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All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Countdown to camp: NBA summer refresher

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 09/23/2009 - 19:09
Sure, the Bears have played just two games, but it's time for NBA training camps to convene. The Bulls will host their media day on Friday, with the opening practice set for a day later at the Berto Center. This is a good time, then, for a refresher course on the off-season. The NBA's summer carried a common theme: Most every contender added one key player, listed below (the Spurs had two). Now which one will make the biggest difference? L.A. Lakers - Ron Artest Cleveland - Shaquille O'Neal Boston - Rasheed Wallace Orlando - Vince Carter San Antonio - Richard Jefferson, Antonio McDyess Dallas - Shawn Marion Atlanta - Jamal Crawford Portland - Andre Miller

New for 2009: Bulls big man coach Sidney Green

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 09/21/2009 - 17:34
The Bulls will start training camp a little earlier this year because of their trip to London for an Oct. 6 preseason game against Utah. Media day is set for Friday at the Berto Center, with two-a-day practices commencing a day later. There haven't been many changes over the summer. From the 12-man roster used in last season's epic playoff series against Boston, Ben Gordon, Linton Johnson, Tim Thomas and Anthony Roberson are gone. James Johnson, Taj Gibson and Jannero Pargo have been added, along with a hopefully healthy Luol Deng. On the coaching staff, Del Harris retired and the Bulls brought in Sidney Green as a big man coach. Green was the Bulls' first-round draft pick in 1983 and stuck around for three years before being traded to Detroit for Earl Cureton.

Which Leroy Smith was in Springfield?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 09/15/2009 - 22:51
I had another question about Michael Jordan's Hall of Fame speech and maybe others are also confused. One of the many people Jordan credited for motivating him to be great was Leroy Smith, his teammate at Laney High School in Wilmington, N.C. Jordan mentioned that Smith was at last Friday's ceremony in Springfield, Mass. This made me wonder if there's a real Leroy Smith or was he talking about the fictional character portrayed by Charlie Murphy, Eddie's older brother? Anyone who watched NBA TV this summer would have seen the mock commercials for Leroy Smith, "The Michael Jordan of motivating Michael Jordan." They are pretty funny, although the music video, "My Gift to the Game," is no "Party All the Time."

Reinsdorf lets Jordan's speech stand on its own

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 09/14/2009 - 18:10
Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf didn’t want to make a judgment call on Michael Jordan’s Hall of Fame speech. “Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player who ever played,” Reinsdorf said at a ceremony to help open Chicago Bulls College Prep, a charter high school a few blocks from the United Center. “He said what he wanted to say that night and it’s not up to me to grade it or interpret it.” Jordan discussed a long line of characters who helped motivate him to be great – his siblings, Jerry Krause, the alleged all-star “freeze-out” culprits, Pat Riley, Bryon Russell and others. The speech met with mixed reviews.

Wade's World hits Chicago

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sat, 09/12/2009 - 00:17
While Michael Jordan helps legitimize the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Miami Heat star and likely 2010 free agent Dwyane Wade has put together an entire weekend of charitable events in Chicago. The third annual Wade's World Weekend began on Thursday and features a dozen different events, from a talent show at Millenium Park on Saturday (is Oprah's stage still available?) to a bowling party, a school supply giveaway and the "Wade's World Youth Summit" at UIC where Wade and others will discuss issues faced by Chicago teens. This is just another example that Wade's love for his hometown - he grew up in Southwest Suburban Robbins and attended Richards High School - is enormous, along with his generosity.

Bulls not chasing Arroyo

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 08/31/2009 - 02:30
The Bulls are not angling to sign former NBA point guard Carlos Arroyo. A rumor that Arroyo was about to sign a one-year deal with the Bulls appeared in Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia this weekend. But such a plan has never even been discussed. Adding Arroyo wouldn’t make much sense, anyway, because the Bulls already have Kirk Hinrich, Jannero Pargo and Lindsey Hunter to fill in for Derrick Rose at point guard. The Bulls have very little room to add payroll before eclipsing the luxury-tax threshold and will probably open the season with a 13-man roster if center Aaron Gray re-signs as expected.

LeBron confirms his future in Akron; Cleveland in question

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 08/25/2009 - 12:46
LeBron James did an interview with ESPN this week and seemed to cast doubt on his future with the Cavaliers. His telltale line stressed that he plans to continue living in his hometown of Akron, no matter what happens when he becomes a free agent in 2010. “My loyalty is to Akron,” he said. “I'm looking forward to this upcoming season, but I'm looking forward to the summer of 2010, too, to see what may happen. No matter what happens that summer, you know, I'm still here. I've got a nice big house here that I'm always coming back to. You know, I love this city and I'll always give back to this city no matter what my profession; if it takes me somewhere else.”

Scottie, Linton star at Bulls' golf outing

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 08/18/2009 - 23:39
The Bulls held their second annual charity golf outing Monday at the White Pines Golf Club in Bensenville. I thought there might be a few newsworthy items, but not really. Bulls alumni made a strong showing at the event. Scottie Pippen provided some starpower and he appears to be an excellent golfer. Others on the course were Tom Boerwinkle, Bob Love, Artis Gilmore, John Mengelt, Dave Corzine, Brad Sellers, Stacey King and I might be forgetting a few. Pete Myers and Randy Brown represented the coaching staff, along with general manager Gar Forman and marketing director Steve Schanwald from the front office. Coach Vinny Del Negro used to work the celebrity golf circuit, according to his bio, but he was out of town.

Boozer: No issues with Paxson brothers

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 07/28/2009 - 13:58
Utah power forward Carlos Boozer is in town for Corey Maggette’s basketball camp at Fenwick High School and gave another interview Tuesday on WMVP’s “Waddle & Silvy Show.” A few weeks ago, Boozer said he expects to be traded and talked about how much he’d love to play for the Bulls. This time, he backed off the trade talk, saying he agreed to keep quiet and let the Jazz look for a deal. But he was asked about his relationship with Jim Paxson, older brother of the Bulls’ vice president of basketball operations and a consultant for the team.

Deng not 100 percent, will skip European championships

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 07/27/2009 - 13:56
Luol Deng has officially decided to skip the European championships in order to concentrate on recovering from the stress fracture that kept him sidelined for the Bulls’ final 29 games last season. During the past two summers, Deng helped carry Great Britain to a rare spot in the 16-team tournament, which will be held in Poland beginning Sept. 7. Britain has never made much of a ripple in international basketball, but has its sights set on fielding a competitive team at the 2012 London Olympics. Deng held a conference call Monday morning with reporters in England.