Dec 18, 2014 11:13 PM EST
Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 35 points in the Chicago Bulls' 103-97 win on Thursday over the New York Knicks.
"Thank god for Jimmy Butler," said Tom Thibodeau. "Big shots, plays defense, gets to line, makes plays, plays unselfishly and hard. Doesn’t take plays off."
Butler is averaging 20.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in what has become a breakout season.
"He’s playing as well as anyone in the league," said Kirk Hinrich. "He’s been huge for us all year. Don’t know what we’d do without Jimmy."
Dec 18, 2014 12:24 PM EST
Carmelo Anthony isn't regretting his decision to re-sign with the New York Knicks instead of leaving for the Chicago Bulls.
Anthon chose to remain with the Knicks for five years and $124 million. Chicago only could offer four years at about $74 million, though had Anthony been able to get Knicks president Phil Jackson to do a sign-and-trade, he could have gotten significantly more.
“No, if I start doing that and saying, ‘What if?’ to myself, second-guessing and questioning myself, it won’t be right. For me, mentally, it won’t be right so I will not allow myself to sway towards asking myself ‘What if?’ with this situation or that situation,” Anthony said Wednesday.
“What’s done is done. I kind of don’t look at it, I kind of don’t think about it anymore,” Anthony said. “That’s in the past for me. … As far as now and thinking about that situation, it doesn’t even come close to me thinking about that.”
Anthony hopes the Knicks will be able to eventually get him more help.
“You think about that,” Anthony said of the not-yet-arrived help. “It’s only right that you think about that. I don’t try to put too much thought into what’s going to happen when we still have  games left this season. For me to start thinking ahead of what the possibility is this offseason or next season, I just can’t find myself thinking like that [now].
“You just got to believe. I have never been a quitter in my life or in my career. It is something that you got to believe in, that it will happen and have faith that it will happen and stay the course and just know that this is not the situation that I expected, that we expected. There’s nothing that we can do about it as far as what has happened already. We got to focus on tomorrow.”
Dec 13, 2014 11:30 PM EST
Doug McDermott will rehabilitate for six to eight weeks after he underwent surgery to repair a small meniscus tear in his right knee on Saturday.
The Bulls didn't release any official timetable for McDermott's return, and the rehab estimate is fluid based on how quickly McDermott can regain strength and conditioning.
McDermott left the procedure without crutches.
Dec 13, 2014 4:46 PM EST
Jimmy Butler credits the mentorship of Luol Deng for his development this season.
The Chicago Bulls traded Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers last season and Butler has since become Tom Thibodeau's most indispensible two-way player.
"It's crazy how everything works," Butler said. "Lu is the main one who always told me to be ready and keep working on my game and be confident. He told me I belonged here. Stuff like that goes a long way and that's stuff that everybody doesn't see and hear. Lu is a key part to me keeping my head into the game.
"He taught me a lot of the stuff I'm doing now. He always had confidence in me. I miss that guy."
Dec 12, 2014 11:09 PM EST
Doug McDermott will have an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee on Saturday, the Chicago Bulls announced on Friday.
The procedure will be performed by Chicago Bulls head team physician Dr. Brian Cole of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush.
A timetable for McDermott's return will be determined after the procedure.
Dec 03, 2014 9:44 PM EST
Carmelo Anthony privately made a decision to sign with the Chicago Bulls in the offseason before changing his mind to stay with the New York Knicks.
The Bulls could offer Anthony a four-year, $74 million contract unless they executed a sign-and-trade, while the Knicks signed him to a five-year, $124 million deal.
"It was one part of time where I was just like, 'Yo, I'm going,'" Anthony said in a documentary detailing his free agency that aired Tuesday night on MSG Network.
In the documentary, titled "Carmelo: Made in New York," Anthony talks in detail about how strongly he considered signing with the Bulls.
"It came down to Chicago and New York. Chicago was the one that, from day one, was something that I was very impressed with. They was looking for a person like me to come in and just take them to the next level," Anthony said. "So it was perfect. It was a perfect setup, perfect fit for me in Chicago. But then also I had to think about just living in Chicago. Do I want to live in Chicago? Do I want to take everything that I created in New York and move all of that? It came down to that."
Anthony took several days before reaching his decision.
"He goes to bed one night saying he wants to go to Chicago. He wakes up the next day saying New York. And then he's stuck again," said Bay Frazier, his longtime manager. "That's how he feels. He's so loyal to New York, he wants to stay and become a champion there, which would blow everyone away."
Dec 03, 2014 7:03 PM EST
Jimmy Butler and Stephen Curry have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for November.
Butler led Chicago and ranked ninth in the NBA scoring (21.9 ppg) as the Bulls posted an 11-6 mark, good for first place in the Central Division. He topped the 20-point mark 11 times,including two 30-point outings, raising his scoring average more than eight points from last season, when he averaged 13.1 points. Butler shot .498 from the field while posting seven games with double-figure free throw attemptsto rank fourth in the NBA in free throw attempts per game (8.8). Butler also led the NBA in minutes (39.3 mpg).
Other nominees for NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month were Atlanta’s Jeff Teague, Cleveland’s LeBron James, Houston’s James Harden, Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, Memphis’ Marc Gasol, Miami’s Chris Bosh, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, and Washington’s John Wall.
Nov 30, 2014 2:29 AM EST
Joakim Noah posted 15 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and six blocks in the Chicago Bulls' win over the Boston Celtics on Friday.
Noah is still regaining 100 percent form physically and is confident he will reach that point this season.
"There is no question in my mind — 100 percent — that I can get to where I want to be physically this season," Noah said. "I have to be positive. I know how far I've come just in the last month."
Noah acknowledged the seriousness of the May 2014 knee surgery, which the Bulls originally termed minor and needing an eight- to 12-week rehabilitation period. Both Noah and the Bulls acknowledged on the eve of training camp that a longer recovery period prohibited Noah from playing full court all offseason.
And Noah has remained on minutes restrictions all season.
"It was more than a scope," Noah said. "That's what it was supposed to be. So it definitely took longer than we expected. But it's nothing that I can't recover from and be back 100 percent and be right."
Nov 29, 2014 2:28 PM EST
Derrick Rose had 21 points and four rebounds in the Chicago Bulls' 109-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday.
"My confidence is through the roof, man," Rose said. "I don't need no more confidence, I just need to play. I know how good I am and I know how good I'm going to be. It's just that I just need to be out there playing."
Rose only played 10 minutes in the Bulls' loss on Tuesday to the Denver Nuggets.
The difference for Rose between Tuesday's game and Friday's was simple in Tom Thibodeau's eyes.
"He played," Thibodeau said.
"The thing for Derrick is he's got to keep building," Thibodeau said. "Honestly, I looked at the 10 minutes [in Denver] as a positive. Back-to-back [games], he's out there. I looked at the last two days, practicing and practicing hard, so he plays better. That's how he's going to shake the rust off. So I just want him to keep building. That's what I want him to do. He's got to be out there in order to do that."
Nov 26, 2014 11:30 AM EST
Derrick Rose was removed at halftime of the Chicago Bulls' game against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday because of left hamstring tightness.
"Just trying to be smart, back-to-back (games), fatigue, and didn't want to take any steps back," said Rose, who scored two points. "So, take these couple of days off, head to Boston."
Rose has missed four games with the hamstring injury this season.
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