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Reinsdorf: Bulls should be in playoffs

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 01/14/2010 - 13:26
During an interview on Comcast SportsNet, chairman Jerry Reinsdorf suggested the Bulls should be in the playoffs this year. “I think we have built a roster where the core is pretty good,” Reinsdorf said. “I really think this team certainly ought to be in the playoffs this year and if you add one really outstanding player to it, I think we can go all the way.” The comment was regarding a question about the Bulls’ pursuit of free agents next summer. The team is hoping to have around $20 million to spend and Reinsdorf seems to have learned something from the failed free-agent chase of 2000.

Gibson expects to play in Boston

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 01/13/2010 - 15:38
It was very quiet at the Berto Center on Wednesday, with the Bulls anxious to get to the airport for the flight to Boston. Kevin Garnett (knee) and Rasheed Wallace (foot) are both expected to miss Thursday’s game against the Bulls, which will make this one a more genuine playoff rematch. The Bulls have lost badly twice to the full-strength Celtics this season. The only real news was Bulls forward Taj Gibson stating that he expects to play Thursday, even though he skipped practice for the second straight day because of plantar fascitis in his left foot.

Gibson sits with foot injury

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 01/12/2010 - 16:21
The biggest news at Tuesday’s practice was Taj Gibson leaving the Berto Center once the workout ended to visit the doctor. According to Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro, Gibson has been suffering from plantar fascitis in his left foot for most of the season and irritated it during Monday’s win over Detroit. The rookie power forward did not practice Tuesday, but Del Negro is hoping he’ll be back on the floor Wednesday and be able to play Thursday in Boston. “It’s not a tear, but he’s got some inflammation, so he’s got to get some treatment,” Del Negro said. “Let’s see how he feels tomorrow. I’d like to get him some practice in tomorrow before we get up against Boston.”

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."