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Word of the Day: Earthball

Earthball (urth’-bahl) noun. An awkward, graceless jump shot that defies standard ball rotation by spinning sideways, much like the planet Earth. This shooting method was more than likely devised by Joakim Noah. As inventions go, the Earthball ranks right up there with dog sweaters, pay toilets and the electric fork. Usage example: Earthballs are ugly […]

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So, what’s up with Luol, anyway?

The Bulls released a statement to clear up the lingering mystery of Luol Deng’s injury status. Here’s the skinny: “A review of a repeat MRI, and CT scan of his tibia, indicate that this represents an early anterior tibial stress fracture. All of the information to date points to some mild inflammation along his tibia, […]

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Blasting the Rockets

Memo to Vinny Del Negro: See what happens when you actually let Derrick Rose play in the fourth quarter? Sorry. I couldn’t resist. But seriously, imagine if Rose had been rooted firmly to the bench (again) instead of scoring 16 of his 22 points in last 12 minutes, including 11 during the final five-and-a-half minute […]

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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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Vinny: Not a second-guesser

It says something that Peter Vecsey opened the NBA’s All-Star weekend by “breaking the news” of John Paxson’s supposedly imminent resignation and yet the big news out of Chicago was Vinny Del Negro’s decision to bench Derrick Rose with 4.7 seconds left in a tie game with Miami the night before. And in case you’re wondering […]

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Fresh ink: February 17, 2009

Brian Hanley of the Chicago Sun-Times: “The Amare Stoudemire trade talk still has the Bulls among the teams most involved, but a new scenario making the rounds has the Bulls taking part in a three-team deal that would bring Toronto Raptors star Chris Bosh to Chicago. The rumored swap would send Stoudemire to Toronto and […]

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Vinny’s spin: It was like Sunday dinner…

Okay, last word on Ben versus Vinny before I recap tonight’s matchup with the Raptors. Del Negro likened his not-suitable-for-children-under-13 spat with Gordon to “an afternoon conversation at the table, a little Sunday afternoon pasta. That’s about it for me.” No, really. But wait, there’s more: “I’m Italian, I like to argue. That’s how I grew […]

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Fan on the street: Part 2

Welcome to the second installment of my ongoing series, Fan on the street, which features real people from the Windy City telling me (and, by extension, you) how they really feel about our Chicago Bulls. Question: What do you think about Ben Gordon cursing at Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro for fining him? (Gordon was fined for being […]

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Welcome to our world, John…

I know this already got play in today’s Fresh ink post, but I wanted to share a few more juicy bits from John Paxson’s recent mea culpa: Regarding the team’s performance so far this season (which has sucked fallen below expectations): “I’m obviously not happy. I don’t think my expectations were such going into the season thinking […]

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