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Thibodeau's Confidants Expect Him To Be Fired By Bulls In Offseason

Apr 24, 2015 6:45 PM

The front office of the Chicago Bulls have downplayed reports of a strained relationship they have with Tom Thibodeau.

But people close to Thibodeau expect him to be fired this offseason.

Thibodeau's propensity to give what some may believe to be excessive minutes to some of his players has been an issue with the front office.

Thibodeau also was not happy with the firing of Ron Adams, among other issues.

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Doug McDermott Denies Rumors Father Called Bulls Complaining About Minutes

Apr 24, 2015 4:15 PM

There was a rumor a month ago that Doug McDermott's father, Greg McDermott, called the front office of the Chicago Bulls to complain about his lack of playing time.

“Trust me, I heard it,’’ Doug McDermott said, acknowledging that it was bothersome.

“I actually talked to my dad right after someone brought that to my attention in the locker room,’’ he continued. “I called him up and I was just kind of laughing almost. He was like, ‘What are you laughing about?’ I said, ‘You hear this rumor going out that you called the front office and stuff?’ He started laughing.’’

Greg McDermott is head coach of Creighton.

“My dad would never do that,’’ Doug McDermott said. “He’s a coach, and he has to deal with parents all the time, calling him up all the time. Boosters, parents, calling all the time about playing time, everything. He would never do that. He has too much respect for the coaches here, [general manager] Gar [Forman] and Pax [VP of basketball operations John Paxson], all those guys. He would never do that.’’


McDermott has had a disappointing rookie season dealing with injuries and not featuring in Tom Thibodeau's rotation.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Doug McDermott, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nikola Mirotic Out For Game 3

Apr 22, 2015 2:49 PM

Nikola Mirotic will miss Game 3 against the Milwaukee Bucks due to a quad injury, the Chicago Bulls announced Wednesday.

Mirotic suffered the injury in the Bulls' Game 2 win on Monday.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

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Nikola Mirotic To Be Reevaluated Tuesday With Quad Strain

Apr 20, 2015 11:32 PM

Nikola Mirotic will be reevaluated on Tuesday after suffering a left quad strain, the Chicago Bulls announced Monday.

Mirotic suffered the injury in the Bulls' win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2.

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Derrick Rose On Playoff Return: It Felt Good

Apr 19, 2015 11:18 AM

Derrick Rose had 23 points and seven assists in his first playoff game in almost three years.

"It felt good," Rose said of his playoff return. "It felt normal. I'm grateful to be playing again, playing with my teammates that I have right now. They're allowing me to play the way that I normally play, and it's an honor, man. I'm really fortunate because I think anywhere else it wouldn't be the same, and they're giving me motivation. They're pushing me, and it feels good." 

Rose tore his ACL on April 28, 2012.

"I think it was special to all of us," Joakim Noah said. "Derrick played really well, and I could just tell before the game he was just -- it was like more for the love of the game, you know? It was just good to see him out there competing the way he was competing. It felt really good."

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Tags: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups

Apr 15, 2015 11:30 PM

The following are the matchups for the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Western Conference
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. San Antonio Spurs
4. Portland Trailblazers vs. 5. Memphis Grizzlies

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta Hawks vs. 8. Brooklyn Nets
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Boston Celtics
3. Chicago Bulls vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks
4. Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

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Derrick Rose Calls Recent Rehab 'Hell'

Apr 13, 2015 6:57 PM

Derrick Rose opened up about his most recent rehab getting back to game action.

"Hell," Rose said when asked what the last six weeks were like. "Because you got to do rehab over again. Waking up at 7:30 every day and being there two hours before practice, beating everybody to the training room when you arrive to a city. You have to do two or three workouts every day. So the game, that’s kind of easy. For sure it’s easy."


Rose made several big plays down the stretch of Saturday's victory.

"It just feels good being put in those situations again," he said. "It’s always a blessing when you come back to a team like this and they allow you to play the way that you play. I’m grateful for it. And I’m happy that I’m playing in the fourth quarter now."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

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Derrick Rose Expected To Play 20 Minutes On Wednesday

Apr 8, 2015 1:09 PM

Derrick Rose is expected to play in his first game since his Feb. 27 meniscectomy on his right knee on Wednesday against the Orlando Magic.

"It feels the same," Rose said Wednesday of being on the verge of playing again. "I've been putting a lot of work in, busting my ass to get back and I'm just happy that I'm able to come back to a team where I think we're playing all right basketball. I think defensively we're playing good, so offensively I shouldn't have to worry about it, just come back and play the way that I normally play."

Tom Thibodeau said at a shootaround Wednesday that Rose would play about 20 minutes in his first game back.

"Just him being on the floor is a plus for our team," Thibodeau said. "I'm not expecting him to play 35 minutes. I'm not expecting him to score 30 points. Just go out there, run the team, play to your strengths, cover up your weaknesses, make your teammates better. That's all I want him to do."

Nick Friedell/ESPN

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Derrick Rose 'Probably' Will Return This Week

Apr 5, 2015 10:55 PM

Derrick Rose said his return from a meniscectomy will "probably" be this week.

Rose, who has been out since having the procedure Feb. 27, had been noncommittal in regard to a return date until this point.


Gar Forman initially said after the surgery that Rose would be out four to six weeks.

Rose said that he and the Bulls were "taking it day by day, really day by day," in regard to this latest comeback.

"If anything, I'm just trying to get my mental [approach] together so when I come back it won't be like my previous times," Rose said. "I think I was away from the game too long [during] previous injuries, and with me missing five, six, seven weeks now, I think that my return is about to be [smoother]."


Lisa Salters/ESPN

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Jordan Clarkson, Nikola Mirotic Named Rookies Of The Month

Apr 3, 2015 8:14 PM

Jordan Clarkson and Nikola Mirotic have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for March.

Clarkson ranked third among rookies -- and first on the Lakers -- in scoring (15.8 ppg), second in assists (5.2 apg) and sixth in rebounding (4.8 rpg) in 16 starts. 

Mirotic led all rookies and the Bulls in scoring (20.8 ppg) for the month while ranking second among rookies in rebounding (7.6 rpg) and blocks (1.2 bpg). 

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Derrick Rose Returns To Full Contact Practice
Derrick Rose is on track for his four-to-six week recovery from a knee injury.

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Derrick Rose Close To Clearance For Contact, Confident Of Return This Season
Derrick Rose is doing everything with the Bulls except taking contact.

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Jimmy Butler Likely To Return On Monday
Jimmy Butler has missed the past 11 games due to a left elbow injury.

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Derrick Rose Participates In Non-Contact Portion Of Practice, Slightly Ahead Of Schedule
Tom Thibodeau said Derrick Rose is "maybe even slightly ahead" of his four to six week timeline that began on Feb. 27 when he had knee surgery.

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Derrick Rose Plans To Return This Season
Derrick Rose said he was upset at first, then relieved when he realized the injury wasn't as severe as his previous two.

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Warriors, Mavs, Raptors, Spurs, Heat, Bulls Interested In JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee and the Celtics were unable to close a deal on a contract on Thursday.

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Jimmy Butler Could Miss 3-4 Weeks With Elbow Sprain
Jimmy Butler could miss three to four weeks with his elbow sprain, but he won't need surgery.

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Jimmy Butler To Undergo MRI On Hyperextended Elbow
Jimmy Butler will undergo an MRI on his hyperextended left elbow on Monday.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Derrick Rose Confident He Will Play Again This Season
Derrick Rose was in good spirits and will begin his rehabilitation process.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Derrick Rose Undergoes Surgery, Expected Back In 4-6 Weeks
Derrick Rose is expected to return from his knee surgery in four to six weeks.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Derrick Rose To Undergo Meniscectomy On Right Knee
A timetable for when Derrick Rose will return will be determined following the procedure.

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Nate Robinson, Bulls Hold Exploratory Discussions
The Bulls have held exploratory conversations with Nate Robinson as a potential roster addition, league sources told RealGM.

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Westbrook Has 30.0+ PER In Four Of Seven Months Since Third Surgery
Russell Westbrook has inarguably been one of the NBA's best players since the third surgery from December of 2013.

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Derrick Rose To Undergo Knee Surgery To Repair Medial Meniscus Tear
Derrick Rose will undergo surgery after an MRI revealed medial meniscus tear in his right knee.

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Taj Gibson Playing Through Grade Two Ligament Tear In Hand
Taj Gibson suffered the hand injury on Jan. 19.

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Bulls, Clippers, Cavs Expected To Pursue Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins will be bought out by the Jazz.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Ronnie Brewer, Bulls Maintaining Contact
The Bulls have maintained contact with Ronnie Brewer throughout the season as a potential signing, league sources told RealGM.

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Thunder, Kings, Bulls, Clippers Interested In Arron Afflalo
The Nuggets are making Arron Afflalo available in trade talks, though serious discussions have yet to take place at this point.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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Butler, Lowry, Wall, Knight, MCW, I. Thomas To Participate In Skills Challenge
Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry are each first-time All-Stars.

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