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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McGraw: Questioning coaches is part of Rondo’s makeup

Dec 07 2016 | 6:10 pm - Rajon Rondo talked about his one-game suspension after Tuesday’s loss in Detroit, but his most insightful comment might have been made 18 months ago during his troubled time playing for the Dallas Mavericks.

Bulls’ comeback runs out of gas in Detroit

Dec 06 2016 | 10:48 pm - The Bulls showed some good energy Tuesday by erasing a 17-point deficit in Detroit, but couldn’t finish it off and lost 102-91 despite Jimmy Butler’s 32 points. The Bulls were playing their fourth game in five nights.

Wade scores 34, but Bulls lose to Portland

Dec 05 2016 | 10:19 pm - With point guard Rajon Rondo serving a one-game suspension, the Bulls had an untimley cold spell in the fourth quarter and lost to Portland 112-110 at the United Center, despite Dwyane Wade’s 34 points.

Bulls teammates quick to praise Rondo

Dec 05 2016 | 8:26 pm - Before and after Rajon Rondo was suspended for Monday’s game against Portland, teammates were quick to praise his leadership. Rondo was suspended for a verbal altercation with an assistant coach in Saturday’s loss at Dallas, according...

Bulls’ lack of bench strength continues

Dec 04 2016 | 6:12 pm - The Bulls might blame the schedule for Saturday’s dismal loss in Dallas, but an unproductive bench remains a persistent problem. Help may be on the way, though.

Hoiberg: Wade a 'rock star' leader

Dec 02 2016 | 10:54 pm - Maybe he’s not here to win a championship, necessarily, but Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg praised Dwyane Wade’s influence on his new team so far this season.

Bulls enjoy playing at Cavs' fast pace

Dec 02 2016 | 11:20 pm - The Bulls matched Cleveland's fast pace in a 111-105 victory over the Cavaliers on Friday. Jimmy Butler scored 26, Rajon Rondo collected his first triple-double with the Bulls.

LeBron says Cubs uniform is ready

Dec 01 2016 | 7:02 pm - Friday is the day when LeBron James will pay off his World Series wager with Dwyane Wade by walking into the United Center wearing a Cubs unifom.

Why Bulls’ Wade loves competing against LeBron James

Dec 01 2016 | 6:42 pm - The Chicago Bulls will get their toughest home test of the season when the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers visit Friday. But the main storyline will involve the first Dwyane Wade-LeBron James reunion in Chicago.

McDermott’s return to Bulls still uncertain

Nov 30 2016 | 8:06 pm - The Bulls aren’t certain when Doug McDermott will be cleared to play again after recovering from a concussion. According to coach Fred Hoiberg, McDermott feels like he’s ready.

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