Archive | February, 2009

Cursed by the Wizards

You know when Aaron Gray, Anthony Roberson and Lindsey Hunter come off the bench to play the final few minutes of a game, things have gone either really well or else very badly. In this case, it was the latter, as the Bulls were humiliated 113-90 by the Wizards — otherwise known as “The Worst […]

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The President and the Bulls

I want to look past the grief of the last 24 hours for a minute or two and talk about something pretty cool: How the Bulls got to hang with President Barack Obama at the White House yesterday. Obviously, this is an honor that isn’t normally accorded during the season to a team that’s only 26-32, but […]

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And then we lost Johnny too

Sometimes fate can be both strange and cruel. Hours after Norm Van Lier was taken from us, we lost Johnny “Red” Kerr as well. Two local legends passed in a single day, a double dose of grief. The only bright side is that we got to lavish Johnny with praise and joy before an end […]

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Remembering Norm

The Windy City, the Chicago Bulls organization and the NBA lost a great one today. Norman Allen Van Lier III — nicknamed “Stormin’ Norman” during his playing days because he was one tough hombre — passed away today in his Chicago apartment at the age of 61. The phrase that best describes Norm’s NBA career is “under […]

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Norm Van Lier has passed away

Prepare for an astoundingly epic sad face. From Chicago Tribune’s breaking news: “Former Bulls player and broadcaster Norm Van Lier died this afternoon, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was 61. Fire personnel responded to a request to check up on him at his apartment in the 1100 block of West Madison […]

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Devin Harris from the Black Lagoon

I figured as long as the game didn’t come down to a crazy half-court buzzer-beater by Devin Harris, the Bulls would be in pretty good shape. Unfortunately, Harris — unlike the Bulls — treated the entire fourth quarter like it was the last second of a must-win game: He scored 19 of his 42 points in […]

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Making the Magic disappear

Hello Dr. Jekyll, meet Mr. Hyde. I really wasn’t sure what to expect after that disjointed and disappointing loss to the Pacers. And after the way Indiana’s Troy Murphy lit us up, I was terrified of what Dwight Howard was going to do: 30+ points and 20+ rebounds didn’t seem out of the question. Howard […]

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Magic-Bulls preview

The basics: Orlando (41-14) at Chicago (25-31). The Bulls are 15-11 at home and the Magic are 19-8 on the road. The season series: Currently 2-0, advantage Magic. The Bulls lost 96-93 on November 3 in Orlando and 113-94 on December 31 in Chicago. The stakes: The Bulls are one and a half games behind […]

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Fresh ink: February 23, 2009

Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star: “T.J. Ford darted between two Chicago Bulls players, scooped up the loose ball with two hands and beat everybody down the court with only one thing on his mind in the final minute Sunday. The Indiana Pacers point guard sized things up and threw down a one-handed dunk. He […]

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