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Derrick Rose: Patrick Kane pushes me

ESPN (Scott Powers) — ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose made it clear Friday that there’s a mutual respect between him and Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane. Rose and Kane will both look to put on a show at the Scottrade Center in the next few days as the Blackhawks and Bulls both happen to be in St. Louis at the same time. The Bulls play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday and the Blackhawks...
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Derrick Rose seeking further progress in Bulls' preseason finale

ESPN (Scott Powers) — ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose gets one final preseason tune-up Friday before embarking next week on his first regular-season game in nearly a year.For Rose and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, their final preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday represents another chance for Rose to work toward regaining his form.“Just keep making progress,” Thibodeau...
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Butler's thumb swelling down, still questionable for opener

ESPN (Scott Powers) — ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler’s left thumb has decreased in swelling, but his status for next week’s season opener is still in question, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Friday.Butler suffered the injury during the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets. An MRI revealed he sprained ligaments in his left thumb. He will miss his second...
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Joakim Noah vows improved rebounding

ESPN (Doug Padilla) — CHICAGO – Just because it is the preseason does not mean the Chicago Bulls have not taking the results seriously.Red flags have been raised with the team’s rebounding as the Bulls have been beaten on the glass 314-312 in seven preseason games. Opponents also have 81 offensive rebounds to the Bulls’ 74.It wasn’t expected to be this way, not with the 7-foot Pau Gasol...
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GMs like Bulls' current/future coaching options

ESPN (Doug Padilla) — CHICAGO – The NBA's general managers have spoken and the Chicago Bulls are being thought of in high regard for the 2014-15 season.In a poll at, the league’s general managers were asked about a wide-range of topics, including who will win this year’s title (San Antonio), who will be named MVP (LeBron James) and who made the best offseason moves (Cleveland).While the...
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Final dress rehearsal looms for Bulls

ESPN (Doug Padilla) — CHICAGO – if he has even the slightest spare minute of time, the sense is that Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau will use it to figure out a way to make his team better.So if there is court time available and another NBA team sitting at the bench on the opposite side of the arena, you can bet that Thibodeau will take advantage of it.With the Bulls’ final preseason game approaching...
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Lottery criticism too much of a gamble

ESPN (Doug Padilla) — CHICAGO – The NBA voted down the plan to restructure the league's draft lottery and Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau elected not to gamble with his own money.Asked about the vote to not change the current lottery system, which some point to as encouraging teams to tank games to improve their draft odds, Thibodeau started to answer and then stopped.“The thing that I...
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Thibs forced to consider minutes restrictions

ESPN (Doug Padilla) — CHICAGO – Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, will not commit to minutes restriction plan for any of his players, especially when there still is a week remaining of preparation time before the regular season begins.Yet, with Derrick Rose returning from essentially a 2�-year absence and Joakim Noah coming off knee surgery this offseason, Thibodeau will be forced to take a road lesser...
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Thibs prepared if Butler can't go in opener

ESPN (Doug Padilla) — CHICAGO – While the Chicago Bulls continue to operate on the premise that Jimmy Butler will need a week for his left thumb injury to heal, coach Tom Thibodeau will move forward as if he won’t have one of his top defenders for the season opener.Butler injured his left thumb in the first quarter of Sunday’s preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets. An MRI on Tuesday...
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Butler (thumb) will miss preseason finale

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler will not practice this week and will not play in Friday's preseason finale after an MRI confirmed he sprained ligaments in his left thumb. The Bulls announced the news Tuesday and said that Butler would be re-evaluated later in the week.Butler injured the thumb during Sunday night's win over the Charlotte Hornets after going for a steal in the first quarter....
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Thibs: LeBron 'up there with all-time best'

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Tom Thibodeau does not believe it's fair to try to compare LeBron James to other players at this point in his career. After all, James is still just 29 years old and doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. But that doesn't mean the veteran coach can't heap some heavy praise on James and his prolific, all-around game. "Obviously, what he's done has been great,"...
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Rose enjoys challenge of LeBron, Cavs

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Derrick Rose does not like talking about one-on-one matchups. Like his coach Tom Thibodeau, he knows that games are won and lost as a team. But that doesn't mean that Rose didn't have a little extra motivation to perform well on Monday night against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. "It's basketball," Rose said. "I've been competing my whole life. I'm used to the...
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Rose's performance brings joy to locker room

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The most noticeable part of Derrick Rose's 30-point explosion was the impact it had on the rest of his teammates. The Chicago Bulls lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night, but you wouldn't have guessed it from the smiles that lit up their faces while they talked about Rose performing at the highest level again. They watched as Rose drove to the rim and knocked down...
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Jimmy Butler out with sprained left thumb

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler will not play Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers because of a sprained left thumb. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday when the Bulls return to Chicago. "As of right now it's just day-to-day," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game. We'll know more after [Tuesday]."Butler injured the thumb during Sunday...
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Derrick Rose takes next step in Bulls win

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Taj Gibson spoke for the entire Bulls' organization Sunday night when he described what it was like to have Derrick Rose back on the floor to close out games as he did in a win over the Charlotte Hornets."It's a dope feeling," Gibson said. "We know who's going to take the shot. Either Pau [Gasol], Derrick. We got Joakim [Noah] making solid plays. We got guys that's back in the...
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