All Bull - Chicago Bulls

All Bull - Chicago Bulls

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.

Jamison could win some team a title

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 01/16/2010 - 01:59
To absorb the essence of the Bulls’ tense and twisting 121-119 double-overtime victory over Washington on Friday, just read the play-by-play. One thing that stood out besides Derrick Rose delivering a career-high 37 points and game-winning bucket with 5.4 seconds remaining, were two of the most popular trade-deadline targets. There has been plenty of talk that the reeling Wizards are open to significant changes, which could mean moving veteran forward Antawn Jamison and small forward Caron Butler. Whatever team can land Jamison might end up winning the championship. He scored an almost effortless 34 points and 18 rebounds on Friday. The Bulls resorted to aggressively fronting him in the overtimes with long-armed Luol Deng.

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 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.