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July 29, 2014 Updates
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The Bulls landed the latter and missed on the former. Now that the roster is basically set, Rose likes what he sees. "I think we have a contender," Rose said. "They were saying something about putting us on top of the East. We know as a team what we're trying to do. We all have one goal. Individually, all summer everybody worked on their games. Everybody is trying to compete for that title next year." Chicago Tribune

ESPN.com reported earlier this month that James' short-term contract with the Cavs, which includes a player option to return to free agency next summer and spans only two seasons, would not dissuade Love from giving Cleveland such a commitment. James' arrival, sources said, immediately put the Cavaliers at the same level as Chicago and Golden State on Love's wish list. ESPN.com

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah says he will be "ready" for training camp as he continues rehabbing from arthroscopic left knee surgery. "I feel pretty good," Noah told ESPNChicago.com on Sunday during a promotional event for Adidas. "Obviously I have a ways to go, but I'm excited. When I see what our team looks like, I think that Gar [Forman] and Pax [John Paxon] put together a very solid team and I'm really excited about next year." ESPN.com

July 27, 2014 Updates

SLAM: Are you prepared to come off the bench? Nikola Mirotic: I don’t know. It depends. It depends how coach wants to use me. I’m ready to accept my role on the team. In Madrid I’m always starter. For sure this is different. This is NBA. I don’t care if I start or don’t start. I have to do my job and I play, so that’s it. SLAM

Rose on Monday will be one of 18 players at USA Basketball’s five-day minicamp in Las Vegas. The week begins the process that will include a three-day August stint in Chicago and culminate with a 12-man roster traveling to Spain for the FIBA Basketball World Cup from late August to mid-September. Rose hasn’t answered questions about his basketball performance since scoring 19 points in 33 minutes during a Bulls’ loss at Denver last Nov. 21. The next night, he tore his right meniscus on a seemingly benign backcut against the Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore. “This is the next step,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who also serves as Mike Krzyzewski’s assistant for USA Basketball. “Derrick has handled every step to this point the right way. The last time he participated in USA Basketball, he followed that with his MVP season (in 2010-11). So we’re hoping he can use this time productively.” Chicago Tribune

Around the same time funeral services were being held for 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, Bulls center Joakim Noah was busy across town at the United Center working to try to curb the violence in Chicago. Through his Noah's Arc Foundation, the All-Star center recently has devoted his time to encouraging peace in the city. On Friday he unveiled a public service announcement asking Chicagoans to stand up to gun violence. Saturday Bulls point guard Derrick Rose and Rockets guard Patrick Beverley, a Chicago native, joined him for the finale of Noah's ONE CITY Basketball Tournament. The championship game saw the South Side, coached by Rose, defeat Beverley's West Side team. "We started doing the peace tournaments a couple of years ago," Noah said. "A lot of people didn't think it was possible to bring people from different parts of the city together. This is more than a basketball game." Chicago Tribune

July 25, 2014 Updates

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN BULLS HISTORY

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

   

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