Author Archive | Trenton Jocz

Bulls Fend Off Orlando, 98-90

In a game between two shorthanded teams, Chicago did what they’ve done so often in the past few years and took care of business. A November win at home against a lottery team won’t make anybody anoint the Bulls any more than they had before, but tonight was a solid showcase for the new additions […]

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Magic at Bulls Preview

For as sick as Bulls fans are of the two questions that permeate every discussion of the franchise (1. Can Derrick Rose stay healthy? 2. Where will the ancillary playmaking come from even if he does?), Magic fans must be tired around the same talking points around their team as well. Since Dwight Howard got […]

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Pay the Man? The Many Factors of Jimmy Butler’s Contract Negotiations

This post has been in the oven for months. I’d perused every recent extension, both in terms of what players of Jimmy Butler’s ilk receive, and how likely it is that he would reach an extension by the Halloween deadline at all. There was also plenty to think about in terms of roster construction. What […]

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Preseason Notes: Bulls Defeat Bucks 91-85

The Bulls got their first win of the preseason on Saturday night in Milwaukee, though as everyone knows, the score is among the least meaningful parts of a preseason game. Here are some thoughts on the players and where they stand so far: -Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, Jimmy Butler and Kirk Hinrich all […]

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Bulls Introduce Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic

With Carlos Boozer amnestied and Anthony Randolph traded, the Bulls finally had the cap space to officially sign their big additions of the offseason, Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic. First, you put the pen to the paper… @nikolamirotic12 pic.twitter.com/Vz3dIBe8Eq — Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) July 18, 2014 …then each had their own press conference this morning with the […]

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Bulls Fulfill Their Destiny And Re-Sign Kirk Hinrich

Once Charlotte, the other main suitor for Kirk Hinrich, signed Brian Roberts, it seemed to be a fait accompli that the veteran would return to Chicago yet again, though hope remained another team might jump in. Those hopes were quickly dashed by Adrian Wojnarowski: Charlotte had been pursuing free agent Kirk Hinrich, but belief is […]

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Doug McDermott And The Trouble With Love

In trading to acquire Creighton star Doug McDermott, the Bulls fell victim to something much more common in the NFL: They got attached to a particular player in the draft. Every year, smart teams like San Francisco and New England fleece the teams that prioritize the short-term (think Tennessee or Carolina) by taking advantage of the fact that such […]

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Joakim Noah and Jimmy Butler Voted To All-Defensive Teams

The NBA All-Defensive teams are usually an annual guarantee to cause uproar among NBA Twitter. How did Carlos Boozer get a vote? How did the Defensive Player of the Year not make First Team? Which declining legend will cease being grandfathered in for their respective sport’s defensive honor first: Kobe Bryant or Derek Jeter? This year, however, […]

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