Chicago Bulls WiretapJanuary 2012 Chicago Bulls Wiretap

Phil Jackson Writing Memoir Titled 'Eleven Rings'

Jan 31, 2012 1:01 PM

Phil Jackson’s next title will be on the cover of his new book.

Penguin Press says Tuesday that Jackson, the Hall of Famer who won 11 NBA championships as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, is writing his memoir called “Eleven Rings.”

The book is tentatively scheduled to be out next year.

Associated Press

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

Rose Wants Legacy To Include Clutch Play

Jan 31, 2012 10:45 AM

Derrick Rose was still fuming Monday after missing potential go-ahead free throws and a last-second jumper against the Heat on Sunday.

"I'm just hurt not for me but for the city of Chicago," Rose said. "Knowing how big that game was not only to me and the organization but to our fans. That's a rivalry. You have your best player, and he has the opportunity to take the lead and I didn't come through. The only thing I can do is hope the fans stick with me and stay with me. I promise I won't let them down again."

Rose vowed to make up it next time.

"That's something I live for," he said. "I think of my legacy. I want people to think of me as a clutch player, someone that always came through a majority of the time when they were on the court. Yesterday, it hurt a little bit but it will help me in the long run."

Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, NBA

LeBron Again Successful In Defending Rose In 4th Quarter

Jan 30, 2012 10:05 AM

LeBron James successfully guarded Derrick Rose during the final minutes of Miami's 97-93 win over the Bulls on Sunday. 

Rose helped lead Chicago back into the game with a 13-2 run during the middle of the fourth quarter. But James then clamped down on Rose, limiting his ability to drive the lane.

Rose scored 34 points on 28 shots in the game.

“[Rose] is an unbelievable talent,” James said. “He’s a great player, and a great person. I always take the challenge, and it’s good to be out there playing against him knowing he’s one of the best in the league.’’

Rose settled for two three-pointers and went three minutes without attempting a shot.

“That’s the luxury that we have,” said Chris Bosh of the James-Rose matchup. “Those floaters were tearing us up. And [James] was able just to kind of keep [Rose] out of the paint.’’

James defended Rose for large stretches of last season's Eastern Conference Finals.

Miami Herald

Tags: LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

Dwight Disputes Adidas Angle To Chicago Trade

Jan 30, 2012 10:01 AM

Dwight Howard was recently approached about his perceived unwillingness to play with Derrick Rose and the Bulls.

"If I could play with Derrick right now and God wanted that to happen, it will happen," Howard told the Tribune. "It has nothing to do with me not wanting to play with Derrick Rose. I love him. That's my brother.''

Howard said their status as Adidas athletes is not a factor.

"It has nothing to do with Adidas," Howard said. "In fact, Adidas would love that because me and Derrick have the same guy."

Vaughn McClure/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Dwight Howard, Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Deng Could Be Week Away From Return

Jan 28, 2012 11:23 AM

Luol Deng tore a ligament in his left wrist last Saturday against Charlotte. He elected not to have surgery and plans to play as soon as he’s able.

“It’s a day-by-day thing. I would say right now probably a week away, maybe more,” Deng said. “It’s hard to tell. It’s definitely a bad injury, but I really believe I will be back soon and doing everything.”

Deng’s statement seemed to contradict a report that he planned to play on Sunday at Miami. But even Deng admitted he’s not sure when the wrist will be well enough to play in a game.

“If I’m able to go on Sunday, I’ll go,” he said. “I’ve never put an exact date on it. I’ve got to make sure I rehab and get this down so it doesn’t keep coming back. I don’t want it to be a recurring problem.

Mike McGraw/Arlington Heights Daily Herald

Tags: Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

Bulls Release Mike James, Possibly Making Room For Big Man

Jan 28, 2012 11:18 AM

The Bulls released reserve point guard Mike James early Saturday, dropping their roster to 13 players again.

This could pave the way for the Bulls to add a reserve big man, which general manager Gar Forman has alluded to as far back as training camp.

Leon Powe and Joel Przybilla are two players with whom the Bulls have had conversations to bolster a frontcourt which currently has Luol Deng out.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Mike James, Joel Przybilla, Leon Powe, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Pacers Unapologetic About Celebration Following Chicago Win

Jan 27, 2012 10:09 PM

Derrick Rose, known for his calm demeanor, made his displeasure known on Wednesday night after the Pacers defeated the Bulls 95-90 at the United Center.

“I’ll never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game,” Rose told reporters. “I can’t wait to play them again.”

The Pacers handed the Bulls their first home loss of the season and gained a measure of revenge for their first-round playoff loss last spring. Including the 2011 postseason series, Indiana hadn’t won at Chicago since March 22, 2008, a stretch that included nine-straight defeats.

“I don’t think we did anything outside the box,” David West, who just signed with the Pacers last month, told RealGM on Friday night. “I thought we handled the game the right way, finished it the right way. Obviously you share the locker room area, so maybe he heard some guys come in happy after winning a game. One of the hardest things to do is just to win a game in the NBA. We were able to get one; it didn’t mean any more or less than any other game this season.”

Roy Hibbert, who has been with the Pacers the last four seasons and has lost a lot of games in Chicago, admitted that winning there was somewhat special.

“It’s not like we ran over there and took off our shirts or anybody stormed the court,” Hibbert told RealGM. We hadn’t won there in like 10 games, which is like four years, so you have to at least give us that. Nobody was over there doing anything crazy, but I understand losing and never wanting to have that feeling. It would have been different if it was a close game and we had already won there several times. I can understand where [Rose] is coming from, but you have to understand the situation – how long it had been since we won there.”

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, NBA

Deng Aiming To Return Sunday Against Miami

Jan 27, 2012 10:23 AM

Luol Deng is making "great progress" in his rehabilitation from a torn ligament in his left wrist, Bulls GM Gar Forman said Thursday night.

So much so that he may be back on the floor in time for Sunday's showdown against the Miami Heat.

Deng, who has been optimistic about his recovery time all week, is hopeful he'll be back much sooner than most expected.

"When he's physically able to play is when he'll play," Forman said during a charity event at the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls on Thursday night. "He's obviously made great progress this week. He's been on the floor. He's doing some shooting. He's doing some handling. When he feels, and we feel, he's physically ready to step back on the floor, he'll be back on the floor for us."

Nick Friedell/

Tags: Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

Rose Won't Forget Pacers' Post-Game Celebration

Jan 26, 2012 10:24 AM

The Bulls lost for the first time at home this season, dropping a 94-90 decision to the Pacers.

"I'll never forget how they celebrated just from winning this game," Derrick Rose said in the locker room. "I can't wait to play them again."

The next meeting between the two teams is on March 5.

Mike McGraw/Arlington Heights Daily Herald

Tags: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, NBA

Deng To Attempt To Play Despite Torn Wrist Ligament

Jan 25, 2012 10:28 AM

Luol Deng will try to play through a torn ligament in his left wrist that sources say doctors suggested he have surgery to repair.

"I know it sounds terrible, but I really think I'll be fine," Deng said.

Deng even is telling teammates he hasn't ruled out playing in Sunday's game against the Heat, though that seems unlikely after Tom Thibodeau conceded Deng is "going to be out awhile."

"It's going to be painful at times, but I will have to deal with it," Deng said. "The soreness has gone down a lot in two days. Every day I will keep treating it and see if I can get rid of the soreness.

"We have a very good chance of doing something special. I feel that without the surgery I will be fine. I just know what I can and can't do with it. I think I will be very effective out there. We're going to try to control how sore it gets. Everybody's body responds differently. I'm very confident I'll be able to handle it."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

Deng Injures Wrist, Sidelined Indefinitely
Luol Deng is listed as day-to-day with an injured wrist but the Bulls haven't ruled out surgery.

Neil Hayes/Chicago Sun-Times

Rose: Toe Injury May Linger All Season
Derrick Rose is dealing with an injured toe in his left foot.

Aggrey Sam/

Bulls Make Offer To Oberto
The Bulls offered a one-year deal to Fabricio Oberto, according to a report.


Bulls Winning Without Rose, Noah Due To Depth
The Bulls continue to rack up points and victories despite injuries to Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, among others.

Chicago Tribune

Thibodeau: Rose Toe Injury A 'Pain-Tolerance Thing'
Derrick Rose is day-to-day with an injured left big toe.

Neil Hayes/Chicago Sun-Times

Derrick Rose's Return To Be 'Collective Decision'
Derrick Rose claimed on Monday that his decision to play against Memphis with a sore left toe was solely his own.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Rose Sits Out Second Straight Game With Turf Toe
Derrick Rose missed his second straight game with what team doctors have diagnosed as turf toe.

Chicago Tribune

74.1 Percent Of GMs Expect Heat To Win 2012 NBA Finals
Miami scores 74.1% of the vote, followed by the Thunder at 14.8%, Lakers at 7.4% and Bulls at 3.7%.

Thibodeau: Bulls 'Rebounding With Five Guys'
The Bulls lead the league in both total rebound percentage and offensive rebound percentage.

Chicago Tribune

Boozer, Noah Sit Out Second Straight Fourth Quarter
Bull coach Tom Thibodeau has recently elected to play Omer Asik and Taj Gibson during crunch time.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Bulls Sign Mike James
Mike James appeared in three games for the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA D-League, posting averages of 15.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.3 apg 34.7 mpg.

RealGM Staff Report

Colangelo: Team USA 'Loaded' At Guard, Small Forward Positions
Jerry Colangelo pointed to Team USA’s abundance of star guards and forwards when discussing the talent level of a potential 19-man roster.

USA Today

Report: Team USA Preliminary Roster Set
USA Basketball is set to name 19 players who make up the preliminary roster for the 2012 Olympics.

Noah Struggling To Find Rhythm On Glass
Joakim Noah has totaled just one double-double this season.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Bulls Sometimes Playing Too Unselfishly On Offense
The Bulls are sometimes too unselfish on offense, which results in players passing up open shot opportunities.

Neil Hayes/Chicago Sun-Times

USA Basketball To Announce Roster Pool For 2012 Olympics
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said the announcement will be made by Jan. 18.

Bulls Or Knicks Could Land Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard could be traded from Orlando before the March 15 deadline.

CBS Sports

Team-By-Team All-Star Ballot List
The 120 players on the ballot were selected by a panel of media who regularly cover the NBA.

RealGM Staff Report

Noah, Boozer Still Searching For Chemistry
Joakim Noah has struggled to play alongside Carlos Boozer since Boozer returned to the lineup last season.

Nick Friedell/

Prioritizing Transition Offense, Bulls Score 33 Fastbreak Points Against Grizzlies
Derrick Rose believes the Bulls can continue the quicker pace throughout the shortened season.

Chicago Tribune