/ Oct 30, 2014 / 10:15 am
The Chicago Bulls cruised past the Knicks at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night, 104-80, and they didn’t even need a spectacular game from returning point guard Derrick Rose. He was relatively quiet in his 21 minutes of action, but he did manage to drop a wrong-footed floater high off the glass. Read More »
/ Oct 27, 2014 / 11:45 am
In Minnesota’s 113-112 win over the Bulls during Friday’s final preseason games, recent free agent signee, Pau Gasol, only played a little over three minutes of action in the fourth quarter and wasn’t on the court down the stretch. He tells Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, how important finishing games means to him, even though coach Tom Thibodeau has been noncommittal when it comes to who among Pau, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah will be on the court at the end of the game. Read More »
/ Oct 26, 2014 / 8:30 pm
While assembling Dime’s list of the top 20 power forwards in the league today, we were struck by just how many different candidates merited consideration for various ranking thresholds.
Several players that are among their team’s most valuable contributors were left off this compilation entirely. A certain player who was barely awarded a spot somehow deserves a ranking both 10 positions better and worse. One big man just above the teens was arguably Team USA’s top performer at the FIBA World Cup. Our sixth-place finisher was voted by league general managers as the top 4-man in basketball. No player in these rankings is more accomplished than this list’s fourth-best power forward. We could go on.
Basketball is so stocked with quality power forwards that it’s impossible to deem any of these distinctions right or wrong. Those who missed the cut are that good, and those who made it are so closely comparable that ranking them seems futile. But doing so is also fun, and allows league followers to flex their empirical and analytical muscles just in time for the 2014-2015 season.
Don’t listen to naysayers who bemoan the league’s saturation of deep-shooting, playmaking big men as opposed to lumbering behemoths of the past. Power forwards aren’t dead, but instead have evolved right in line with the game as a whole. They’re better than ever, and the strongest, most versatile position group basketball has to offer. Read More »
/ Oct 9, 2014 / 3:00 pm
The NBA has a history with Sesame Street and that tradition continued with new Bulls big man Pau Gasol. The Spanish center and power forward got to hang out with Abby, Elmo and the gang in a segment for this weekend’s “NBA Inside Stuff.” Read More »
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 »
/ Sep 30, 2014 / 11:30 am
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 »
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 »
/ Sep 19, 2014 / 10:30 am
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 »
We believe there’s a chance that Spain really could beat Team USA. Unfortunately for Pau Gasol and company, though, they won’t get the opportunity to prove us right. In a shocking FIBA World Cup quarterfinal upset, France beat heavy favorite Spain 65-52, robbing basketball fans around the world their dream and seemingly imminent championship match-up of the host nation versus the Americans. Read More »
After intended frontcourt stalwarts Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, and LaMarcus Aldridge opted against playing for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup, the Americans’ biggest strength became its litany of super-talented guards. Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry, Derrick Rose, and James Harden are all franchise cornerstones when healthy, capable of directing and creating offense like only a select few players in the world. Read More »