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Bulls Players Hold Two-Hour Players-Only Meeting

Dec 9, 2018 10:25 PM

Chicago Bulls players held a players-only meeting in response Jim Boylen's "shock-and-awe" coaching approach that culminated with a historic 56-point loss against the Boston Celtics. Boylen benched his starters on two separate occasions in the loss. 

Zach LaVine and Justin Holiday arranged the two-hour meeting in lieu of a Sunday practice scheduled by Boylen.

The players and coaching staff met again following the players-only meeting. 

Wendall Carter Jr. said that the players needed to talk to the coaches "as men" and were "very, very honest with one another; very direct."

Boylen tried to downplay the events, saying "our meeting is what I thought we needed."


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Bulls Set New Franchise Record With 56-Point Loss to Celtics

Dec 9, 2018 2:20 AM

The Boston Celtics 133-77 win over the Chicago Bulls set franchise records for both teams. The 56-point win was the largest margin of victory in Celtics history, as well as the heaviest loss in Bulls franchise history. 

Jim Boylen, in his third game as Bulls coach, pulled his starting five of Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Justin Holiday, and Ryan Arcidiacono on two separate occasions. First with 7:15 left in the opening quarter, then again with 9:02 in the third quarter. 

“I think your play is embarrassing,’’ Boylen said after the game. “Me subbing them is saving them. Maybe we saved them. The pro-player thing, this is basketball. This is about honoring the game and doing the right things. I worked for Gregg Popovich, he subbed five guys a ton of times. No one says a word to him about it.

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Randy Brown Steps Down As Assistant Coach Of Bulls

Dec 5, 2018 11:14 AM

Randy Brown has stepped down as assistant coach of the Chicago Bulls.

Jim Boylen had asked Brown to take a lesser role on the staff.

“I’m disappointed Randy won’t be with us,” Boylen said. “He’s going to move on and we’re going to move on. We’ve got games to play and we’ve got players to develop. We’ve got a franchise to uphold. … The train is moving out, so we gotta get going.’’

Brown has been in basketball operations with the Bulls since 2011.


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Bulls Fire Fred Hoiberg, Promote Jim Boylen To Head Coach

Dec 3, 2018 9:58 AM

The Chicago Bulls have fired Fred Hoiberg. Hoiberg was named Chicago’s head coach on June 2, 2015 after spending five seasons as head coach at Iowa State. During his time with the Bulls, he coached the team to a record of 115-155 (.426).

Jim Boylen has been promoted to head coach.

“Decisions like this one are never easy to make, however I felt this was the right choice for our organization at this time," said John Paxson. "After a thorough evaluation, I elected to make this move with the overall development of our team in mind. As a team, I believe it is imperative that we make unfaltering strides in the right direction and build the right habits to help put our players in the best position to evolve not only now, but into the future. I want to thank Fred for his dedication and efforts, as well as for his enduring commitment to our team.”

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Fred Hoiberg Entering Stretch Where He Will Coach For Job

Dec 2, 2018 12:19 PM

Fred Hoiberg is in the fourth season of a five-year, $25 million contract with the Chicago Bulls that is fully guaranteed.

The next month is critical for Hoiberg's future with the Bulls. While wins and losses will carry weight for Hoiberg, there needs to be some serious improvement in the development of Chicago's young players. With the roster healthy, a better assessment of Hoiberg will be possible.

While Gar Forman, John Paxson and Michael Reinsdorf will have input on the Hoiberg decision, Jerry Reinsdorf appears to still be the decider on these types of matters for the Bulls.

There has not been a decision made on Hoiberg yet either way.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Bun-Times

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Denzel Valentine Undergoes Left Ankle Surgery

Nov 28, 2018 10:14 PM

Denzel Valentine underwent a left ankle stabilization procedure by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay on Tuesday. 

Valentine will be out for the 2018-19 season and is anticipated to return to full basketball activities in approximately six months.

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Lauri Markkanen Cleared For Full Contact, Could Return Dec. 4

Nov 27, 2018 10:29 AM

Lauri Markkanen has been cleared by team doctors for full contact in practice.

“Lauri is excited, his teammates are excited and certainly his coaches are excited,’’ Fred Hoiberg said.

Markkanen injured his right elbow the first week of camp.

“Yeah, the plan for Lauri is to have a full-contact practice with no limitations [on Tuesday],’’ Hoiberg said. “It’s going to be a day-by-day situation. If he has soreness, we’ll obviously scale back, but if he keeps making progress, we can keep getting him out on the floor soon.’’

Markkanen could return in time for Chicago's game on Dec. 4.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

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Denzel Valentine Out For 18-19 Season With Ankle Instability

Nov 19, 2018 5:21 PM

Denzel Valentine has been diagnosed with ongoing ankle instability.

After being evaluated by Dr. Bob Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Valentine will undergo a surgical reconstruction by Dr. Anderson the week of Nov. 26 with an anticipated recovery time of four-to-six months. 

Valentine is expected to make a full recovery and have a normal summer of offseason training leading into training camp for the 2019-20 season.

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Fred Hoiberg, Ryan Saunders Could Be Targets For Wolves If Tom Thibodeau Isn't Retained

Nov 13, 2018 10:46 PM

The future of Tom Thibodeau as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves is uncertain as they move into a new phase without Jimmy Butler.

The Wolves were the No. 8 seed last season.

Glen Taylor is known to be very fond of Fred Hoiberg as a potential coaching candidate, who coincidentally replaced Thibodeau with the Bulls.

Ryan Saunders, who is an assistant coach on Thibodeau's staff, is also held in high regard by Taylor.

Marc Stein/New York Times

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Bulls' Front Office Couldn't Wait To Trade Nikola Mirotic

Nov 7, 2018 11:51 AM

Before Nikola Mirotic was traded by the Chicago Bulls to the New Orleans Pelicans, he wasn't a particularly popular member of the organization.

The front office reportedly couldn't wait to trade Mirotic and some of his teammates weren't particularly bothered when he was punched in the face by Bobby Portis.

“I’ll say this about Niko: He was unbelievable throughout everything,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I loved the opportunity to coach Niko. What he did when he got back from the injury last year and helped us in that seven-game win streak, you know he was playing great basketball. I give him all the credit in the world and everyone involved with what happened last year. A lot of credit for not letting that affect the team.

“Niko was great. Fun guy to coach, and he was obviously skilled in a lot of different ways. I’m happy he’s having a lot of success in New Orleans.’’

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

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Bulls Exercise 19-20 Options On Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine
Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine are now under contract for 19-20.

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Bobby Portis Out 4-6 Weeks With Sprained MCL
Bobby Portis suffered a moderate sprain of his MCL.

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Kris Dunn Out 4-6 Weeks With Sprained MCL
Kris Dunn is in his third NBA season.


Shaquille Harrison To Have $250,000 Guaranteed By Bulls
Shaquille Harrison will have $175,000 guaranteed for 19-20 if he's not waived before August 15, 2019.

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Bulls To Waive Omer Asik
Omer Asik is dealing with inflammatory arthritis.

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Bobby Portis, Bulls Unable To Agree To Extension
Bobby Portis and the Bulls intensified their talks in recent days.

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Bulls Claim Tyler Ulis Off Waivers, Sign Him To Two-Way Contract
Tyler Ulis played for the Suns over the first two seasons of his career.

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Tex Winter Passes Away At Age 96
Tex Winter was an assistant coach with the Bulls and Lakers and helped both teams use the triangle offense.


Lauri Markkanen Out 6-8 Weeks With Elbow Sprain
Lauri Markkanen is out with high grade lateral elbow sprain.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti on East Over-Unders
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti break down the over/unders for the Eastern Conference.

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Bulls Promote Brian Hagen, Steve Weinman, Jim Paxson, Miles Abbett
Brian Hagen is entering his seventh season with the Bulls, as he spent the last six seasons as Assistant General Manager.

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Derrick Walton Jr. To Sign With Bulls
Derrick Walton Jr. was a two-way player for the Heat last season.

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RealGM Radio: Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman On The Central Division
Host Danny Leroux, Nate Duncan of the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast and Dan Feldman of Pro Basketball Talk break down the Central Division.

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David Nwaba Agrees To Sign With Cavaliers
The Cavaliers were in touch with David Nwaba beginning on Day 1 of free agency.

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Ryan Arcidiacono Agrees To Re-Sign With Bulls
Ryan Arcidiacono has agreed to sign a one-year partially guaranteed deal.

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Bulls Claim Antonius Cleveland
Antonius Cleveland is on a multi-year contract.

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Bulls Sign Rawle Alkins To Two-Way Contract
Rawle Alkins went undrafted out of Arizona.

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Antonio Blakeney Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Bulls
Antonio Blakeney was on a two-way contract last season.

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Jahlil Okafor Linked With Heat, Pacers, Bulls
Jahlil Okafor worked out for four teams last Wednesday in Las Vegas.

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Bulls Waive Julyan Stone, Paul Zipser
The Bulls needed to make those moves to sign Jabari Parker.

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