TAG: Chicago Bulls

NBA / Sep 19, 2014 / 10:30 am

Report: Taj Gibson Wants To Start, But Will That Benefit The Bulls?

Taj Gibson, Drew Gooden

After finishing as the runner-up in the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year voting during the 2013-14 season, Taj Gibson — and most of his adoring fans in Chicago — expected he’d be in the starting lineup next season. This became even more of a foregone conclusion when the team finally amnestied last season’s lame-duck starter Carlos Boozer, who rarely finished the game with the rest of the starters. Except, with the signing of Pau Gasol in the offseason, Gibson again finds himself with the warmups on at the opening tip, something he’s not too keen on, but which may benefit the Bulls in the long run. Read More »

FIBA World Cup / Sep 14, 2014 / 3:14 pm

Derrick Rose Grades His FIBA World Cup An “A”

Derrick Rose

Team USA just tipped off against Serbia in the FIBA World Cup gold medal game, with the oddsmakers making them overwhelming favorites following the loss of their biggest challenger, Spain. Despite some helter-skelter performances where he was dreadful while also showing flashes of his 2011 MVP form, Derrick Rose recently said he’d give his performance an “A” and has more confidence heading into the season after a pair of knee surgeries made limited him to just 10 NBA games over the last two seasons. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, NBA / Sep 8, 2014 / 6:45 pm

Report: Bulls Reach Out To Ray Allen

Joakim Noah, Ray Allen

Add another title contender to the list of teams courting Ray Allen. According to a report, the Chicago Bulls have reached out to the future Hall-of-Famer to gauge his interest in playing with them this season. Read More »

FIBA World Cup / Sep 8, 2014 / 11:30 am

Derrick Rose On Poor Play: “Tomorrow’s Going To Be Different. You’ll See”

Derrick Rose

As Team USA prepares for its quarterfinals matchup against Slovenia tomorrow, Derrick Rose‘s poor play at the FIBA World Cup continues to be a prominent subplot. Last week, Rose remained positive about his play. Over the weekend, Team USA assistant coach and Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau defended his point guard. Today, Rose spoke a bit more about his performance at the tournament so far. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Sep 6, 2014 / 6:45 pm

Thibodeau Says There Is “Nothing Negative” About Rose’s World Cup Play

Derrick Rose, Tom Thibodeau

Derrick Rose’s World Cup struggles reached a nadir in Team USA’s 96-83 win over Mexico today. The Chicago Bulls superstar missed all five of his shots and committed four turnovers in just 16 minutes of play on Saturday, dipping his total tournament statistics even lower: Rose is now averaging 4.5 points, 2.7 assists, and 1.8 turnovers while shooting a putrid 21.6 percent from the field. Despite his star’s unequivocally poor performance for the Americans, though, Bulls coach and Team USA assistant Tom Thibodeau insists he’s encouraged by Rose’s play. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, Smack / Sep 5, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Derrick Rose: “I’m Loving The Way I’m Playing”

Derrick Rose

Team USA went undefeated in group play at the FIBA World Cup. Several players, including Kenneth Faried and Anthony Davis, have impressed with their stellar play so far. Despite considerable buzz heading into the tournament, Derrick Rose hasn’t been a stand-out player. But he’s feeling encouraged about his play so far. Read More »

We Reminisce / Sep 4, 2014 / 3:30 pm

We Reminisce: Damon Stoudamire Beats Jordan And The Bulls, Wins ROY

Damon Stoudamire

Damon Stoudamire turned 41 yesterday. Because he’s officially in his 40’s, we take a look back at his rookie season with the Toronto Raptors, in which he won Rookie of the Year and led the expansion team to a victory over Michael Jordan and a Chicago Bulls team that ended up winning 72 games in the regular season. At the time, it was the highlight of Stoudamire’s career with the Raptors. It seemed like just the beginning of a long relationship between the player and the franchise. But things took a turn for the worst just a few years later. Read More »

Video / Sep 4, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Derrick Rose Swoops Through Lane For Slick Finish Against Ukraine

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose (photo. _MarcusD_ Twitter)

Far more important than Derrick Rose’s performance for Team USA is his health. So despite mostly lackluster offensive play so far, that Rose’s body has responded well to the rigorous FIBA World Cup schedule makes his experience thus far a success. Still, it’s certainly nice to see flashes of the dominant athletic force that won NBA MVP in 2011. Read More »

Smack / Sep 2, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Dwyane Wade Used A “Hollywood As Hell” Backdrop At His Wedding

Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union

Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union got married over the weekend. Everyone involved with the wedding reportedly signed non-disclosure agreements, so we probably won’t hear much about the actual proceedings. Still, several Instagram photos did make their way online and showed us how Wade turned a Joakim Noah quote into a wedding backdrop. Read More »

FIBA World Cup, NBA / Sep 1, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Derrick Rose Says He’s “Feeling Good” After Back-To-Back With Team USA

Derrick Rose

Despite electrifying peers and coaches during USA Basketball tryouts, Derrick Rose ran into some soreness during exhibition play in the lead up to the FIBA World Cup in Spain, which started this past weekend. After playing against Finland on Saturday in a blowout and a much more heavily-contested game against Turkey on Sunday, Derrick Rose tells Marc Stein of ESPN he’s “Feeling good,” though his positivity will do little to squelch the fears of Bulls fans. Read More »