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: Where does Bulls’ Markkanen rank amongst rookies?

Nov 20 2017 | 6:45 pm - The Bulls will face the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, which means they’ll get their first look at the most hyped rookie of the 2017 draft class, Lonzo Ball. But who has been the best rookie so far?

LaVine cleared, joins first full practice with Bulls

Nov 20 2017 | 10:04 pm - Bulls guard Zach LaVine was cleared by his doctor on Monday morning in Los Angeles and joined his first full practice with the Bulls later in the day. The third-year pro tore the ACL in his left knee last Feb. 3.

Markkanen shines, but Bulls can’t execute late in loss to Suns

Nov 19 2017 | 10:33 pm - Back in his college state of Arizona, Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen had his best game of the season, with 26 points and 13 rebounds. But the Bulls lost at Phoenix 113-105 on Sunday.

Bulls head West searching for more consistency

Nov 18 2017 | 8:31 pm - The Bulls snapped their five-game losing streak before departing on a four-game road trip. There were some good signs in Friday’s win over Charlotte, but the challenge is for their young players to play well all the time.

Dunn does it right as Bulls edge Charlotte

Nov 17 2017 | 10:58 pm - Charlotte’s Kemba Walker scored 47 points on Friday, but Kris Dunn’s best game in two NBA seasons helped lift the Bulls to a 123-120 victory, snapping a five-game losing streak.

Bulls address slow starts by making Valentine a starter

Nov 17 2017 | 10:27 pm - Denzel Valentine joined the starting lineup Friday against Charlotte as the Bulls tried to avoid another slow start. They trailed by at least 20 points after the first quarter in their previous two games.

Bulls plan to keep high-scoring Blakeney in NBA rotation

Nov 16 2017 | 4:49 pm - Scoring in bunches is nothing new to Bulls shooting guard Antonio Blakeney. After scoring 16 points against Oklahoma City, he feels good about his chances of staying in the NBA rotation.

Bulls struggle with slow starts; hope LaVine will return soon

Nov 16 2017 | 4:40 pm - Slow starts have been a big issue for the Chicago Bulls in the past few games. A new starting lineup only made things worse in Oklahoma City, and coach Fred Hoiberg’s options with the rebuilding roster are limited.

Slow start dooms Chicago Bulls in OKC, but they find a scorer

Nov 15 2017 | 10:21 pm - The Bulls got off to their slowest start of the season on Wednesday in Oklahoma City, falling behind 27-7 after one quarter. They got closer during the final three quarters but lost 92-79, their fifth straight defeat.

5 prospects the Chicago Bulls could take in 2018 NBA Draft

Nov 15 2017 | 6:09 am - The Chicago Bulls have made getting a high pick in the 2018 NBA Draft a high priority in their rebuilding plan. Mike McGraw takes a look at some of the athletes projected to go in the top five.

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