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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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 12/25/2009 - 14:48
Here’s an interesting quote that got postponed by the Bulls’ crisis of comebacks this week.
Earlier this season, Toronto’s Chris Bosh complained about not getting as much attention as the more celebrated members of the 2003 draft class, such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony.
Bosh is free to find himself a higher profile job next summer as a free agent. So is Atlanta shooting guard Joe Johnson.
Johnson is probably more anonymous than Bosh, so I asked him last week if the lack of national attention bothers him.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 12/24/2009 - 14:37
There were no holiday surprises Thursday at the Berto Center:
Vinny Del Negro is still the coach, John Salmons and Brad Miller will stay out of the starting lineup and Tyrus Thomas remains on schedule to make his return from a broken arm on Saturday when the Bulls host New Orleans.
The lineup change is the biggest news for now. Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson were brought in at the start of the third quarter during Tuesday’s loss at New York and Del Negro plans to stick with that lineup.
Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 12/22/2009 - 01:57
There isn’t much to analyze after the Bulls made history by blowing a 35-point third-quarter lead against Sacramento on Monday. It was a thoroughly dismal performance and the Bulls probably owe a personal apology to every one of the 19,631 fans in attendance.
Basically, the Bulls expected to coast to the finish after opening a 79-44 lead with 8:49 left in the third quarter and the Kings kept playing.
Sacramento had the deficit down to 19 points by the end of the third quarter, but the Bulls still seemed to be in decent shape, especially after the Kings picked up their fifth foul and put the Bulls into the bonus with 7:45 left in the fourth.