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Latest News / Nov 26, 2014 / 5:00 pm

Tom Thibodeau Says Jimmy Butler Has Been “Incredible” And Is “A Star”

Jimmy Butler

No one can accuse Bulls coach Tom Thiboeau of fawning praise over one of his player’s performances — he expects excellence. The hardscrabble helmsman with the voice like gravel isn’t one to coddle anyone, but after Jimmy Butler tied his career high with 32 points in a losing effort to the Nuggets last night, Thibs couldn’t but praise his maturing 3&D wing. Read More »

Latest News / Nov 26, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Derrick Rose Leaves Nuggets Game Early; Didn’t Re-Injure Himself

Derrick Rose

Just 24 hours after stressing the need to stay on the floor, Derrick Rose left it for good late in the second quarter of the Chicago Bulls’ loss to the Denver Nuggets. Read More »

NBA / Nov 25, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau Says Derrick Rose Is “Not Real Comfortable”

Derrick Rose

Good news for the Chicago Bulls: A marginalized Derrick Rose is still pretty damn good. After scoring 18 points and dishing five assists during his first game back from last week’s hamstring strain in a tough win against the Utah Jazz, Tom Thibodeau said that Rose is still “not real comfortable.” Read More »

Smack / Oct 27, 2014 / 11:45 am

Pau Gasol On Coach Not Letting Him Finish A Game: “He Doesn’t Trust You”

Tom Thibodeau, Pau Gasol

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 »

NBA / Oct 24, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Joakim Noah Has “Ways To Go” In Rehab From Offseason Knee Surgery

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah had minor, arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in early May that was supposed to keep him sidelined for 8-12 weeks. Nearly six months later and with the 2014-2015 season just days away, the Chicago Bulls center says he still has a “ways to go” to reach full recovery. Read More »

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 »

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 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 »