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Last Resort

Posted by Decker on 7th July 2010

The Chicago Bulls have officially missed out on Amare Stoudemire, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. And, it looks like LeBron James will be added to that list on Thursday night. Now, they need to make a move. It looks like Carlos Boozer will be the next one to target. The Bulls would potentially add him to a lineup that includes Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Luol Deng. But even if they get Boozer, Chicago fans will feel left out. But that’s the way it works.

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2010 NBA Mock Draft

Posted by amcfad2 on 7th June 2010

1. Washington: John Wall
Position: PG
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 196 pounds
Age: 19
School: Kentucky

Obvious pick. What happens to Gil now? Talk is Wall and Arenas will play together, mainly because no one will take on that contract in a trade.

2. Philadelphia: Evan Turner
Position: SG
Height: 6-7
Weight: 214
Age: 21
School: Ohio State

Turner doesn’t fit well with Andre. Look for Iggy to be moved.

3. New Jersey Derrick Favors
Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 245
Age: 18
School: Georgia Tech

Good pick for the Nets. How will he fit with Lopez?

4. Minnesota Wesley Johnson
Position: SF
Height: 6-8
Weight: 206
Age: 22
School: Syracuse

Similar to Shawn Marion

5. Sacramento DeMarcus Cousins
Position: C
Height: 6-11
Weight: 292
Age: 19
School: Kentucky

From ESPN:

Cousins has been compared to everyone from Shaq to Zach Randolph, but here’s an interesting historical comparison to ponder — could he be the next Moses Malone?

“He’s huge, he scores around the basket, he’s a terrific rebounder and he plays with a chip on his shoulder,” one GM said. “How many 20-10 centers come along? Not very many. As far as a talent goes, he could be incredible in the NBA. The league has gotten smaller and quicker. Cousins would kill most of the big guys in our league today.”

Cousins also fared well in the measurement category, comparing favorably in size to NBA centers. He measured a legit 6-foot-11 with a tremendous 7-foot-6 wingspan and 9-foot-5 standing reach. Those numbers put him on par with the likes of Dwight Howard, Greg Oden and Brook Lopez. His interviews weren’t nearly as bad as everyone made them out to be, either.

6. Golden State Al-Farouq Aminu
Position: SF
Height: 6-9
Weight: 215
Age: 19
School: Wake Forest

Fits in well with Nellie Ball.

7. Detroit Ed Davis
Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 227
Age: 20
School: North Carolina

Pistons need to get tougher and bigger.

8. Los Angeles Clippers Gordon Hayward
Position: SF
Height: 6-8
Weight: 211
Age: 20
School: Butler

Need someone to complement Griffin.

9. Utah (via New York) Greg Monroe
Position: PF
Height: 6-11
Weight: 247
Age: 19
School: Georgetown

Will replace Boozer who will leave as a free agent. Plus they have Milsap

10. Indiana Avery Bradley
Position: SG
Height: 6-3
Weight: 180
Age: 19
School: Texas

Shooting up boards. Would play the point.

11. New Orleans Cole Aldrich
Position: C
Height: 6-10
Weight: 236
Age: 21
School: Kansas

Slightly undersized, but fills a need.

12. Memphis Luke Babbitt
Position: SF
Height: 6-9
Weight: 214
Age: 20
School: Nevada

Could be the next Chris Mullin.

13. Toronto Daniel Orton
Position: C
Height: 6-10
Weight: 269
Age: 19
School: Kentucky

Averaged 3 and 3 in college. A huge boom or bust pick.

14. Houston Ekpe Udoh
Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 237
Age: 22
School: Baylor

Great defensive potential.

15. Milwaukee (via Chicago) Xavier Henry
Position: SG
Height: 6-7
Weight: 210
Age: 19
School: Kansas

John Hollinger rated him 6th best prospect.

16. Minnesota (via Charlotte) Paul George
Position: SF
Height: 6-9
Weight: 214
Age: 20
School: Fresno State

Tall shooting guard..

17. Chicago (via Milwaukee) James Anderson
Position: SG
Height: 6-6
Weight: 210
Age: 21
School: Oklahoma State

From ESPN:

Analysis: Anderson was one of the best scorers in college basketball and could be a very good fit in the Bulls’ backcourt. His ability to stretch the defense and attack the basket would make him a nice complement to Derrick Rose.

Even if the team ends up landing LeBron James or Dwyane Wade, look for Anderson to be the guy. As far as NBA-ready players go, there are few better in this draft. I’d expect him to play the same sort of role James Harden did in OKC last season.

18. Miami Eric Bledsoe
Position: PG
Height: 6-2
Weight: 192
Age: 20
School: Kentucky

Upgrades Wade’s back court mate.

19. Boston Solomon Alabi
Position: C
Height: 7-1
Weight: 237
Age: 22
School: Florida State

Biggest player in the draft.

20. San Antonio Damion James
Position: SF
Height: 6-8
Weight: 227
Age: 22
School: Texas

Underrated player.

21. Oklahoma City Donatas Motiejunas
Position: PF
Height: 7-0
Weight: 220
Age: 19
Country: Lithuania

Can this skilled European make the switch to the NBA?

22. Portland Patrick Patterson
Position: PF
Height: 6-8
Weight: 245
Age: 21
School: Kentucky

Jack of all trades master of none. Could go higher.

23. Minnesota (via Utah) Kevin Seraphin
Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 258
Age: 20
Country: France

Expect Minnesota to try and stash at least one player overseas.

24. Atlanta Hassan Whiteside
Position: C
Height: 7-0
Weight: 227
Age: 20
School: Marshall

From ESPN:

Analysis: How can a guy who just measured with a freakish 7-foot-7 wingspan slip this far? The word out of Chicago was that the interviews didn’t go so well.

Whiteside isn’t a bad kid, but he’s very naive at this point, in a way that reminded me a bit of Tyrus Thomas. Eventually some team will decide the talent is too much to pass on. But I think he did some damage to his stock last week. He can certainly make up for that in workouts … but he’s just created a bigger mountain to climb.

25. Memphis (via Denver) Larry Sanders
Position: SF
Height: 6-11
Weight: 222
Age: 21
School: Va. Commonwealth

Athletic big.

26. Oklahoma City (via Phoenix) Craig Brackins
Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 229
Age: 22
School: Iowa State

Could compete for center minutes.

27. New Jersey (via Dallas) Keith Gallon
Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 302
Age: 19
School: Oklahoma

Shooting big man.

28. Memphis (via L.A. Lakers) Quincy Pondexter
Position: SF
Height: 6-7
Weight: 220
Age: 22
School: Washington

Athletic, but can’t shoot.

29. Orlando Willie Warren
Position: PG
Height: 6-4
Weight: 210
Age: 20
School: Oklahoma

Better player than draft slot. Injuries and character concerns.

30. Washington (via Cleveland) Jarvis Varnado
Position: PF
Height: 6-10
Weight: 210
Age: 22
School: Mississippi State

Great defensive potential.

by Adam McFadden at the Da Bears and Bulls Blog

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Bulls Need Johnson

Posted by Decker on 3rd June 2010

In a big sports city like Chicago, good performances are expected. For a team that has been exiting first round lately, it is time for the Bulls to step up. Derrick Rose is an excellent player, but he clearly needs help. With the 2010 free agency coming, the Bulls need to target one man: Joe Johnson. Sure, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and Amare Stoudemire are all better plays. But the odds of any of them coming to Chicago are very slim. Joe Johnson is in his prime, and is 28 years of age. By the time a long-term contract would end, yes, he will probably be a little out of his prime. But someone with his shooting ability will be a valuable asset until his career ends.

Joe Johnson is likely frustrated with the under whelming playoff performances that Atlanta put on. And just like everyone else, Johnson will be eager to see what is out there for him. If the Bulls reach out to Johnson immediately, he will likely be very receptive. A backcourt of Rose and Johnson would likely be the best in the entire league. It is up to Chicago to make it happen.

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Noah leaves Cleveland media hanging

Posted by GameSetMatch on 19th April 2010

A day after making derogatory comments about the city of Cleveland, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah did not address reporters following a morning shootaround in advance of Monday night’s Game 2 against the Cavaliers.

Noah told reporters on Sunday that he was not enjoying his time in Cleveland. When asked by a reporter whether the boos he endured during a 96-83 Game 1 loss on Saturday bothered him, he responded: “What? That Cleveland sucks?”

On Monday, a large horde of reporters waited for Noah off to the side of the Quicken Loans Arena court. After initially appearing to walk toward the group, Noah was escorted to the visitor’s tunnel by a Bulls spokesperson. It was believed that he had to tape a segment for the TNT telecast and would be back out in 10 minutes.

But soon after another Bulls spokesperson came out and said Noah would not be address the media. Several Cleveland media members expressed displeasure.

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Bulls keep up the fight

Posted by GameSetMatch on 14th April 2010

After six months and 81 games, this roller coaster of a season for the Bulls comes down to the regular- season finale tonight in Charlotte.

A win will send them to the playoffs for the second consecutive year and the fifth time in six years. A loss could send them into the offseason.

The Bulls set up the drama with an impressive finish in a 101-93 victory Tuesday over the Boston Celtics at the United Center.

Derrick Rose led the way with a career-high 39 points on 15-for-22 shooting, and Kirk Hinrich added a season-high 30 points on 11-for-20 shooting, including 4-for-7 from three-point range.

”Derrick just kept attacking, and Kirk hit some big shots down the stretch,” coach Vinny Del Negro said. ”[Hinrich] stepped up big for us, and our energy was fantastic. Everyone contributed.”

Click here to read the full article – By JOHN JACKSON of Chicago Sun-Times



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Del Negro: Report on his fate untrue

Posted by GameSetMatch on 29th December 2009

Chicago Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said an ESPN.com report that a decision to fire him already has been made is “totally not accurate.”

Citing sources with knowledge of the Bulls’ thinking, Chris Broussard of ESPN The Magazine reported on Sunday night that a decision has been made and the Bulls are just waiting to find Del Negro’s replacement.

The coach said he and Bulls management are on the same page, and Del Negro told reporters to ask vice president of basketball operations John Paxson or general manager Gar Forman about the situation. Forman declined to speak to reporters after practice Monday.

Phone messages left for Paxson and Forman were not returned on Sunday, but in text messages to ESPN The Magazine on Sunday night, Paxson neither confirmed nor denied the report.

“It’s just funny to me,” Del Negro said. “There’s really nothing to say. You have all these people that have rumors, and everyone has their sources. It’s just not accurate.


Click here to read the full article – By Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com



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Bulls need quick turnaround with familiar rivals on schedule

Posted by GameSetMatch on 30th November 2009

History has shown that it’s never too late for the Bulls to turn things around.

In 2004-05, they started 2-13 and recovered to win 47 games. Last year, they won 12 of their last 16 to finish with a .500 record.

So to call the coming week a critical stretch for the Bulls would be an overstatement. But it would help if they could end a run of four straight lopsided losses before the team’s chemistry and confidence suffer lasting harm.


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Good start on Western road trip for Bulls

Posted by GameSetMatch on 19th November 2009

Bigger challenges await them down the road, but the Bulls began their five-game Western trip with an impressive and mostly comfortable — save for a few minutes in the fourth quarter — 101-87 victory over the Sacramento Kings late Tuesday.


“That fourth quarter wasn’t real pretty, but fortunately we got some stops when we needed to and came out with the victory,” Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said. “A good start to a long trip.”

This was the first meeting of the teams since that big trade last February, so it was only fitting that guard John Salmons, the key to the deal from the Bulls’ perspective, busted out of his recent shooting funk to led the team with 23 points on 9-for-18 shooting.


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Bulls use balanced attack to stop Spurs

Posted by GameSetMatch on 30th October 2009

Luol Deng scored 17 points and added nine rebounds as the Chicago Bulls used a balanced scoring attack to beat the San Antonio Spurs 92-85 in their season-opening game on Thursday.

Derrick Rose finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Bulls, who lost to the Boston Celtics in a hard-fought seven-game first round playoff series last year.

Tyrus Thomas also scored 13 points, while Kirk Hinrich added 14 points off the bench. Joakim Noah had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls.

Tim Duncan scored a game-high 28 points and 16 rebounds for the Spurs who had only one other player in double figures. Manu Ginobili scored 12 points and had six rebounds for San Antonio, who opened the season Wednesday with a victory over New Orleans.


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Restless Derrick Rose ready for Act 2 with Bulls

Posted by GameSetMatch on 23rd October 2009

Whether he was shooting a video game commercial with Kobe Bryant or coaching teens in China with Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose had no trouble finding things to do during the offseason.

He wound up with some unwelcome downtime the past few weeks. The reigning Rookie of the Year for the Chicago Bulls was sidelined most of the preseason by an inflamed tendon behind his right ankle.

So as the curtain rises on the second act of a promising NBA career, Rose is just a little restless.

“It’s hard knowing that I want to play against some of the good players that are out there, be with my team,” Rose said. “We’ve got so many new players on the team. They’re young. They’re still trying to learn. We just need to hurry up and jell quick because we can make it far in the season.”

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