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Bulls Have Fallen From 11th To 26th In Offensive Efficiency

Nov 17, 2015 1:45 PM

After 10 games under Fred Hoiberg, the Chicago Bulls rank 26th in the NBA in offensive efficiency with 100.8 points per 100 possessions.

The Bulls ranked 11th in offense last season under Tom Thibodeau with 107.5 points per 100 possessions.

Hoiberg was hired by the Bulls to create a more harmonious work environment, but also for his free-flowing offense.

On defense, the Bulls rank fifth this season with 98.9 points per 100 possessions, an improvement of 11th last season at 104.3 points per 100 possessions under Thibodeau.

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Barack Obama Has Fantasized About Being NBA GM

Nov 17, 2015 12:11 PM

The presidency of Barack Obama is entering the final year and he was asked if he would have interest in being part of an ownership group of an NBA team.

"Absolutely," said Obama.

Obama closely follows the NBA and is a fan of the Chicago Bulls.

"Well, you know, I know [Jerry] Reinsdorf pretty good—he’s not giving that thing up anytime soon. But I have fantasized about being able to put together a team and how much fun that would be. I think it’d be terrific."

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Derrick Rose Could Have Blurred Vision For Several More Months

Nov 16, 2015 1:56 PM

Derrick Rose could have blurred vision for a few more months.

Rose says he is feeling more comfortable on the floor as he continues to recover from a left orbital fracture.

Rose admitted there have been problems with double vision since having surgery Sept. 30.

"[The doctors] said it could be as long as three months," Fred Hoiberg said. "But [the vision] has continued to improve, and that's obviously a positive."

Rose has struggled this season.

"This is my first time hearing about it," Rose said of the possible three-month timeline. "But you kind of have that hope in your mind that it gets well a lot quicker. But for this to be seven or eight [weeks] out and still the same way, I can't do nothing but live with it. Get the most out of every day, keep putting my deposits in and keep working on my game until my eye gets better.

"But I'm loving the way that I'm working out, I'm loving the way that we're playing. We're winning games, so that's the only thing that I'm worried about. Everything else will come."

Nick Friedell/ESPN

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Michael Reinsdorf: Players Ecstatic About Atmosphere Under Fred Hoiberg

Nov 12, 2015 9:49 PM

The Chicago Bulls made a coaching change in the offseason, replacing Tom Thibodeau with Fred Hoiberg, because the franchise thought there was a toxic work environment.

"Fred has done a great job," Bulls president and chief operating officer Michael Reinsdorf said. "It's a process. I didn't expect we'd come out and win every game. Derrick (Rose) missed all of training camp (and) he's just rounding into shape — he still has vision problems.

"I can just tell you this: I talk to the players and they are ecstatic about the atmosphere and structure that is at the Advocate Center and on the court. Fred connects with the players. He connects with everyone he talks to because of his experiences as a player, executive and coach at the college level."

The Bulls are 5-3 to begin the season.

"It would be a mistake for anyone to judge what this team can do based on Nov. 11," Reinsdorf said. "Fred still doesn't know what the perfect combinations are. What I really like about his coaching so far is there have been a couple of games when he made adjustments maybe he hadn't planned on. But once he saw how the game was flowing, he made changes.

"Sometimes when a player isn't playing well, you kind of know it and it's an opportunity for someone else. But the great thing about Fred is it starts over after the game. Fred gives you another opportunity.

"I'm real excited he's playing 10 players right now and getting a feel for different combinations. Personally I don't know what's going to happen in a couple of months, but he's doing the right thing now — learn as much as you can about this team."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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Bulls To Own D-League Team In Chicago Suburbs

Nov 11, 2015 4:40 PM

The NBA Development League and the Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has been granted the right to own and operate an NBA D-League club that will begin play in the 2016-17 season.

The new team, which will play its home games at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., will be the NBA D-League’s record 22nd franchise, while the Bulls become the 13th NBA team to fully own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate. BMO Harris Bank will serve as the presenting partner of the new NBA D-League team.

“It’s an exciting time for the NBA D-League as we announce the league’s record 22nd team,” said Malcolm Turner, NBA D-League President. “The NBA D-League is experiencing an exciting period of tremendous growth as we answer the growing development needs of NBA teams. I couldn’t be prouder to welcome the Bulls into the NBA D-League family of owners and look forward to sitting alongside the great basketball fans in Illinois to watch this new team compete at the Sears Centre Arena next season.”

“Establishing an expansion NBA Development League franchise is a significant step forward for the organization,” said Michael Reinsdorf, President and COO of the Chicago Bulls. “We continuously look for opportunities to promote the game of basketball, extend the reach of the Bulls brand and deepen our integration with our surrounding communities. There are so many great Chicago Bulls fans in the area, and we look forward to engaging in new ways with families, schools, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the Northwest Suburbs.”

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Gasol Brothers, Jabari Parker Leave Wasserman Media Group

Nov 6, 2015 3:19 PM

There have been a number of departures from Wasserman Media Group following Arn Tellem's decision to take a job with the Detroit Pistons.

Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol and Jabari Parker have now left WMG.

Al Horford and Danilo Gallinari previously left the agency as well.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

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Bulls Exercise 16-17 Options On Tony Snell, Doug McDermott

Oct 30, 2015 7:40 PM

The Chicago Bulls have exercised the 16-17 options for Tony Snell and Doug McDermott.

Snell's option is for his fourth season and McDermott's is for his third season.

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Joakim Noah: I Never Said I Want To Come Off Bench

Oct 30, 2015 3:13 PM

Joakim Noah is accepting a role coming off the bench for the Chicago Bulls, but he said that he didn't ask for it.

“I never said I want to come off the bench,” Noah said following Friday’s morning shootaround. “I said I’ll do what’s best for the team.” 

Fred Hoiberg told Zach Lowe that Noah approached him about coming off the bench.

“He said, basically, ‘I’ve always played well with Taj,’” Hoiberg said to “He said he thought Niko (Mirotic) and Pau (Gasol) played very well together, so let’s go that route.” 


Noah is in a contract season.

“The truth is I think I’m more effective playing (center) than (power forward). And I think Pau is the same,” Noah said. “And we have two very good (power forwards). So this makes more sense.”


K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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Joakim Noah Started Conversation On Coming Off Bench

Oct 29, 2015 1:40 PM

Joakim Noah initiated the conversation with Fred Hoiberg that led to him coming off the bench in the final season of his contract with the Chicago Bulls.

"Jo actually came to me and talked to me about that," said Hoiberg. "He said, basically, 'I’ve always played well with Taj.' He said he thought Niko and Pau played very well together, so let’s go that route. It was actually Jo that started the whole conversation. He came to me. That says a lot about him."

Hoiberg was asked if was leaning toward starting Nikola Mirotic and Pau Gasol while Noah and Taj Gibson come off the bench.

I had thought a lot about a lot of different lineups. I hadn’t come to any type of conclusion. But it was great of Jo to just come and have that conversation."

Zach Lowe/Grantland

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Derrick Rose Playing With Functionality In Just One Eye

Oct 28, 2015 10:54 AM

Derrick Rose is dealing with blurred vision as he continues his recovery from a fractured left orbital bone.

Rose hasn't been able to simply blink the eye back into focus.

"I wish it was a blink, but it's all the time," said Rose, who played 32 minutes and scored 18 points. "Like right now, I see two of you."

Rose had surgery Sept. 30 and has been wearing a protective mask the past few weeks.

Rose said he was keeping only his right eye open when on the court. But photos of game action show both eyes clearly open, with Rose's left eye lid slightly swollen.

"When I'm out there playing, I'm only using one of my eyes," Rose said. "I close my left eye whenever I'm out there. So I just got used to it from practice."

Nick Friedell/ESPN

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Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential
The Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

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Bulls Waive Jordan Crawford, Marcus Simmons
Jordan Crawford averaged 3.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 7.2 minutes over five preseason games.

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Joakim Noah Likely To Start Season Coming Off Bench
The Bulls are leaning towards starting Nikola Mirotic and Pau Gasol with Joakim Noah coming off the bench.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Derrick Rose Rejoins Bulls, Not Cleared Yet For Activity
The Bulls have yet to rule Derrick Rose out for the Oct. 27 regular season opener against the Cavaliers.

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Bulls Sign Stefhon Hannah
Stefhon Hannah spent last season with both the Grand Rapids Drive and the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.

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Derrick Rose Undergoes Surgery, Will Return In Two Weeks
Derrick Rose will be able to resume basketball activities in two weeks.

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Derrick Rose Suffers Left Orbital Fracture
Derrick Rose will undergo surgery after being struck with an elbow in the face.

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Derrick Rose Looking Ahead To Free Agency In 2017
Derrick Rose believes his future will still be with the Bulls, but wants to keep the possibilities open.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Mike Dunleavy Jr. Out 8-10 Weeks With Back Surgery
The Bulls re-signed Dunleavy during free agency after he resisted strong overtures from the Cavaliers.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

76ers Pursued Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard In Restricted Free Agency
The 76ers almost entirely sat out free agency, not even pursuing younger players on cheap contracts.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Jordan Crawford Signs Camp Deal With Bulls
Jordan Crawford played in the Summer League with the Mavericks.

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Taj Gibson On Schedule Returning From Ankle Surgery
Taj Gibson said he is running and cutting and mostly performing one-on-one basketball drills.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Woman Files Lawsuit Against Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose's lawyer acknowledged that Rose and the woman were in a consensual, nonexclusive relationship.


Toni Kukoc Joins Bulls As Special Advisor
Toni Kukoc won three titles with the Bulls during his seven seasons with the franchise.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Jimmy Butler Believes His Position Is Point Guard
Jimmy Butler is working on his ball handling and believes he could play more point guard next season.

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Derrick Rose Considering Skipping Team USA Minicamp
Derrick Rose helped the United States win the World Championship in 2010 and 2014.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Bulls Sign Cristiano Felicio To Camp Deal
Cristiano Felicio played with C.R. Flamengo of the NBB (Novo Basquete Brasil) last season and is currently playing on Chicagoís 2015 Las Vegas Summer League team.

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Aaron Brooks, Bulls Agree Upon One-Year Deal
Aaron Brooks signed with Chicago last offseason after finishing 13-14 with the Nuggets.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Jimmy Butler, Bulls Finalize $95M, Five-Year Deal
The deal will include a player option for Jimmy Butler after the fourth year.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Mike Dunleavy Agrees Upon Three-Year, $14.4M Deal With Bulls
Mike Dunleavy also drew interest from the Cavaliers and Wizards.

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