All Bull - Chicago Bulls

All Bull - Chicago Bulls

Wed. afternoon update: Still waiting for Gordon

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 14:08
No news as of 3 p.m. on whether Bulls guard Ben Gordon will sign the one-year qualifying offer or agree to a long-term deal. Gordon was at the Berto Center this morning, but left before practice ended. His parting words were, "Be patient." General manager John Paxson said something has to be settled by tonight. From what I understand, Gordon can only become an unrestricted free agent next summer if he signs the qualifying offer. Sitting out or playing in Europe for a year won't change his restricted status. And here's the rule straight from Larry Coon's well-respected Collective Bargaining Agreement FAQ:

Sorting out the NBA off-season

Posted by mikemcgraw on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 01:01
All around the NBA, ball racks will be rolled onto practice courts beginning Monday. As far as the summer goes, the league didn't generate much buzz beyond the Bulls' upset victory in the draft lottery. Then again, calm was probably a good thing, since we all needed time to let the patriotic fervor die down after watching the “Redeem Team” squeak past Pau Gasol and a bunch of borderline NBA players from Spain to claim the Olympic gold medal. Or maybe you didn't stay up until 3 a.m. to watch the game live. Trust me, it was inspiring. So here's a rundown of the NBA off-season activity. Maybe I'm a tough grader, but I found only two teams that took a significant step forward: The winners

Jayhawks to retire Hinrich's jersey

Posted by mikemcgraw on Sun, 09/21/2008 - 13:36
Kansas University finally decided to retire Kirk Hinrich's No. 10 jersey, according to the Lawrence Journal-World. A date for the official ceremony at Allen Fieldhouse has yet to be chosen, but is expected to take place sometime this season. Not sure why KU waited five years to do this, since Hinrich's college teammate Nick Collison had his jersey hung from the rafters shortly after leaving school in 2003. Hinrich and Collison led the Jayhawks to a pair of Final Fours and the NCAA title game in '03. Hinrich still returns to Lawrence, Kan., frequently but sometimes gives the impression that he's not as tight with his alma mater as he would be if coach Roy Williams were still there. So it was nice to see Bill Self offer some kind words about Hinrich in the Journal-World.

The Empire finally strikes back

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 09/18/2008 - 14:49
To tip off the Daily Herald's Bulls blog, we'll take a look at a great day for basketball in Great Britain. In fact, it's probably the first great day in the history of English basketball. For decades, England was the only major European country where basketball never seemed to catch on. The United States probably has a more illustrious history in team handball than Britain does in basketball. But that has changed, thanks to Bulls forward Luol Deng. He led Great Britain to a 67-63 victory over the Czech Republic on Wednesday in Pardubice, C.R., which earned the Brits a spot in next year's European championships for the first time ever. Great Britain clinched the Group D title with one game left to play. The other countries in the group are Israel and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bulls blog is coming

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 09/17/2008 - 16:23
Here come the Bulls!