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  • Apr
    22

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    Derrick Rose was voted the NBA Rookie of the Year.  Rose received 111 first-place votes and 574 total votes from a panel composed of national sports writers and broadcasters.  O.J. Mayo of the Memphis Grizzlies was the runner-up for the award – he received only 5 first-place votes and 127 total votes.

    Rose hails from the Chicago area and led his hometown Bulls to the playoffs with a 41-win season.  Rose became the 3rd Bulls player to win the Rookie of the Year Award – Michael Jordan and Elton Brand also won the top rookie honors.  Rose was the #1 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft and he led all rookies with 6.3 assists per game and was 2nd in rookie scoring with a 16.8 points per game average.  Rose was named the rookie of the month in November, December and March this season.

    Rose did not disappoint come crunch time in the playoffs.  In Round 1, Game 1 against the defending champion Boston Celtics in Boston, Rose scored 36 points, dished out 11 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds to lead the Bulls to the 105-103 upset overtime win over the Celtics.  Rose’s 36 points matched the playoff record for a rookie in his first NBA playoff game.  And in his 2nd playoff game – a 118-115 loss to the Celtics in Boston – Rose turned in another solid all-around performance – 10 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

    Rose has received excellent commendations from players and coaches around the league.

    Former Bulls coach Phil Jackson said:  “He can finish around the basket, and that’s not easy for – he’s not small, but he’s not a big guard.  He’s good at that, and that’s impressive for a guy that size.  His quickness to the basket is impressive.”

    Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant had this to say:  “He plays both ends of the court, which is refreshing to see.  A lot of young players don’t play both ends.  He works hard at it, defense as well.”

    Rose is a superstar in the making and will be the face of the Bulls franchise for years to come.

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  • Apr
    21

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    Despite finishing the NBA Season with the 2nd best record in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, the defending champion Boston Celtics were concerned about their chances in the playoffs.  Right before the playoffs started, they got word that Kevin Garnett – their leader and defensive stopper in the middle – would miss at least the 1st round of the NBA playoffs and maybe more.  In the 1st game of the playoffs against the #7 seed Chicago Bulls, rookie guard Derrick Rose burst out onto the NBA playoff scene with an incredible 1st ever playoff game – 36 points, 11 assists, 4 rebounds and 1 steal.  The Bulls upset the Celtics in overtime 105-103 behind Rose and a solid team effort that saw 5 Bulls players score in double-digits.

    The Celtics struggled to pull out a 118-115 over the Bulls in Game 2 of the series on Monday night.  Ray Allen hit a game-winning 3-point shot with 2 seconds left in the game to prevent the Bulls from taking a 2-0 lead in the best of 7 series .  But the win did not come without a cost.  Rajon Rondo had the game of the night – 19 points, 16 assists, 12 rebounds and 5 steals – but he did injure his left ankle.  Rondo will not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday to rest the sore ankle, but he will play on Thursday night in Chicago.  Leonard Powe, however, is not so fortunate.  Powe injured his knee on a spin move and could only play 3 more minutes on the bum leg.  Tests on Tuesday revealed a torn ACL and Powe will miss the rest of the 2009 playoffs.

    All in all, the Celtics are counting their blessings.  Ray Allen came to life in Game 2, scoring 28 of his 30 points in the 2nd half to help the Celtics pull off the win.  Paul Pierce has yet to bust out in the series -23 points and 7 rebounds on Saturday and 18 points and 8 rebounds on Monday.  Eventually a huge night will come for the Celtics, and when that happens, it could mean the end for this spirited Bulls run.

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  • Apr
    16

    The Chicago Bulls made it into the playoffs Wednesday night, but this could not be the best thing for the team. There are the seventh seed and are going to have to take on the Boston Celtics. The Bulls are going to need all the help they can get and they are getting some, we learned today the Kevin Garnett could be out the whole post season. Since we are in Chicago we are hoping the Bulls can go as far as possible in the playoffs. We also know this is a long shot, but hey crazier things have happened. As always if you are looking for NBA playoff tickets check out.

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  • Feb
    22

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    Good timing or bad timing?

    After numerous trade rumors swirled surrounding Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire last week, the Phoenix Suns and GM Steve Kerr elected not to trade the NBA all-star stud. The non-move looked like a good one for the Suns as he poured in 42 points in Phoenix’s 142-129 blowout victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night. But in that game, a blow to the head may have aggravated an existing injury to Stoudemire’s right eye that caused the partial detachment of his retina. Stoudemire underwent surgery on Friday and he cannot resume physical activities for 8 weeks. Stoudemire originally injured the eye in training camp when he suffered a partially torn iris, with no damage to the retina. Stoudemire and the Suns had been monitoring the condition all season long with monthly eye doctor visits, but it appears something that happened during Wednesday’s game made the injury even worse.

    The Suns are on the outside looking in right now. At 31-23, the Suns are the 9th seed in the Western Conference. They already traded Boris Diaw and Raja Bell, so the loss of Stoudemire stings even more. It will be interesting to see if the Suns will be able to catch the teams ahead of them in the playoff race – Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Hornets , Houston Rockets and Portland Trailblazers – all within 3 games of the Suns.

    Other NBA teams clearly averted disaster by not being able to complete a deal for Stoudemire – those teams include the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors. Just goes to show you how sometimes the best trade is the trade you don’t make.

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  • Feb
    20

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    After pulling off a nice trade the day before (Drew Gooden, Andres Nocioni, Cedric Simmons and Michael Ruffin to the Sacramento Kings for Brad Miller and John Salmons) Chicago Bulls GM John Paxson made a “what are you thinking” trade just before the trading deadline on Thursday. The Bulls sent disgruntled guard Larry Hughes to the New York Knicks for Tim Thomas. The Bulls acquired Larry Hughes at the trading deadline last year in a move to unload Ben Wallace. Hughes has never fit in on the Bulls roster (often refusing to pass the ball to Derrick Rose while in the game), which forced Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro to bench Hughes since January 12th. Hughes is averaging 12.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. Tim Thomas is averaging 9.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in about 20 minutes of play per game. This will be Thomas’ second stint as a Bull. Back during the 2005-6 NBA season, the Bulls acquired Thomas from the Knicks. Thomas played only 3 games and 30 total minutes for the Bulls before the Bulls sent him home that December for not fitting in with the team.

    One positive on the deal – Del Negro has played with Thomas in Milwaukee and was familiar with him as an executive while in Phoenix. Del Negro will clearly spell out Thomas’ role with his new team and expects Thomas to be professional and contribute to the team on a nightly basis. Good luck with that Vinny…

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  • Feb
    19

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    So much for the Chicago Bulls blockbuster trade including Amar’e Stoudamaire, Chris Bosh and Tyrus Thomas. Instead, the Bulls moved Drew Gooden (who hasn’t played in a month because of a nagging groin injury), Andres Nocioni and Cedric Simmons to the Sacramento Kings for Brad Miller and John Salmons. The Kings made the deal to get extra salary cap space this summer as Gooden’s and Simmons’ combined expiring contracts will free up $9 million in cap space.

    Now to the bigger question – why did the Bulls make the trade? Like Gooden, Brad Miller has an abdominal injury and hasn’t played since January 30th (in a blowout loss to the Bulls in Sacramento). Miller is averaging 11.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Compare that with Drew Gooden when healthy – 13.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game – and it is a little bit of a drop off. John Salmons is a big guard (6 foot 6 inches and 207 pounds) and is averaging 18.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He will fit in nicely with the Bulls, but the only negative is that he is under contract this year and next year, and has a player option that he will likely exercise that will keep him on the books through the 2011-12 NBA season.

    The Bulls do get $26 million dollars in cap relief with the expiring contracts of Miller and Larry Hughes. They will either be able to use that money to trade for a big name player this time next year, or save it up for the summer of 2010 when mega stars like Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh hit the free agent market. Stay tuned Bulls fans – the next 2 years will be interesting for sure as the Bulls get set to make some news during the summer of 2010.

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  • Feb
    3

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    Kobe, Kobe, Kobe. Kobe Bryant set the points record at the current Madison Square Garden with his 61-point effort against the Knicks on Monday night. The previous record was held by the Knicks own Bernard King when he scored 60 points on Christmas Day almost 25 years ago in 1984. The previous opponent player’s high score was Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls who knocked down 55 points in one of his classic games at the Garden.

    Kobe scored 61 points and dished out 3 assists, but he had no rebounds. He was 19 of 31 from the field, and he also hit all 20 of his free throws. It was the highest scoring game by any player in the NBA this season. It was Kobe’s 5th 40-point game against the Knicks at the Garden and it was his 24th 50-point game in his career.

    As for the game and some other “good” performances. The Lakers’ Pau Gasol scored 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. The Knicks’ David Lee turned in another great night – 22 points and 12 rebounds. Al Harrington led the Knicks with 24 points, while Wilson Chandler chipped in 20 points off the bench.

    The Lakers are now 38-9. With the .809 winning percentage, the Lakers trail only the Boston Celtics by percentage points – 40-9, .816 winning percentage.

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