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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Wade from long range keys Chicago Bulls’ opening-night win

Oct 27 2016 | 11:19 pm - Long-range shooting is supposed to be one of Dwyane Wade’s weaknesses. But in his official Chicago Bulls debut, Wade drained 4 of 6 shots from long range, including a 3-pointer with 26.3 seconds left to seal the Bulls’ 105-99 win over...

Wade settles on fashion-oriented World Series wager

Oct 27 2016 | 11:20 pm - Dwyane Wade finally revealed details of his World Series wager with LeBron James. It’s a fashion-oriented bet and should produce a nice visual on pay off night.

Supporting cast will determine Bulls’ success

Oct 26 2016 | 7:37 pm - The Chicago Bulls’ three stars will get most of the attention. But as the regular season begins Thursday against Boston, it’s the players supporting Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo that will determine the team’s...

Valentine ready to contribute to Bulls

Oct 26 2016 | 4:27 pm - Rookie Denzel Valentine missed three weeks of preseason because of a sprained left ankle, but he looked ready for game action based on his activities after Wednesday’s Chicago Bulls practice.

Hoiberg names Gibson the starter at PF for Bulls

Oct 25 2016 | 5:08 pm - Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg announced Tuesday he’ll begin the season with Taj Gibson in the starting lineup at power forward. The Bulls will host Boston on Thursday.

Wade working on World Series wager with LeBron

Oct 23 2016 | 7:55 pm - While Dwyane Wade is still crafting his World Series bet with LeBron James, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg thinks his team can learn from the example set by the Cubs.

7 questions as the NBA starts its season

Oct 24 2016 | 10:21 am - Kevin Durant to the Warriors is the dominant theme of the 2016-17 NBA season. But there are 29 other teams in the league, so Mike McGraw lines up a few more intriguing questions and offers some answers.

Gibson doesn’t mind waiting on Bulls’ lineup decision

Oct 22 2016 | 7:06 pm - Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg is in no hurry to set a starting lineup for Thursday’s season opener. After a strong preseason, Taj Gibson insists he’s fine with however it turns out.

Late TD pass gives Round Lake first win

Oct 21 2016 | 11:16 pm - Sophomore Darrious Calhoun caught a 50-yard touchdown pass with just 4.3 seconds left and a 2-point run by Alan Espinosa gave Round Lake a thrilling 25-24 victory over Grant on Friday in the Northern Lake County Conference.

Chicago Bulls counting on Wade to rub off on teammates

Oct 21 2016 | 3:51 pm - The Chicago Bulls posted a 3-4 record during NBA preseason while leaving most questions about the team unanswered. This much is clear, though: they’re counting on veteran Dwyane Wade to spread a winning mindset.

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