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Written by Darin Ford | 20 July 2012

Derrick Rose has finally spoken publicly on the matters of his recovery from an ACL tear suffered in April.

The video follows:



So what do you think about his comments?

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Written by T.J. Watson | 19 July 2012

In the fifth edition of “THE DEBATE” I bring you Scottie Pippen and Andre Iguodala. The fourth article of the series, “THE DEBATE: Jordan vs. Scalabrine” can be found here.

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1.Scoring:

Pippen wins the scoring duel. Iggy just hasn't brought the scoring punch consistently throughout his career like Pip did while in his prime. Both players had above average three point games, shooting roughly 33% each from deep. The only knock on Pippen's scoring is his free throw consistency, 70% from the line in his career. Andre's is right around the 74 percentile.

2.Rebounding:

Scottie will win the battle of boards as well. Once Jordan left the Bulls in '93-'94, Pippen lead the team in all five major categories, points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. He easily should have won MVP that season, he didn't. Iguodala is a psychical rebounding forward, much like Pippen. Both having very strong upper bodies and both being able to leap above the rim. Andre's career average so far is 5.8 rebounds per nigh, whilst Pippen's average is 6.4 boards a night. Granted Iguodala's career is not over yet, I doubt he eclipse Pip's mark of 6.4 rebounds per game.

3.Ball handling/Passing:

This is a very close battle between the two players, but Pippen wins. When Jordan went out of the game Pippen practically became the team's point guard. It was a useful tool that the Bulls used, having a 6'8” player running the break and creating for others is always a plus. Andre also has very good passing skills, and he has decent handles. His average of assists per game is 4.9 though, Pippen barely beats him out at 5.2 per night.

4.Steals:

Scottie will win this one as well. Pippen was considered the best defender in the NBA during the '90's. Which is quite true, in fact, Pippen, along with Jordan, took it upon himself to show up soon-to-be-teammate Toni Kukoc in the 1992 Olympic games. He told Sir Charles himself, Charles Barkley, that he wasn't going let the man dribble, shoot, or do anything. Sure enough Pippen bothered Kukoc enough to the point that he didn't want to bring the ball up the floor any more. Pippen had very fast hands, now that came with a few more fouls, but it was worth it. Iggy also has good reaction time, but not as good as Pippen's. Pippen has averaged at least two steals per game six times throughout his Hall of Fame career, while Iguodala has two seasons of that average.

5.Blocks:

33 wins, Scottie Pippen, the block battle between the two. Pippen takes defense to a whole new level, which is why he completes the sweep in blocks. He had amazing timing and leaping ability, key factors to becoming a good shot blocker. It seems like Pippen and Iggy both have a thing for playing defense. Something I love as a fan and student of the game. Both would and will hound you all game, sometimes making it difficult to dribble in Pippen's case. Both guys play with fire and passion on the defensive end.

Offense:

Pippen wins, just due to the fact that he was able to put up twenty or more points per game four times in his wonderful and amazing career. Iguodala has yet to do so, highest average at 19.9 points, and most likely won't since his scoring totals keep dropping. Pip and 'Dre can do anything and everything on the offensive end, get boards, score, pass, set picks, anything to help your team win, they'll do it.

Defense:

Pippen wins again, I'm not being biased or hating on Andre, it's the truth and the facts. Both are amazing defenders in their own rights, but Pippen defended from day one in the league and played in six NBA Finals'. Iguodala just made his first All-Star appearance this past season. Let's not forget that both guys have good footwork, quickness, and quick hands, the ingredients for a good or great defender.

I think it is time to compare some awards between the two guys...

Pippen:

7x All-Star, All-Star Game MVP, 3x All-NBA First Team, 2x All-NBA Second Team, 2x All-NBA Third Team, 8x NBA All-Defensive First Team, 2x NBA All-Defensive Second Team, NBA's 50 Greatest Players, Jersey retired by Chicago.

Iguodala:

All-Star, NBA All-Defensive Second Team, Rookie Challenge MVP, NBA All-Rookie First Team

Iguodala clearly hasn't played the amount years or games as Pippen, but Pippen clearly will have more awards than Iguodala will have once he decides to hang 'em up.

I think you know who won this debate, Scottie Pippen comes out on top of this one...


T.J. Watson is a 16-year-old sports writer from Illinois. Watson, a huge Bulls fan,  is an aspiring NBA coach or GM. T.J. is very well versed in the game of hoops and has sound knowledge. 

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Written by T.J. Watson | 19 July 2012

Okay, this may be the greatest installment to “THE DEBATE” ever! In the fourth edition of the series, we have two legendary greats going toe-to-toe, Michael “Air” Jordan and Brian “The White Mamba” Scalabrine”.

We don't need to compare the two in five different categories this time.

Nicknames:

Brian Scalabrine:

  • White Mamba
  • The man, the myth, the legend
  • Flight Scal
  • Air Scal

Michael Jordan:

  • His Airiness
  • Air Jordan
  • M.J.
  • Mike
  • Flight 23
  • Jump-man 23

If you can't tell nicknames matter. Notice Scalabrine's for instance, “The man, the myth, the legend”, that could be the reason as to why Brian is just so unstoppable. I know what you are saying, his stats aren't that good.

This is why...

It was rumored that once Scalabrine announced he was going pro and entering the NBA Draft, David Stern got very scared of his abilities. Stern noticed that Scalabrine had a special talent that nobody could derail. So, Stern acted quickly and told every team that Brian Scalabrine's playing time must be limited to stop such dominance in the NBA. Before Scal ever got to play a single he was already stopped.

In Jordan's fourth year he averaged 35 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and nearly 2 blocks per game. That isn't even close to Scalabrine's fourth season. Brian started to get more playing time than he was supposed to, so he started showing his presence in the league. Averaging 6.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game, Scalabrine took the league by storm. Sooner than many realized Brian was back on the bench, Stern forced him to sit more. It was getting out of control. It was reported many years ago that Scalabrine once dropped 100 points in a private team practice with the Boston Celtics. Coach Doc Rivers was just wanting to start Brian Scalabrine because of this, yet again Stern stopped it.

So, if you can't tell who is better now, you need to understand one thing, Brian “The White Mamba” Scalabrine is the better player. I once said that you can throw any name into the comparison and Jordan will win, well not this time Mike.

You now know who the greatest of all time is, Brian Scalabrine the floor is now yours...

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Written by Darin Ford | 19 July 2012

Sources close to situation in Chicago have expressed belief that the Chicago Bulls have been in contact with backup PF Taj Gibson to grant him a wealthy extension.

The soon-to-be 27-year-old will be highly sought after in free agency in the summer of 2013, given he explores that option. However, as we all know, the Bulls have a player-crush on Taj. Being a fan favorite, it's critical that the Bulls re-sign this guy next summer or extend his years now.

If the Bulls can convince Taj to stay with the team long-term this summer, Chicago will likely save about $2-3 million a season. And in Jerry Reinsdorf's world, especially with the new luxury tax rules, is a lot.

With the Bulls looking to keep Taj long-term, it's yet another sign that the team will not retain Omer Asik's rights from Houston and Omer will become a Rocket on a near-identical contract with Jeremy Lin. On top of the extension talks with Taj, the Bulls have also been sighted to be courting Darko Milicic and just signed Vladimir Radmanovic to a one-year deal pretty much stamps Omer's future. (That stamp reads: "Hey, I'm a Houston Rocket and I make way too much money!")

Bringing back Taj is a good thing nonetheless, let's hope this deal closes, sooner rather than later.

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Written by Darin Ford | 18 July 2012

According to Fox Chicago, the Bulls have signed sharpshooting Vladimir Radmanovic.

Well, folks ... this is the apparent Kyle Korver replacement. Not to mention, this deal looks to be the fate-sealer on Omer Asik.

Radmanovic is a 6-foot-11ish rangy guy that will shoot the piss out of the ball. He's been a bit of a journeyman role player for every team he's played for. As a veteran, Vlad knows the NBA well and won't have too, too hard of a time I don't think adjusting to the Bulls' style of play.

There's just one problem ... he can't guard. At all. (Something we all know Coach Thibs preaches day in and day out.)

Alright, Vlad isn't that bad of a player. Not that bad at all. But, for some bizarre reason the Bulls have decided to sign him before filling the gaping holes all over the roster first. (Eh hmm ... I think the 2-guard, and back-ups at the 3 and 5 need attention first.) So with this move made by the Bulls, you would have to think that Vlad is the back-up three.

Yeah, he can shoot, but he can't do anything else, really. He will provide scoring help off of the bench. He's pretty tall too, so, it's not like the bench will give a whole lot of size.

My beef here isn't at all with the signing of Vlad. Not, not at all. My beef is that this move has come before signing another free agent that can come in right away and compete for a starting position -- preferably a shooting guard or a power forward. Guys, Courtney Lee, Delonte West, Kenyon Martin, Gilbert Arenas and above and beyond are all still on the board ... even Darko Milicic!!!

As you would probably expect, the deal is reportedly a one-year contract worth for the veteran's minimum. Not an overpay by any stretch.

Radmanovic isn't going to be a game changer, nor a bum. Not a bad sign, Chicago. But there's no question it could have come at a much, much better time (i.e. in a week or so).

Let's just hope that having him in town means that Brian Scalabrine is on the outs. I don't think Gar Forman would be to wise to let the greatest player of all-time the, White Mamba, take his talents somewhere else.

Vlad averaged almost 5 points and 3 boards a game last season for the Atlanta Hawks.

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Written by Darin Ford | 18 July 2012

For those of you who have been keeping up with our "DEBATE" episodes comparing Bulls great Michael Jordan to a number of NBA Superstars. (We've already hashed out Kobe, LeBron and most recently Dwyane Wade.)

But now ... we present you:



Hahahahaha ... to me, this settles any debate you could muster up in comparing anyone to Michael Jordan.

Thanks to Director of Site Operations, Trent Lyons, for bringing this to our attention!

[Editor's note: I'd like to point out that we will add a Bulls Meme(s) page to the site very soon.]

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Written by T.J. Watson | 18 July 2012

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In the third installment of “THE DEBATE” I think I can compare Jordan to the closest of Jordan's kind, Dwyane Wade. The first article of the series “THE GREAT DEBATE: Jordan vs. LeBron” can be read here. The second article “THE DEBATE: Jordan vs. Kobe” can be read here.

1.Scoring:

Jordan wins the scoring title here. Wade is a good scorer, a 25.2 points per game average, but not on the level of Jordan. The interesting thing with Wade is very similar to Jordan, unlike the others I've compared to M.J.. Dwyane has the ability to change an entire game with one play, much like Jordan. Wade may not be the best shooter out there, but he makes them when they count the most as well as the most difficult ones. He makes them look easy, something Jordan did with about anything. Mike still has the advantage in scoring.

2.Rebounding:

Jordan wins, but Wade came very close to winning this one. Jordan is the taller one of the two players. Wade is 6'4” whilst Jordan is listed at 6'6”. Wade has only averaged 5.1 rebounds per game, but the way he effects the game with his offensive rebounding makes him a bit better. Jordan and Wade have similar numbers on the glass offensively, Jordan is at 1.6 while Wade is right behind at 1.3. Very similar numbers. One thing I've noticed though, is Wade never had a dominant rebounding type player to lower his totals. Jordan did, i.e. Oakley, Grant, Rodman, and others. Wade had a older, but still above average rebounding center in Shaq. We all know Shaq is one of the most dominant big men of all time, but he didn't put up the same numbers with Wade. Still, Wade came extremely close to beating out Jordan in this battle.

3.Ball Handling/Passing:

This is just a dead tie. You can put in your vote for either one of these two. Jordan could win because he was the better ball handler while, you can say Wade wins because he is a better passer. I won't use the whole “well Jordan had the triangle offense blah blah.” Wade hasn't had as many great scorers, his whole career as Jordan did. Heck, Mike had Pippen out there with him for almost every year in Chicago. While Wade had Shaq for a few years, but that whole bond went up in flames. Wade has a higher assist average, which makes sense being that Wade shot roughly five fewer shots per game than Jordan did. Jordan had better handles as a player though. Many would remember his size-up moves he put on the Celtics in the classic game Jordan put on in Boston. That move is still burned into my brain, never will forget that.

4.Steals:

Jordan wins, but barely. Now I know Wade's career average for steals is 1.8 and Jordan's is 2.3 it is close. Wade has been known as a good defender, in my opinion a better defender than his teammate James. Both Mike and D-Wade were ruthless on other guards. Sometimes giving themselves a mission to not let the other score at some points. Jordan showed why he was the best perimeter defender in the NBA and the world at the 1992 Olympic games. Both Jordan and Pippen shut soon-to-be teammate Toni Kukoc down. Making it so difficult to even bring the ball up the court at times. It just shows the way Michael wanted to play defense. Wade has a similar feel for that end of the floor as well.

5.Blocks:

This may shock you, Wade wins. He currently holds a higher career average of blocks per game, by 0.2. Wade is two inches shorter than Jordan, that just shows timing and his leaping ability. Now, I would go out on a limb and still say Jordan is the better leaper and athlete, but Wade has better timing.

Offense:

You have to have to ask yourself some questions. Most of the questions would ask, who is better at shooting, passing, driving, posting up, and also who has the better footwork? Well Jordan is better than Wade at all of those thoughts combined. Wade can be clutch, but Jordan is clutch. There was never a moment in Jordan's professional career that he didn't want to take the last shot. Wade effects the game like Jordan did, late in the games, Wade can take over and spare your team a victory for that night. Reminds me of Jordan in many ways.

Defense:

A lot of people will look at stats and then say who they think is better at defense. In today's NBA, the NBA All-Defensive Team is overrated in my eyes. It's always about who has the better numbers when it comes to steals and blocks. It's almost a guarantee that if you get 2 or more steals per game or blocks per game, you already have a spot on either the first or second team. Jordan never took a play off on the defensive side of the ball. Even with bad knees in Washington, he was playing nearly every game, missed only twenty-two games as a Wizard, and still brought it to the opposing team. That's something I admire about Jordan. When comparing the two on the defensive aspect of the game, Jordan wins. I know this all seems biased, but it's true. Jordan had better footwork than Wade in the post. Jordan had faster hands outside along with quick feet. Now Wade has quick feet, but he doesn't have nearly the hand speed of Jordan to swipe at the ball or get deflections. In my personal opinion, the NBA has it all wrong with the Defensive awards. I think guys like Battier and Bowen should have been on those All-Defensive teams a lot more throughout their own careers, especially Bowen.

Like I have said, Wade may be the closest thing that we can get to a Jordan 2.0. The only reason for that being that he takes over. Very few can take over the way he does. You ask yourself, “Okay then why isn't he better than Jordan?”

Dwyane Wade may very well be the closest thing to Jordan, since Mike decided to stop lacing the sneakers up. Kobe may be the best since Michael. Wade is just very similar to Jordan. Granted both guys have ties to Chicago. Wade grew up watching Jordan play in his home city. So Dwyane saw plenty of Jordan to play like him.

Let me leave you with this, who would you rather have to take the final shot? Also, who do you think would win in a one-on-one game of basketball?

In my eyes the answer to both is very easy. Jordan will win somehow someway. He never gave up, always worked, even when he played baseball and sucked that sport up. Michael had such a competitive drive that may never be match. He had pure talent, grace, touch, toughness, and the will to win every game he played. Jordan would walk into an area and look up into the crowd and knew someone is there that will never see him play again in person. Michael Jordan wanted to leave a lasting impression for just that one person. It is almost as if he took it as a personal mission to get it right, to be the best on the court, no matter what was wrong with him physically or mentally. He gave the true definition of 110% every time out on the hardwood floors in Chicago, Washington, and anywhere he ever played. That is something nobody will ever be able to match or beat.

Jordan's will to win and determination and drive just set him apart from everyone else. You can throw any name into the conversation, and Jordan will win with ease at some moments.


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Written by Darin Ford | 18 July 2012

According to multiple reports, the Chicago Bulls are clear "frontrunners" to nab the Timberwolves' amnesty target, Darko Milicic.
  • From Rant Sports: "The only way that the Bulls do this is if they decline to match the contract offer out there to Omer Asik.  It sounded like the Bulls were going to match but information over the last couple of days shows the Bulls are starting to reconsider matching that deal.  That would probably be a smart move. If they do not match Asik, they avoid the luxury tax and they can get Darko for pretty cheap.  Darko may not be as good on defense as Asik but his offensive skills are better.  If they Bulls could get him on a one or two year deal, their mythical 2014 plan would still be intact.  We all know how important that is to the team."
  • From ESPNChicago: "The Chicago Bulls have had initial discussions with Darko Milicic's camp, according to his agent, Marc Cornstein. Yahoo! Sports first reported Wednesday that the Miami HeatLos Angeles ClippersBrooklyn Nets and Bulls were the front-runners for Milicic's services, according to a source. Cornstein confirmed the Bulls' interest to ESPNChicago, indicating that he was trying to explore different landing spots for his client. Milicic was amnestied by the Minnesota Timberwolves last week. The timing of the Bulls' interest is curious given they are going to have to decide on Omer Asik's future in the coming days. Asik agreed to a three-year offer sheet with the Houston Rockets earlier this month and is expected to sign it by the end of the week."
So, pick your player, Asik or Darko?

Both are accompanied with positives and negatives. Darko is cheaper, stronger, more experienced and should be looking to avenge his so far Kwame Brown-esque career. On the low side, Darko isn't a great athlete and a hack-a-shack. The idea of an "adjustment in the rotation" negative for him is a total non-factor due to the rather new look of the team. As for Omer, we know what he can do. He's young, can rebound, can defend, knows his role, fits well, a good athlete for his position ... he's also going to be overpaid (supposed to earn $14 million plus in year three of his new deal). The fact that he will be overpaid makes his non-ability to score stand out immensely to me. Which isn't really a good thing now is it?

As noted above, we won't really know the outcome or deeper possibilities of the situation until Chicago Brass decides what to do with the the bloated offer sheet Asik garnered from the Houston Rockets.

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Written by Darin Ford | 18 July 2012

Sources close to the situation have indicated that current free agent PG John Lucas III, who spent last season with the Bulls, is close to signing with the Toronto Raptors.

Lucas III averaged 7.5 points and 2.2 assists as a reserve for the Bulls in 2011-2012.

The Raptors, who have gone under a roster makeover this offseason, are looking to add JL3 to the squad to back-up newly acquired guard Kyle Lowry. There have been swirling rumors revolving around Toronto's Jose Calderon regarding trades. Word is that Calderon is not interested in coming off the bench as Lowry is a clear upgrade and sign that the organization is going in a different direction, away from Calderon.

With the additions of Kirk Hinrich, Marquis Teague and speculation to add Jonny Flynn among other free agent point guards, the Bulls don't seem to be a suitable destination for John anymore.

ESPN's Marc Stein writes, "The Toronto Raptors are closing in on the signing of free-agent point guard John Lucas III, according to sources close to the process. Sources told ESPN.com the sides are in advanced discussions to finalize the terms on a multiyear deal to add Lucas to a backcourt rotation that had already been strengthened earlier this month by the Raptors' acquisition of Kyle Lowry. One source said Wednesday the Chicago Bulls, who've employed Lucas for much of the past two seasons, were resigned to losing the 29-year-old. With the Raptors and representatives for point guard Jose Calderon working together on trying to find a new home for Calderon via trade, as ESPN.com reported last week, Lucas has been targeted by the Raptors to potentially serve as Lowry's primary backup when Calderon -- who wants a fresh start -- moves on."

We'll keep you updated on the situation at hand.

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Written by Darin Ford | 18 July 2012

Dribble... dribble... dribble... dribble... PASS!... turnover...dribble... dribble... dribble...LAY-UP?!...(annnnnd)...(watch below)...



Yeah, that just happened. NASTY.

Second year Bull, Jimmy Butler, shined today yesterday in his Summer League debut. 25 points on a team that came back from down over twenty at one point is a sizeable feat.

What's your take on the dunk?

I'm impressed with the dunk ... but not too impressed with the team's performance in day one. Comment with your thoughts usng Twitter, Facebook, or even LiveFyre.

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