension

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 01/06/2010 - 15:59
NBA Commissioner David Stern just issued a statement that puts Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas on indefinite suspension. Stern's message was he initially wanted to wait for law enforcement to act on Arenas' ill-advised decision to store unloaded guns inside his locker at the Verizon Center. Yesterday, though, Arenas was seen aiming his fingers like pistols in the Wizards' pregame huddle against Philadelphia and also suggested he's done nothing wrong and is owed an apology by the media.

Rose needs longer run in fourth quarter

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 01/06/2010 - 02:22
After a rough finish to a winnable game against the Bobcats on Tuesday, there are several nitpicking opportunities. In case you missed it, the Bulls lost 113-108 despite Derrick Rose scoring 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to erase an 11-point deficit. --The rotation could stand some tweaking when it comes to Rose in the fourth quarter. The second-year guard absolutely has the right idea by waiting until the fourth quarter to take over games. He’s got to keep his teammates involved early. But it’s tough when Rose enters the game with 7:39 left, like he did at Charlotte. The Bulls could have used a couple more minutes of Rose in full attack mode.

Bulls can't match Thunder's young talent

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 01:31
This was a bad matchup for the Bulls from the start. Veteran teams might find ways to outsmart the Thunder, but the Bulls have a tough time matching up with OKC’s talent and it showed in Monday’s 98-85 loss at the UC. Russell Westbrook is Derrick Rose’s summer workout partner in California and Westbrook seemed intent to put on a show. He hoisted 24 shots on the way to 29 points. With Westbrook and Kevin Durant working well, their Thunder teammates got plenty of open looks. Rookie James Harden knocked down 3 of 5 shots from 3-point range and Oklahoma City was surprisingly effective defensively with big men Nenad Krstic, Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison.

Gar sent the correct message

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 12/29/2009 - 19:59
There was an interesting contrast in the last couple of days between two struggling Central Division rivals. Indiana president Larry Bird gave third-year coach Jim O'Brien a resounding show of support, saying if any players have a problem with the coach, the players are more likely to be leaving. Bulls general manager Gar Forman was asked Tuesday if second-year coach Vinny Del Negro has full support of the organization and replied “Our organization is behind what we’re doing. We’re still optimistic with where we’re going. I don’t think anyone is happy with where we are today and our goal is to get better each and every day."

"Vinny Watch" is practically ice cold

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 12/28/2009 - 00:57
Another report on the status of Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro was posted on ESPN.com Sunday. I agree with some parts, disagree with others -- so here’s a full rundown. Basically, things haven’t changed from the story I wrote in the Dec. 24 editions: --The chances are close to zero that Del Negro is still the coach next summer when the Bulls start their free-agent push for Dwyane Wade, Joe Johnson, LeBron James and whoever else. --The Bulls are NOT anxious to fire Del Negro. They’d rather he finish the season, thank the Bulls for giving him a great career opportunity and help him clean out his office.

Will Bulls try to remove all doubt from next year's cap space?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 12/27/2009 - 01:48
Watching the Bulls dish out a season-high 28 assists with Kirk Hinrich starting at the two-guard for the first time this season, I couldn’t help but wonder if the Bulls will try to go all-in on free-agency by trading John Salmons. Salmons hasn’t played as well as the Bulls hoped and scored just 3 points off the bench in Saturday’s win over New Orleans. That’s not even the biggest issue, though. Salmons has an option to terminate the final year of his contract, worth $6.7 million, next summer. There’s a good chance he will, since a decent number of teams will have cap room and even if he signs for a smaller yearly salary, he might be able to guarantee himself a greater guaranteed income over the next few years.

Thomas returns, scores 11 in first half

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 12/26/2009 - 21:26
Tyrus Thomas returned to the court Saturday against New Orleans, exactly seven weeks since having surgery to repair a broken left arm. After getting a nice ovation from fans when he checked in at the 8:51 mark of the first quarter, Thomas provided a nice boost. He finished with first half with 11 points, 5 rebounds and block, hitting 5 of 8 shots from the field. The Bulls trailed the Hornets 51-50 at halftime.