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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Previewing the NBA’s second-round playoff series in the East

May 01 2016 | 9:46 pm - Mike McGraw previews the second round playoff series in the NBA Eastern Conference, including a rematch of last year’s conference finals.

Despite growing pains, Bulls still counting on Mirotic, McDermott

Apr 25 2016 | 9:28 am - Having too many young players hurt the Bulls this season. Now they’ll need to figure out if guys like Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott will be ready to help win games by next year.

Rebuilding the Bulls won’t be easy

Apr 23 2016 | 7:24 pm - This will be a crazy summer in the NBA, since a new TV deal will send the salary cap soaring and every team will have money to spend. In this environment, will the Bulls be able to find a way to improve the team?

Gasol will make the call on whether to move on

Apr 19 2016 | 8:06 pm - Pau Gasol might weigh his love for Chicago’s Lyric Opera with his desire to challenge for another NBA championship when he decides whether or not to opt out the final year of his Bulls contract.

Chicago Bulls looking to repair relationship with Noah

Apr 19 2016 | 11:09 am - The Bulls are hoping to re-sign free agent center Joakim Noah this summer, but first they may need to repair the relationship after a rough season all the way around. Noah could hold a key to upgrading the Bulls' roster.

Bulls may consider giving Rose a new position

Apr 17 2016 | 7:25 pm - Derrick Rose’s high salary makes him difficult to trade. So the Bulls need to figure out how to best utilize the former MVP in order to revitalize his career.

Bulls’ offseason questions begin with Butler

Apr 16 2016 | 7:20 pm - The Bulls’ biggest question of the offseason is what happens to Jimmy Butler. And his future may be tied to general manager Gar Forman more than it is Derrick Rose.

Mike McGraw makes his NBA playoff predictions

Apr 15 2016 | 2:37 pm - This NBA postseason is a pretty good flashback to 1996, when the 72-win Chicago Bulls were the heavy favorite, but there were still some very good teams standing in the way. Now as the 73-win Warriors will try to repeat, Mike McGraw offers his...

Paxson spreads and shares blame for Bulls season

Apr 14 2016 | 8:35 pm - When Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson met with reporters on Wednesday night, he acknowledged plenty of problems and suggested few solutions other than he and Gar Forman need to get it right.

Paxson takes the lead after Bulls season ends

Apr 13 2016 | 10:59 pm - The Bulls wrapped up a disappointing regular season by rallying from 24 points down to beat Philadelphia at the United Center. After the game, the basketball operations team of John Paxson and Gar Forman spoke to reporters.

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