AUDIO: Charles Barkley opens up about relationship with Michael Jordan


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Towards the end of a NBA Playoffs media conference call that lasted about 90-100 minutes or so, Charles Barkley was asked about his relationship with Michael Jordan. The two former adversaries in the 1993 NBA Finals and teammates on the 1992 Dream Team have a relationship that is misunderstood.

By the way, isn’t it crazy how two of the greatest players of all time were born just three days apart in 1963.

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Charles Barkley previews Bulls vs Cavs (not a typo) playoff series


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NBA on TNT Analyst Charles Barkley has cajones. This obviously is not news; Sir Charles has made a long, wonderful career of being the boldest, most outspoken sports figure in the American landscape. It’s been that way for awhile.

However, this is the first time I can remember Barkley previewing a playoff series between two teams that even STARTED their previous round series.

“Cleveland and Chicago are the best two teams in the Eastern Conference, and when they play in second round, that will be the Eastern Conference Finals,” Barkley said on media conference call today.

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Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks: the Preview to End All Previews


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For the Chicago Bulls to get right, and possibly make a run at reaching the NBA Finals, they needed, and will receive a dose of brew city in the playoffs.

Or as Homer Simpson put it “to alcohol- the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems.”

The Bucks are the closest thing to a first round bye this postseason. It’s not just because of their reputation which precedes them; the Bucks faded down the stretch; finished 9-16 in their last 25.

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Pau Gasol: Bulls most important player in postseason


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Amidst all the attention on Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol has flown under the radar. The 34-year-old Spanish Forward/Center gets over-looked due to all the D Rose analysis, over-analysis and meta-analysis. Here’s Turner Sports Reggie Miller on Rose needing to be aggressive now that he’s back:

“I want to see Derrick be more aggressive and trust that body, and blow by [Goran] Dragic. Right now he’s just settling for outside shots. At times he’s going to be winded, the rhythm’s not there but I want to see that burst.”

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Nikola Mirotic establishes himself as key cog in Bulls future


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When both Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose went down during this season’s stretch run, rookie Nikola Mirotic stepped up and filled the scoring void. His numbers for the month of March numbers were exceptional.

Mirotic averaged 20.8 points per game; leading all rookies in scoring as he had eight 20+ scoring games. He achieved his first 20+ back to backs in the first two games that the Bulls were without Butler. Mirotic was also second among all rookies in rebounds and blocks.

On top of that, he also led the entire NBA in 4th quarter scoring average and total 4th quarter points scored,

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2015 NBA Draft Early Entrants 4-14-15


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The 2015 NBA Draft class is starting to shape up. Here is an updated list of underclassmen who have declared for the 2015 NBA Draft and where they could end up being selected, or those who have announced their intentions to return to school.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (4/11/15)


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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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF OUR 2015 NBA MOCK DRAFT.

Be sure to check out our 2015 NFL mock draft as well.

And our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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Derrick Rose likely returning to action this week


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It could be Wednesday night at the Orlando Magic. It could Thursday night at the Miami Heat. Or maybe it could be Saturday night at home versus the lowly Philadelphia 76ers. Which would be a great opponent for Derrick Rose to ease back into things.

Rose told ESPN on ABC sideline reporter Lisa Salters that he could return “likely sometime this week.”

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Six of the greatest players in NBA history


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The NBA has seen some pretty great players in its history — players with amazing shooting percentages; players that know how to take charge of a team; and players who have a lot of hustle and can defend the basket with ease. This article is an ode to those players that can hold their own on the court and have a career that proves it. Here are six great NBA players at the top of the list.

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Jalen Rose, Carlos Boozer and other bizarre Chicago Bulls record book anomalies


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The first use of “OMG,” according to Britain’s national magazine, was way back in 1917.

There is record of Lord Fisher using this astonishment acronym in a letter to Winston Churchill nearly a century ago.

Today we have #OMGFacts and looking at the Chicago Bulls all time record book, there are a lot of “OMG Facts” to be found. We can start with ESPN Analyst Jalen Rose, who holds the second highest per game scoring average (minimum 100 games) in Chicago Bulls history.

I’m sure you can guess who’s first!

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Kirk Hinrich has way more all time Bulls records than you’ll BELIEVE


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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.

The idea that “half of success in life comes simply from showing up” is often credited to Woody Allen. Whether he originated the phrase or not, he’s certainly popularized it and it’s now attributed to him.

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Of Derrick Rose analogies, Brandon Roy is the most apt


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With all that Derrick Rose has been through and had to endure injury wise, it’s hard to imagine him playing…well, we don’t know how long he’ll play, but you know he’s not going to be around forever. He’s currently 26, so if he’s still playing after age 30, it would have to be considered quite a feat.

If the Bulls can get two or three more good years out of Derrick Rose, it’s got to be viewed as a huge win. He’s certainly not going to be playing for a decade or anything like that.

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