TAG: Chicago Bulls

NBA / Oct 9, 2014 / 10:30 am

Tom Thibodeau Approves Of Doug McDermott’s “Swag”

Doug McDermott

The persona of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau revolves around a voice that could crack glass, his strong-side defensive principles, which helped the 2008 Celtics win a title, and his curmudgeonly insistence his players give their all every night during the regular season (sometimes over-extending them in the process). He is not one to offer up praise willy-nilly, which is why his recent comments to Nick Fridiell of ESPN Chicago about the “swag” in rookie Doug McDermott cannot be overlooked. Read More »

NBA / Oct 8, 2014 / 8:00 pm

Nene, Teammates Suspended For Leaving Bench During Monday’s Pierce/Noah Spat

Nené

Suspensions surely aren’t what Paul Pierce had in mind when he recently stressed a mindset of toughness and physicality to his new Washington Wizards teammates – especially when the players in question weren’t even involved in the incident. After Nene, Dejuan Blair, Daniel Orton, and Xavier Silas left the bench while Pierce tangled with Joakim Noah during Washington’s exhibition against the Chicago Bulls on Monday, the league has suspended the Wizards quartet for the first game of the 2014-2015 regular season. Read More »

GIFs / Oct 8, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Video: Andre Drummond Throws Down Two Monster Alley-Oop Jams

Solomon Jones, Andre Drummond

Coming off his huge learning experience while playing sparingly for Team USA this summer at the FIBA World Cup, Pistons center Andre Drummond is already ahead of the curve in both mind and body this season. In the first half of Detroit’s preseason game against the Bulls on Tuesday, he proved his ability to attack the rim with power in pick-and-roll sets is as strong as ever. Read More »

GIFs, Video / Oct 6, 2014 / 11:00 pm

Derrick Rose’s Mid-Air Hand Switch On Fast-Break Layup

Paul Pierce, Derrick Rose, Bradley Beal

Paul Pierce, Derrick Rose, Bradley Beal (Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

Anyone who tells you they know what lies in store for Derrick Rose this season is a liar, a fool, or both. Even Derrick Rose isn’t sure what to expect. Sure, he shook off some rust during the FIBA World Cup, but he shot the ball like he couldn’t hit the water if he fell out of a boat. Still, it was pretty fun to see him at full-throttle in tonight’s preseason game against Washington when he started the contest by knocking down four of his first five shots. One finish, in particular, made us jump up like it was 2011 again. Read More »

GIFs, Smack / Oct 6, 2014 / 9:45 pm

GIF: Joakim Noah & Paul Pierce Scuffle During Preseason Game

Paul Pierce, Tom Thibodeau, Joakim Noah

The Bulls and Wizards re-acquainted themselves tonight after going at in the first round of the playoffs last season as the No. 4 and 5 seed in the East. New Wizard addition Paul Pierce has already endeared himself to the Wiz faithful while continuing to be an annoying jab in the side of the Bulls, particularly center Joakim Noah, who probably still has the imprint of Pierce’s index finger on his forehead. We’ll explain after the jump. Read More »

Smack / Oct 1, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Joakim Noah On Nikola Mirotic: “He’s A Hell Of A Player”

Nikola Mirotic

Pau Gasol and Doug McDermott are bigger names than Nikola Mirotic, and the 2014 Spanish League MVP has flown somewhat under the radar as a result. But if Joakim Noah’s glowing sentiments are any indication, Mirotic might be the Chicago Bulls’ biggest offseason acquisition after all. Read More »

Smack / Sep 30, 2014 / 11:30 am

Derrick Rose Confidently Proclaims, “I Know I’m Going To Win A Championship Soon”

Derrick Rose

Despite two surgically repaired knees, two years of rust and just a few weeks of international play — with Team USA cruising in the FIBA World Cup — Derrick Rose still wasn’t shrinking from what he’s also said his primary goal has been: a title. He’s also pretty sure that elusive title will come “soon,” as he informed reporters during media day. Read More »

Smack, Twitter / Sep 22, 2014 / 11:00 am

Taj Gibson Says Coming off The Bench “Doesn’t Matter”

Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson

After Aggrey Smith of CSN Chicago wrote that Bulls power forward Taj Gibson was privately displeased with coming off the bench again next season, Taj took to Twitter to shoot down the report while cautioning the media to “please miss me with the drama.” Read More »

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 »