All Bull - Chicago Bulls

All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Time to fill out NBA all-star rosters

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 01/29/2009 - 03:04
Before the all-star reserves are officially announced, I'll list my picks for the final seven spots on each side. First, here's a rundown of the starters as chosen by fan vote for the Feb. 15 game in Phoenix: Eastern Conference F Kevin Garnett, Boston F LeBron James, Cleveland C Dwight Howard, Orlando G Dwyane Wade, Miami G Allen Iverson, Detroit Western Conference F Tim Duncan, San Antonio F Amare Stoudemire, Phoenix C Yao Ming, Houston G Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers G Chris Paul, New Orleans As usual, there's tougher battle for reserve spots in the West, especially among big men. Here's who made my list: East Joe Johnson, Atlanta: Easy choice. Best player on one of the top five teams in the East.

Keep going to Rose late in games

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 01/28/2009 - 00:45
One topic at Tuesday's Bulls practice was whether Derrick Rose should continue to get the ball in last-second shot situations. The Bulls have had several in the past three weeks. Rose helped win games against Toronto and Cleveland, but couldn't finish off drives to the basket late in losses to Minnesota, New York, San Antonio or Oklahoma City. I'd say the answer is no. Keep giving it to Rose every time. The rookie point guard is an amazing talent and without a doubt represents the future of the franchise. The more on-the-job training he gets, the better off the Bulls will be.

Should we respect the Vinny-Gordon spat?

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 01:52
In 10 years of following the Bulls closely, I've seen plenty of player-coach spats during the heat of a game, but nothing quite like what happened after Thursday's practice at the Berto Center. I didn't have a great view of what happened, being on the opposite side of the media hoard that surrounded Vinny Del Negro. But shortly after Del Negro finished the interview session, an agitated Ben Gordon approached the Bulls coach holding a single piece of paper. The rest of the story came from witnesses. Gordon used some profanity while asking for an explanation of what was apparently a fine for violating a team rule. Del Negro offered to talk in a different location and the pair eventually retreated toward the locker room.

Return of the 46 defense and other NY stories

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 01/20/2009 - 01:16
The biggest news out of New York on Monday was the Jets naming a new head coach. So this entry must begin with an enthusiastic congratulations to my high school classmate, Rex Ryan, for getting the job. Any long-time Bears fan who understands that a great defense is more fun to watch than a great offense should appreciate the Jets' hire. It's a travesty that one of the Ryan twins hasn't gotten a chance to liven up the Bears' defense, but that's a story for another blog.

Tyrus gives farewell speech to Big Ben

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 01/16/2009 - 01:30
A couple quick thoughts before heading out in the cold to see if my car still works: --The Bulls locker room was a jovial place following the 102-93 overtime win over Cleveland. Tyrus Thomas might have gotten a little carried away when he yelled, “Get out of here!” three times when Ben Wallace walked in and headed for the trainers room. Thomas was obviously joking, but you can probably never be too careful when it comes to dealing with a frequent opponent. Wallace didn't play Thursday because of a stomach virus. --The Cavaliers did a good job of guarding Ben Gordon, who finished with just 5 points. To his credit, Gordon didn't try to force things, going 2-for-6 from the field. Drew Gooden played through a groin injury to record 11 points and 6 rebounds in 18 minutes.

Bulls bring the effort in Toronto, but Cavs and Spurs are next

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 08:21
I noticed something interesting on the Raptors pregame show that the Bulls might want to copy. Toronto has three studio hosts sitting somewhere inside the Air Canada Centre and about 20 minutes before tip-off, they threw it to the hallway outside the locker room, where Raptors guard Jason Kapono was standing with a microphone. The Raptors were milling about in their warmups, so it appeared they were about to head out onto the floor, though I don't think the shot was live.

Curry trade also helped shape Bulls' downfall

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 01/13/2009 - 01:04
Space is often limited on a newspaper page, which is why I didn't bother addressing the Eddy Curry saga when recounting general manger John Paxson's track record in Monday's column. While the Ben Wallace signing was probably a turning point for the Bulls when it came to making a decision that didn't pan out, Curry's heart issues were an unlucky turn of events. Of course, there is no telling what would have happened if Curry had never experienced a rapid heartbeat that night in Charlotte late in the 2004-05 season. The Bulls' big front line, which also included Tyson Chandler and Antonio Davis, clearly gave teams problems back then and was a huge reason for the 47-35 record.

Everything not OK against OKC

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 01/11/2009 - 02:10
Not sure if anyone can stomach reading anything more about Saturday's brutal overtime loss to Oklahoma City, but there are a few leftovers worth mentioning: --It seemed as though the Bulls figured they could coast through the first half and turn it on in the fourth quarter. That scheme nearly worked, because the Thunder weren't particularly sharp, either, but the Bulls made too many mistakes after going up by 5 with 5:48 remaining.

Stork delivers a Bulls mail call

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 01/09/2009 - 02:25
Before Tuesday's game against Sacramento, I asked Shelden Williams if he'd be willing to talk about wife Candace Parker and how their love story began. He refused, then the next day news broke that Parker is expecting a child in May. I'm sure there's no connection there, but it is an odd coincidence. Anyway, plenty of good e-mails have been pouring in, so let's share them with everyone: Sanjay suggests two possible ways the Bulls could take advantage of Toronto's apparent willingness to make a deal: “(1) Larry Hughes and Andres Nocioni for Jermaine O'Neal.

How Bulls can turn things around

Posted by mikemcgraw on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 17:50
If I could change anything about the Bulls right now, I'd start by adding a kid-sized drink that costs less than $3.50 at the United Center and I'd change the traditional post-game playing of “Sweet Home Chicago” from the Blues Brothers version to the Foghat version. But today, let's just stick with the on-court product and help everyone on the team snap out of the recent doldrums tonight against Sacramento. Coach Vinny Del Negro has personal goals written inside everyone's locker at the UC, so here's a few more that should work.