All Bull - Chicago Bulls

All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Rose talks Thibs before heading to Rio

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 10/08/2013 - 13:41

Following Monday's preseason game in St. Louis, Derrick Rose talked about coach Tom Thibodeau's practice demeanor, compared to his sideline demeanor, which is often angry.

“I think in games, he knows that there’s TV and people around," Rose said, according to "In practice, it’s just us, no cameras, no nothing, so it gets very, very crazy in practice."

The Bulls beat Memphis 106-87 on Monday to improve to 2-0 in preseason. Next up is a four-day trip to Rio de Janeiro. The team was scheduled to depart late Tuesday night and will face Washington on Saturday for the NBA's first South American game.

Derrick Rose first game recap (final)

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 10/05/2013 - 18:44

INDIANAPOLIS -- For anyone who missed it, or wants to relive it, here’s a detailed account of Derrick Rose’s return to NBA action on Saturday against Indiana.

--Bulls fans were plentiful at Bankers Life Arena, but not a majority. The atmosphere was nothing like Game 4 of the 2011 playoffs, when Bulls fans made up at least 67 percent of the crowd. Also, plenty of empty seats or the

--Rose was introduced second, after Jimmy Butler, which seemed to catch the Bulls fans by surprise. The cheer was delayed slightly.

--Bulls fans explode the first time Rose touches the ball on offense. Maybe there are more Bulls fans here than I thought.

Rose feels stronger, quicker and able to prevent injuries

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 09/20/2013 - 12:29

A Slam Magazine cover story on Derrick Rose is titled, “My only goal is to win a championship.”

Maybe Rose should open up next week’s media day interviews by asking, “Why can’t I rain on LeBron’s parade?” considering his MVP question in 2010 turned out to be prophetic.

Anyway, Rose spoke to Slam in late August in Los Angeles, while working with trainer Rob McLanaghan. As everyone is sick of being reminded, Rose hasn’t played in an NBA game since April 28, 2012.

Countdown to Bulls' camp

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 09/12/2013 - 17:27

We’re roughly two weeks out before Bulls training camp begins. Media day at the Berto Center will be Friday, Sept. 27, slightly earlier than usual because of the Brazil trip.

Several names have popped up as potential camp participants. The Bulls have 12 players under contract and must keep at least 13, so they’ll let some people battle for a job during preseason.

--Dexter Pittman is a 6-foot-11, 285-pound center who has appeared in 48 games for Miami and Memphis during the past three seasons. Tough to tell what he brings to the table since he’s played so little. Late in the 2011-12 season, Pittman played 26 minutes for the Heat against Boston and produced 12 points, 4 rebounds, 5 fouls and 5 turnovers.

D-Rose battles ninjas, dragons in Japan

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 13:08

With less than a month to go before Derrick Rose's official return to NBA basketball (preseason opener is Oct. 5 at Indiana), Rose found time to squeeze in a promotional tour of Asia. Here he is performing in Japan. It's debatable whether or not he looks 100 percent of his old self.

Griffin still a 76ers' candidate

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 08/05/2013 - 16:20

For the next step in the longest coaching search in NBA history, the Philadelphia 76ers plan on bringing in Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin for a second interview, according to Yahoo Sports.

Some other candidates for this job include assistant coaches Kenny Atkinson from Atlanta, Brett Brown from San Antonio, Boston's Jay Larranaga, Portland's David Vanderpool and Michael Curry, who was on Doug Collins' Sixers staff last season.

Deng reflects on spinal tap

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 22:54

After the spinal tap incident sidelined Luol Deng for the final seven games of the playoffs, he mostly stayed silent, other than a few health updates on Twitter.

Deng finally addressed the incident in an interview posted on He’s currently in Ghana for one of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders events.

“The end of the season was disappointing,” Deng said. “I worked hard all season, played in the All-Star (Game), and wanted to take the team as far as possible in the playoffs. But then, when I got sick, I think that we could have handled the situation better.

DeJuan Blair does Dallas

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 11:50

Not sure how avidly the Bulls were chasing former San Antonio power forward DeJuan Blair, but he's off the board, choosing to sign with Dallas on Tuesday.

They lost another potential backup big man candidate a couple days ago when Marcus Camby decided to join Houston, as expected.

The Bulls have probably been checking around to see which players are willing to take the minimum salary to join a potential winning team. The list of available big men is getting slim, with the likes of Hamed Haddadi, Jason Collins and Johan Petro at the top. Maybe they could snag Miami good-luck charm Juwan Howard for a final season in his hometown.

Camby picks Rockets

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 07/28/2013 - 14:17

The Bulls lost out on one potential backup big man Sunday when Marcus Camby agreed to join the Houston Rockets, according to multiple reports. Camby also considered the Bulls and Miami.

Whether they'll miss not having Camby on the roster remains to be seen. He turns 40 in March and averaged just 1.8 points in 24 games for the Knicks last season.

Camby went to Toronto as part of the Andrea Bargnani trade this summer and negotiated a contract buyout with the Raptors. He'll play for the veteran's minimum salary of $1.4 million. Camby has a permanent residence in the Houston area, which was obviously a factor in his choice.

The Bulls have also been linked to former San Antonio power forward DeJuan Blair as another low-priced big man candidate.

NBA free-agent update: Bulls bargain shopping

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 07/27/2013 - 14:31

The NBA free-agent season is winding down. The Bulls can offer only the minimum salary, but have interest in adding another big man. Marcus Camby, who turns 40 in March, and former Spurs offensive rebound specialist DeJuan Blair are a couple of possibilities. The Bulls probably figure Malcolm Thomas can be added later if needed.

It seems less likely the Bulls will add a guard. Andrew Goudelock, a star in four of the five summer league games, decided to grab a guaranteed deal this week with BC Unics in Russia.

The latest buzz around the league has ex-Spurs sharpshooter Gary Neal likely to land in Milwaukee, while the Pacers added veteran big man Luis Scola from Phoenix in a trade for Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee and a protected first-round pick.