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April 24, 2015 Updates

When asked about the constant speculation regarding his job, and the fact that his name continues to pop up for openings around the league, most recently for the Oklahoma City Thunder's job that became available earlier this week when Scott Brooks was fired, Thibodeau brushed the talk aside. "It's all noise," Thibodeau said before Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. "That's why it's so important, I think, to establish a routine. You stick to it no matter what. You do it each and every day, nothing should ever change. Put everything you have into getting ready to play and understanding what goes into winning. All that stuff's a bunch of nonsense." ESPN.com

The win put the Bulls up 3-0 in the series, while the Cavaliers matched it, taking a commanding 3-0 lead over the Boston Celtics. So certainly the Cavs have to be on Rose’s radar, right? “Hell no. I’m not thinking ahead,’’ Rose, who scored a season-best 34 points, insisted. “Just trying to get better every game and push myself.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

April 23, 2015 Updates

There were rumors that Pachulia might be suspended for Game 3 but the league did not rule him out based on the incidents Monday. “I think there was a lot of speculation of what was going to take place, but nothing took place,” Kidd said. “I think the ruling comes from New York. From what they said, nothing was justified to be suspended. We’re lucky to have Z.” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Gasol is a truly remarkable man. Every game this season, win or lose, good game or bad, Gasol has been there to speak with reporters. He can be political at times, though always earnest and thoughtful. He’ll be critical, but never personal. Which the great majority of reporters respect. The reporter seeking to undermine the player or team is the aberration, though they are present at times. Most are satisfied to be the intermediaries for the public, basically doing their jobs. Gasol understands, and it’s not disingenuous when he basically always thanks reporters after interviews for their questions. NBA.com

April 22, 2015 Updates

Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls has won the 2014-15 Magic Johnson Award, which annually recognizes the player who best combines excellence on the basketball court with cooperation and dignity in dealing with the media and the public, the Professional Basketball Writers Association announced today. Pro Basketball Writers

Well, that’s not exactly how Derrick Rose phrased it after Bulls practice Tuesday following the Bulls going ahead 2-0 in the first round playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks. “It’s all about the team,” Rose told reporters of his favored philosophy. “I could care less about myself and how I’m performing. As long as we get the win, as long as everybody is playing well and we get the victory, that’s the only thing we care about. (We) started off kind of sluggish in the first half (ahead 39-38), but you’ve got to find ways to win in the playoffs. That’s the great thing about it. “I could have gone 0-for-35, 40,” added Rose. “As long as we get the win I could care less about the way I shot. We won. A lot of people picked up the slack with Jimmy (Butler) and Pau (Gasol) and everybody else making hustles plays.” NBA.com

And playing with Rose, who perhaps made the most important statement of all with 38 minutes and reporting no physical problems the day after. “I feel good,” said Rose. “I’m real confident in my body and how hard I worked to get back here, and I feel great today. As far as playing those type of minutes every game, we’ll have to see. I know that we have a dangerous team. It just takes us coming out and playing with that aggression right away and everybody following behind. But I don’t have to worry about anything. Just go out and play.’’ Soreness? Aches? “None,” said Rose. “Feeling great.’’ NBA.com

April 21, 2015 Updates


Very few doubts with the Top 2, but who comes after Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen?


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