Mamba vs. Pooh

In this commercial for NBA 2K10, Derrick Rose receives an epic smack talk smack down from Kobe “My guy’s awesome because he has four rings” Bryant. Rose might not, by his own admission, be able to get out of the second round, but he already has Larry Bird-like acting skills. Hat tip: NESW Sports via […]

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Preseason Game One: Bulls vs. Pacers

By and large, I don’t particularly enjoy preseason games. Ultimately, they’re meaningless, especially when they come against a lottery team that last season ranked 19th in Defensive Rating (109.2) and 26th in PPG Allowed (106.2). Of course, the Bulls ranked 18th in Defensive Rating (108.7) and 20th in PPG Allowed (102.5), so maybe I shouldn’t […]

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Where were the Bulls shooting?

Yesterday’s post about Derrick Rose’s assists got me thinking about where the Bulls were shooting the ball from last season. Fortunately, 82games.com provides a Sortable NBA Team Shooting Stats page. I’ve used their data to create my own tables so that I can highlight the Bulls’ league rank and compare the team’s raw numbers to the league leaders. 82games.com stats […]

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Scottie Pippen: Weather man

Bulls living legend and all-around snappy dresser Scottie Pippen tried to give the people of Chicago (and former teammate Toni Kukoc) some warm weather today…with no success. Thanks for trying, though, Pip. Random thought: I wish Scottie would randomly show up at my job. That would sure break up the monotony of filling out all […]

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Where did Derrick Rose’s passes go?

In my scouting report on Derrick Rose, I noted that the Bulls’ rookie point guard ranked 12th in the NBA in total assists (512) last season. Just for fun, here’s a list (in descending order) of the players who dropped more dimes than D-Rose: Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Rajon Rondo, Jose Calderon, […]

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Aaron Gray: First man down

Last week Aaron Gray was celebrating a new one-year contract. Now he’s out of action for up to two months. Bummer. According to John Jackson of the Chicago Sun-Times: “The Bulls suffered their first significant injury of training camp Tuesday as backup center Aaron Gray went down with a stress fracture of the lower left leg. […]

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Team need: Contain opposing big men

The Bulls faced a recurring problem over the course of the 2008-09 season: They could not contain opposing big men. Even the bad ones. Stiffs (or at least non-premier bigs) like Anderson Varejao, Ben Wallace, Darko Milicic, Joel Przybilla, Nick Collison, Troy Murphy and Zaza Pachulia all enjoyed big games and/or season highs against the Chicago interior defense. That’s not […]

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Rose learning from Kobe, Tyrus imitating Magic

According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Derrick Rose “soaked up as much of the Kobe Karma as possible” when he and Bryant shot a video game commercial together earlier this month: “When you’re around people like that, of course you can learn a lot. How they manage themselves, how they eat, how they treat […]

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Media day and training camp links

Here are a bunch of links to stories/interviews/etc. about the Bulls’ media day and first couple days of training camp. To sum up: Everybody’s (more or less) healthy, Luol Deng is ready to redeem himself, Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas have been pumping up, everybody has to help cover Ben Gordon’s points, Derrick Rose needs to become the go-to guy, and the […]

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Last season’s super subs

While sifting through the incredible amount of data over at 82games.com, I came across the NBA Team Starter/Reserve stats page for the 2008-09 season. Check this out: Last season, the Bulls bench ranked 13th in points per 100 possessions (106.3), 10th in rebounds per game (14.3), ninth in points per game (31.0), tied for 7th in […]

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