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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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Chicago Bulls use of big men as outside shooters has interesting potential

Dec 16 2017 | 8:46 pm - The Chicago Bulls’ closing lineup in Milwaukee could be the wave of the future. Two outside-shooting big men, Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis, creating mismatches for the defense and driving lanes for the Bulls’ guards.

Portis sets another career-high as Bulls win fifth straight

Dec 16 2017 | 12:03 am - The Bulls had another surprise in store Friday, stretching their win streak to five in a row with a 115-109 victory at Milwaukee. Bobby Portis scored a career-high 27 points, while Nikola Mirotic added 22.

Could Zach LaVine’s return from knee injury happen in suburbs?

Dec 15 2017 | 10:34 pm - As Bulls guard Zach LaVine inches closer to returning to game action, coach Fred Hoiberg said the team is still deciding whether or not to give the two-time slam dunk contest champ a chance to get his feet wet with the G-League’s Windy City...

Bulls seem to be having fun with the “Niko is back “ theme

Dec 14 2017 | 9:23 pm - It would be easy to think Nikola Mirotic is trying to take all the credit for the Chicago Bulls’ four-game winning streak. But his teammates have embraced the “Niko is back” theme and seem to be having fun with it.

Off to a fast start in his Chicago Bulls return, Mirotic hoping to stay consistent

Dec 14 2017 | 6:41 pm - A four-game winning streak since Nikola Mirotic returned from injury is a pleasant surprise for the Bulls. But Mirotic’s NBA career has been full of ups and downs. Can he keep it going this time?

Dunn comes through in clutch as Bulls win fourth straight

Dec 13 2017 | 10:18 pm - Nikola Mirotic scored 29 points and Kris Dunn knocked down a couple of clutch jumpers down the stretch as the Bulls won their fourth in a row, beating Utah 103-100 on Wednesday at the United Center.

Bulls make gains by taking fewer 3-point shots

Dec 13 2017 | 7:37 pm - The Bulls have made good on their goal of hoisting more 3-point attempts this season. But a decrease in long-range shots coincided with the three-game winning streak.

Chicago Bulls try not to sweat whether win streak could ruin the rebuild

Dec 12 2017 | 10:12 pm - There’s bound to be mixed reaction to the Chicago Bulls’ surprising three-game win streak. During a rebuilding season, wins could conceivably spoil their chance for a high pick in next summer’s NBA draft.

Dunn credits Hoiberg for building confidence in outside shot

Dec 12 2017 | 10:12 pm - Kris Dunn gave coach Fred Hoiberg credit for keeping him confident with his long-range shot. Dunn is shooting 38.5 percent this season from 3-point range, a big improvement from what he’s done in the past.

Mirotic, Portis combine to lead Chicago Bulls’ blowout win over Boston

Dec 11 2017 | 10:55 pm - Nikola Mirotic really is back, and Bobby Portis is right there with him. The unlikely pair led the Chicago Bulls to a 108-85 blowout of the Boston Celtics on Monday at the United Center, their third-straight win.

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