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  • More than a week has passed since Carmelo Anthony walked into the United Center, which was decorated with giant photos of the forward in a Bulls uniform. He also met with the Rockets, Mavericks and Lakers.

    Exploring Carmelo Anthony's waiting gameJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    The only real question concerning NBA free agency and the Bulls is, "What is taking Carmelo Anthony so long to make a decision." There's not an obvious answer. If there was, we wouldn't have to ask. So let's examine some potential reasons for the long wait.

     
  • Mike Howland is headed for the college ranks after three stellar head-coaching seasons at St. Viator.

    Howland leaves St. Viator for college opportunityJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mike Howland is leaving home. The St. Viator boys basketball coach, who led his team to 69 wins in the past three seasons, told his team Monday that he was leaving the Arlington Heights school. Howland will become an assistant coach at Missouri State University, where he will be the Director of Basketball Operations. Missouri State plays in the Missouri Valley conference and was 20-13 last year with a bid to the College Insider Tournament.

     
  • Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne has been voted an Eastern Conference starting berth for the WNBA All-Star Game, the second straight season she has earned that honor.

    Delle Donne earns All-Star Game starting berthJul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne has missed half the season so far, yet WNBA fans voted her an all-star for next weekend's WNBA all-star game in Phoenix.

     
  • A poster of LeBron James was tossed head first in a garbage can when he decided to play with the Heat. Now Cavaliers fans breathlessly await a homecoming they never thought possible, as rumors swirl that the once-broken relationship between James and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is on the mend.

    When will King James speak and end crazy rumors?Jul 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Whenever LeBron James decides to stay in Miami with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, have a prodigal son-like homecoming in Cleveland, take the mantle from Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles or form a new powerhouse with Bosh or Carmelo Anthony in Phoenix or Houston, the real loser will be the lunacy.

     
  • After seemingly getting down to a choice between the Knicks and the Lakers, Carmelo Anthony reportedly still hasn’t eliminated the Bulls from the free-agent picture.

    Bulls reportedly still in play for AnthonyJul 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    There was no concrete news regarding Carmelo Anthony's future Tuesday. But the national storyline changed slightly, with The New York Daily News suggesting Anthony is still very interested in the Bulls. The resolution to this exercise could lie in the hands of Knicks president Phil Jackson, former coach of the Bulls and Lakers.

     
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  • In this March 5, 2014, file photo, New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, right, leaves the floor as he drives around Minnesota Timberwolves’ Dante Cunningham in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. The wait continues on Anthony’s decision. Though some say we could find out Monday if he’ll be a Bull.

    Answers to questions about ’Melo’s quest for happinessJul 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    There wasn't any news on the Carmelo Anthony watch Sunday. No news should mean the Bulls are still in contention. Maybe an answer will arrive Monday, but no one knows for sure.

     
  • Bird, Langhorne lead Storm past Sky, 80-73Jul 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Sue Bird scored eight straight points late in the fourth quarter to help the Seattle Storm beat the Chicago Sky 80-73 on Saturday night. Jessica Breland scored 20 points for the Sky (8-10). Sylvia Fowles had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Epiphanny Prince added 16.

     
  • The Bulls are still waiting for a decision from New York Knicks’ free agent Carmelo Anthony, right.

    NBA waiting on decisions by James, AnthonyJul 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Bulls were still waiting for that big firecracker to explode. As of Saturday evening, there was no real news on Carmelo Anthony's free agent decision. Some reports say he's staying in New York. Others said the Lakers have made a serious move. Others suggest it's still a three-way battle with those teams and the Bulls.

     
  • Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has written “In My Skin,” a book about her life that chronicles her struggles growing up gay, and she is in the process of creating an anti-bullying smartphone application.

    WNBA’s Griner takes on bullying in a big wayJul 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    On the court, Brittney Griner certainly makes a difference.The 6-foot-8 center for the Phoenix Mercury, known for her dunks since her college days at Baylor, had 11 rebounds and 5 blocks Wednesday in an 87-69 win over the visiting Chicago Sky. She is averaging 15.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, and a WNBA-leading 4.1 blocks per game. Last week, she set the WNBA record for most blocks in a game with 11 against Tulsa. Off the court, Griner is trying to have just as much of an impact. She is taking on bullying, staring it down like a hated opponent.

     
  • Former University of Illinois standout Sean Harrington is launching a new basketball venture with a training program, The Players Camp, that employs college players as coaches.

    Harrington giving back to the game of basketballJul 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    A decade after Sean Harrington hit the final shot of his Illinois career, he is standing in a hometown gym with a basketbaall in his hands. At 33 years old, the former star for Elgin High School and the Fighting Illini is still not ready to let go. He plans to give back to the game he loves by launching The Players Camp with college basketball players as coaches.

     
  • Now that Brandon Bollig is gone, Mike Spellman has a pretty good idea of which Blackhawks player the fans will love to hate.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Offering up some sparklers for your holidayJul 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    It's the Fourth of July, so you know there's a lot going on ... in Spellman's Scorecard.

     
  • Bulls best chance for Anthony to win now?Jul 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    While some believe Carmelo Anthony has no interest in leaving New York or taking less than a full maximum contract, there is reason to believe he does value winning as he makes his free-agent decision. The Bulls are trying to sell Anthony as his best chance to win now.

     
  • Center Pau Gasol looks to be a part of the Bulls’ Plan B if Carmelo Anthony decides not to sign up to play in Chicago.

    If not Anthony, Bulls could turn to GasolJul 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Carmelo Anthony's three-day free agent tour ended Thursday with the New York Knicks reportedly promising to offer a full maximum-salary contract, worth five years and $129 million. The Bulls can't match the money, but hope their sales pitch of offering Anthony the best chance to win can still succeed.

     
  • Mike North video: The Carmelo saga continuesJul 3, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mike North talks about the who, what and where of some of the top free agents in the NBA.

     
  • Candice Dupree had 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Phoenix Mercury to their sixth straight win, 87-69 over the Sky on Wednesday night.

    Mercury torch Sky 87-69Jul 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Candice Dupree had 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Phoenix Mercury to their sixth straight win, 87-69 over the Sky on Wednesday night.

     
  • The Lakers’ Pau Gasol, back, shares a momemt with teammate Kobe Bryant.

    No Carmelo Anthony? Bulls have optionsJul 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Bulls are in a holding pattern with top free-agent target Carmelo Anthony, who met with Houston and Dallas on Wednesday. While they wait for a decision, this is a good time to consider what the Bulls will do if Anthony doesn't sign on. The alternate plan is not as predictable, but a few steps, including clearing cap space and signing Nikola Mirotic, seem likely.

     
  • Derrick Rose leaves the United Center after the Bulls met with NBA free agent Carmelo Anthony at the facility Tuesday.

    Rose the reluctant recruiterJul 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    All sorts of questions are swirling around Derrick Rose's participation in the Bulls' pitch to Carmelo Anthony. Did he do this or did he do that? The answer is he should have done everything possible.

     
  • FILE - In this May 27, 2013 file photo, Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins gestures during the first half in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, in Memphis, Tenn. The Brooklyn Nets say they have reached an agreement in principle with Hollins to become their coach, moving quickly after the departure of Jason Kidd. The deal with the former Grizzlies coach comes just two days after they made a trade with Milwaukee to allow Kidd out of his contract so the Bucks could hire him. The Nets then met with Hollins on Monday night and again Tuesday before agreeing to the deal on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

    Nets reach agreement with Hollins to become coachJul 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Brooklyn Nets reached an agreement in principle Wednesday with Lionel Hollins to become their coach, moving quickly after the departure of Jason Kidd. The deal with the former Memphis Grizzlies coach comes two days after the Nets made a trade with Milwaukee to allow Kidd out of his contract so the Bucks could hire him.

     
  • Mike North video: Doug McDermott a plus for BullsJul 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    New Bulls player Doug McDermott is a great addition as a scorer, and Mike North believes McDermott will improve on defense because that can be learned.

     
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