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April 6, 2015 Updates

But Noah gets a chance to be physical with the Cavs and had a tough foul on James early in the third quarter with the Cavs leading 65-60. The officials jumped in as James got up and seemed to walk toward Noah. But James was just walking to the free throw line to shoot. On the next possession, Noah would stop a Cavs fast break with a little hip check foul on James. Though they both were common fouls and not really out of the ordinary, Cavs coach David Blatt after the game offered his own dramatic soliloquy about the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune heaped on his star. "I thought some of the things that happened were a little overboard. I really do," Blatt said afterward. "But the league will take a look at it and they'll decide what's right." NBA.com

April 5, 2015 Updates

Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is hopeful point guard Derrick Rose will return to action this week. Rose had a meniscectomy on his right knee Feb. 27 and was expected to miss four to six weeks. He has missed 20 games since having the procedure. "Only he knows his body and that's the big thing," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said before Sunday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "So he's got to continue to work through it and I trust him. When he says, he's ready. "Everything's going according to plan. He's got to keep taking the contact on, keep moving forward, and hopefully it will be soon. ... He feels good physically, mentally. We just have to be patient." Toronto Sun

April 4, 2015 Updates

“To be honest, not really (did he expect play at this level),” Mirotic admitted after Friday’s win. “I knew if I come (to the NBA), I come because I know I am going to be ready to play. But I know it’s not easy to play on big teams, like Chicago. I was thinking to improve, to help my team, to play better and to get my chance. “It was tough (at the beginning of the season), different team and you are not playing,” agreed Mirotic. “So in my mind what can I do to get this chance to play? So I worked hard every day and when your chance is coming you need to be ready; if you are not ready maybe you don’t get another chance. I was working and I was ready when the chance came and I’m really, really happy. Right now I am still having my minutes. I am still helping my team. It is a big adjustment for me, too, because right now I am playing two positions; but it’s fun, interesting, tough.” NBA.com

Gasol had 26 points and 10 rebounds for his 50th double-double of the season, helping the Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 88-82 on Friday night. Gasol became the first Bulls player to reach 50 double-doubles since Charles Oakley had 53 during the 1986-87 season. Gasol secured the feat — and the win — with 5.7 seconds to play when he had a tip-dunk of Taj Gibson's miss and got fouled by Andre Drummond. Gasol hit the free throw, giving Chicago a four-point lead and finishing an important win for the Bulls. That followed a sequence when Drummond blocked Gasol's shot before beating the Bulls' big man for a layup to cut Chicago's lead to 83-82. "Just trying to make up for two bad plays," Gasol said. USA Today Sports

April 3, 2015 Updates

KC Johnson: Pau Gasol is finalist for Magic Johnson award, presented annually by PBWA for combo of excellence on court w/ cooperation with media/fans. Twitter @KCJHoop

Whenever Derrick Rose returns to the floor, it’s a given the Bulls will ease him back into play and not give him 40 minutes a night. But according to Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, it’s “unlikely” his return will take place against the Detroit Pistons Friday night at the United Center. Rose was optimistic about his recovery from this recent knee surgery but didn’t want to commit himself to any return date. “He’s not gonna be at where he was when he left off and anybody’s who’s missed that amount of time is normal protocol,” Thibodeau said. “We’ll see when he’s ready to go then we’ll decide how much (he plays).” CSN Chicago

April 2, 2015 Updates

Chicago Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich underwent an MRI on his left knee Thursday, but the results were unknown by Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau following the team’s afternoon practice. “He just got back,” Thibodeau said. “He was having an MRI done this morning. He hasn’t said anything to me yet. He said last night it wasn’t too bad. But I haven’t gotten a report on the MRI yet.” ESPN.com

April 1, 2015 Updates

But while Jordan was ready for the NBA, the NBA wasn’t quite ready for Jordan. After playing their first two preseason games in Peoria and St. Louis, the Bulls were set to show off their prized rookie to their hometown fans on October 9, 1984. They would face the Milwaukee Bucks, the defending Central Division champions led by former DePaul standout Terry Cummings, along with Sidney Moncrief, Paul Pressey and Craig Hodges. They were coached by eventual Hall of Famer Don Nelson. Needless to say, there would be some serious star power on the court. But instead of playing the game on their home court at Chicago Stadium, the Bulls met the Bucks somewhere else, a place that 31 years later is simply hard to fathom. That evening, as Michael Jordan was just beginning his iconic Bulls career, he played his very first game in the Chicagoland area — at a high school gymnasium. CSN Chicago

Washington High School in East Chicago, Indiana, was the lucky institution that hosted Jordan and the Bulls that night, and those who were there still can’t believe it actually occurred. “We were very excited. I mean, to have Michael Jordan playing at your high school gym? He was coming off the Olympics. Everybody was crazy about it,” said Michael Puente, a reporter for WBEZ-Radio who in 1984 was a sophomore at Washington High School. “It’s near the top as one of the biggest events that ever occurred in the city of East Chicago.” “Looking back, it’s hard to believe that that’s how it all transpired,” said Tim Hallam, the Bulls Senior Director of Public & Media Relations who’s been with the Bulls since 1977. He says that heading to East Chicago to play an NBA game that night didn’t seem all that unusual. CSN Chicago

Nikola Mirotic: "When I was playing with Real Madrid and watched NBA games, I thought you could get a lot of easy baskets there. But when you come here you realize these guys play fast and physical. No basket is an easy one. It's easier to make them in Europe. Marca.com

March 31, 2015 Updates


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