Archive | February, 2010

Plug-and-play: Bulls 100, Timberwolves 94

Think back a moment. On December 22, the Bulls lost to the Knicks in New York and fell a season-worst seven games below .500. And mind you, that was only one night after they choked away a 35-point lead in an epic home loss to the Sacramento Kings. I have to admit, coming back from […]

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Bulls trade update: Meet the new guys

Let me preface this post by making — or, rather, re-making — the following points: First, the trades that brought these four players to Chicago were not made to improve the team in the long-term. They were made to cut salary for the already legendary Summer of 2010 and the ensuing free agent bonanza. Second, it’s highly […]

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Tyrus Thomas gone…and Jannero Pargo soon to follow?

In the comments section of the my last post, I provided the following quick scouting report for new Bulls player Hakim Warrick: “Long and athletic…excellent leaper…a dunk waiting to happen…good shot blocker…perimeter game needs work…too skinny. Sound familiar?” Yup. It’s a skill set eerily similar to the one belonging to Tyrus Thomas. So it would seem that, between […]

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Goodbye, John Salmons: Bulls 115, Knicks 109

Last year, the Bulls turned their season around by acquiring Brad Miller and John Salmons from the Sacramento Kings. This year, Chicago is sending Salmons to the Milwaukee Bucks for Kurt Thomas and Francisco Elson. I’m sorry, make that the expiring contracts of Kurt Thomas and Francisco Elson. That distinction is pretty important. Update! This trade may change […]

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Ah, if only to play the Knicks every night…

Well, Derrick Rose returned to a performance that could have served him well at the high-visibility all-star game. Despite a bruised hip, Rose made his first nine shots and poured in 29 points on 14 of 18 shooting, leading the Bulls to a 118-85 win against the Knicks. Clearly, the panacea for Rose, as it is […]

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Woo them with a Rose

It’s no coincidence that the three biggest names in the free-agent sweepstakes of 2010 were also the biggest performers for the Eastern All-Stars at this year’s All-Star game in Dallas. It was the largest crowd on hand ever for a basketball game of any level at any time (over 108,000), with the biggest high-definition screen […]

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The problem with bringing another star to Chicago

As I noted yesterday, Bulls management has a specific end-game in mind heading into the already legendary Summer of 2010: Add a superstar (such as Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade) and another star or semi-star (say, Joe Johnson or David Lee). That would provide the Bulls with a three-star core and the best collection of talent the team has had since […]

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Whew…”no significant injury” for Derrick Rose!

According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: “The Bulls announced Thursday that Derrick Rose has ‘no significant injury’ to his right hip or lower back after his hard foul in Wednesday’s loss to Orlando. X-rays taken Wednesday night were negative. An MRI taken later Wednesday –after Rose left in the first quarter — showed […]

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Not a chance: Magic 107, Bulls 87

I’m not quite sure what to say about this loss. For all intents and purposes, the game ended two minutes and 24 seconds into the first quarter. That’s when Derrick Rose drove the basket, elevated, ran into Orlando’s Dwight Howard, and fell. Hard. Probably not the way Derrick wanted to celebrate his selection to the […]

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