Rayvonte Rice officially on Chicago Bulls summer roster


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From the start of the college basketball season in November 2013 until mid January of 2014, Rayvonte Rice was the leading scorer in the Big Ten last season. However, the season went rapidly downhill for both him and his Illinois Fighting Illini in their visit to Northwestern.

An adductor strain slowed Rice down and his production during the back half of that season never matched the numbers he put up in the beginning of the year. I bring this up because January of 2014 was likely when Rice’s NBA Draft stock hit it’s “all time high.”

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Jimmy Butler locked up, Chicago Bulls have two more needs to fill


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With the top priority of the summer taken care of (Jimmy Butler re-signed), the Chicago Bulls front office can now move on to their next two main issues.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (6/29/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely early 2016 NBA Mock Draft.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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Bulls were smart in taking Bobby Portis to add front-court depth


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Bobby Portis was a very crafty pick for the Chicago Bulls tonight at #22. In terms of team need, the Bulls could have used some wings. There could be issues there, especially at the three, with Mike Dunleavy likely leaving. Jimmy Butler could bolt as well.

However, take a look at the 4s and 5s: Joakim Noah injuries are becoming an annual thing. Taj Gibson is coming off ankle surgery. Pau Gasol is getting older.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (6/25/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.  Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.

Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (6/25/15)


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.

Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.

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Chicago Bulls NBA Draft Preview/Mock Draft


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The first draft of the Fred Hoiberg era consists of just one pick. Yes, the Chicago Bulls have only one selection; meaning this post will be short and sweet. Every year, you know how we do this is- every mock selection for our home team. Well, it will be an early, easy night at the Berto Center this year.

Gar Forman and John Paxson only have one selection to make.

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Update on Chicago Bulls Taj Gibson recovery timetable


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With all the questions surrounding the Chicago Bulls this offseason, we might overlook the issue of Taj Gibson‘s health. That’s understandable, as Gibson often goes overlooked during the regular season. And given how the Bulls weren’t able to exploit their frontcourt advantage enough versus the Cleveland Cavaliers in the post-season…well, let’s just say the national NBA pundits who declared the Bulls possessors of the league’s best forward group are…wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.

That said, Taj Gibson is still a sold and important player. How he recovers from ankle surgery remains one of this summer’s most important issues.

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Derrick Rose given 18/1 odds to win 2016 NBA MVP


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Could Derrick Rose win another NBA MVP award? Well, stranger things have happened. Obviously, three major things would have to happen in order for that to come to fruition:

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Jeff Van Gundy TOTALLY RIPS Bulls over Thibodeau firing


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In the bitter divorce between the Chicago Bulls organization and former Coach Tom Thibodeau, there’s nobody to root for. We’ll cover all of that in a bit, but first ESPN Analyst Jeff Van Gundy went “studio gangsta” on the Bulls again. Like he did during the regular season.

Maybe labeling Van Gundy a “studio gangsta” is unfair since almost all of his points are spot on.

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Chicago Bulls Fred Hoiberg product rollout is Tuesday


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Iowa State Coach, make that Iowa State Coach Fred Hoiberg met with the Chicago Bulls today to finalize his new deal with the club. The Bulls will hold a product rollout, or as these are formally called in the business, an “introductory press conference” tomorrow at 2pm.

Of course, this development we all saw coming since shortly after the NBA All-Star break. Everyone knew Tom Thibodeau was being dismissed at the end of the season, and everyone knew Fred Hoiberg was going to be his replacement. A failed online grass roots campaign to keep Hoiberg in Ames, Iowa couldn’t stop this transaction from happening.

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Campaign to keep Fred Hoiberg at Iowa St. raises only $20


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Is Fred Hoiberg leaving Iowa State to become the next Chicago Bulls Head Coach? Does a bear defecate the woods?

The Bulls desire to dismiss Tom Thibodeau was the worst kept secret of the 2014-15 NBA season. The rift between Thibs and the front office was been common knowledge for years. The Bulls “coaching search” is done. It’s one name long, and we’ve all known it since February.

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