Chicago Bulls Lacking a Genuine Identity; Big Changes Coming Eventually

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This past summer Chicago Bulls GM Gar Forman claimed the team was going “younger and more athletic.” Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, E’Twaunn Moore and Aaron Brooks out.

Robin Lopez, Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo and Jerian Grant in.

Younger and more athletic? Only if you believe in alternative facts. This Chicago Bulls team needs another major overhaul this summer, to even remotely be considered “younger and more athletic.”

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NBA All-Star Weekend Needs to Finally Return to Chicago in 2018

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The NBA All-Star Game was inaugurated in 1951, but hasn’t been played in Chicago since 1988. The second city, as much of a hoops haven as any destination in America, has only hosted it twice (1973 was the other occasion). The 2017 NBA All-Star weekend, commencing tonight with the Rising Stars Game, was originally awarded to Charlotte, North Carolina.

On March 23, 2016, North Carolina passed House Bill 2, commonly known as “the bathroom bill.” This led to the NBA threatening to pull the game from Charlotte if the bigoted bill was not repealed or revised so as to not discriminate against the LGBT community. The state of North Carolina kept their discriminatory law in place, and the NBA announced on July 21, 2016 that the game would be moved from Charlotte to New Orleans.

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Chicago Bulls Must Realize Where Denzel Valentine Fits, at Point Guard

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NBA Draft Lottery picks are not meant to be sent back and forth between the parent club and the D-League franchise. Denzel Valentine, the 2016 College Basketball Player of the Year Award winner, does not belong at the Sears Center.

Unless suburban big box mart shopping is his thing, the 14th overall selection in the NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls should not be spending substantial time near the giant IKEA in Schaumburg, or the homogenized office parks that dominated the edge city landscape of Hoffman Estates.

Zel has fallen so far down Coach Fred Hoiberg’s rotation that the Bulls second round pick, Paul Zipser, has a much better and more defined role with the team.

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The NBA More Woke than Any Other Sports League Right Now

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In comparison to other sports leagues, the NBA just “gets it.” Not speaking of league leadership in general, but in terms of having more leading strong influential figures, the NBA is way more woke. College football and baseball just have too much of an old guard, stuffed shirt vibe.

The NFL has some progressive elements, but the game always has, and always will be, inter-twined with over-the-top jingoism and the military-industrial complex. There are some sharp, dissenting minds in the college basketball world, but unfortunately the NCAA cartel curtails their expression too often.

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Rajon Rondo Goes ThermoNuclear; Bulls Brass Accountable

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Chicago Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo just made comments that effectively sealed his inevitable exit from club. There is no absolutely no way the former Kentucky Wildcat can suit up for the team again after this. Rondo went thermonuclear on his official Instagram account, making comments in response to Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade that are utterly impossible to walk back.

Sure, we all saw the friction with Rondo coming, given his past history, but no one expected a scorched Earth action like this.

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Dwyane Wade Making Important Statements on MLK Day Weekend

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Chicago Bulls star Dwyane Wade addressed the crowd tonight prior to his team’s contest against the New Orleans Pelicans. On this Martin Luther King Day weekend, Wade asked everyone at the United Center to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and all that he stood for, most importantly us having respect for one another.

D. Wade passionately stated that the ideals MLK stood for matter today more than ever. Here’s a video clip of the reaction that he received once his statement was done:

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Jimmy Butler Dictates Bulls Fortunes; Rajon Rondo Called It

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As Jimmy Butler goes, so do the Chicago Bulls, and Rajon Rondo called it back in July. While making his famous, or now perhaps infamous, “three alphas” comment Rondo followed up by saying “it’s Jimmy’s team.”

Rondo has accomplished a lot, and Dwyane Wade has accomplished more than the rest of the Bulls roster combined, but Butler is the true alpha dog of this team. Jimmy Butler scored 28 points in 39 minutes today to lead Chicago over the very lowly New Orleans Pelicans, as the team became revitalized.

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Bulls Must Trade Rajon Rondo to Cavs; Potential Addition by Subtraction

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The NBA salary cap gets a ton of attention, but hardly anyone ever discusses the salary floor.

Rajon Rondo is a rare “salary floor casualty,” just like you have your traditional “salary cap casualties.”

In an organization that’s done a lot of “he brought in his guy” kind of maneuvers, Rajon Rondo (who will make $14,000,000 this season in year one of his two-year, $29 million contract) is not really anyone’s guy.

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NBA on Christmas Day: Full Schedule, Storied Tradition

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It’s a tradition we’ve all come to know and love- the NBA on Christmas Day. 

The NFL has Thanksgiving. College basketball has St. Patrick’s Day. College Football has New Year’s Day, and they’re trying to claim New Year’s Eve as their own, but it’s going over like a lead balloon thus far. Boxing Day (December 26th) belongs to The English Premier League while Yuletide is one with the National Basketball Association.

On Sunday, Dec. 25, ABC and ESPN will combine to present over 13 consecutive hours of NBA action over five games. It’s the NBA on Christmas Day for the 15th consecutive year on ABC/ESPN. They don’t really have to compete with the NFL either. Obviously, the NFL owns Sunday, but this weekend most of their slate is on Saturday, Christmas Eve.

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Phil Jackson Opens Up on Past Marijuana Use, NBA Weed Culture

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Phil Jackson smoked marijuana? NO WAY! And it wasn’t medicinal, and instead recreational? YOU DON’T SAY!

The Zen master is totally chill and relaxed, so it makes sense that he smoked the good weed, I mean just look at the featured image here. The New York Knicks President appeared on this week’s episode of We Need to Talk on CBS Sports Network, and he talked about the culture of the sticky icky icky in the NBA.

Here’s what the legend of two extremely iconic franchises, the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, had to say.

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We Should All Support Stan Van Gundy, Regardless of NBA Fandom

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The following message is brought to you by a lifelong Chicagoan, member of the Chicago Bulls media corps and lifelong Bulls fan.

There was a time, not very long ago, when the Bulls’ biggest and fiercest rival was the Detroit Pistons. The rivalry still lives on to some extent today, just on much a smaller scale. I’m not saying Bulls fans need to trade in their red and black for red, white and blue of the Pistons, but they should support Pistons Coach Stan Van Gundy.

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Chicago Bulls Season Preview: Three Alphas? Really?

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Three Alphas sounds like the name of a pleasant tasting micro-brew on tap at your corner pub. It’s not a beer though. It’s actually the catch-phrase defining the Chicago Bulls upcoming season.

It’s a proverbial “Great Experiment” to say the least. An Alpha Dog, by definition, is solo. Like Highlander, “there can only be one,” but Chicago trots out three this year in Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo.

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