Mike McGraw

Chicago Bulls Beat Writer
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Mike McGraw has been covering the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald since Michael Jordan returned from the baseball diamond in 1995. McGraw became the full-time beat writer in 1999 and started off with the two worst seasons in franchise history.

Prior to that assignment, he spent 10 years covering high school sports for the Daily Herald and one year on colleges. The Daily Herald was his first permanent job in journalism, after working for a few minor league sports franchises and serving front-office internships with the Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia Eagles.

Whether covering a sectional basketball game in Waukegan or Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Salt Lake City, his goal has been to capture the drama and explore the personalities that exist on every level of competition. McGraw won an Associated Press Sports Editor's Award in 2009 for a story about the death of Bulls' legend Norm Van Lier.

A graduate of Stevenson High School and the University of Michigan, McGraw has been married to fellow Daily Herald sports writer Patricia Babcock since 1999.

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Minnesota coach Fleck insists nothing he does is an act

Jul 25 2017 | 6:29 pm - Former NIU star P.J. Fleck enjoyed first trip to Big Ten media day as Minnesota head coach. The Sugar Grove native lived up to his reputation as someone with seemingly unlimited energy.

Kendall Gill happy to join Big 3 in time for Sunday’s Chicago stop

Jul 21 2017 | 10:24 am - Kendall Gill is probably the oldest player in the new Big 3 league, featuring 3-on-3 games between former NBA stars. He didn’t mind waiting until midseason to get on a team and is looking forward to Sunday’s stop at the UIC Paviliion.

Rough showing in summer league a sign of what’s in store for Bulls

Jul 15 2017 | 7:09 pm - The Bulls went 2-3 at the Las Vegas summer league and saw some disappointing performances from some veteran players. But there was still some good news to come from summer league.

Rondo signs with Pelicans; Rose still waiting

Jul 15 2017 | 2:10 pm - Former Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday, according to yahoo.com. The Bulls declined to bring back Rondo for the second year of his contract.

Chicago Bulls sign NBA summer standout Blakeney

Jul 15 2017 | 12:22 am - The Chicago Bulls signed NBA summer league standout Antonio Blakeney on Friday to a two-way contract, which means he can play for both the Bulls and Windy City Bulls next season. The 6-4 shooting guard had 27 points and 11 rebounds on Wednesday.

Gurnee native Brandon Paul signs with NBA’s Spurs

Jul 14 2017 | 3:39 pm - Former Warren High School and University of Illinois star Brandon Paul realized his NBA dream Friday when he signed with the San Antonio Spurs.

Blakeney plays well, but summer Bulls lose again

Jul 12 2017 | 11:27 pm - The Chicago Bulls fell to 1-3 at the Las Vegas summer league by losing to Portland 88-77 on Wednesday. Rookie Lauri Markkanen did not play, but shooting guard Antonio Blakeney came alive with 27 points.

Cutting down on timeouts should be step in right direction for NBA

Jul 12 2017 | 10:14 pm - The NBA announced some changes Wednesday, mainly limiting the number of timeouts that can be used in a game. Whether that leads to more exciting finishes remains to be seen.

Holiday ready for challenge of Bulls’ rebuild

Jul 12 2017 | 6:57 am - Chicago Bulls new addition Justin Holiday spoke to reporters after signing a two-year, $8.9-million contract on Tuesday. He’s not afraid of joining the Bulls’ rebuilding plan.

Bulls can’t shoot straight in summer loss

Jul 10 2017 | 7:18 pm - The Bulls’ second summer-league game Monday was an ugly display of basketball. They shot 21.9 percent from the field and were crushed by Atlanta 75-55 in Las Vegas.

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