Fred Hoiberg, Chicago Bulls Inspirational as Iowa St. Visits

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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.

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Chicago Bulls Should Begin Roster Blow-Up Process

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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.

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Doug McDermott making his mark in NBA soph year

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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?

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Kirk Hinrich Has Way More Bulls Records than you’ll Ever 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. He’s gone now, traded to Atlanta, so it’s a good time to take a look at his Bulls career.

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Chicago Bulls Might Be in Roster Blow-Up Mode by Spring

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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.

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What losing Jimmy Butler means to the Chicago Bulls

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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.

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Chicago Bulls: better or worse in a half season under Hoiberg?

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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?

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Jimmy Butler obviously Bulls leading man, D Rose a role player

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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.

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Jay Cutler or Derrick Rose: Obama on who’s more valuable

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It’s an interesting argument and not one that I’ve actually considered until Bill Simmons posed it to Barack Obama in the latest issue of GQ. Simmons had an exclusive with the leader of the free world for Gentleman’s Quarterly and it covered a whole multitude of topics.

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Zach Randolph tops 10 best interviews of 2015

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As we continue our 2015 “best of” series, The Sports Bank counts down the ten best interviews we did this past year. As I’ve said repeatedly, 99% of media interviews and press conferences are utterly worthless and completely pointless.

However, I probably did well over a thousand or two thousand media opps this past year because everything that follows is pure gold.

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NBA Christmas uniforms more traditional this year (photos)

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In past years, the NBA on Christmas Day uniforms were very avant-garde and experimental. However, the 2015 edition  is more traditional and conservative.

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Derrick Rose tops 10 most popular Chicago sports stories of ’15

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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.

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