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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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Bulls have pieces in place, but chemistry will be a puzzle

Jul 19 2018 | 7:26 pm - The Bulls have their young pieces in place. But how well those players fit together, who will be the leading scorers and whether they can generate wins next season remains to be seen.

Bulls promote Blakeney to NBA roster

Jul 19 2018 | 6:16 pm - Hoffman Estates’ loss could be a gain for the Bulls, who decided to add last year’s G-League rookie of the year Antonio Blakeney to their NBA roster. Blakeney averaged 32.0 points for the Windy City Bulls last season.

With Parker on board, Hoiberg thinks Bulls can play faster

Jul 18 2018 | 4:57 pm - Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg already has a plan in mind for the new lineup and forward Jabari Parker. Hoiberg wants to play fast, push the pace and hopes to start with a competitive training camp.

Parker begins his Bulls career by defending Rose

Jul 18 2018 | 4:14 pm - The Chicago Bulls officially launched another Chicago story on Wednesday by introducing new addition Jabari Parker. He started things off with a passionate, if maybe unnecessary, defense of Derrick Rose.

Bulls sign Chicago native Parker to 2-year, $40 million deal

Jul 14 2018 | 6:39 pm - The Chicago Bulls officially reached a contract agreement with Chicago native Jabari Parker, shortly after the Milwaukee Bucks agreed to rescind a qualifying offer, making the forward an unrestricted free agent.

Bulls appear ready to take calculated risk with free agent Parker

Jul 14 2018 | 12:49 am - On Friday afternoon, the Bulls seemed on the verge of making a contract offer to a hometown hero with a history of knee injuries. Not Derrick Rose, the Bulls’ target is Milwaukee forward Jabari Parker.

Do Bulls moves mean they’re close to a big deal?

Jul 12 2018 | 8:52 pm - The Bulls made a couple moves that appear to set the stage for another transaction. On Thursday, the team released shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick and rescinded the qualifying offer for forward David Nwaba.

Blakeney, Hutchison lead Bulls to summer league playoff win

Jul 11 2018 | 9:39 pm - Antonio Blakeney scored 28 points to lead the Bulls past Dallas 95-83 on Thursday at the Las Vegas summer league. The Bulls rallied after trailing by 15 points late in the first quarter.

Bulls rookie Carter is playing well at summer league, but no need to get carried away

Jul 10 2018 | 8:17 pm - After three games at the Las Vegas summer league, there are encouraging signs by first-round pick Wendell Carter Jr. He finished with 23 points in Tuesday’s loss to Atlanta.

Kings’ offer sheet to LaVine made things easier for Chicago Bulls

Jul 08 2018 | 7:40 pm - The Chicago Bulls officially matched Sacramento’s offer sheet for Zach LaVine, keeping the 6-foot-5 shooting guard in Chicago on a four-year deal worth $78 million. All things considered, the Kings did the Bulls a favor by delivering the...

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