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- Pau Gasol Leads Spain Past Brazil With a Huge Game September 2, 2014While much of the focus pertaining to the Bulls in the FIBA World Cup has been on Derrick Rose. His new teammate Pau Gasol has been quietly tearing it up for Spain and he did it again versus Brazil racking up 26 points, 9 rebounds and three blocked shots in 29 minutes against NBA veterans like Splitter, Nene and Varejao. Even more importantly, Gasol looks like he has fire in his belly for the first time in a long time. The post Pau Gasol Leads Spain Past Brazil With a Huge Game appeared first on Hooped Up.
- Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol Providing Valuable Tape September 2, 2014Some were skeptical that it was a good idea for Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol to attend the FIBA World Cup. Don’t count the Chicago Bulls among them. Tom Thibodeau and coaching staff getting extended look at future pairing One of the reasons Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau joined the U.S. basketball team as an assistant coach, aside from helping them win a golden medal, was to get reacquainted and back in rhythm with Derrick Rose. The star Chicago point guard has missed almost two full NBA seasons dealing with knee injuries. His hope is that playing in the world championships will get him better prepared for the coming season. The added advantage is it will give Thibodeau a front row seat to see how Rose progresses, what he can do and what he needs to work on. So far the results are mixed. At times Rose looks extremely explosive, showing his old ability to knife through a defense to the rim. Other times his shot appears erratic and he struggles at the free throw line. So far he’s averaged 7 po
- Derrick Rose 'Fine' With Reserve Role For Team USA September 1, 2014Derrick Rose says he has no issues as a reserve player for the U.S. national team after appearing to be the favorite to start earlier in the summer. "We have a deep team," Rose said. "And that’s what makes us so good. "My role is coming off the bench right now. I'm fine with it. I know no second unit can win when I'm on the court or stick me when I'm on the court." Rose is using the Team USA experience to improve his basketball shape. "I’m just trying to put that behind me," Rose said of any trepidation he's feeling as he ramps up his comeback from the two devastating injuries that limited him to 10 games over the past two seasons with the Chicago Bulls. "I know the questions are going to come and they're going to be there the whole year. So I can’t get tired of it. I’m feeling good right now. Just trying to get in better shape, get in better condition, so that when I do need to score the ball, then it’ll be there."
- FIBA World Cup: Chicago Bulls Players and Others to Keep an Eye On September 1, 2014The FIBA World Cup has gotten underway. Check out the current Chicago Bulls players participating, as well as former Bulls, division opponents, as well as interesting stories that may be new to fans in the States. Dante Exum- Australia Drafted 5th overall by the Utah Jazz, Dante Exum is someone who should be reciting Tupac Shakur’s “All Eyes on Me” throughout this tournament. Being somewhat of an enigmatic player (google him) he will have plenty to prove during the tournament. Good luck getting too much of a glimpse, though. Thus far even in friendlies, he has not started. Chalk up another mark in the mystery column for Exum. Are the Boomers playing this one close to the chest on purpose? Only time will tell, but take a look at some of his youtube footage and it doesn’t take long to see, the kid can flat out ball. Omer Asik- Turkey If it weren’t for Houston’s worthless poison pill in 2012, Asik may still be in a Bulls uniform. Although speaking as an unselfish fan, it’s probably a good thing for
- Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose In MVP Form For USA Team September 1, 2014Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose In MVP Form For USA Team By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… As I was born in Chicago, live in Chicago and have 25 years on my belt as a fan of the Chicago Bulls, even though it is my job to cover the NBA with no bias, I care more about the health and play of Derrick Rose than if the USA wins gold in Spain. I’m sorry, I may sound like a traitor, but the Bulls are my team and I haven’t seen a Bulls championship since I was 9. The Bulls winning a title depends on the health of Derrick Rose and if he is healthy and in MVP form, the Bulls are 1 of the 2 best teams in the Eastern Conference and have their best chance of winning the East since that title when I was 9, so yes I am watching the games more to see how Rose plays and how he carries himself on the court more than Team USA winning. Regardless, he looks excellent. He is playing off the bench for maybe 15-20 minutes per game, but when he plays he looks like, well, Derrick Rose. He has his qu...
- Reading While Eating for May 7: More Impossible Missions May 7, 2013Tom Cruise Signs on for MI:5. Not a huge shock following the success of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, but the fifth film still does not have a director attached. Terrence Malick would probably have an interesting take on Ethan Hunt and the rest of the IMF team. (The Guardian) Three Ohio Women Found After Lengthy Abduction. Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight had all been missing for more than a decade, but were saved thanks largely to the efforts of Charles Ramsey, who placed the crucial 911 call (before later giving an excellent interview). (BuzzFeed) In Other Disappearance News: New Jersey governor Chris Christie had secret lapband surgery in February and reports that he has already lost 40 pounds. (Daily Intelligencer) Let’s Talk NBA Playoffs. Though the first three second-round games were all entertaining in their own right (including the Bulls’ 93-86 Game 1 upset against the Heat), the best of the bunch was last night’s Spurs-Warriors matchup. Down 16 points with fewer than four minutes left in the fourth quarter, San Antonio stormed back to force overtime before eventually triumphing in double-OT 129-127. Despite Steph Curry’s 44 points and 11 assists, the night belonged to Spurs’ guard Manu Ginobli. (Deadspin) Another Heroic Effort: Iron Man 3 racked up $174.1 million at the box office over the weekend, making it the second-biggest opening of all time behind The Avengers ($207.5 million). This, of course, proves the old adage, “Six superheroes make more money than one superhero, even if that one superhero is one of the six that collectively make more money.” (Note: This is not an adage, and people won’t be friends with you if you insist that it is.) (TIME.com) Ten Contestants for the Earth’s Next Superhero. You know, because superheroes are so 2012. Can’t wait for Latvia to save the world and/or defeat the Norse god Loki with their enchanted forests. (mental_floss) A Required Reading List for Jay Gatsby. Apparently The Great Gatsby will be entirely unavoidable this week (much as it has been for the lastEric Dodds
- Can’t Boo LeBron Now: Last-Second Victory Leads Miami Heat to NBA Finals May 27, 2011Wow. Powered by a furious 18-3 comeback run down the stretch, the Miami Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls last night, 83-80, to clinch the Eastern conference title in five games. The Heat will now square off against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals; Game 1 is on May 31. Both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were cold entering the fourth quarter. Wade’s shoulder seemed to be bothering him; by midway through the third quarter, he had committed 9 turnovers. With Chicago holding a comfortable 12-point lead, 76-64, with just under four minutes left, the Heat would have to close the series in Game 6, back in Miami. (VIDEO: LeBron James: Making the Shot) Or so we all thought. Down ten, 77-67, with 2:36 left, Wade hit a layup. James sank a deep three. A Derrick Rose twisting shot in the lane put the Bulls back up by seven points, 79-72, but then Wade hit a three, and was fouled by Rose. Four-point play. Rose forced a shot in the lane and missed: James grabbed the rebound, dribbled up the floor, and nailed another three to tie it, at 79, with about a minute left. The fans fell silent, but you could hear their minds screaming. Oh my God, what just happened? At this point, the Bulls were too scarred to recover. James knocked a Rose pass into the air, and grabbed the steal. What more could James possibly do? Oh yeah, win the game: James took a hard dribble to his left, and shot a jumper from the top of the key. Bang. The Heat had the lead, and after Rose missed a potential game-tying free throw, Miami had a trip to the Finals. Miami beat Dallas in the 2006 Finals, and it would be hard to bet against the team here. But we can save the Finals chalk-talk for later. Over the next few days, you just have to admire the Heat. And no matter what you think of LeBron and his decisions, you have to appreciate hisSean Gregory
- Bulls Player Joakim Noah Yells a Gay Slur May 23, 2011On Sunday night, the TNT cameras caught Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah exchanging words with someone — presumably a Miami Heat fan — while he was sitting on the bench, during the first quarter of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Noah appeared to bark a profanity, then a homophobic slur. Check out the evidence above. Here’s a slowed-down version: (MORE: Kareem and His Hook Shot Deserve a Statue) The clip looked pretty damning. After the game, which Miami won, 95-86, Noah admitted to saying the foul words. “I apologize,” he told reporters. “The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and I responded. I said some things that I shouldn’t have said. I was frustrated and I didn’t mean any disrespect to anybody.” Noah will receive a hefty fine. He should probably be docked extra money for stupidity. In April, the cameras caught Kobe Bryant barking the same word at an official, and fined him $100,000. The NBA takes the issue of anti-gay language seriously. Even before the Bryant incident, the league filmed a public service announcement, featuring Grant Hill and Jared Dudley of the Phoenix Suns, warning about the dangers of homophobic speech. And early last week, Suns president and CEO Rick Welts came out of the closet, a move that was taken as a hopeful sign that the anti-gay vibe that has pervaded sports for years was finally fading. Guess Noah didn’t get the message. (VIDEO: Suns CEO Rick Welts Announces He’s Gay)Sean Gregory
- Watch: Miami Heat’s Udonis Haslem Dunks Twice on the Bulls May 19, 2011NewsFeed has been watching the saga of the Miami Heat since LeBron James so publicly announced that he, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would be joining forces to form a superteam. We just didn’t believe it would be a superteam. But they’re in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, folks, and they’re silencing people who didn’t have kind things to say about them last summer. One example is the two rolling dunks by the Heat’s Udonis Haslem last night at the expense of the Chicago Bulls’ Derek Rose and Keith Bogans. And not to mention, LeBron James scored 29 points and Miami took game 2 in the series…yadda, yadda, yadda. Just watch the awesome dunks.Madison Gray
- LeBron to Chicago. Or New York. Or Miami. Let the NBA’s Free Agent Frenzy Begin! July 1, 2010At 12:01 a.m this morning, the biggest free-agent season in sports history began, guaranteeing that the NBA landscape will be torn apart and rearranged. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh and a collection of other stars, no longer under contract, can be wooed by teams like the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, and other franchises with the salary cap flexibility to spend millions. The ringleader of this bunch is James, the self-proclaimed “king.” Even before the clock struck 12, reports indicated that teams were preparing to move in as early as 12:01, filing into his hometown of Akron, pitching James on their grand plans to deliver him his first championship. The New Jersey Nets, Bulls, Knicks, Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers, his team for the last seven years, are scheduled to meet with James. (See a video of LeBron in action.) So get ready for All-Pro levels of misdirection and misinformation. The sports media is already covering this story as if it were a presidential election, and every NBA “insider” worth his salt will anonymously feed reporters the latest rumors, which will be tweeted in an endless stream of speculation. Already, we’ve heard that LeBron to Chicago is a “done deal,” though that would be pretty difficult to pull off since radio host Stephen A. Smith tweeted that “LeBron James is heading to S. Beach — with Chris Bosh — to team with Dwayne Wade and Pat Riley.” The Knicks are really focusing on Hawks free agent Joe Johnson, since they think he’s a better player than LeBron; but wait, one Knicks exec says “we still think we’re in” the LeBron sweepstakes. Exclusive: by this time next week, you’ll be sick of all the talk, and begging these guys to just pick a team, any team, and play ball.Sean Gregory