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  • Bulls know rough road lies ahead Jan 30, 2011 8:49 PM
    The Bulls need to be careful not to get satisfied with their 33-14 record, considering they'll play 11 of the next 14 games on the road. The trip begins Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers and coach Tom Thibodeau wants his player focused on nothing else but the next game.

  • Thibodeau fits right in with Bears' defensive tradition Jan 23, 2011 10:36 PM
    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau might be the city's best defensive coordinator since Buddy Ryan. The job he has done with the Bulls is beyond impressive. Despite all the injuries, changing lineups and lack of an all-defensive team player on the roster, the Bulls have made a strong case to be the league's best defensive team.

  • Bulls should learn something from short-handed win over Heat Jan 16, 2011 9:05 PM
    Although both the Heat and the Bulls were shorthanded on Saturday, there are a couple of things the Bulls should learn from their victory over Miami.

  • Heat visit looms, but Bulls seem to match up better with Boston Jan 10, 2011 11:34 AM
    There is no mistaking a big-game atmosphere at the United Center. The parking lots fill quicker, lines form early at the box-office windows and people crowd the sidewalks, waiting for the doors to open at 5:30 p.m.

  • Bulls' Rose among early candidates for league MVP Jan 2, 2011 9:36 PM
    Bulls fans have been casting votes verbally all season, chanting “MVP” at guard Derrick Rose, usually when he steps to the foul line after another strong performance. The third-year point guard is definitely in the mix for NBA most valuable player this season. Whether he has a realistic chance at winning, it's too soon to tell.

  • Shooting guard remains an issue for Bulls Dec 27, 2010 10:14 PM
    Watching the Bulls play the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, it was easy to have second thoughts about shooting guard. Ben Gordon, once the Bulls' leading scorer, is wasting away on the Pistons' bench. Gordon's scoring punch could be useful for the Bulls, if only he wasn't attached to that ridiculous contract that still has three years and $37 million remaining.

  • First test without Noah creates concern for Bulls Dec 19, 2010 9:27 PM
    Easy as it is to panic after one poor performance, the Bulls have reason to be concerned about history repeating itself. Last season they made history with 5 straight road victories against winning teams, only to collapse into a 10-game losing streak a few weeks later when center Joakim Noah had to rest his aching foot.

  • Lack of free-throw attempts shouldn’t diminish Rose’s greatness Dec 12, 2010 8:54 PM
    Derrick Rose has supplied plenty of excitement for Bulls fans this season, but we might also be watching him reinvent the accepted standards for what makes a great NBA player. In the short run, Rose has produced a remarkable stretch of 3-point shooting. He’s gone 16-for-25 from long range in the last five games, which adds up to 64 percent.

  • Bulls aspire to be more than a play-hard team Nov 28, 2010 9:06 PM
    Denver coach George Karl paid the Bulls a compliment after Friday’s game. Or did he? Here’s the quote, via “This team, Chicago, the thing right now, I think they’re probably the hardest playing team in the league. Play hard makes good things happen. Play hard can pick your team up when you have your best player not playing and almost win a game. I’m not sure they weren’t the best team on the court tonight. We were more fortunate probably than good.”

  • Trip looms for Bulls, but Boozer's return will be bigger event Nov 15, 2010 11:38 AM
    As the trapezes are hung from the United Center ceiling, here are a few things we've learned in the opening weeks of the NBA season: Boston is very capable of beating Miami's Soft Beach lineup, the Western Conference remains as dominant as ever, and Chris Paul hasn't given up on a future in New Orleans.

  • Rose determined to master art of the last-second shot Nov 7, 2010 8:58 PM
    Like every other kid who has ever shot baskets on the playground by himself, Derrick Rose used to count down the clock, challenging himself to knock down an imaginary game-winner.

  • The Johnson plan provides some insight into Thibodeau’s style Oct 31, 2010 10:43 PM
    First-time NBA head coach Tom Thibodeau proved he’s capable of some tough love and is willing to stray from the game plan during Saturday’s comeback victory over Detroit at the United Center.

  • Some answers for the Bulls’ playing time questions Oct 24, 2010 8:33 PM
    The Bulls began final preparations for Wednesday’s season opener in Oklahoma City, and two of the last players to leave the gym following Sunday’s practice were C.J. Watson and Ronnie Brewer.

  • NBA right to curb complaining, but what about replay? Oct 17, 2010 9:37 PM
    Every year, the NBA comes up with certain “points of emphasis" for referees to enforce. A new initiative this season is a crackdown on player complaints, which has resulted in more technical fouls during the preseason.

  • Solving the NBA's labor problems should be easy Oct 11, 2010 7:55 AM
    There has been a storm cloud hanging over the NBA for the past several months, and I'm not talking about LeBron James' management team.

  • With Rose and Durant, USA has shot at Worlds Mar 8, 2011 4:27 PM
    Bulls guard Derrick Rose is toiling in Turkey right now, leading a group that has been dismissed as America's 'B' Team in the FIBA World Championships.

  • Critics of LeBron's TV show missing big picture Jul 8, 2010 12:01 AM
    Between games at the Orlando summer league Wednesday, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy took the opportunity to say he won't be watching the LeBron James Decision 2010 special.

  • Why is Joe Johnson still sitting on his max offer? Jul 3, 2010 1:40 PM
    This would be a great time for an honest conversation with Atlanta guard Joe Johnson. The Hawks surprised the NBA world by offering Johnson a full six-year maximum contract worth around $120 million on the eve of free-agency.

  • Trading down in draft could make sense for Bulls Jun 21, 2010 12:01 AM
    Last year at this time, most of the NBA draft buzz focused on how the class of 2009 was relatively weak. That forecast turned out to be wildly inaccurate. Last season's rookie crop was strong at the top, with guards Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry and Brandon Jennings posting remarkable numbers.

  • Even while winning 61 games, Cavs made huge mistake Jun 9, 2010 12:01 AM
    A chaotic front office doesn't figure to help Cleveland's cause when it comes to retaining LeBron James this summer.

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