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http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/9680298/2013-nba-player-rankings-401-500 That's for 401-500. They've been counting down from 500 to #1. They're currently doing 71-80. NONE OF THE BULLS STARTERS ARE RANKED ABOVE 80. Here's how the ...
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/9680298/2013-nba-player-rankings-401-500 That's for 401-500. They've been counting down from 500 to #1. They're currently doing 71-80. NONE OF THE BULLS STARTERS ARE RANKED ABOVE 80. Here's how the roster stacks up so far: Taj #103Dunleavy #140Kurt #183Teague #274Nazr #348Snell #351Murphy #446Pittman #488 Not ranked yet: Butler, Boozer, Deng, Noah, Rose Guys I've talked about as good for us to acquire:OJ Mayo #91Monta Ells #84Tyreke Evans #79 (all 3 changed teams)
about 12 hours ago
Some lunchtime reading for today, and thinking about this Bulls season is actually good for your digestion. This was the opposite case last year. Zach Lowe at Grantland tiers away the NBA, placing the Bulls in the top group alongside...
Some lunchtime reading for today, and thinking about this Bulls season is actually good for your digestion. This was the opposite case last year. Zach Lowe at Grantland tiers away the NBA, placing the Bulls in the top group alongside Miami, San Antonio, and the Thunder. He takes more of a wait-and-see approach with Indy and Brooklyn. Defense, Rose, and Butler being potentially their first 2-way SG in a while being the difference. This is a day after Lowe gushed over the Thibs-Rose era, and how the cast around him have shown some new offensive wrinkles as well. Bradford Doolittle gives the Basketball Prospectus team outlook on the Bulls, a couple of weeks after his individual projections. BP's SCHOENE system is not that optimistic as it projects Rose will miss some time and Deng+Boozer regress, with the end result being 50 wins (yet still 2nd in the East). The subjective portion is more (sigh) bullish (sorry). Some other ESPN'ers answer questions about the Bulls. Doolittle there says he expects the Bulls to beat that SCHOENE projection. Friedell's 'bold prediction' is a doozy. Since some of you take these to heart (and wallets): recently released title odds have the Bulls second at 8/1. And of course read my preview of the upcoming season, and the rest from the SBNation network that was published Monday morning. It was great. So...enjoy all that. Everyone shows the Bulls respect, I swear. No doubters!
about 13 hours ago
Oct 7, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) goes for a lay up during the first quarter against Memphis Grizzlies power forward Jon Leuer (30) at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Spo...
Oct 7, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) goes for a lay up during the first quarter against Memphis Grizzlies power forward Jon Leuer (30) at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports We’re now two games into the preseason, and it’s becoming clear that Derrick Rose hasn’t lost much athletically, even after coming back from his ACL tear. He’s still rusty — more on this in a minute — but he is BACK, and it feels so, so good. So, the Chicago Bulls blew out the Memphis Grizzlies last night in St. Louis. Lots of things happened — almost all of them happy ones — so let’s figure out what we learned. 1) DERRICK ROSE DERRICK ROSE DERRICK ROSE. Look, his stats don’t look great. He’s still trying to get his floater back, and he missed at least one shot at the rim, and his free throw stroke went MIA for the first half or so. He’s shooting 40 percent from the field, although it’s a tiny sample size. But I’m willing to chalk all of that up to rust. He didn’t turn the ball over much last night, and he finally showed a bit of the increased range he’s spoken so often about. He’s attacking the basket like a madman — 10 free throw attempts in just over 20 minutes is borderline insane — and again, he looks like himself. His defense also seems to have taken a step forward. He’s working his butt off on defense, rotating all over the place, getting over screens and playing the passing lanes in a way we’re not really used to seeing from him. He had three steals last night and just missed a fourth right before coming out of the game for the last time. For all his athletic gifts, defense never seemed like his thing. But he looks great on that end now. In short, I’ve seen nothing from two games of Rose to make me worry at all about his prospects. He’ll get his in-between game back eventually, or so I’ve convinced myself, and his finishing is still there. Honestly, I’m just really, really, really, really, really happy he’s back. 2) Taj Gibson might well be a god, for all we know. For all of you who scoff at that, I invite you to prove to me that he’s not. In all seriousness, in two games he’s shooting 67 percent from the field, averaging 16.5 points and 9 rebounds and two blocks. In the first game, he went into the post, where he got and converted a number of good looks. Last night, he went into the post, where he used his increased strength to bull his way to the line. His jumper still looks solid too, which will be big for the Bulls’ spacing once the games really matter. His defense is as great as it usually is, so no worries there. He’s also been playing mostly with Erik Murphy and Carlos Boozer, which means he’s defending centers most often, and I haven’t seen any problems at all on that front. 3) Marquis Teague deserves more burn. I know it’s really silly to get even a little upset about preseason rotations, but I still feel like Marquis Teague should be playing more. He played about five minutes in the fourth quarter on Saturday and a little under seven in the fourth quarter last night. My supposition is that Tom Thibodeau just wants to make sure he sees everything there is to see from Tony Snell before he gives him the traditional Thibs Redshirt when the games actually matter, but I really don’t know. When Teague did play, he produced. He found Taj under the basket for an and-one — although the pass was a little late, sadly. He hit a floater. He got a really nice layup off a pick and roll that looked absolutely Chris Paul-esque: He came around the pick hard, saw the defender in front of him, slowed down just enough to get him to relax, then turned on the jets again and got to the basket without any problem. I continue to feel, as I have since the beginning of the offseason, that Teague should be getting a good chunk of the bac
about 17 hours ago
The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has waived guard/forward Dahntay Jones.
The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has waived guard/forward Dahntay Jones.
about 20 hours ago
Derrick Rose still is healthy. But the Bulls Monday in running away from the Memphis Grizzlies 106-87 for a second consecutive preseason victory are feeling good and pretty much are making this Rose Watch theme moot. “The first half I w...
Derrick Rose still is healthy. But the Bulls Monday in running away from the Memphis Grizzlies 106-87 for a second consecutive preseason victory are feeling good and pretty much are making this Rose Watch theme moot. “The first half I was kind of jittery,” said Rose, who played an uneventful 23 minutes with once again 13 points and four of five first half missed free throws for the jittery part. “The second half I came out aggressive, getting to the hole, getting the butterflies out. I played comfortable. Just trying to shake the rust off, just trying to come together as a team and get some chemistry.” It’s not exactly necessary this soon in preseason. But for the most part, the Bulls are looking close to regular season form even playing without Joakim Noah, who remained out with a minor groin strain. The story of the preseason, if not the entire season, was the return of Rose from serious knee surgery almost 18 months ago. But Rose is quickly making it a non story the way he’s accelerating down court and going to the basket without hesitation. “We’re seeing the explosion to the basket, the bursts of speed, attacking,” agreed Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. “I think he’s finding his rhythm.” And everyone else is dancing. It’s a relief to the Bulls, if not the entire NBA. And that was apparent when Rose drove hard to the basket on a break in the first half and burly Zach Randolph was closing to cut him off. Randolph got to Rose to prevent the basket, but Randolph grabbed Rose to make sure Rose didn’t go down too hard. No one wants to see Rose go away again. But there seems little evidence that he’s any more at risk than anyone else. And Rose continued to play confidently. He has not shot the ball much from the perimeter, which perhaps has been the biggest weakness for the Bulls. Especially with Rose and Jimmy Butler in the backcourt, the Bulls have shown little ability to space the court with jump shooting. Rose finally attempted his first three after halftime and made it, though the bulk of his scoring in the two games has come on layups and dunks and at the free throw line. It seemed obvious after the Grizzlies playing without Marc Gasol and Tony Allen led 45-44 at halftime that Thibodeau wanted the Bulls to work more on their shooting. After making just two shots beyond 15 feet in the first half, which were threes by Luol Deng and Mike Dunleavy, the Bulls attempted three shots of at least 20 feet in the first two minutes of the second half and Rose made a three. “Just trying to play smooth and do all the right things,” said Rose. It was hardly a smooth game with 72 free throws attempted, 43 by the Bulls at the St. Louis neutral site, as the officials worked on their own preseason, which obviously included their points of emphasis with numerous off the ball offensive foul calls. With Rose, to the Bulls’ relief, making his return a non story so quickly, the attention can, as it should, transition to the team. Of course, without Noah it isn’t the same team, though Nazr Mohammed starting at center for the second straight game was solid in his role with six rebounds in 15 minutes and a game high three blocks. Thibodeau limited Mohammed’s time and used Taj Gibson and Carlos Boozer together more. And Boozer had a strong scoring effort with team high 16 points on seven of 12 shooting, mostly on mid range jumpers. He will take more time to adjust as the Bulls with Rose back are scoring more in transition. Whereas the Bulls struggled for fast break points last season with their mostly walk-it-up game, they had 16 more Monday after 20 Saturday in Indianapolis. Memphis had just two fast break points. The Bulls’ defense once again seemed ahead of the offense as Butler helped break the game open for the Bulls after halftime with a pair of steals for fast break scores. Rose left for the game with 4:17 remaining in the third and the Bulls leading 66-58. Kirk Hinrich with 15 points along with Gibson then scored six points the rest of the quarter
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ST. LOUIS -- After sitting out the past 17 months while recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, even Derrick Rose is a little surprised with how his well body is responding to NBA action. The former league MVP admitted as much after...
ST. LOUIS -- After sitting out the past 17 months while recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, even Derrick Rose is a little surprised with how his well body is responding to NBA action. The former league MVP admitted as much after scoring 13 points in 23 minutes Monday in the Chicago Bulls’ 106-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. "I wasn’t winded," Rose said. "That’s one of the reasons why when I got the ball [I was] just trying to push it every time, and I’m surprising myself.
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Oct 7, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Bulls shooting guard Kirk Hinrich (12) is fouled by Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (50) during the second quarter at Scottrade Center. Chicago defeated Memphis 106-87. Mandatory Cre...
Oct 7, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Bulls shooting guard Kirk Hinrich (12) is fouled by Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph (50) during the second quarter at Scottrade Center. Chicago defeated Memphis 106-87. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports In a neutral site game at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., the Chicago Bulls were able to grab a 106-87 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in their second preseason game due to an efficient second half. For this Monday night match-up, head coach Tom Thibodeau went with a starting lineup of Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, and Nazr Mohammed again, as Joakim Noah sat out with a groin strain. To start off the game, Chicago had trouble getting their offense together. Rose may have scored their first points of the game, but it quickly became a 9-2 game in favor of Memphis. The deficit grew from there, but soon enough, the Bulls got their offense going a bit. About halfway into the quarter, Chicago came within four points of the Grizzlies’ 22-18 lead  when Kirk Hinrich dished the ball to Mike Dunleavy. The Memphis defense was drawn towards Dunleavy leaving rookie Erik Murphy open for the right-wing three. Despite closing in on the lead, the Bulls weren’t able to gain their first lead of the game until nearly halfway through the second quarter. This came off of a free throw from Murphy, but the lead did not last long. Soon enough, the game was tied at 41, and from there on, Chicago would not lead again until the third quarter. Fortunately for the Bulls, the third quarter was a turning point for the game. Deng assisted Boozer for a finger roll in the beginning of the period, which gave Chicago the 46-45 lead. From then on, the Bulls would continue to add on to that lead, and they never looked back. The second half success was a result of several players’ successes. Boozer was able to get going in the third quarter. Butler used his defensive prowess and allowed it to result in offense. Rose remained aggressive for the couple of minutes he played in the second half, but Hinrich came in and provided some offense of his own by knocking down jumpers. Taj Gibson also continued to play well as he did in the preseason opener. He stayed active on the glass, getting rebounds on the defensive end and putbacks on the other end. Memphis’s offense was nearly gone following halftime. Although they shot 43.1% for the game, the Grizzlies just never got in a good offensive rhythm, and whatever they did get on the offensive end just was not enough to match the Bulls’ efficiency. Thibodeau gave former Bulls point guard Mike James and center Dexter Pittman their first minutes of the preseason because of the large lead. Boozer led all scorers with 16 points (7-12 FG, 2-2 FT) to go along with 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Gibson (5-9 FG, 5-7 FT) and Hinrich (4-6 FG, 2-3  3PT, 5-6 FT) each had 15 points. Jerryd Bayless had 15 points to lead Memphis. Chicago is now 2-0 for preseason. Their next preseason game will take place on Saturday, October 12th, at 4 PM as they take on the Washington Wizards in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the HSBC Arena. Chicago Bulls Get Blowout Preseason Win Over Memphis Grizzlies - Pippen Ain't Easy - Pippen Ain't Easy - A Chicago Bulls Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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The Chicago Bulls moved to 2-0 in the preseason with a 106-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in St. Louis on Monday. The location is important because even though the STL has given us the BEST FANS IN SPORTS and at least four classic Nel...
The Chicago Bulls moved to 2-0 in the preseason with a 106-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies in St. Louis on Monday. The location is important because even though the STL has given us the BEST FANS IN SPORTS and at least four classic Nelly jams, it's apparently still a city without much in the way of functioning wireless Internet. There isn't a box score for this game available at ESPN/NBA.com/Yahoo/CBS, so this recap is at the mercy of what I happened to be paying attention to while it was on. This is preseason basketball, after all, so it isn't such a big deal. What you need to know, mostly, is that Derrick Rose looked athletically superior to every player on the court Monday night, unless someone wants to make an impassioned defense of Jimmy Butler that I think I'm willing to allow. Rose finished with 13 points, made his first three-pointer and hit six of his 10 free throw attempts. He generally looked a-little-rusty-but-definitely-good in his second taste of game action. D. Rose did also this, which was awesome: He's BAAAAAAACK! : http://t.co/s5wTLYCPZY — Kelly Scaletta (@KellyScaletta) October 8, 2013 I think we can say Rose looks close to being fully back physically. His first step was always a big part of what made him special, and that quick-twitch explosion has been on display so far. There's definitely still some rust here, and it will likely only be more evident once things start for real and the physicality gets turned up in the regular season. But for now, everything looks relatively promising. This is good. Jimmy Butler was also doing things. Lots of things. Steals-to-dunks. Rebounding. Cutting off driving lanes. I didn't catch his final line, but his game sure was impressive. The big boss agrees: Jimmy is MVP, pretty much — BullsBlogger (@BullsBlogger) October 8, 2013 And in case you (FOOLISHLY) thought the preseason designation would chill out Thibs: no, you are wrong. Butler has made several nice hustle plays on defense tonight. Thibs is happy -- but you'd never know it. He just keeps crushing the refs. — Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) October 8, 2013 Throw in some silliness from the broadcast team and it's safe to say the Bulls are back. It's much better this way.
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ST. LOUIS -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 106-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night at Scottrade Center. How it happened: Carlos Boozer had 16 points and four rebounds to lead the Bulls to their ...
ST. LOUIS -- Let's take a quick look at how the Chicago Bulls earned a 106-87 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night at Scottrade Center. How it happened: Carlos Boozer had 16 points and four rebounds to lead the Bulls to their second win in a row in the preseason. Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson each scored 15, while Derrick Rose and Luol Deng each added 13 points. What it means: This wasn't the prettiest game in the world, but Tom Thibodeau has to be pleased with the defensive intensity his team showed at various points, especially in the second half.
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Joakim Noah will sit out once again due to a strained groin when the Bulls face the Grizzlies on Monday night in St. Louis. However, Noah is expected to return to the lineup when the Bulls take on the Wizards in Rio de Janeiro on Saturda...
Joakim Noah will sit out once again due to a strained groin when the Bulls face the Grizzlies on Monday night in St. Louis. However, Noah is expected to return to the lineup when the Bulls take on the Wizards in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, according to CSN Chicago's Aggrey Sam. Noah suffered the injury in practice last week after slipping on a wet floor. The All-Star center sat out the Bulls' preseason opening victory over the Pacers on Saturday, and he anticipated that he would miss Monday's game as well. The injury doesn't appear to be serious, and Noah is mainly being held out for precautionary measures. In other Noah news, ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell reports that the big man has officially signed his new shoe deal with adidas. As for Derrick Rose, he'll likely see playing time similar to what he saw Saturday, which may not make him all too happy. While there was some rust, Rose looked a lot like his old self at times in the win over the Pacers, displaying some of his trademark burst and explosiveness. After the game, Rose dropped a bomb by saying that he had increased his vertical by five inches from 37 to 42. That seems kind of unbelievable coming off an ACL recovery, but he certainly did have a long time to work on his lower body. Hopefully we'll see more of the same from Rose against the Grizzlies as he continues to get re-acclimated to NBA game speed. It would also be nice to see that allegedly improved jumper that has been talked about quite a bit this offseason. Game is at 7 p.m. CT and will be televised on CSN Chicago.
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