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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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Gasol opts out of Bulls deal

Jun 27 2016 | 9:58 pm - In a move that was widely expected, Pau Gasol opted out of the final year of his contract Monday and will become an unrestricted free agent. Gasol will most likely move on from the Bulls.

Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler makes U.S. Olympic basketball team

Jun 27 2016 | 7:51 pm - Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler was named to U.S. Olympic team’s final men’s basketball roster Monday. The group will begin training camp July 18 in Las Vegas in advance of the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Family helped shape Valentine's versatility for Bulls

Jun 27 2016 | 6:49 pm - Chicago Bulls first-round draft pick Denzel Valentine got a huge assist from his family while becoming one of the most versatile players in college basketball.

What’s next for Bulls? Conley, Barnes could be top targets

Jun 27 2016 | 9:36 am - The Bulls have traded Derrick Rose, while Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol are expected to leave as free agents. There is still hope for the Bulls to improve this summer, though, and here are some suggestions.

Athleticism could be question for Chicago Bulls’ pick

Jun 24 2016 | 10:11 pm - Looking back on the Bulls’ draft night, first-round pick Denzel Valentine comes with some questions, while it’s tough to know exactly whether the Bulls were engaged in Jimmy Butler trade talks.

Bulls go with experience, draft Michigan State's Denzel Valentine

Jun 24 2016 | 6:06 am - As usual, the Bulls went with experience in the NBA Draft, selecting Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine with the No. 14 pick on Thursday. Valentine is a versatile player who showed great improvement during his college career.

Bulls’ draft needs probably won’t change after trade

Jun 22 2016 | 9:18 pm - Despite trading Derrick Rose to New York on Wednesday, point guard probably won’t be a pressing need when the Bulls select No. 14 in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Chicago Bulls trade Derrick Rose, draft pick to Knicks for center, 2 guards

Jun 23 2016 | 12:25 am - Derrick Rose’s run in Chicago is over. The Chicago Bulls have agreed to send the former MVP to the New York Knicks, along with Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick, for point guards Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon, plus center Robin...

NBA draft preview: Points guards and big men

Jun 21 2016 | 10:01 pm - The Chicago Bulls prefer drafting experienced players, but this year’s NBA Draft is filled with projects and players with potential. They choose No. 14 in Thursday’s draft.

McGraw: Bulls will have plenty of wing players to pick from in NBA Draft

Jun 20 2016 | 9:17 pm - The Bulls will have plenty of needs when they choose No. 14 in Thursday’s NBA Draft. This draft is heavy on wing players, so the Bulls will have plenty to sort out.

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