Where do the Miami Heat go from here?

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat are trying to keep their composure after LeBron James’s decision to take his talents back to Cleveland.

Thankfully, Pat Riley has managed to avoid a total destruction of his team, following LeBron’s departure. Chris Bosh was re-signed to a long term contract, Dwyane Wade will also be back and the Heat managed to land one of the top free agents available in the market this summer, Luol Deng. So, what lies ahead for the Heat? How far can this team really go?

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What the future holds for Luol Deng and the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Cleveland Cavaliers Players

When the Cleveland acquired former All-Star forward Luol Deng, the entire Cavaliers nation was excited. Deng is a proven star, one of the best perimeter defenders in the league and also a great contributor on offense. In fact, he was the leading scorer of his former team, the Chicago Bulls. Now, more than a month after the trade, things don’t look that good for Cleveland.

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Valuable NBA Players Expected To Be Traded Soon!

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As the February trade deadline approaches, trade discussions heat up. As of lately, we have seen some action but there is much more juice ahead. Some players can be considered as a lock for a trade. Let’s see some of the most significant cases. [Read more…]

Chicago Bulls: Time for a fire sale

Derrick Rose

Bill Murray and Derrick Rose have something in common now.

The Chicago Bulls are officially without Derrick Rose for the remainder of the 2013-14 season following surgery to repair a turn meniscus in his right knee. In hindsight, missing the season is probably the best. The timetable suggests that he had the meniscus repaired and reattached. A shorter expected recovery time would have meant that the surgery would have been to remove or partially remove the meniscus.

Another year is lost for a team seeing its championship window closing quickly. At this point it is shut, and changes should be, have to be made. There are numerous players that probably won’t fit into the team’s future plans and should be sold off to the highest bidder. The Chicago Bulls have to consider trading Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah. [Read more…]

The Chicago Bulls Are With Their Backs Against The Wall

Derrick Rose

Despite having their superstar and leader, Derrick Rose, back after 1.5 years the Chicago Bulls haven’t started the 2013-2014 season as they wanted. After five games in the season they are now 2-3 and they worst thing is that the team doesn’t perform as every Bulls fans would like to.

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Chicago Bulls season hinders on Derrick Rose’s return

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The Sports Bank will be counting down to the opening tip of the 2012-13 NBA season with team by team previews starting with the worst and working our way to the title contenders.  There is no lockout this time around so let’s get going.

His Adidas commercial portrays the scene pretty darn accurately as all of Chicago went silent when Derrick Rose clutched his knee in the first game of the Bulls’ opening round playoff series against the 76ers with the worst coming true; a torn ACL.  With Rose’s return questionable for this season, the Bulls must simply survive in hopes that their superstar can get back on the floor before the postseason begins.

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Chicago Bulls media day highlights

With former MVP Derrick Rose set to miss at least half the season as he rehabs his ACL, the Chicago Bulls will have a completely different look this season. Kirk Hinrich takes over at starting point guard, and the bench has been completely reshuffled, giving the Bulls basically a whole new team.

Which makes this media day and start of training camp basically a very new beginning. A season that will look quite different from the past couple years.

Here are some of the highlights of what was said at media day

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Talking Chicago Bulls offseason with Bulls ESPN beat writer Nick Friedell


Talking shop with ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell

So how did you come to your position as ESPN Chicago’s Bulls reporter, where have you worked previously?

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Can Bulls make ‘Ewing Theory’ type playoff run?

Derrick Rose torn ACL

With Derrick Rose’s season over, almost everyone has written off the Chicago Bulls’ title hopes, and understandably so. But what about the “Ewing Theory”?

You know, Dave Cirilli and Bill Simmons’ theory that says a team occasionally comes together in the absence of its star and actually plays better than before? Is there any chance the Bulls can make a Ewing Theory-like run to an NBA championship? [Read more…]

Chicago Bulls record, with and without each starter


Yes, the team with the very best record in the NBA this season is proving right the December belief that in the 2011-12 season of many back-t0-backs and shortened preseason that depth would be key.

The very definition of irony, Carlos Boozer is the only member of the Chicago Bulls starting five not to miss a game this lockout-shortened season. Given all the injuries he’s suffered during almost every year of his career, it’s shocking that he’s missed no time.

But the other four starters have, and the Bulls keep on trucking. Here’s the record with and without each of the other four players, including MVP Derrick Rose.

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Chicago Bulls: #1 Record in NBA, Despite Injuries to Rose, Deng, Noah, Boozer


The Chicago Bulls have the best record in all the NBA at 15-3. They have a two and a half game lead in the Eastern Conference over Orlando, and only the 13-3 Oklahoma City Thunder have a winning percentage that comes close right now. The league’s reigning MVP Derrick Rose may not play tonight against Deron Williams and the 5-12 New Jersey Nets; he’ll be a game time decision. Luol Deng will sit out with a sprained left wrist. That means the Bulls, the team which had the best record in the NBA last year,  could be without their two best players.

Bulls-Hawks Series Coverage Needs More Perspective, Less “Non-Stories”

I know, I know, it’s the NBA playoffs, so everything is magnified 1000 x every game, but observers of the Chicago Bulls-Atlanta Hawks series need to regain some perspective. It seems that every game, “the momentum” shifts 180 degrees to whoever just won the last game, and whether the media actually says it or not, people keep crowning the NBA champion, and then dethroning, and then re-crowning, and then dethroning, and then crowning another after each game.

I’m here to make things grounded again, put them in perspective. With some help from Luol Deng and Tom Thibodeau soundbites.

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