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Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose Feel Chemistry Improving

Jan 30, 2016 4:37 PM

Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose are beginning to co-exist with more harmony.

Butler and Rose talked about discussing their dynamic before the start of their road trip.

"We were laughing about it, saying the more games we get under our belt, the more comfortable we're going to be," Butler said. "I love playing with him. He's super aggressive. He's taking great shots. That's what we need. As long as I follow his lead on that style of play, we're going to be really good."

Butler and Rose have only played 92 regular season games together since Butler became a full time starter.

"It's always going to improve," Rose said of their chemistry. "This is new for me as it's new for him, playing with an elite guard. We're very young. The way that he has been playing is great. Like I always say, I want him to shoot more. But I just love his shot selection. And the way he's driving to the lane, getting fouled, it helps our team all the way around."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, NBA

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Bulls More Interested In Re-Signing Pau Gasol Than Trading Him

Jan 28, 2016 12:30 PM

The Chicago Bulls have more interest in re-signing Pau Gasol in the offseason than they do trading him away before the deadline.

Gasol is in the final season of a two-year deal.

Gasol has been very productive since leaving the Los Angeles Lakers for the Bulls in 2014.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nikola Mirotic Out At Least Three Weeks With Appendectomy

Jan 27, 2016 7:50 PM

Nikola Mirotic will miss at least three weeks after having an appendectomy on Wednesday, the team announced. 

Mirotic was diagnosed with an acute appendicitis and had surgery at Rush University Medical Center.

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Tags: Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

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RealGM Radio: Sean Highkin On The Bulls

Jan 27, 2016 4:18 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Sean Highkin, Bulls reporter for Bleacher Report and writer for NBA’s ProBasketballTalk (@highkin) discuss the Bulls and the league at large, including: the impact of Joakim Noah’s Injury and Chicago’s cap situation (0:50), Derrick Rose’s place on the team (11:07), differences between Fred Hoiberg and Tom Thibodeau (15:07), whether the Bulls are already Jimmy Butler’s team (21:45), Bobby Portis (30:12), Chicago and Taj Gibson agreeing to a renegotiation and extension (33:42), Chicago’s place in the Eastern Conference (41:01), the trade deadline and 2016 free agency (45:45), All-Star Weekend (56:35) and comparing different media experiences (1:11:25).

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Mike Dunleavy Jr. Targeting February Return

Jan 25, 2016 1:55 PM

Mike Dunleavy Jr. is targeting a February return from his offseason back surgery.

Dunleavy will be paced through a controlled scrimmage with contact on Tuesday and will also travel with the team on their seven-game trip.

Dunleavy said his back feels "great."

This is roughly the same point in late November he reached before suffering a setback in his recovery. But Dunleavy said he's more confident this time.

"It's mostly conditioning, rhythm, timing," Dunleavy said. "I haven't played in a game since May. Overall, I feel really good."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Mike Dunleavy, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

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Nikola Mirotic Admits Confidence Down

Jan 22, 2016 11:13 AM

Nikola Mirotic admitted his confidence is down this season.

"I had that experience a lot before and the only way to get it back is to work hard," he said. "And stay positive. I need to stay positive. I need to forget what happened yesterday, what happened last week. So (Friday) is another chance in Boston. I know I need to be strong."

Mirotic set the bar high for himself by averaging 20.8 points in March last season as a rookie with the Chicago Bulls.

"Today, I'm not scoring easy baskets. I'm not running like before," he said. "I'm not making those open 3s. I'm not doing things in the low post. But if I can do it last year in March, I can do it this year, too. It's a little bit confidence, a little bit more working out, and I think it will come soon."


Mike McGraw/Daily Herald

Tags: Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls, NBA

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Derrick Rose: I Love The Way I'm Playing Right Now

Jan 21, 2016 12:30 PM

Derrick Rose said he didn't struggle with his confidence during the first of the season while adjusting to Fred Hoiberg.

"It wasn't hard to keep my confidence," said Rose on SportsTalk Live Wednesday at the United Center. "It was just hard to stay focused on my goals."

Rose has only missed six games so far this season.

"This year, I was just trying to play as many consistent games as possible," said Rose. "Next year I want to throw in my individual goals. I love the way I'm playing right now.

"As far as the team, I love the team that I'm on. We're missing Joakim (Noah), but I love where I'm at right now. I'm at peace with myself."

Rose has a PER of just 11.7 this season, but 20.4 in his last five games and 17.9 in his last 10 games.

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Joakim Noah Out 4-6 Months With Shoulder Surgery

Jan 17, 2016 2:27 AM

Joakim noah will undergo surgery on his left shoulder and miss the next four to six months.

The Chicago Bulls said in a news release that the shoulder dislocation was "reduced in the training room" Friday night and was evaluated at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago, where it was determined that he will undergo surgery to stabilize his left shoulder.

Noah may have played his final game with the Bulls as he will become a free agent in the offseason.

The Bulls figure to give more minutes to Bobby Portis in Noah's absence.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Tags: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

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Joakim Noah Suffers Disclocated Shoulder

Jan 16, 2016 12:06 PM

Joakim Noah suffered a dislocated shoulder during the Chicago Bulls' 83-77 loss on Friday.

Noah immediately grabbed his shoulder and screamed as it appeared to pop out of place. 

Noah initially injured the shoulder during a Dec. 21 loss to the Brooklyn Nets and missed almost a month of action. An MRI showed a small tear in the shoulder, but Fred Hoiberg said several weeks later that he was confident that surgery would not be needed.

"He's down as he should be," Jimmy Butler said. "This is the game he loves. He wants to play for this team. Just being out with the same injury, something like that, I don't know what it is, but I know that he wants to be out there with us."

While the Bulls aren't sure what Saturday's MRI will show, Bulls players seemed to fear the worst.

"Anything can happen up here, man," Derrick Rose said. "We're saying that now this year. That's something that we never would have thought would have happened. But he's a big piece to our team. He is going to miss a little while now if it is dislocated. We just got to find a way to just grind games out. If we're up throughout the game we got to find ways to maintain the lead and play that way."

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Tags: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

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Joakim Noah Unhappy With His Current Place With Bulls

Jan 13, 2016 10:57 AM

Joakim Noah remains unhappy with his standing with the Chicago Bulls.

Noah reportedly "still hasn't moved past losing his starting job" late in training camp, according to a source.

The source added Noah “hasn’t been a distraction by any means, but isn’t the biggest [Fred] Hoiberg fan these days.’’

As far as Hoiberg was concerned, Noah’s been very accepting of his new role.

Noah will be a free agent this offseason.

Joe Crowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Derrick Rose Leaves Game With Left Patellar Tendonitis
Derrick Rose tore the ACL in his left knee in April 2012.

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Derrick Rose Still Wants To Spend Entire Career With Bulls
Derrick Rose will be a free agent in 2017 but he is emphatic about wanting to remain with the Bulls.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Derrick Rose's MRI On Right Knee Comes Back Negative
Derrick Rose practiced with the Bulls on Monday and is day-to-day.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Derrick Rose To Undergo MRI On Sore Right Knee
Derrick Rose acknowledged there is 'a little bit' of pain in the knee.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Bulls Assign Cristiano Felicio To D-League
Cristiano Felicio has appeared in two games for the Bulls this season.

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Derrick Rose 'Getting Close' To Dunking In Games
Derrick Rose converted a pass from Nikola Mirotic in Friday's game that was initially ruled a dunk, which would have been his first of the season.

Teddy Greenstein/Chicago Tribune

Bulls Open To Trading Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson For Wing
The Bulls have been without Mike Dunleavy Jr. all season, while Jimmy Butler has struggled somewhat under Fred Hoiberg.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Pro Basketball Talk)

Joakim Noah Out 2-4 Weeks With Slight Tear In Shoulder
Joakim Noah is averaging 4.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.1 blocks in 22.3 minutes per game this season.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Gar Forman: Changing Coaches Not About Boosting Bulls' Offense
The Bulls haven't performed as well on offense as expected after replacing Tom Thibodeau with Fred Hoiberg.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Derrick Rose Dunk At Shootaround Treated Like Event By Teammates
The dunk was a signal that Derrick Rose was ready to play like his old self.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Jimmy Butler: Fred Hoiberg Needs To Coach Bulls 'A Lot Harder'
The Bulls have struggled to adjust to Fred Hoiberg's style so far this season after five years under Tom Thibodeau.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Bulls Remain Optimistic Mike Dunleavy Jr. Will Return This Season
Mike Dunleavy Jr. was expected to miss eight to 10 weeks following back surgery in late September but he experienced a setback.

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Pau Gasol: I Would Hate For Us To Throw Away Something Special
The Chicago Bulls ended their three-game losing streak with a win over the Clippers.

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Derrick Rose Plays Without Mask For First Time After Forgetting It At Halftime
Derrick Rose said he was cleared a few days ago to play without the mask but decided to keep wearing it.

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Fred Hoiberg Planning Lineup Changes For Bulls
Taj Gibson worked with the starters at the morning shootaround and Nikola Mirotic worked with the reserves.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Calipari: Derrick Rose Doesn't Have High Pain Threshold
John Calipari discussed the injury history of Derrick Rose during a radio interview on Wednesday.

Chicago Tribune

Bulls Have Fallen From 11th To 26th In Offensive Efficiency
After 10 games under Fred Hoiberg, the Bulls rank 26th in the NBA in offensive efficiency with 100.8 points per 100 possessions.

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Barack Obama Has Fantasized About Being NBA GM
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.

Bill Simmons/GQ

Derrick Rose Could Have Blurred Vision For Several More Months
Derrick Rose says he is feeling more comfortable on the floor as he continues to recover from a left orbital fracture.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Michael Reinsdorf: Players Ecstatic About Atmosphere Under Fred Hoiberg
The Bulls made a coaching change in the offseason, replacing Tom Thibodeau with Fred Hoiberg, because the franchise thought there was a toxic work environment.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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