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Joakim Noah returns to 'point center' role

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Joakim Noah was back in his comfort zone on Friday night.Without Derrick Rose (knee), Pau Gasol (illness) and Taj Gibson going down with an ankle injury after just nine minutes, the remaining Bulls had to pull together and do a little more. For Noah, that meant he was back in a familiar role as a "point center," a role he played extremely well over the last two years without Rose on...
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Rose return would help exorcise bad mojo

ESPN (Jon Greenberg) — CHICAGO -- On my way into the United Center for Gar Forman’s "State of the Derrick Rose" press conference, I saw Pau Gasol walking to his white Range Rover.Given that the Chicago Bulls' shoot-around for Friday’s game against Minnesota was just beginning, it seemed like an ominous sign.But as it turned out, Gasol is just sick and Rose’s knee is in better shape than we thought...
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Timeline: Derrick Rose's injury troubles

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose underwent successful knee surgery, it was announced Friday. It's the next chapter in Rose's long odyssey with knee injuries that stretches back to the 2012 NBA Playoffs. There may be some cause for hope, however, as Bulls GM Gar Forman said he expects Rose to return later this season.While Bulls fans prepare to see their homegrown superstar endure another cycle...
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Bulls' future, like Rose's, now uncertain

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- The nightmare has returned for Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. The news of Rose's meniscus tear hit hard within the organization late Tuesday night for a multitude reasons. But the overall feeling from many team personnel was disbelief and sadness. In the short term, Rose's status for the rest of the season remains uncertain. Bulls general manager Gar Forman and executive vice...
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Thibs: Rose can still be great this year

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau believes that Derrick Rose can still return to an elite level this season. Thibodeau's comments after Tuesday's practice came just one day after Rose went 1-for-13 from the field in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks. It marked the first game in Rose's professional career in which he did not make a two-point field goal. “The only thing he can do is...
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Bulls need more from Rose down stretch

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose's past four games offer a case study in the highs and lows he's experienced over his first 46 games of the season. The former MVP had one of his best games of the year on Feb. 12 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, going off for 30 points [12-for-24 from the field], seven assists, four rebounds and just one turnover in 41 minutes. He drove to the rim and dominated the game...
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Butler not letting injured thumb slow him

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — CHICAGO -- Taj Gibson isn't the only Chicago Bull playing through pain this season.All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler, who sprained his left thumb in an Oct. 19 preseason game, has been playing with a protective tape splint on the thumb all season. And it's his ability to push through the pain that has helped inspire Gibson, who revealed Saturday that he's been dealing with a ligament tear in his...
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Happy with roster, Bulls quiet at deadline

ESPN (Jon Greenberg) — CHICAGO -- While there were a flurry of trade deadline deals around the league, all was quiet at the Advocate Center on Thursday afternoon. The 2 p.m. CST trade deadline passed, and the Bulls announced that general manager Gar Forman wouldn’t need to address the media.The Bulls are 34-20, currently in third place in the Eastern Conference. The team is relatively healthy -- Mike Dunleavy...
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Bulls finally back at full strength

ESPN (Jon Greenberg) — CHICAGO - The Bulls had a full team at practice Thursday, a rarity in a season full of injuries and restrictions.“It was great,” forward Mike Dunleavy said. “We had some extra subs at our scrimmage, not that they were used. But it was good having everybody out there and not seeing anybody on the sidelines sitting around. It was good for the spirit of the team.”Derrick...
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Penny: Rose playing slower in comeback

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — Penny Hardaway can see the similarities between he and Derrick Rose. The former Orlando Magic star and fellow Memphis alumnus marveled at the freakish athleticism that Rose displayed before his first knee injury in April 2012. He empathized with Rose's circumstances after that point, having gone through his own knee problems at a similar point in his career. Now, as Rose tries to help lead the...
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Bulls getting healthy going into stretch run

ESPN (Jon Greenberg) — CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose missed the first practice of the Chicago Bulls' post-All-Star break season with "travel issues," according to coach Tom Thibodeau on Wednesday.Where in the World was Derrick Rose? Thibodeau didn't elaborate, but hopefully somewhere warmer than Chicago."Just travel issues," he said.Don't worry Bulls fans. Thibodeau said Rose will be at Thursday's practice before the team...
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Butler enjoys first All-Star experience

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — NEW YORK -- Jimmy Butler was enjoying his first All-Star experience up until the point where it was time to check in right before the second quarter began. It was at that moment that the proud 25 year-old from Tomball, Texas grasped the magnitude of the situation. "When it hit me was when I was checking into the game," Butler said. "It was great up until that point, then you check into the...
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All-Stars abuzz around Gasol matchup

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — NEW YORK -- The entire basketball world is caught up in the Gasol vs. Gasol storyline heading into Sunday night's All-Star Game. Even the king. "I think it's amazing," Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James said, in regards to the fact that both Pau and Marc Gasol will be starting in Sunday's game. "I think it's so awesome. I think it's so cool for the first time in our history we see two...
  • 13 days ago

Pippen: Butler's path 'a lot like mine'

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — NEW YORK -- As the rest of the basketball world tries to wrap its collective head around the leap Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler has taken from defensive stalwart to All-Star this season, Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen watches from afar with a great deal of pride. Pippen, who still works for the Bulls as an ambassador for the team, can't help but see the similarities between Butler's path...
  • 13 days ago

Mirotic shines amongst young stars

ESPN (Nick Friedell) — NEW YORK -- Nikola Mirotic couldn't lie after Friday night's Rising Stars Challenge. When asked what he could take from Friday's game back to his Chicago Bulls for the second half of the season, Mirotic had to chuckle a little bit. "Not too much really," he said after scoring 16 points, going 6-for-9 from the field. The affable rookie had a point. Like most All-Star exhibitions, defense was...
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