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  1. Oprah is bigger than NBA, league may bend schedule

    May 11, 2011, 6:05 PM EST

    Oprah Winfrey

    You do not mess with Oprah Winfrey. Especially not on her home turf in Chicago. The NBA is not about to try. It will move its schedule around to accommodate the queen of daytime television, the Miami Herald reports. The NBA informed a few involved parties before Tuesday’s Bulls game that if the Heat and…

  2. Video: Proof that Carlos Boozer can dunk, did contribute

    May 11, 2011, 8:52 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Carlos Boozer celebrates after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    This has not been Carlos Boozer‘s best series. Turf toe has slowed him in matchups he would struggle with healthy. But he still has some game — and when he rolled to the basket in the third quarter and got a nice bounce pass from Derrick Rose he knew what to do with it. He…

  3. NBA Playoffs: It wasn’t just Rose, Chicago has a bench

    May 11, 2011, 2:04 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson celebrates after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    With the game on the line in the fourth quarter, Carlos Boozer was sitting on the bench. Joakim Noah was right next to him. Keith Bogans was right there with them. Taj Gibson was in, with Omer Asik and Ronnie Brewer. And they were key to the 95-83 win that leaves the Bulls just one…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Bulls shut down Hawks in the fourth

    May 10, 2011, 11:34 PM EST

    Al Horford, Derrick Rose, Marvin Williams

    The Atlanta Hawks gave the Bulls all they could handle for the first three quarters of Game 5. They had a surprising amount of success moving the ball against Chicago’s top-ranked defense, penetrating at will and scoring tough baskets under the rim. They continued to make the league MVP work for everything he got —…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Bulls and Hawks gettin’ serious now

    May 10, 2011, 3:36 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    No secrets, no surprise adjustments at this point. We know how Game 5 in Chicago Tuesday night is going to go down. Kind of. Derrick Rose is going to take at least 27 shots (he has taken at least that many in every game this series) despite the Hawks trapping him and doing everything they…

  6. Winderman: Odd NBA executive vote mostly anti-Riley sour grapes

    May 10, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

    Pat Riley

    So what does the NBA think of the notion of securing a big bag of money and throwing it in front of three of the game’s best players? Apparently not much. So despite landing LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh during last summer’s free-agency-free-for-all, Heat President Pat Riley received only a partial cut of…

  7. Hawks’ Smith defends his jump shooting ways (he’s wrong)

    May 10, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Josh Smith hears your complaints Atlanta. He hears the groans in Phillips Arena every time he goes up for a jumpshot outside of five feet. And he wants you to know he things you’re wrong, he told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I’ve been a pretty good perimeter shooter this whole season. If people have been…

  8. Miami’s Pat Riley, Chicago’s Gar Forman co-Executives of Year

    May 10, 2011, 1:53 PM EST

    Miami Heat President Pat Riley smiles following a preseason workout of the  NBA basketball team at Hurlburt Field Air Force Base near Fort Walton Beach

    The executives who orchestrated the two biggest turnarounds in the NBA this season — Pat Riley of the Miami Heat and Gar Forman of the Chicago Bulls — will share the NBA’s Executive of the Year award. Well, privately they probably share this about as well as two 3-year-old girls in a room with one…

  9. Hinrich says hamstring improving, Teague hears footsteps

    May 9, 2011, 8:15 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague has been one of the best revelations of the second round. He would have been one of the revelations of the regular season and the first round if Larry Drew trusted him like he should have, but that’s another issue. But now he may be hearing footsteps — Kirk Hinrich…

  10. Video: Derrick Rose follows his own shot

    May 9, 2011, 8:53 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Phoenix Suns

    Let this be a lesson for you young basketball players out there — there is a reason coaches say to follow your shot. Reasons like this, when Derrick Rose follows his own shot for the amazing put-back slam. Another stunning play from the MVP. Don’t try this at home, he’s a trained professional. It wasn’t…

  11. Referee Bennett Salvatore admits he blew call against Bulls

    May 9, 2011, 8:12 AM EST

    NBA Finals Game 3: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    It was one of the key moments at the end of game, another nail in the Bulls coffin in Game 4. The Bulls were down 6 and there was 2:30 left when Derrick Rose was behind the three-point line, got defender Jamal Crawford up in the air then leapt into him as he shot to…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Hawks big men show up and tie series

    May 9, 2011, 12:43 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    When you watch the Atlanta Hawks move the ball like that, get the ball in the paint like that, see their big men take over like that and you wonder why you don’t see this version of the Hawks every night. It has to frustrate the Hawks fans. But Hawks fans will take their arrival.…

  13. Phil Jackson leaves the game with wry smile on his face

    May 8, 2011, 6:29 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    This was not how you expected to see Phil Jackson walking away from the NBA. After a series where he could not get his players to buy into the system, to make the extra defensive rotation, to play at their peak, then to watch the players unravel at the end and take cheap shots. You…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Hawks Horford needs to outplay his college teammate

    May 8, 2011, 4:33 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    When they came out of Florida, Al Horford was considered a better prospect than Joakim Noah. And with good reason, Horford has been the better all-around player as a pro — an All-Star with offensive game inside and out plus he is a quality defender (one of the better help rotating bigs around). But this…

  15. Video: Watch Derrick Rose shred the Atlanta Hawks

    May 7, 2011, 8:29 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    What Derrick Rose did Friday night to the Atlanta Hawks is illegal in 14 states. He showed why he was named MVP. He showed why the Hawks were always going to be in a lot of trouble in this series, because they had nobody who could stop Rose. (Well, that and the Hawks were going…

  16. What are the Atlanta Hawks doing right?

    May 6, 2011, 1:23 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Among the bouquet of surprises in this most unpredictable of NBA playoffs, the one that gets me: The Atlanta Hawks are good. I mean playoff good. They’ve been regular season good for a few years now, but when the lights got brighter, the teams better and the defenses more focused the Hawks were not a…

  17. Hawks Drew has issue with Smith’s shot selection. Now?

    May 6, 2011, 10:07 AM EST

    Josh Smith of the Atlanta  Hawks walks off the court against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    In the first half and the start of the third quarter, Atlanta’s Josh Smith was firing away jump shots — and he was 0-for-6 from beyond 16 feet. He made up for that with four turnovers. All that frustrated coach Larry Drew, who saw that as playing into the hands of the Bulls defense, he…

  18. Bulls coach Thibodeau sticks up for Carlos Boozer

    May 5, 2011, 9:48 PM EST

    Carlos Boozer, Jeff Teague

    No, the Bulls fans were not saying “Booooooo-zer.” (Nor were they saying “Boo-erns.”) But after Joakim Noah stuck up for him, Tom Thibodeau did after practice, according to the Chicago Tribune. “We need him out there,” Thibodeau said of Boozer after Thursday’s brief practice at the Berto Center. “His rebounding is critical for us. Post…

  19. Noah wants Bulls fans to stop booing Carlos Boozer

    May 5, 2011, 10:23 AM EST

    Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer

    Every fan base has a whipping boy. Some player who for reasons real and imagined becomes the lightning rod of all fan frustration. Carlos Boozer has become that in Chicago. The guy who is expected to be the second option on the Bulls offense is limping around with turf toe and is averaging just 10.3…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Hawks give Bulls a run for their money on the boards

    May 4, 2011, 7:47 PM EST

    Carlos Boozer, Damien Wilkins, Al Horford

    In their Game 1 victory, the Atlanta Hawks pulled off a hell of a trick: not only did they completely negate one of the Chicago Bulls’ greatest advantages, but they did so in a way that flew completely under the radar. Sure, they bothered Derrick Rose and limited Carlos Boozer. They also took away Chicago’s…

  21. In case you thought otherwise Boozer, Rose to play Wednesday

    May 4, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Charlotte Bobcats

    This was never really in doubt, but we’ll make it official: Carlos Boozer and Derrick Rose will play in Game 2 Wednesday night in Chicago. Coach Tom Thibodeau said everyone participated fully this morning at shootaround and good to go, according to the Associated Press. Boozer is battling turf toe and Rose is playing through…

  22. Derrick Rose officially named MVP

    May 3, 2011, 5:24 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Phoenix Suns

    We knew it was coming, seemingly forever, and as should be expected it was a runaway. Derrick Rose is the NBA’s MVP. The youngest ever at age 22. The most recent in Chicago Bull to win it since that guy with the statue out in front of the United Center. Rose becomes only the second…

  23. Report: MRI shows Grade 2 sprain on Derrick Rose’s ankle

    May 3, 2011, 2:54 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Pulling a page from the hockey playoffs playbook — Injury? What injury? — the Chicago Bulls did do an MRI on Derrick Rose’s left ankle (they denied they would) after he aggravated it Monday night on the final play of the Bulls loss to the Hawks. And the news isn’t good according to David Kaplan…

  24. X-rays negative on Derrick Rose’s ankle, but injury matters

    May 3, 2011, 12:06 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    The good news is Derrick Rose’s left ankle is no worse than it was last time. The bad news is that he has not been quite the same since he injured it last time and it really hit home with Chicago in its Game 1 loss. X-rays on Rose’s ankle were negative and no MRI is…

  25. Hawks leave tickets for Jameer Nelson to see Derrick Rose

    May 3, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    In a game the final week of the season, when the Chicago Bulls beat the Orlando Magic, Derrick Rose was doing the standard, cliché-filled post-game television interview when Jameer Nelson interrupted to congratulate him. The exchange included Nelson telling Rose “see you in the second round.” Except, the Magic never got to the second round,…

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