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Rose participates in 5-on-5 scrimmage

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- For the first time since having a meniscectomy on his right knee on Feb. 27, Derrick Rose participated in a full contact five-on-five scrimmage during Tuesday's practice. "He's just got to string some practices together," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Yesterday we established a baseline, and keep building from there. It's just steady progress. He's got to continue to build....
  • 20 days ago
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Derrick Rose takes contact at Bulls practice

ESPN (Scott Powers) — CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose took contact in practice Monday for the first time since undergoing surgery on his right knee in late February.“This is the next step,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said after practice on Monday. “We’ll know more as he goes forward. Obviously he needs some practice time where he’s taking contact on.”Rose had a...
  • 21 days ago
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Bulls don't let guard down against Knicks

ESPN (Scott Powers) — CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau worries about every opponent.It doesn’t matter whether the Bulls are facing another playoff team like the Toronto Raptors like they did earlier in the week or a team well out of the playoff race like the New York Knicks on Saturday. Thibodeau was equally concerned about both games. After putting together a double-digit victory over the Raptors...
  • 23 days ago
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Healthier Bulls searching for continuity

ESPN (Scott Powers) — CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls are getting healthy at seemingly the right time of the season.Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau doesn’t want to hear about that, though.“I don’t get wrapped up in the talk,” Thibodeau said after practice on Friday. “I want to see performance. I want to see the work go into it. I know how you win. We have to be more concerned with the process...
  • 24 days ago

Butler: Bulls not focused on seed, just wins

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — TORONTO -- The Chicago Bulls don't have the best record in the league, but they might lead the NBA in confidence. Despite all the ups and downs they've dealt with on and off the floor this season, the Bulls believe they can knock off anybody. That confidence was on display in a 116-103 win over the Raptors on Wednesday as the Bulls outscored Toronto 39-21 in the fourth quarter."We don't play...
  • 26 days ago

Mirotic presents a nice challenge for Thibs

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — TORONTO -- Chicago Bulls rookie Nikola Mirotic did almost everything right on Monday night.He scored 28 points in a 98-86 win over the Charlotte Hornets and continued the hot streak that he has been riding all March. As Mirotic stepped to the free throw line with 31 seconds left in the game, he had the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. With two made free throws, Mirotic would set a...
  • 26 days ago
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Noah gets an assist from Hulk Hogan

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Joakim Noah used a little Hulkamania power to help promote his foundation's "Rock Your Drop" Campaign on Sunday. Noah, appearing at a collectibles show in Rosemont, Ill., on Sunday, taped a short video with Hulk Hogan to spread the word about what his Noah's Arc Foundation is trying to do to prevent gun violence.Noah's mother, Cecilia Rodhe, a sculptor, crafted a necklace that the...
  • 28 days ago
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Butler expected to play vs. Hornets

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Jimmy Butler went through all of Monday's shootaround and is expected to make his return Monday night against the Charlotte Hornets after missing the last three weeks because of a left elbow injury.Butler, who injured the elbow in a March 1 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, was expected to be out 3-6 weeks after an MRI confirmed the ligament sprain. But the All-Star swingman has...
  • 28 days ago
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Bulls disappear down stretch in Detroit

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- After watching his team finish off a disappointing 107-91 loss to the Detroit Pistons in which game the Chicago Bulls were on the wrong side of a 54-19 run to close the game, Bulls center Joakim Noah summed up the game nicely on Saturday night. "We just," Noah began, trying to find the right words. "We sucked down the stretch."The understatement of the night came in the...
  • 30 days ago

Noah impresses with passing acumen

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Nikola Mirotic didn't need any help. When the Bulls' star rookie was asked after Friday night's impressive 108-92 win over the Toronto Raptors how many assists his teammate, Joakim Noah, dished out, Mirotic was ready. "Fourteen," he said. "That's awesome."Mirotic may very well be the hottest player in the league not named Russell Westbrook this month, but the 24 year-old knows that...
  • 30 days ago

Mirotic emerging as clutch player for Bulls

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Nikola Mirotic is no longer the Chicago Bulls' secret weapon.After becoming the go-to scorer on an injury-depleted squad over the past month, the rookie has become an irreplaceable force on a team in desperate need of some offensive punch. He proved that again in a 103-86 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday with 25 points, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks....
  • 33 days ago
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Gibson (ankle) getting closer to a return

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Taj Gibson is hopeful that he'll be back on the floor for the first time in almost a month as he continues to recover from a sprained left ankle. Gibson said that Tuesday's practice marked the first time since the Feb. 27 injury that he was able to participate in a full-contact practice."I'm feeling a lot better," Gibson said after Wednesday's shootaround. "It's a process, I'm...
  • 33 days ago

Rose enters 'next phase' of rehab

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose has entered the 'next phase of his rehab' as he makes his way back from a meniscectomy, according to Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. "Obviously, he has to strengthen the knee," Thibodeau said after Rose took part in 'some' of Tuesday's practice. "But it was good, he did a lot of non-contact stuff. So it's a good step for him."Rose did not say for certain that he...
  • 34 days ago

Thibs addresses Noah's minutes limit again

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau remains frustrated by the fact that Joakim Noah remains on a 32-minutes-a-game minutes restriction, but the veteran coach says he will stick with the directive given to him from the Bulls' front office. "You go into the game and you know, these are the times that you're going to sub him," Thibodeau said. "If you go back, it's basically the same time...
  • 34 days ago

Tired Bulls fade down stretch in Charlotte

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tom Thibodeau runs a no-excuse program. For five years as head coach of the Chicago Bulls, the NBA lifer has made it a point to drill many habits into his players' heads. One of the most important creeds that Thibodeau lives by is that no matter the opponent or the circumstances, he always feels that his team has more than enough to win with. But as the Bulls limp down the...
  • 38 days ago
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