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  • Could Rose-Irving could be the league’s best rivalry? Oct 21, 2014 7:48 PM
    Monday's Bulls-Cavaliers game was merely a dress rehearsal for the Oct. 31 home opener. But the first meeting between expected Eastern Conference powers highlighted some interesting issues heading into the regular season.

  • Stiviano suit against Shelly Sterling dismissed Oct 20, 2014 5:10 PM
    A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit by Donald Sterling’s mistress against the estranged wife of the former Los Angeles Clippers owner. Judge Richard Fruin said last week he planned to allow the suit, but he reconsidered after arguments from Shelley Sterling’s lawyer.

  • Rose’s night big ‘positive’ for Bulls Oct 20, 2014 11:47 PM
    The Bulls lost to Cleveland 107-98 on Monday in Columbus, Ohio, in a preseason matchup of expected Eastern Conference contenders. But this game was a sight for sore eyes, as far as the Bulls were concerned, because Derrick Rose was brilliant, scoring 30 points in just 24 minutes.

  • Butler a bit banged up in Bulls win Oct 19, 2014 10:56 PM
    Kirk Hinrich scored 26 points, leading the Bulls to their fourth straight preseason win, 101-96 over the Charlotte Hornets at the United Center. The bad news is Jimmy Butler suffered a sprained left thumb and figures to miss Monday's first look at the Cleveland Cavaliers in Columbus, Ohio.

  • McGraw: Gasol OK with sitting out end of games sometimes Oct 18, 2014 8:16 PM
    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau talked about wanting to get a look at his fourth-quarter lineup options in the final three preseason games. There will be some tough calls to make, but newcomer Pau Gasol is planning to be on the floor when it counts.

  • Go-to guy? Bulls have some options Oct 17, 2014 10:45 PM
    The Bulls made a 21-point, fourth-quarter comeback against Atlanta on Thursday. Derrick Rose stayed on the bench late in the game, which means the Bulls may have found a new late-game scorer.

  • Big Ten’s arrow pointing up with Maryland, Rutgers Oct 17, 2014 10:40 PM
    Big Ten women's basketball is hoping to get a boost from two perenninal Top 25 powers, Maryland and Rutgers.

  • Bulls’ Butler not worried about his next contract Oct 17, 2014 4:26 PM
    Jimmy Butler's game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer on Thursday against Atlanta continued the preseason-long trend of improved offense. Butler is averaging 18.6 points and shooting 60 percent from the field, but his strong performance might actually decrease the chances he'll sign a contract extension before the Oct. 31 deadline.

  • Spellman: What a move to bring in Coach Q Oct 17, 2014 10:37 PM
    Joel Quenneville's accomplishments include being one of only three coaches to reach the 700-win plateu, or his 270-127-60 regular season record with the Hawks or his .606 postseason winning percentage since arriving in town. I guess what I’m trying to say is simple: the guy’s a treasure.

  • Butler leads Bulls past Hawks, 85-84 Oct 16, 2014 10:27 PM
    Jimmy Butler hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cap a 20-point fourth quarter and the Bulls rallied from a 21-point deficit with 11 minutes to play to beat the Atlanta Hawks 85-84 on Thursday night in an exhibition game.

  • Ferrarin: St. Charles East grad NCAA Woman of the Year finalist Oct 16, 2014 5:36 PM
    Alexa Baltes's road from dribbling basketballs in the basement at age 2 to winning the NCAA Division III women's national championship two years ago was as much about hard work as it was natural talent. “She was literally the player that would catch your eye, because she just worked so hard,” Illinois Wesleyan basketball coach Mia Smith said. Hard work on and off the court has made Alexa among nine finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

  • McDermott still finding his way Oct 16, 2014 11:56 PM
    Bulls stories, notes, photos and graphics

  • Big comeback ... but big deal Oct 16, 2014 11:49 PM
    The Bulls put together a brutal performance for three quarters, but Jimmy Butler erupted for 20 points in the final six minutes and drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to complete a 21-point rally. The Bulls improved to 3-2 in preseason with an 85-84 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center.

  • Right time for Wheaton North to honor Helm Oct 15, 2014 8:24 PM
    Fifty is a magical number. Wheaton North is in the midst of its 50th anniversary. Saturday it’ll honor a man there at the beginning, Wheaton North’s first athletic director and boys basketball coach, Dick Helm.

  • Thibs fondly recalls his days with T’wolves Oct 15, 2014 7:12 PM
    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is well-aware of why he's fanatically obsessed with preseason preparation. On Wednesday at the Advocate Center, Thibodeau gave some credit to his first mentor in the NBA, who did his best to make an expansion team competitive.

  • Girls basketball: Kuzmanic returns to preps as Leyden’s head coach Oct 15, 2014 3:43 PM
    Stephanie Kuzmanic had an outstanding career as a basketball player. Now she hopes to do the same as a coach. This past summer, Kuzmanic was chosen to direct the Leyden girls basketball program. The announcement came only a few months after she finished her collegiate career as the Capital One Academic all-American “Player of the Year” for NCAA Division III women’s basketball. She was a first-team All-America selection with a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average.

  • Noah's slow start no big deal Oct 15, 2014 7:19 PM
    Joakim Noah is off to a slow start in preseason, which could have a couple diffferent causes. On Wednesday, the Bulls center expressed confidence that he'll be going full speed when the regular season begins in two weeks.

  • McGraw: Bulls’ Rose doesn’t share coach’s pessimism Oct 14, 2014 10:38 PM
    Even though the Bulls beat Denver by 20 points on Monday, coach Tom Thibodeau continued to give warnings about doing what it takes to prepare for the regular season. On Tuesday, Derrick Rose added his thoughts on the state of the Bulls' preseason.

  • Thibodeau, Rose concerned about NBA’s 44-minute game plan Oct 14, 2014 10:52 PM
    The NBA announced plans to play an experimental 44-minute preseason game later this week, with the Celtics and Nets serving as guinea pigs. On Tuesday, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and Derrick Rose voiced concerns about the plan.

  • Butler leads Bulls to 110-90 win over Nuggets Oct 13, 2014 10:28 PM
    Jimmy Butler scored 21 points while rookie Doug McDermott added 16 to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 110-90 rout of the Denver Nuggets in an exhibition game on Monday night. The Bulls led 83-75 after three quarters, and the Nuggets never got closer than eight in the fourth.

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