Joakim Noah’s future in Chicago is very murky


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.

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Derrick Rose-Jimmy Butler feud rumors don’t seem legit

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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.

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Not “Derrick Rose led Bulls” anymore; Now it’s Jimmy Butler’s team


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.

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Summary of Derrick Rose remarks on pending sexual assault case


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.

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Derrick Rose lost hearts and minds with bizarre free agency remarks

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(Update: Jimmy Butler beautifully handles question about whether the Bulls are “his team” or “Derrick Rose’s team”)

(Update: rumors of a Jimmy Butler vs Derrick Rose feud, and other conspiracy theories floating around)

(Update: Joakim Noah benched; could signal the beginning of the end of his Chicago career)

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.

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Chicago Bulls unveil new court (artist rendering)


With training camps opening in five days, a new NBA season is upon us. The Chicago Bulls will begin 2015-16 with a brand new home court design. The new home floor will debut October 6th in the preseason opener against the Milwaukee Bucks. You can see the center ring from the current design above.

You’ll see in the new design that the image of a basketball is now gone.

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2015-16 Chicago Bulls Schedule Released; dates to circle


The Chicago Bulls will tip off their 50th season on Tuesday, Oct. 27  at the United Center versus Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game will be televised nationally on TNT, and tips at 7 local time. Turner Sports announced that this season will feature 10 appearances by the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers, nine appearances by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, and seven appearances by the Houston Rockets.

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Rayvonte Rice officially on Chicago Bulls summer roster


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


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


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’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

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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