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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Where is Rodman? Readers share feedback on list of greatest Bulls

Feb 17 2018 | 1:38 pm - Readers share some feedback on Mike McGraw’s recent ranking the all-time greatest Chicago Bulls. Why didn’t Dennis Rodman make the list?

Why tanking probably won't help the Chicago Bulls’ rebuild

Feb 16 2018 | 12:45 pm - The all-star break is here and the Bulls’ rebuild has gone relatively well. So during the final 25 games, building some momentum with their young nucleus will be more helpful for the Chicago Bulls than trying to lose their way to a better...

Dunn returns, plans to play in Rising Stars game

Feb 14 2018 | 9:24 pm - After missing 11 games with a concussion, Bulls point guard Kris Dunn returned to the court Wednesday against Toronto and plans to play in ths weekend’s Rising Stars game in Los Angeles.

Chicago Bulls hit all-star break with a whimper, lose badly to Toronto

Feb 14 2018 | 10:27 pm - In their last game before the all-star break, the Chicago Bulls were not up to the challenge of sticking with East leader Toronto. The Raptors took command in the second quarter and rolled to a 122-98 victory.

Hoiberg sees a benefit to Bulls winning games

Feb 13 2018 | 7:14 pm - With the Bulls in rebuilding mode, the debate about whether the team is better off losing figures to continue through the end of the season. Coach Fred Hoiberg addressed the topic on Tuesday.

Win or lose, Bulls can succeed by getting Markkanen more shots

Feb 13 2018 | 4:21 pm - The Chicago Bulls succeeded in their goal of getting rookie Lauri Markkanen more shots. His 38 attempts in the past two contests were the most he has taken all season in consecutive games.

Bulls beat Magic in a tale of two dunks

Feb 12 2018 | 10:22 pm - The Bulls gave up an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter, but recovered in time to beat Orlando 105-101 on Monday at the United Center. Zach LaVine scored the game-winner on a steal and dunk with 12.4 seconds left.

Bulls’ Portis takes offense at flagrant foul criticism

Feb 12 2018 | 7:09 pm - Bulls forward Bobby Portis went on the offensive Monday, first tweeting at Washington’s Jodie Meeks, then talking at the United Center about critical comments regarding Portis’ flagrant foul on Saturday.

With Rose, Butler and Gibson gone, a good time to re-rank all-time greatest Chicago Bulls

Feb 12 2018 | 6:21 am - The Chicaog Bulls paid tribute to Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson over the weekend, which raises the question of where those players and other recent ex-Bulls rank on the list of the franchise’s greatest players.

LaVine hoping prescribed rest doesn’t slow his roll

Feb 10 2018 | 8:29 pm - The Bulls announced last month when Zach LaVine returned from knee surgery he wouldn’t play in this weekend’s back-to-back games. As it turns out, LaVine sat out just as he’s hitting his stride.

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