In past years, the NBA on Christmas Day uniforms were very avant-garde and experimental. However, the 2015 edition is more traditional and conservative.Follow paulmbanks
Tonight after the Chicago Bulls win over the Memphis Grizzlies, Joakim Noah said this to the media regarding Derrick Rose: “A lot of people always have things to say about him, today he showed his value.”
Indeed D Rose did have a decent night, scoring 19 points on 9-19 shooting. He made news on Saturday night by saying he’s now completely done with both the fro and the mask.Follow paulmbanks
“It was fun to see him,” Chicago Bulls Head Coach Fred Hoiberg said of Derrick Rose and his play versus Memphis this past week.
“You could see the explosiveness. He was getting into the paint, he was finishing, had a couple of others he would love to have finished and I’m sure he’ll finish later. But he set the tone for our team with his aggressive drives to the basket.”Follow paulmbanks
There weren’t a whole lot of changes to the Chicago Bulls this past offseason. (There will likely be a bunch next summer, but that’s another story for another time, will Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol be back? We’ll see) The only major change is regime change.
With Fred Hoiberg taking over for Tom Thibodeau, you have a team that’s more fun and exciting to watch offensively, but doesn’t come anywhere close to rivaling the 48 minutes of hell kind of defense that we saw during the Thibs era.Follow paulmbanks
When the Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Chicago Bulls tomorrow night at 7 p.m, Hall of Famer Charles Barkley will be a game analyst with play-by-play commentator Kevin Harlan, analyst Reggie Miller and reporter Craig Sager. Yes, that’s right, Charles Barkley will call the very next Bulls game.
Zaniness could ensue.Follow paulmbanks
Happy NBA tip-off everybody! Welcome to another season of “the Chicago Bulls will challenge Lebron James for Eastern Conference supremacy.” I’ve heard that line more than “I really don’t do this with guys when I first meet them,” and I’m way too cynical a Generation Xer to believe either one.
Keep telling yourself these things, maybe they will one day become true! Perhaps you don’t usually you those things with a man on a first date, but we do know exactly what happens when Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls have a date with Lebron James in the NBA Playoffs.Follow paulmbanks
Jimmy Butler, not Derrick Rose, is the best overall player on this Chicago Bulls team that tips off the season tonight. Butler is more reliable, consistent, and a way better “two way player” than Rose. We’ve discussed this detail before here, as the Bulls are proverbially “Butler’s Team” now. In years past, yes, this was Derrick Rose’s team, but those days are over.
That said, the conspiracy theories flying around this team right now are far from believable. I find it very difficult to fathom that Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose don’t get along.Follow paulmbanks
Last year, Jimmy Butler was a better, more effective player for the Chicago Bulls than Derrick Rose.
There is more than one list out there ranking Butler ahead of Rose right now. Butler will be the better, more effective player on this year’s Bulls team too. Butler was asked by a reporter at Bulls Media Day 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 practically could answer that question.Follow paulmbanks
Chicago Bulls GM Gar Forman took to the podium first at the team’s Media Day which kicked off the 2015-16 season. The first eight questions Forman received all related to the lawsuit against Derrick Rose. Forman didn’t say much other than his belief that Rose won’t miss any playing time due to any legal proceedings. He also reiterated that the Bulls organization fully supports Rose.
An ex-girlfriend of Rose is alleging that he and his friends gang-raped her in 2013.
Rose initially issued a public statement when news of the civil suit broke last month, but today was the first time he has commented publicly since then.Follow paulmbanks
Chicago Bulls fans don’t need to worry too much about the sexual assault allegations against Derrick Rose. The star point guard is very confident in his inevitable exoneration. This won’t be a distraction to him and his teammates. Rose isn’t worried about this at all. He’s already looking ahead to other things, like his free agency; in 2017.
Yes, Rose isn’t looking ahead to July 1, 2016, 11 months from now. He’s looking ahead to July 1, 2017, 23 months from now. That’s when he may have a chance to hit the open market.Follow paulmbanks