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Derrick’s hot car

Check it: That sweet, sweet ride is the Maserati Gran Turismo owned by none other than Chicago Bulls Rookie of the Year Derrick Rose. One note of caution. If you want to cruise down the mean city streets like D-Rose, I suggest you start saving your pennies. The Maserati GranTurismo has an MSRP of $110,000…and I’m […]

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“Be water, my friend.”

Last night, I was talking to Jason Smith for ESPN’s NBA Today Podcastwhen Jason mentioned that some of the buzz about Derrick Rose died down a bit in late March/early April due to the strong late-season play of fellow rookies such as New Jersey’s Brook Lopez and Minnesota’s Kevin Love. Now, maybe it was because I had […]

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Ranking Derrick’s playoff debut

Derrick Rose’s first playoff game made NBA history, alongside the other all-time great postseason debuts of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Chris Paul, John Williamson, Gary Brokaw and whoever else you want to name. But I felt it was necessary to rank Derrick’s performance against several other real-world examples of incredible awesomeness in order to provide the proper […]

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Derrick Rose: On fire from midrange

If you’ve been watching the Bulls play lately, then you’ve probably noticed that Derrick Rose has been knocking down a lot of open jumpers. Trust me, it’s no mirage. Check out his NBA Hot Spots chart from the last 10 games: Dig it: Derrick’s been hitting at a 55 percent clip (31-for-56) from that midrange zone in his last […]

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Bulls sign warm body to 10-day contract

Look out Eastern Conference playoff contenders! The Bulls have signed Linton Johnson to a 10-day contract today. I fully expect the Bucks, Knicks, Nets and Pacers to drop out of the postseason race by this evening, by which time Johnson — who participated in the team’s shootaround this morning — will be cheering wildly from the bench (I’m […]

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The tribute patch

From “The Chicago Bulls announced today that in remembrance of the late Johnny ‘Red’ Kerr and Norm Van Lier, the team will wear a tribute patch on its jerseys for the remainder of the season. ‘This is the right way to honor the memories of both Johnny and Norm,’ said Bulls Executive Vice President […]

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New flash: Pax says Rose should play

From Brian Hanley of the Chicago Sun-Times: “Bulls general manager John Paxson has made it clear to coach Vinny Del Negro that rookie point guard Derrick Rose should be on the court at the end of games. ‘I’ve talked to Vinny about this,’ Paxson said Saturday during the WMVP-AM (1000) broadcast of the Bulls’ 105-102 […]

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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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