The 2016 NBA Draft Lottery takes place Tuesday evening so the draft order will be official then. Here is a look at the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2016 NBA Mock Draft. [Read more…]Follow paulmbanks
Michael Jordan was the greatest of all time. There is no question about that. Still, there was a bit of a Hulk Hogan WWE style feel to the end of some of his games. Maybe that’s the wrong analogy. Perhaps it’s more Bruce Willis action movie style. You always knew Michael Jordan was going to win, but you always tuned in to see how.
Kind of like how you watched Bruce Willis movies to see what weapons he used, or Hulk Hogan wrestling matches to see how he finished off his opponents.Follow paulmbanks
Replacing Tom Thibodeau with Fred Hoiberg was a move the Chicago Bulls definitely did not need to make, and now it’s come back to bite them badly. Hoiberg has certainly become the Bulls version of what Marc Trestman was to the Chicago Bears.
In both cases, the team brought in a guy who never really accomplished enough to merit being given the gig in the first place.
Both coaches were hailed as offensive geniuses, but we haven’t really seen a truly elite offense take hold. As for defense, well that’s was like UFOs, poltergeists, the Loch Ness monster etc.- we can’t confirm actual existence of that.Follow paulmbanks
“It might be time to start over, Chicago fans may hate me for saying that, but when something doesn’t work and continues not to work, it’s time to say ‘OK, we need to make some changes,” said ESPN Analyst and Former Chicago Bulls Guard Jay Williams.
“Some legitimate changes and maybe go in a different direction,” Williams continued.Follow paulmbanks
Iowa State Coach Steve Prohm is in his first season with the program, having taken over for the Mayor Fred Hoiberg. Prohm’s predecessor took over for Tom Thibodeau as Chicago Bulls Head Coach, and it’s been a rough year in the house that Michael Jordan built.
Fred Hoiberg is having a rough debut year, and the Bulls have fallen all the way down to the point of being on the outside looking in regarding the NBA postseason.Follow paulmbanks
At this point, Jimmy Butler and Bobby Portis should be the only Elliot Ness level individuals (“Untouchables”) on this Chicago Bulls roster. Everybody else should be considered movable. It’s a shame no business was done by the NBA trade deadline last week because it’s time for the Bulls to blow this thing up by the summer and start the rebuilding process.Follow paulmbanks
Chicago Bulls second year forward Doug McDermott had a career high 30 points Friday night in the Bulls win over the Toronto Raptors. ’90s Night ended up being Dougie McBuckets night as a man who was born in the 1990s stole the show.
Well, McDermott and C&C Music Factory (or C&C Music Manufacturing Plant, as Borat calls them). Y’all want this party started, quickly, right?Follow paulmbanks
Sometimes a team retires a player’s number (like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Zydraunaus Ilgauskas) and you’ll think “seriously??!! Him?
Same holds true when a franchise decides to give a guy who was solid, but nothing spectacular, his own statue. Harold Baines and the Chicago White Sox is a classic example. Kirk Hinrich would be the Chicago Bulls version. He’s gone now, traded to Atlanta, so it’s a good time to take a look at his Bulls career.Follow paulmbanks
As we said several times last regular season, the Chicago Bulls window for a NBA championship was last year. They wisely kept all the pieces in place this season, and made no significant changes other than the Head Coach. With the NBA All-Star break now over, the back end of Fred Hoiberg regime year one begins, and things are headed in the wrong direction.
Now begins a very critical crossroads period for the Chicago Bulls. As one of the few teams with enough talent in the East to contend with the Cleveland Cavaliers, they can look towards making a final push, if everything somehow goes their way and it all comes together.Follow paulmbanks
On many a night this season, the Chicago Bulls have looked like Jimmy Butler, and “a bunch of guys.” Pau Gasol will replace him in the NBA All-Star game, as he’s had a very solid season. Gasol is doing what he’s normally done throughout the course of his career. Derrick Rose has shown flashes of being the player he once was on a few occasions this season, but it’s clear that he’ll never be a MVP level again.
Defensively, D. Rose is as bad or worse this year as he’s ever been.Follow paulmbanks
As we’ve passed the midpoint of the NBA season, heading towards the rapidly approaching All-Star break, it’s time to do some evaluation. Where are the Chicago Bulls halfway through the 2015-16 season? Has the change from Tom Thibodeau to Fred Hoiberg been for the better? Or for the worse?Follow paulmbanks
Back on Chicago Bulls Media Day Jimmy Butler was asked by a reporter if this team is now “Jimmy Butler’s team” or is it still “Derrick Rose’s team?”
Butler answered in a very predictable way, and in the only way that he conceivably could answer that question. The answer was totally cliche, but the Q&A did serve a vital point. It provided a litmus test to see if the person talking Chicago Bulls hoops had any acumen or not.Follow paulmbanks