Archive for June 2011

NBA declares lockout; Shannon Brown an option?

As expected, the NBA will head into a lockout after the players union and owners weren’t able to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. There’s plenty going on right now, but here are the certainties: The two sides — players union and owners — are far apart, the lockout will commence at... Read more »

Knicks to make 'effort' for Bulls' Kurt Thomas

If there was a knock on this past season’s Coach of the Year, Tom Thibodeau, it was that he waited too long to play Kurt Thomas in the Eastern Conference finals. Thomas did not play a single minute in Games 1 to 4, though scored four points and grabbed eight rebounds in 18 minutes in... Read more »

Bulls introduce Jimmy Butler, talk Nikola Mirotic

The Bulls made two first-round picks in this year’s NBA draft, Real Madrid’s Nikola Mirotic and Marquette’s Jimmy Butler, though only one, the latter, will be with the team this season. Mirotic — who the Bulls were unable to discuss formally before Monday — by the sounds of it, won’t be in a Bulls uniform... Read more »

Send in your Bulls questions to Shams' mailbag

OK, let’s try this once more. If you have a question about the Chicago Bulls, please send them in via email, and I’ll hold a question-answer chat on Friday, July 1. Got a question about the Bulls’ NBA draft selections (Nikola Mirotic, No. 23; Jimmy Butler, No. 23), moves that weren’t made on draft night,... Read more »

Bulls use first-round picks on Nikola Mirotic and Jimmy Butler

Hopefully, this is one of the many times the Bulls hold late first-round picks, as opposed to lottery/mid first-round picks. That’s a good thing — it shows that they’re winning. Coming into this year’s NBA Draft, the Bulls held the Nos. 28 and 30 first-round picks and No. 43 pick in the second-round. They dealt... Read more »

Draft Prediction: Who Bulls will take with late first-rounders

The 2011 NBA Draft is about an hour away — and there’s been plenty of chatter among teams on potential moves. The Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Bobcats and Milwaukee Bucks struck an agreement on a deal a couple hours before draft time. ESPN’s Chad Ford writes: “The Bucks will get Sacramento’s Beno Udrih, Charlotte’s Stephen Jackson... Read more »

Tom Thibodeau echoes Gar Forman's Draft comments

On Tuesday, Bulls general manager Gar Forman told reporters that the Bulls will head into this year’s NBA Draft (on Thursday) looking for the “best available” player over “needs” and bring in someone with the right “makeup and character.” Wednesday, head coach Tom Thibodeau, who threw out the first pitch before the Cubs-White Sox game... Read more »

Bulls Draft Watch: Staying put

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Bulls are likely going to stay put in this year’s NBA Draft. They currently hold the Nos. 28 and 30 first-round picks and No. 43 in the second-round. “I do get the sense because of the unknown that there might not be as much movement as usual,”... Read more »

Bulls' C.J. Watson: 'No' need for change

Many people who follow the Bulls believe an upgrade at two-guard is needed in order to take a step forward next season — get to the NBA Finals. Keith Bogans, the starter in each game this past season, Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer had their moments, but the Bulls proved to be one creator, playmaker... Read more »

Arron Afflalo a good fit for Bulls, but not attainable

Going back to this past season’s trade deadline, I have been on the Arron Afflalo bandwagon — examples one and two. He makes sense for several reasons: Size at shooting guard (6-5), youth (25 years old), shooting (50 percent from the field and 42 percent on three-pointers this past season) and willingness to defend. Those... Read more »