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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Carter-Williams talks about decision to not wear No. 1

Oct 19 2016 | 3:51 pm - New Chicago Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams talked Wednesday about why he ultimately decided not to wear No. 1. It’s an interesting argument, whether or not it would be disrespectful to Derrick Rose to give away his old number.

Bulls will be shorthanded for preseason finale

Oct 19 2016 | 4:02 pm - Coach Fred Hoiberg is planning to treat the Chicago Bulls’ preseason finale against Atlanta like a regular-season game, but the team won’t be at full strength on Thursday in Omaha, Neb.

Hoiberg looking to correct slow starts by Chicago Bulls

Oct 18 2016 | 4:03 pm - No matter what lineup they’ve used, the Chicago Bulls have gotten off to slow starts during their NBA preseason games. They usually play well after the first quarter, so coach Fred Hoiberg is trying to find a solution.

New Chicago Bulls player has second thoughts about wearing No. 1

Oct 17 2016 | 10:26 pm - New addition Michael Carter-Williams officially joined the Chicago Bulls on Monday, was asked what jersey he wants to wear and quickly chose No. 1, thinking more about his own history than the legacy of Derrick Rose. Later in the day, he changed his...

Bulls eyeing trade for Bucks’ Carter-Williams

Oct 16 2016 | 4:16 pm - After the Bulls won a preseason skirmish in Milwaukee on Saturday, several reports had the Bulls reaching agreement to trade Tony Snell to the Bucks for 6-6 guard Michael Carter-Williams, the 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year.

Wade doesn’t think he, James and Rose would have been good fit

Oct 13 2016 | 7:27 pm - Dwyane Wade opened up Thursday about Decision 2010, when he, LeBron James and Chris Bosh spurned the Bulls and teamed up in Miami. He said the Bulls were a great option then, but one player kept it from being the perfect fit.

Hoiberg hopes Chicago Bulls respond to tougher camp

Oct 12 2016 | 5:04 pm - The Chicago Bulls practiced for less than 90 minutes on Wednesday, which was the shortest session of training camp so far. Coach Fred Hoiberg headed into his second season with a plan of working the team harder.

Olympic gymnast turns heads at Chicago Bulls practice

Oct 12 2016 | 10:28 pm - Gold medal-winning gymnast Simone Biles was a visitor at Chicago Bulls practice Wednesday. Meanwhile, coach Fred Hoiberg said some players might get a rest during this weekend’s busy slate of preseason games.

Wade declines to set high expectations for Chicago Bulls

Oct 11 2016 | 4:01 pm - Dwyane Wade talked about living in the moment Tuesday, especially when it comes to setting goals for the Bulls season. He also mentioned what he’s been telling his “Banana Boat” crew about Bulls training camp.

Can Gibson continue efficient scoring for Chicago Bulls?

Oct 10 2016 | 8:28 pm - Taj Gibson is the Chicago Bulls’ leading scorer so far in preseason. On Monday, he talked about how much Dwyane Wade has helped the offense with his veteran presence and history of success.

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