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NBA preseason rookie recap

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 10/25/2009 - 00:36
Power forward Taj Gibson has obviously been the most surprising story of Bulls camp. He ranked in the top five among rookies in points, rebounds and field-goal percentage during preseason. So what other rookies have stood out? Here’s a rundown of preseason rookie leaders, starting with every double-figure scorer. Readers are certain to notice the strong performance of second-round pick DeJuan Blair, the power forward from Pittsburgh, while ex-Memphis guard Tyreke Evans joined Gibson in the top five of three different categories. Scoring: 1. Tyreke Evans, Sac. 15.1 2. Jonny Flynn, Min. 14.6 3. DeJuan Blair, SA 13.9 4. Blake Griffin, LAC 13.7 5. Taj Gibson, Bulls 12.4 6. James Harden, OKC 12.2 7. Jeff Teague, Atl. 12.1 8. Omri Casspi, Sac. 11.7

Bulls match best preseason mark of last 16 years

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 23:13
The Bulls’ injury-plagued preseason came to a merciful end Friday with the team’s three primary point guards – Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich and Jannero Pargo – all sidelined with injuries. Still, the Bulls (6-2) hammered the Washington Wizards 93-70 to equal their best preseason record of the past 16 years. They also finished 6-2 during the 2006 preseason, which preceded a 49-win regular season and the only playoff victory this decade. The Bulls haven’t beaten that mark since 1992-1993 when they were 9-0. --With center Brendan Haywood back from a year off due to injury, the Wizards have a ton of size and the Bulls used to have a real hard time matching up.

Rose, Hinrich, Pargo will sit; Tyrus to start

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 17:47
Here are the basics from the United Center, where the Bulls finish the preseason against the Washington Wizards on Friday: --Derrick Rose (ankle), Kirk Hinrich (elbow) and Jannero Pargo (hip) won’t play. Rose said he wasn’t sore this morning after practicing Thursday for the first time in nearly three weeks. He expects to be close to 100 percent by next Thursday when the Bulls host San Antonio for the regular season opener. “I felt good, wasn’t sore (on Friday morning),” Rose said before the game. “If anything, it was stiff. Hopefully I’ll be back out there at least close to 100 percent. I’m still not that explosive yet, but it’s coming.”

Rose returns to practice, takes on supermodel

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 10/22/2009 - 14:34
Maybe this prolonged saga of Derrick Rose’s injured right ankle is finally coming to an end. Rose participated in about 40 minutes of Thursday’s practice and declared himself ready to play. “I was kind of mad they took me off early,” Rose said. “I felt way better. I could have practiced the whole practice, but they told me they don't want me sore tomorrow, so I practiced for like 30 or 40 minutes then they took me right off.” Rose said he went up and down he floor with teammates in a drill where they had to call out and run about 16 plays. Then he did some extra shooting after practice and seemed to knock down more 3-pointers than 2-pointers.

Rose shows progress; Bulls host luncheon

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 10/21/2009 - 17:53
Here’s the daily Derrick Rose ankle update: He showed some progress during Wednesday’s early morning practice. He ran again and made some cuts on his sore right ankle for the first time since suffering the injury on Oct. 2. “I did a lot of cutting drills and high skips -- I couldn’t do that at first,” he said. “So every day it’s improving.” Rose also described what he needs to overcome before returning to practice. “It hurts. I can’t push off right. I’m not that explosive. I can’t jump that high now,” he said. “Layups, it kind of hurts when I come down. I’ve just got to take my time and let it heal right before I go out there and hurt it again.”

Bulls' late-game lineup fails to hold off Magic

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 10/19/2009 - 23:36
Monday’s 101-98 loss to Orlando had some strong entertainment value for a preseason game. Most of the starters were on the floor at the end of the game and the Bulls couldn’t hold a 3-point lead during the final 1:25. While Orlando essentially had its starting lineup on the floor late in the game – minus Rashard Lewis, who didn’t play at all – the Bulls used some interesting combinations. John Salmons was the Bulls’ leading scorer with 19 points and played well. But since he’d already logged 30 minutes, coach Vinny Del Negro decided to leave him on the bench late in the game.

Tyrus: Starting shouldn't be in question

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 10/19/2009 - 17:59
Based on the pregame lineups, Taj Gibson will continue to start at power forward tonight against Orlando. That’s a little surprising, since Tyrus Thomas came off a hip injury to produce 22 points and 13 rebounds last Friday against Minnesota. Was Thomas surprised he’s not starting? “A little bit, but he’s the guy who makes decisions,” Thomas said before the game, referring to coach Vinny Del Negro. “I don’t even think it should be questionable, from what I’ve contributed to the team last season and what I did throughout camp. But like I said, he’s the guy making the decisions. Whatever decision he makes, I still have to go out and play.”

Bulls preseason No. 6: Tyrus speaks up again

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 10/17/2009 - 00:05
Yesterday, I pointed out that Tyrus Thomas didn’t actually predict he’d average 20 points and 10 rebounds this season during a post-practice interview. Then after erupting for 22 points and 13 boards in just 25 minutes of action against Minnesota on Friday, Thomas essentially did predict 20 points per game. “If I come out and do what I have to do, it’s possible and not to go out on a limb, but it’s likely,” Thomas said after the Bulls’ 94-90 victory over the Timberwolves at the United Center. Thomas’ thoughts are in the right place, because he’s talking about being active on the boards and playing with energy. If he keeps that up, he’ll score plenty of points. Here are some other notes from preseason game No. 6, beginning with another Thomas quote:

Tyrus didn't predict a 20-10 season

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 21:57
There are reports going around that Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas suggested he’s capable of averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds. That’s not exactly true. What happened at Thursday’s practice was a reporter asked Thomas is he envisions himself as a 20-10 player. At the same time, Derrick Rose walked past and gave Thomas a hard time for not wearing a shirt during the interview. But it did seem as though Thomas heard the question correctly. “Yeah, I feel that’s something I can do,” he answered. “I have to figure out my role on the team first as far as the offensive end, figuring out where I'm going to get my shots. On the defensive end, definitely 10.”

Thomas, Miller back; Rose needs more time

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 10/15/2009 - 13:49
Not that this counts as earth-shattering news in preseason, but Tyrus Thomas (bruised hip) and Brad Miller (stomach flu) returned to practice Thursday at the Berto Center and both are expected to play in Friday's rematch with Minnesota at the United Center. Derrick Rose (sore right ankle) worked up a sweat, but is still feeling sore. He's doubtful for Friday's game. The Bulls' final two preseason contests are next week against Orlando and Washington, both at the UC. Coach Vinny Del Negro is no doubt hoping to play those last two with a full squad. Rose and Thomas haven't been on the court since the preseason opener at Indiana on Oct. 2. Luol Deng dislocated his pinkie in Wednesday's win at Minnesota, but is not expected to miss any time.