Archive for July 2011

Tom Thibodeau set to pace sidelines harder

Last season, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau made it a habit of roaming the sidelines nearly the entire game. And he did it on a bum knee. According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: “Thibodeau underwent partial right knee replacement surgery on July 13 to fix a painful arthritic condition dating to an injury from... Read more »

Derrick Rose: Top performer against best defenses

After finishing in the top 10 in points and assists, Bulls guard Derrick Rose won the 2010-11 NBA MVP in a landslide vote (received 113 of 120 possible first place votes). An MVP plays his best throughout the season, however, it always seemed that Rose showed up at his finest against the best. And now,... Read more »

NBA owners, players union reportedly to meet Monday

After striking a deal with its players union, which ended a 132-day lockout, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell let out a sigh of relief and said, “It’s been a long time coming.” Well, you could say the same thing about the first scheduled meeting between the NBA owners and players union, which is set for Monday,... Read more »

Nikola Mirotic excels in U20 European championships

Nikola Mirotic, the Bulls’ 23rd overall selection in this year’s NBA draft, absolutely dominated in the Under-20 European championships. The 6-10 forward was the tournament’s leading scorer. In nine games, he averaged 27 points and 10 rebounds. Mirotic capped off the great run with a 29-point, 11-rebound performance in the championship game, leading Spain to... Read more »

Derrick Rose, NBA stars sweep exhibition games overseas

The nine-player NBA team, featuring L.A.’s Kobe Bryant and Bulls guard Derrick Rose, wrapped up their two-game exhibition trip to the Philippines on Sunday. After a convincing 131-105 victory (and a whopping 30 dunks) over the PBA All-Stars on Saturday, the NBA stars, playing under the banner of SMART All-Stars, were given a hard time... Read more »

Joakim Noah's ankle injury could be 'very minor'

Bulls center Joakim Noah wasn’t able to join the French national team for the start of training camp, which began Wednesday, due to a right ankle injury that he suffered March 28, sidelining him for three games late in the regular-season. Instead, Noah was sent home — reportedly, Chicago — to rehabilitate his right ankle,... Read more »

Derrick Rose, indeed, heading to the Philippines

There were conflicting reports on whether Bulls guard Derrick Rose was going to participate in a pair of games in the Philippines this weekend. But it’s gaining traction, becoming more and more clear that he will, indeed, head to the Philippines. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday: “Derrick Rose indeed is scheduled to... Read more »

Joakim Noah set to rehab right ankle

Joakim Noah has needed to rehabilitate multiple injuries the past two seasons with his current team, the Bulls. And he’ll need to do the same with his new squad, the French national team, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Noah, who missed 34 games last season, has returned to Chicago after French basketball... Read more »

Bulls announce 2011-12 schedule, barring lockout

The NBA announced its league-wide schedule for the 2011-12 season on Tuesday. Of course, there’s a good chance the schedule will have to be remade or erased entirely due to the severity of the lockout. No one truly knows when basketball will be back to a city near you. But here goes anyways. (Again, this... Read more »

Conflicting reports on Derrick Rose playing in the Philippines

Is Bulls star, league MVP Derrick Rose playing in the Philippines with fellow NBA players — including L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant — or not? It depends on who you ask at this point. Last week, reported that Rose will participate in a couple of exhibition games in the Philippines. However, that report was squashed... Read more »