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McGraw on Boozer and other available bigs


The Boston-Orlando series provided sort of an unofficial progress report for the Bulls, a referendum on the quality of the Celtics without Kevin Garnett. The longer the series lasted, the more valid the argument that the Bulls in their current state might be capable of challenging for a top-four seed in the East next season. Another way to look at it is the Bulls could be one successful move from becoming LeBron James' opponent in next year's conference finals. There was no real mystery to the Bulls last season. Their strengths are team speed and a variety of offensive weapons. The weaknesses are defense and lack of an inside scorer.

Danny Granger Named M.I.POY


INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers forward Danny Granger is the NBA's Most Improved Player, winning the award after averaging a career-best 25.8 points a game this season. Granger accepted the award Tuesday during a ceremony at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Report: Hornets to keep Scott


Byron Scott is expected to return next season as coach of the New Orleans Hornets, a source close to Scott said, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Byron Scott has one year and $5.5 million remaining on his contract to coach the Hornets. Scott has one year remaining on his contract, but whether he will be offered an extension will depend on evaluations of his performance during the 2009-10 season, according to the report.

Do NBA Players Try Harder in the Playoffs?


Short answer: Yes. Long answer: Not really, but we came up with this really cool statistic to support all our hard work. Funny quote: "I think you're the greatest," Joey says, "but my dad says you don't work hard enough on defense. And he says that lots of times, you don't even run down court. And that you don't really try … except during the playoffs."

Heat discuss Wade contract extension


MIAMI -- Pat Riley's plan to make the Miami Heat better in 2010 might start with signing Dwyane Wade in 2009. The Heat president said Wednesday that the team has already broached the topic of getting Wade to extend his contract this summer, instead of waiting for the potentially blockbuster-filled offseason of 2010. Riley called Wade's future in Miami "absolutely" the top priority for the Heat right now.

Ben Gordon is fool’s gold


Before we sign-and-trade for him by giving up Chris Bosh, as this article suggests, we need to recalibrate our view of Gordon. Playing with a drive-obsessed Derrick Rose is a large part of what makes him effective and that’s a piece we don’t have in Toronto.

I don't mean to be overconfident but just in case, I suggest we all start practicing. How fucking...


I don't mean to be overconfident but just in case, I suggest we all start practicing. How fucking awesome would it be for him to bust this out again after a game 7 victory?

Ex-Bull auctions off championship rings


Former Bulls guard Randy Brown declared bankruptcy after being fired as a Sacramento Kings assistant coach. A federal bankruptcy judge in Sacramento has given West Auctions, of Woodland, Cal., the job of auctioning Brown's 1996, 1997 and 1998 NBA championship rings.

Scalabrine cleared; Rondo takes it easy


Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine has been cleared to practice with the team tomorrow and could play as soon as Thursday night, according to Celtics coach Doc Rivers. Scalabrine has suffered three concussions this season and has not played since Feb. 23 at Denver.

One thing I do know. I'm adding Joakim Noah to the list of players that I simply don't like seeing...


One thing I do know. I'm adding Joakim Noah to the list of players that I simply don't like seeing on the basketball court. Nobody wants to be called a "hater" but I guess you could label it that if you want. Here's Noah in a nutshell to me: Take KG and all his antics and most of his energy. Remove almost all of the talent and beat him senseless with an ugly stick. That's Noah (and that might be giving him too much credit). Also on my list: Bibby, Varejao, Sasha, and the Pistons. Kobe has a whole category of his own. - Jeff Clark

ESPN Report: Dwight Howard DPOY


Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard will be named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Howard is expected to be presented with the award at a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. ET. At 23 years and 128 days, he is the youngest player ever to be named defense player of the year, according to the report. Howard, who said in training camp that he wanted to lead the NBA in blocked shots, reached that goal with 2.92 blocks and 13.8 rebounds per game.

That Bulls logo might not be what you think it is

Much like the hidden arrow in the FedEx logo and the clever "31" dolloped in Baskin-Robbins' signage, our own Chicago Bulls logo might contain its own secret message. If you turn the Bull's head upside down it reveals ... a robot sitting on a park bench, reading the Bible. The Bull's nostrils form the robot's eyes, its furrowed brows are the open pages of the book, and the horns are the legs of a park bench. (Why the Bible? Well, it just looks like a big book.) I think this might be the single dumbest story idea I've seen on our website...

Marc Stein: Rating the first playoff weekend


Best Leading Man: Rose One more triple for Billups in Sunday's extremely-physical-for-a-rout smashing of the Hornets -- which would have matched Ray Allen, Vince Carter and Nuggets vice president of player personnel Rex Chapman for the single-game playoff record of nine 3s -- and we might have been forced to revise this selection. Or maybe not. Lead guards were the weekend rage, and Billups, appropriately, couldn't have done much more as a tone-setter for his desperate hometown team. It doesn't matter that Billups and Paul don't actually match up on every possession. The mere presence of the game's consensus No. 1 point guard in Denver's infamous altitude -- along with the low-hanging clouds stemming from the Nuggets' inability to win a first-round series since Billups was a junior at Denver's George Washington High School in 1994 -- combined to make Chauncey's 8-for-9 shooting on 3-pointers in a 113-84 rout one of his most memorable eruptions. We already knew, though, that the 2004 NBA Finals MVP could do this. Or something close to this. We had no idea what Rose was capable of in his first playoff game. We never expected to hear Magic Johnson -- who managed a comparatively paltry 13 points and 16 assists in his postseason debut for the Lakers -- gushing on the ABC set in response to Rose's 36 points and 11 dimes in a two-point OT win in Boston: "Michael Jordan couldn't do it, Magic Johnson couldn't do it, Larry Bird didn't do it."

Case closed: Get Ray Allen open

Practices usually don’t run this long or hard so late in the season, but everyone - Ray Allen especially - needed something yesterday to create a spark. The Celtics [team stats] guard, who was just 1-for-12 from the field in Saturday’s Game 1 first-round playoff loss to Chicago, sliced out to the top of the circle and buried a jumper. The ball rattled through - not with Allen’s customary swish but certainly better than all but one shot he took in the opener. Coach Doc Rivers called everyone in and ended practice at that moment. Muscle memory will be important in Game 2 tonight at the Garden. So too will effective pick setting - one of the many skills the team lacked in Game 1.

Orlando Magic shrug off their late-season losing streak


Don't take their recent losing streak too seriously, Orlando is still a very good team. The Orlando Magic have reached the point on their growth chart where the regular season holds little charm. It's a mindless marathon at times, and whatever drama there might be is often measured by whether Tiger Woods bothers to show up. With their key players resting or performing spot duty, the Magic could well end the regular season tonight at Amway Arena with a fourth consecutive loss, this one to the Charlotte Bobcats. And they will largely greet the outcome with a shrug.


Game Preview #81 Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons

It's only about 80 minutes before tipoff but hell, someone has to do this right? Anyway, big game tonight that determines all kinds of playoff seedings and in an effort to prevent some of the...

Jordan Not Thrilled About This Hall of Fame Stuff

"This is kind of a love-hate thing for me," Jordan said. "It's a great compliment and great respect, but for me, I always wanted to be able to have you think that I could always go back and play the game of basketball. As long as you have that thought, you never know what can happen. You never know what my abilities can do. "So to me, the Hall of Fame is like, it's over and done with. You can't ever put a uniform back on. It's the total end of your basketball career. It's a great accomplishment and I know I don't walk away from it, but I didn't want to be up here so quickly. "I wanted to be up here when I was 70 years old, 80 years old. But I'm 45 and I still think I can play. You guys don't know if I can or can't, but at least I've got you thinking that way."

Cutler, Ron Turner Have Rocky History


From the story: Newly-acquired Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is known for holding a grudge, and he still seems to be holding one against Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner stemming from an old recruiting dispute, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times. Citing people close to Cutler and a Denver Post column, some fences may need to be mended between Cutler and Turner now that they’re going to work together. As a high school senior in southern Indiana, Cutler accepted a scholarship to Illinois where Turner was the head coach at the time. Cutler committed without visiting campus, though, and when he arrived for an official visit Turner reportedly pulled the offer. Get Turner out now! Lovie you have 1 year to make this work anyway but if you would like to stay as head coach, I'd recommend you find yourself a new OC. Hell - give Mike Shannahan a call if you have to, it seems like the McCaskeys are opening their wallets nowadays anyway.

The best (and worst) of the Final Four this decade


2 Bulls in DeCourcy's "Best Final Four Performances" in this decade. 2. Joakim Noah, Florida 2006. Noah was so impossibly great as a shot-blocker and rebounder at his first Final Four it probably gave a distorted picture of his ability. 4. Derrick Rose, Memphis 2008. Played himself to the top of the NBA draft.

Garnett shut down by Celtics


...until the playoffs! I said it before and I'll say it again, gimme these old guys in the 1st round and lets see what happens.

''You can diagram plays all you want,'' Del Negro said. ''But the bottom line is, you've got to...


''You can diagram plays all you want,'' Del Negro said. ''But the bottom line is, you've got to make plays down the stretch. You've got to put the ball in the basket, and you have to get stops. You have to be smart with the basketball. We had some opportunities to convert. We weren't able to capitalize. But I liked the way we fought.'',CST-SPT-bull31.article

VDN and his "cougar" of a wife Lynn circa whenever he made an All-Star team last...let the caption...


VDN and his "cougar" of a wife Lynn circa whenever he made an All-Star team last...let the caption contest begin!


Offensive Sets

Most of us are aware of the relative simplicity that is the VDN offensive system. I myself am not a basketball coach, so it's hard for me to say what would work for this team and what would not...

Scottie Pippen lawsuit w/ a hint of Sam Smith


From the very short article: Prim Capital Corp., a financial planning company based in Cleveland, has filed a $250,000 lawsuit against former client Scottie Pippen for breach of contract. But since I'm nearly finished with Sam Smith's The Jordan Rules, I'll include an excerpt that I thought was related. Reinsdorf got the message that day. He heard Pippen had missed practice the morning after scoring 33 against Boston and after having no apparent signs of any illness the night before. And word was that Pippen had gone our after the game to celebrate. Reinsdorf called Rote [Pippen's agent]. "I'm sure Scottie is sick," Reinsdorf told him. "But if he isn't and he doesn't come to practice tomorrow or if he says he has a back injury, we're done. He plays out his contract and we don't talk again, not a word, until after the 1992-93 season. And then we just match whatever offer he gets. He doesn't get a penny more for two years and you tell him that." The next morning, Pippen showed up for practice.

Bulls Launch Rose ROY Website


Ugh...does everything have to be connected to Facebook now? Anyhoo...go Derrick!

NBA D-League Announces Innovative Playoff Format


Pick your own playoff opponent? What a country! For the first time, eight teams will qualify for the 2009 NBA D-League postseason, including the winners of the three divisions along with the five teams with the best regular season records, regardless of division. New for the 2009 postseason, the three division winners will have the unique opportunity to select their first round opponent from the teams ranked five through eight. The top-seeded division winner will select its opponent first, with the second and third ranked division winners following in that order. The fourth seeded team will play the remaining team.

Bulls sign Linton Johnson to 10-day contract

March 11, 2009 – The Chicago Bulls today signed forward Linton Johnson III to a 10-day contract. Johnson, a 6-8, 205-pound forward, will be in uniform tonight when the Bulls take on the Orlando Magic at Amway Arena at 6:00 p.m. (CT). Johnson, a five-year pro, most recently played with the Charlotte Bobcats during the start of the 2008-09 campaign. He appeared in two games with the Bobcats before being waived on Nov. 19, 2008.

[From the fanshots. Pretty good, though I'd just skip that last bit if I were you. -ed] This guy...

[From the fanshots. Pretty good, though I'd just skip that last bit if I were you. -ed] This guy is incredible at editing video and making highlight-reel movies. I haven't even watched it yet but I'm sure it's awesome...even if we do end up on the losing end.

"Incredible. He made one of the best moves I've ever seen in my life - on an NBA player,'' [Tyson]...


"Incredible. He made one of the best moves I've ever seen in my life - on an NBA player,'' [Tyson] Chandler said. "I was at halfcourt and I just stopped. I couldn't even finish the break because I'm freakin Tyson Chandler and I'm lazy I had never seen anything like that.''

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