TAG: Tom Thibodeau

Smack / Jul 23, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Taj Gibson Says D-Rose Will “Come Back Dominant”

Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose

It’s been so long since Derrick Rose was the player grade school kids only vaguely remember from his 2011 MVP season, it’s hard not to think he’s been stranded on Neptune in the ensuing years. He hasn’t, and — in case you forgot — he played this past season, albeit as a shadow of his former self during 10 regular-season contests before injuring his other knee. He’s come back from two major surgeries, though, and he could have suited up in June. Teammate Taj Gibson, for one, thinks Rose will “come back dominant” next season. Read More »

2014 Free Agency / Jun 21, 2014 / 7:01 pm

Report: Tom Thibodeau Actively Working To Add Defense-Averse ‘Melo

Tom Thibodeau

The Bulls are all in on landing Carmelo Anthony should he — as expected — opt out of the final year of his deal with the Knicks to become a free agent. Melo’s deadline is Monday, and the Bulls appear in the lead to sign him. Not only is Joakim Noah wooing Anthony, but taskmaster Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is excited about the possible addition and has reached out on Chicago’s behalf. Read More »

NBA / Apr 30, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Crucial Offseason Looming For Chicago Bulls

Joakim Noah

The Chicago Bulls have been eliminated from the 2014 postseason after losing their first round series in five games to the Washington Wizards. The Bulls had a great season again this year, recording a 48-34 record without their star player Derrick Rose for the second consecutive season. The Bulls now enter the offseason with numerous question marks surrounding their organization as they try and take the necessary steps to build a championship-caliber team. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Apr 22, 2014 / 10:43 am

Report: Gregg Popovich Wins NBA Coach Of The Year

Gregg Popovich

San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich has won the NBA’s Coach of the Year award, according to multiple media reports. The Spurs secured the league’s best record and No. 1 overall seed after winning 62 games. Perhaps more impressive, they overcame last season’s heartbreak in the NBA Finals. Read More »

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 pm

8 Keys To Watch For In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

Manu Ginobili

The NBA postseason is upon us and it should be a great one. The Western Conference has three can’t-miss first-round series, while the elite teams in the East look to get by some of the new faces in the playoffs.

For teams like San Antonio, Miami, Oklahoma City and Brooklyn, the most important key to the first round is to stay healthy. San Antonio and Brooklyn have veteran rosters and will need the extra rest to stay healthy throughout the playoffs. Read More »

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Dime End Of Season Awards: Coach Of The Year

Gregg Popovich

The 2013-14 NBA season has officially ended, so now it’s time for regular season awards before the real season starts on Saturday. There’s a lot of wiggle room before we’re able to name some of the winners, which is why for Dime‘s 2014 NBA Awards we had our writers and contributors provide their top-three choices in an abridged version of what the NBA does with certain media members. Next up, a battle between a first-year former player and this season’s Coach of the Year, who might as well receive a lifetime achievement award at this point. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Mar 3, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Carmelo Anthony Says Bulls Fan’s “Melo To Chicago” Was “A Good Sign”

Carmelo Anthony

During New York’s 19-point blowout in Chicago on Sunday, a sign in the stands read, “‘Melo to Chicago.” When Carmelo Anthony was asked about the sign after the game, he didn’t deflect the question or claim he didn’t see it. Instead, he complimented the sign, unleashing another albatross in New York’s plans to re-sign the NBA’s second leading scorer to an extension this season despite New York’s deplorable play. Read More »

Smack / Feb 5, 2014 / 10:45 am

Mike Dunleavy Responds To DeMarcus Cousins Calling Him A “Clown”

Mike Dunleavy

When informed by ESPN Chicago’s Mike Friedell yesterday that DeMarcus Cousins had called him a “clown” who was “scared” (presumably of Cousins), Mike Dunleavy responded with a joke about, well, clowning. “I mean, I’d like to respond but clowns can’t talk. So (I can) mime or (give him) some animal balloons or something. Oh man.” It gets better from there. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Feb 4, 2014 / 10:45 am

Video: Derrick Williams Botches Breakaway Off-The-Backboard Dunk

Derrick Williams

This was a bad decision. While it’s a little hypocritical of us to say NBA players should practice good sportsmanship, and refrain from gloating during a blowout, this was a bad idea the moment it didn’t work. If Derrick Williams had completed his off-the-backboard dunk in the waning moments of Sacramento’s blowout of the Bulls, then we might be showing this anyway as an example of an awesome off-the-backboard dunk — we’ve done it before when he hooked up with Zeke for one on the break. But he messed this whole thing up. Badly. Read More »

NBA / Jan 23, 2014 / 11:30 am

Luol Deng Is Ready To Save Cleveland’s Lost Season

Luol Deng

Twenty-two thousand, eight hundred and eighty-two minutes. For nearly ten years Luol Deng filled the small forward position for the Chicago Bulls, blossoming into a premier two-way All-Star along the way. Derrick Rose may be the clear face of the franchise, but Deng was the heart and soul. Before Rose it was Deng, who back when Scott Skiles was roaming the sidelines, brought the Bulls back to the Promised Land of the playoffs in three consecutive seasons. It was Deng who developed into the secondary scoring threat that Carlos Boozer failed to become. It was Deng who kept the Bulls afloat while Rose rehabbed his torn ACL (while Deng suffered and battled through numerous injuries himself, including nearly dying from a mistreated spinal tap). It was Deng who played a seemingly endless amount of minutes (37 or more minutes per game in each season since 2009-2010; twice leading the league in minutes per game, both in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013), becoming Tom Thibodeau‘s most reliable AND favorite player. Now, at age 28 and after 22,882 minutes, it is Deng who finds himself playing against the Chicago Bulls. Read More »