Alex Sonty

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Blogger at SBNation's, poli-sci professor at UIC and the City Colleges of Chicago, IPA-enthusiast

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  • Boxing Manny Pacquiao
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Bulls vs. Knicks: Rose at MSG, Butler's clutch play, interior D struggling?


Derrick Rose is used to dominating in MSG, but Jimmy Butler shined in the bright lights as well. THough how is the Bulls interior D faring lately?

Bulls vs. Sixers: Injury-induced shorter rotations diminishing Bulls aggressiveness


The Bulls themselves won't make excuses, but they're a team that wins with energy, hustle, aggressiveness, blah, blah, blah -- basically extensions of their speed, size, alertness, I.Q., and the...

Early-Week roundup: Bulls lost to the Heat because the Heat are better; 'Booz' is a four-letter word


The Bulls are the closest thing to Heat-proof in the Eastern Conference, but there really shouldn't be a question of who's better. The Bulls only lost by four to them on Sunday, but the reasons why...

Bulls 107, Bucks 100: Just enough hustle to keep Milwaukee at arm's length, Rose reminds us he's Rose


The Bulls' ninth win in their tenth home game was one of those where they built a cushion, never ran away with the game, but were never really threatened. Credit the Bucks for coming out strong...

Deng could return Sunday (What the eff?!?); Rose didn't like Indy celebrating


Despite torn ligaments in his left wrist, Luol Deng could return as early as Sunday, when the Bulls face the Heat in Miami; D-Rose doesn't like the Pacers

Bulls progress showing in lesser need for Rose to be ridiculously great


The Bulls' unadjusted plus-minus per 100 possessions is higher this year without Rose on the court than with him on the court, according to -- plus-12.49 to plus-11.12 for a...

Despite his backups' solid play, Rose planning to play Monday


Derrick Rose is "telling people he plans to play on Monday" when the Bulls host the Nets at the United Center

What DID you expect from Carlos Boozer?


The numbers are down for Carlos Boozer. This you already know. The per game numbers are down, as Sam Smith wrote in a post called "What should you expect from Carlos Boozer", but so are the...

Rose learning how to handle the line between tough, stupid, and... necessary


Derrick Rose sprained his toe during last Tuesday's win in Minnesota, but has missed two of the four games since. He remains day-to-day, as a gametime decision for tonight's matchup against the...

Bulls 77, Raptors 64: One practice since Christmas and it's showing


The Bulls handled the Raptors in a 'was there ever any doubt' fashion at the United Center on Saturday night 77-64. Contrary to your initial assumptions, they didn't play under NCAA clock rules.

Bulls 88, Celtics 79: 'When he plays like that, it's good for us,' Thibs on Noah


The Bulls beat the Cs in Boston on Friday night 88-79, but unlike the early season overtime loss of the 2010-11, an early season loss in Boston would've clearly been a loss to a worse team. Friday,...

Bulls sweep back-to-back-to-back set running on fumes; Thibs says Rose doesn't have turf toe


The Bulls joined the Thunder as the only teams in this chaotically condensed season as the only teams thus far to sweep a back-to-back-to-back set.

Bulls 92, Pistons 68: Detroit impressively managed to suck harder than last week


The Pistons stayed within single digits of a Bulls team obviously being paced in the first game of three in three nights. Until the fourth quarter where Detroit managed the feat of logging more...

A tale of two blowouts or the weekend where the Bulls gave it and took it


The Bulls exploded with huge runs in Orlando on Friday to handle the Magic 97-83, but responded by receiving an old fashioned beatdown in Atlanta on Saturday to the Hawks 109-94. In both games, the...

Queue scrutiny of Thibs' minutes management after blowout over horrible Pistons team


Derrick Rose played all but the final 1:13 of the second half. Luol Deng played the entire third quarter, as well as the first 5:28 of the fourth and another 4:11 after resting 1:28 for 21:39 of...


Fan voting opens for the 2012 All-Star Game

Fan voting for the starters of the 2012 All-Star Game began Wednesday morning and the expected five Bulls are on the ballot -- Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Richard Hamilton, Joakim Noah, and Derrick...

Rip Hamilton gametime decision, Lucas likely to play for Watson Tuesday, and a look at the fast-breaking offense


Richard Hamilton and C.J. Watson are day-to-day with their respective injuries. John Lucas III is expected to play in Watson's rotation spot Tuesday when the Bulls host the Hawks, due to the...

Bulls 114, Clippers 101: Point guard showcase in Slop City


The Bulls finished their season-opening four-game road trip 3-1 after beating the Clippers 114-101 in L.A. on Friday night. As exciting as the Clippers are, they were no match for the Bulls'...

Thibs throwing his new starting lineup to the wolves early


The Bulls starting five's 38.65 minutes is second only to OKC's starting five's 42.35. Tom Thibodeau has had his new shooting guard play 40.3% of the team's 96 total minutes with Joakim Noah,...

Bulls 108, Kings 98: A beatdown not reflected in the final score


The Bulls out-ran and out-shot the Kings all night long for a 108-98 win in Sacramento on Thursday night, but sloppy rebounding, bad second and third efforts, and inconsistent officiating kept the...

Bulls collectively coughing up the rock & Rose laying bricks can induce other forms of coughing up


Frankly, the Bulls were indeed "outeverythinged", but the loss wasn't due to the Warriors exploiting some structural flaw in the personnel and system. Most of the ugliness can be chalked up under...

What they're saying about the Bulls' final preseason game: Rip, pace, and that point guard


The Bulls' mini-preseason ended Tuesday, beating the Pacers 93-85 at the United Center. Richard Hamilton makes the Bulls better -- a LOT better. His 13 points on 6-for-12 shooting, six assists, and...

Rip will debut in the Bulls starting lineup Tuesday


The newest Bull, Richard Hamilton, will start Tuesday's final preseason game for the Bulls against the Pacers. Though his role as a starter was expected, the question of when was still up in the...

Rip Hamilton signs three-year deal with Bulls


Richard Hamilton officially signed a three-year deal with the Bulls Wednesday. Two years and $10 million are guaranteed. The third year is a $5.15 million team option.


Imrem: Rose's non-recruiting is difference between Howard's preferred destinations

You could almost smell the stench of mouthbreathing a mile away -- that someone would compare Derrick Rose not recruiting players to the Bulls to Jerry Krause's unwillingness to swallow his pride...

Derrick Rose at Media Day: 'My basketball I.Q. is higher' (VIDEO)


Derrick Rose was the league's MVP, but at 23-years-old is self-actualized that he hasn't hit his peak performance level and worked more since the Eastern Conference Finals to get closer to that level.

Rip Hamilton 'expected to sign with Bulls' Wednesday after clearing waivers


The Pistons officially waived Richard Hamilton Monday and is expected to clear the obligatory 48-hour waiver period; after which the Bulls are "expected to sign him" for a couple of seasons at the...

UPDATED -- Mayo trade to Pacers 'close'


Hoopsworld is reporting the O.J. Mayo trade to the Pacers from the Grizzlies is done. Memphis will receive Josh McRoberts and Brandon Rush. McRoberts became expendable with Indy's acquisition of...

Notes from Bulls Media Day: Rose (again) isn't recruiting players this offseason, and moving on from Keith and Kurt


It should be of no surprise that -- like the 2010 offseason, when Rose didn't meet with or call LeBron James, Chris Bosh, etc. -- Rose isn't recruiting free agents the Bulls are targeting to add to...

NBA Rumor: Crawford could go back to Knicks for $5 million, Bulls 'will enter talks' for Howard, Kurt Thomas to Blazers


A lot of fluttering rumors this weekend and another one of the Bulls' targets likely not being landed. The New York Post is reporting the Knicks are in three-way talks with the Hawks and Warriors...

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