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Following an 89-77 victory over first-place Indiana on Monday night, Noah said the Bulls think they are capable of competing with anyone in the East, be it the Pacers or defending champion Miami Heat. "We feel like we can go at anybody, we can beat anybody, when we're hungry. Stay humble and keep grinding," Noah said. "I said right after the game, 'I'm excited about having an opportunity to play these guys again.' " The season series with the Pacers is over -- the teams split four games and the home team won each one -- so another meeting would have to come in the playoffs. "It was real physical; my body is sore right now," Bulls forward Taj Gibson said. "That's the kind of games we play against our rivals, playoff basketball. That's going to happen." ESPN.com

The Pacers, who were led by Paul George's 21 points, have dropped three straight and six of eight on the road. They've lost four of five at the United Center, including both visits this season. "Give them credit, as their defense is elite," George said. "You need quick strikes and fast breaks to beat it." ESPN.com

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With less than a month until the regular season comes to an end, it would seem that time would be running out on Derrick Rose being a full participant in returning to practices with his Bulls teammates. That doesn’t mean playing with USA Basketball this summer is out of the question. If anything, it’s still very much in play and something both Rose and coach Tom Thibodeau want to see happen. “He’s doing fine, he’s doing a little bit more, but he’s nowhere near to practicing,’’ Thibodeau said after the Wednesday shootaround. “At this point, maybe he’ll get a couple practices at the end, but we just want him to lock into the rehab and making sure he’s 100 percent healthy.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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Anthony has free-agent options, and two have risen above everything else: Chicago and Houston, sources with direct knowledge of his plans told Yahoo Sports. The Bulls have an easier path to clear the necessary salary-cap space to sign Anthony, but the Rockets believe they can shed the contracts necessary to offer a third near-max deals alongside Dwight Howard and James Harden, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

The New York Knicks introduced Phil Jackson as team president Tuesday, and during a wide-ranging news conference, he spoke positively of his relationships with Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and former general manager Jerry Krause. Given the occasionally acrimonious relationship with Krause, particularly as the Bulls' dynasty neared its end, the words resonated. And they reached Krause in Arizona, where is employed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. "I appreciate what he said," Krause told the Tribune by phone. "I appreciate he understands the difficulties of the job." Chicago Tribune

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"Phil is a really smart basketball guy and I have no doubt, given time, he'll do very well," said John Paxson, who played for Jackson, worked on his Bulls' staff one season and now is the Bulls' executive vice president of basketball operations. "I've always felt he has a sixth sense about people and it's one of the reasons he's been able to blend different personalities into a cohesive unit. "He's the best at seeing nuances of the game and having patience with people, so I expect him to have success. Every organization is different. And he's walking into a situation that needs leadership and direction. That's what he does well: He leads." Chicago Tribune

Those who know Jackson well weren't surprised he took on this challenge. "Everything Phil does is very well thought out," said Bill Wennington, who played for Jackson and now is a Bulls broadcaster. "As a matter of fact, everything he says is well thought out. His off-the-cuff stuff is used to make a point. He puts a lot of time and effort into everything he says. "Coaching is really management. You're managing egos and trying to put players in positions to succeed. He had to organize his staffs. I think he has a great eye and feel for talent. I think his management skills will be good and he'll do well. Is the whole situation in New York, business-wise, going to be palatable with an owner who likes to have a say? It will be a nice challenge. But he loves basketball so I'm not surprised. I'm only surprised it took this long." Chicago Tribune

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After getting off to a 21-13 November and December, the Rockets have been 23-8 since January 1. The only team with a better winning percentage in 2014 has been the Los Angeles Clippers, at 26-8. A big reason is the resurgence of Dwight Howard, who seems to be recovered from the 2012 back surgery that hampered his lone season with the Los Angeles Lakers last season. Howard, a three-time defensive player of the year, has not only helped the Rockets in what was one of their weaknesses last year, but has averaged 19.7 points and 13.1 rebounds per 36 minutes. "The biggest thing is his health," Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Howard. "If you watched closely last season, he started the year off slowly and finished the year very well. And this year, he's just continued on. Everyone talks about the defense, but offensively, he's very good." USA Today Sports

Joakim Noah doesn’t want to get involved with all the hype surrounding his candidacy as a first-team All-NBA performer. But he might want to start, considering he has a $500,000 bonus check coming his way if he receives that honor at the end of the regular season. Chicago Sun-Times

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