All Bull - Chicago Bulls
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 nba.com. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Before the NBA officially releases the schedule, some details tend to trickle out. According to longtime Heat writer Ira Winderman, Miami will open the 2013-14 season at home against the Bulls on Oct. 29.
Of course, that's the night Heat players will receive championship rings. The Bulls were the guest during Miami's ring night in 2006 and beat the Heat 108-66.
This season's opener will be significant for the return of Derrick Rose after 18 months off with a knee injury, although he is expected to play in the preseason.