May 25, 2012 10:32 AM EDT
A record 24 teams will compete at the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. From July 13-22, 23 NBA teams, including 11 that participated in the NBA Playoffs, as well as a team of NBA D-League Select players will compete in Las Vegas.
The 2012 competition will mark the eighth summer that the league has been held in Las Vegas since its inception in 2004. Each of the participating teams will play five game each for a total of 60 contests over the course of the event’s ten days.
The 2012 field for NBA Summer League (years participated) will be the following:
Atlanta Hawks (2010)*
Boston Celtics (2004-07)*
Charlotte Bobcats (2008)
Chicago Bulls (2005, 2009-10)*
Cleveland Cavaliers (2004-10)
Dallas Mavericks (2005-10)*
Denver Nuggets (2004-10)*
D-League Select (2009-10)
Golden State Warriors (2005-10)
Houston Rockets (2006-10)
L.A. Clippers (2005-10)*
L.A. Lakers (2007-10)*
Memphis Grizzlies (2007-10)*
Miami Heat (2010)*
Milwaukee Bucks (2007-10)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2006-10)
New Orleans Hornets (2005-10)
New York Knicks (2005-10)*
Phoenix Suns (2004-10)
Portland Trail Blazers (2005-10)
Sacramento Kings (2005-10)
San Antonio Spurs (2007-10)*
Toronto Raptors (2008-10)
Washington Wizards (2004-10)
*Indicates 2011-12 NBA Playoff team.
May 24, 2012 2:52 PM EDT
The Bulls were tied with the Spurs for the best regular season record in 11-12 with a mark of 50-16.
Chicago didn't have a single All-NBA representative, as Derrick Rose received 44 points in his injury-shortened season.
The 88-89 Pistons were the last team to have the best regular season record without an All-NBA representative.
May 23, 2012 1:56 PM EDT
LeBron James headlines the NBA All-Defensive First Team, receiving 53 points.
Joining him on the First Team are Serge Ibaka, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Tony Allen.
On the Second Team is Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler, Kevin Garnett, Luol Deng, Rajon Rondo and Kobe Bryant.
Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia, 19 (4); Joakim Noah, Chicago, 14; Iman Shumpert, New York, 13 (4); Paul George, Indiana, 10 (2); Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 9 (2); Josh Smith, Atlanta, 8 (2); Dwyane Wade, Miami, 5 (1); Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City, 5 (1); Grant Hill, Phoenix, 5 (1); Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 5 (1); Avery Bradley, Boston, 3 (1); Marc Gasol, Memphis, 3 (1); Metta World Peace, L.A. Lakers, 3; Shawn Marion, Dallas, 3; Joe Johnson, Atlanta, 2, (1); Mike Conley, Memphis, 2; Derrick Rose, Chicago, 1; Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia, 1; Carlos Boozer, Chicago, 1; Luc Mbah a Moute, Milwaukee, 1.
May 23, 2012 10:48 AM EDT
Luol Deng plans on playing for his native Britain at the London Olympics, despite having torn ligaments in his left wrist.
“I’m looking forward to playing in the Olympics," Deng said. "I’m so excited to take part in this competition; I’ve been dreaming about it since I was a young kid.”
Deng tore the ligament in his wrist in January and decided to play in pain rather than undergo surgery.
"It’s the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my career so far. It’s been hard, but I’m proud to have pushed my limits," Deng said.
Deng hasn’t decided whether to undergo surgery after the Olympics.
“I still don’t know if I’ll need a surgery. It will depend on how my wrist feels in the next few weeks. But right now, my mind is only focused on the Olympics,” Deng said.
May 19, 2012 11:56 AM EDT
Brian Scalabrine is covering Boston's playoff run for Comcast in New England now that the Bulls have been eliminated.
But Scalabrine would prefer a second career as a coach instead of in the media.
“What I’ve realized as I’ve got older is that coaches have a lot of control over what goes on, but it’s hard,” he said. “In the NBA, sometimes you get dealt a bad hand or you’ve got a team that turns on you.
“That didn’t seem like a life that I wanted to live or a road that I wanted to go down. But with talking to our coaches (with the Bulls) and even with Doc (Rivers), it’s more about the relationships you build. Doc’s relationship with Kevin (Garnett) and (Rajon) Rondo and even me, who never really played much — those are bonds. I still have a bond with Doc. I think that’s the thing that’s kind of pulling me back toward (NBA coaching). It’s that camaraderie that you get with a team in basketball.”
Scalabrine has also considered coaching college basketball.
“You know, I really like college. I really do. But it didn’t seem that nowadays players are leaving the NBA and getting hired by colleges. Then again, Fred Hoiberg is doing really well at Iowa State, and colleges are starting now to try to run more NBA-type sets.
“So it used to be that the college game was far different from the NBA style, but now it’s starting to get more mixed together.”
May 17, 2012 1:30 PM EDT
C.J. Watson has undergone surgery on both feet for plantar fasciitis.
"It was hard," Watson said of playing through the condition. "I couldn't do all the things that I'm usually capable of doing. But I knew with Derrick (Rose) out, I had to give the team what I could."
Watson underwent the same procedure last summer.
May 15, 2012 11:18 PM EDT
Bulls team surgeon Dr. Brian Cole provided an assessment of Derrick Rose's recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
"While he will hopefully be at a very high level in 12 months, it still may take slightly longer to be at his pre-injury level," Cole said. "That's not uncommon in athletes of this caliber."
"Lots of athletes come back and play at a high level but not necessarily initially at the level they were pre-injury. Some get it at six months. Some get it at eight. It might take three years. It depends on the muscle physiology, confidence issues. All that plays a part."
Cole won't recommend that Rose sit out the entire 2012-13 season.
"There's actually a lot of therapeutic benefit to starting with early minutes when it's safe," Cole said. "You have to play to play. All these muscle patterns have to kick in. You can do that off the court informally. But there's a lot of benefit to playing. Whether he has to go 40 minutes, that's a whole different story. Just getting out there and playing when he's able, that's when his exponential growth is going to come.
"The good news is he's an incredible athlete. The other good news is he's an unbelievably hard worker who wants this more than anything. We're not going to rush him. The most important thing is all of us feel comfortable based on specific parameters that he's ready to go as we advance him. If he's not ready, we just delay. If he's ready, we move him to the next stage."
May 15, 2012 7:26 PM EDT
The Bulls will pick up their option on Tom Thibodeau's contract for the 12-13 NBA season.
The two sides will also begin extension discussions this summer.
"Obviously, we value Tom greatly," GM Gar Forman said. "We value what he brings to the organization and what he brings to the team and think he's one of the finest coaches in the league and we're hopeful he'll be our coach long-term.
Thibodeau said an extension is not foremost on his mind.
"I'm not worried about that," he said. "Those things take care of themselves."
May 12, 2012 6:19 PM EDT
Derrick Rose underwent successful surgery on his left anterior cruciate ligament on Saturday.
Rose is expected to miss nine months.
Rose sustained the injury in Game 1 of Chicago's first round series against Philadelphia.
May 12, 2012 11:10 AM EDT
The Bulls' players are hoping the front office keeps the team together as it is currently constructed.
Chicago was eliminated from the first round of the playoffs following injuries to Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.
"The unfortunate part of this year is we didn't measure up against the teams we wanted to measure up against," Noah said. "But I personally believe this group can compete against anybody and beat anybody.
"We had tough breaks throughout the year. That's unfortunate but it's part of the game. You learn from being injured and the hard times. That will make the good times even better.
"As a player, you can only control what you can control. We just lost. I think it's important for everybody to regroup mentally and make another run at it. Because you know what? Derrick (Rose) is going to come back.
"It's adversity. But it's just another challenge for us, like (Tom Thibodeau) always says. We are very privileged people doing what we love to do. Let's get better this summer, come back hungrier than ever and make a run."
Chicago owns team options on C.J. Watson, Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver.
Omer Asik is a restricted free agent, but the Bulls intend to match any offer he receives.
Boozer said he wanted to "come back a better player, all around, inside and out, defensively, offensively, a better leader."
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May 11, 2012 | Chicago Tribune
Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer want to keep the Bulls intact despite a disappointing finish to the regular season and a six-game loss to Philadelphia.
Luol Deng insists he will participate in the Olympics for Britain despite a wrist injury that may need surgery.
Taj Gibson promises to be available for Game 6 at Philadelphia on Thursday, but Joakim Noah remains doubtful.
Joakim Noah walked to the Bulls' locker room on Tuesday without wearing a brace, though he did have a slight limp.
May 07, 2012 | Chicago Tribune
Joakim Noah is out for Game 5 of the playoffs against the Sixers.
John Paxson will undergo a long-planned procedure to address an arrhythmia issue.
May 06, 2012 | Chicago Tribune
Joakim Noah has been ruled out for Game 4 against the Sixers due to a sprained ankle.
Joakim Noah left the arena on crutches and in an air cast.
Luol Deng hopes to play in the 2012 Olympics for Great Britain.
The Bulls will lean on C.J. Watson to play the majority of point guard minutes with Derrick Rose injured for the remainder of the season.
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