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January 21, 2015 Updates

I wrote last week that Chicago Bulls big man Joakim Noah has privately expressed concerns about his left knee, surgically repaired last spring for torn cartilage, according to a source, while publicly saying it is coming along fine. Sources close to Noah insist the knee is improving and that the greater issue with his diminished statistics and struggle to defend his Defensive Player of the Year title has to do with having to spend more time away from the basket defensively, thanks to the addition of Pau Gasol. While Gasol has significantly boosted Chicago's offense, a case could be made that he is allowing more points than he is producing. Noah is so frustrated, one source said, that he'd welcome coming off the bench to play his normal center position rather than continue to defend stretch 4s and not be in position to quarterback the defense. Bleacher Report

January 20, 2015 Updates
January 13, 2015 Updates

Nikola Vucevic dunked so hard on Paul Gasol, it looked like the Bulls center exploded. Gasol lost his balance coming down, or was shook from the experience, and collapsed backward. On your 3rd or 4th viewing, please take a look at the Orlando bench. Is that rookie Aaron Gordon holding everyone back? I’d love to be the designated holder-back guy on an NBA bench one night. The Big Lead

January 11, 2015 Updates

Gasol was 17-for-30 from the field and 12-for-13 at the line in his 20th double-double of the season. He became the first player to record at least 46 points and 18 rebounds for Chicago since Michael Jordan had 69 points and 18 rebounds in a 117-113 overtime victory at Cleveland on March 28, 1990, according to STATS. "You start making your first couple of shots, your teammates start looking for you, and I was able to find good spots and get in rhythm," the 34-year-old Gasol said. "I give a lot of credit to my teammates. They made a lot of plays for me and looked for me a lot of times." USA Today Sports

“One thing about Pau I notice,” said Gibson, “when he gets it going early it’s a wide open game for him. He started with the low post and then was taking the mid range jumpers. He’s a legit 7-0, 7-1 guy with a long wingspan. And when he gets fouled can knock down his foul shots. One of those nights when you have to throw everyone at him and they didn’t do that. He can do it all, dribble too, put it between his legs, sees the defense, everything.” Bulls.com

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Q: Did you think at this stage of your career you’d have a game like this? Gasol: “You don’t really think of having this type of game. I just try to play the game the right way. Make things happen out there, make the right decisions, contribute as much as I can. But you don’t think about having 40-plus games. You just play the game; that’s what I like to do. I don’t know if I’ll ever score 40 again; probably not. It’s very unlikely. I’m glad I was able to do it tonight. Just got to keep going.” Bulls.com

Q: Have you considered how long you’ve been playing? “I’ve played a lot of years. Once you have played over 10 years in this league you can feel extremely lucky. I feel extremely fortunate to be around for that long. And when you are able to sustain performance….I take pride in being consistent. Consistency to me is what separates you from other players. If you look at my career every single year I’ve been pretty consistent. It’s great I’m still able to do it at this point.” Bulls.com

January 8, 2015 Updates

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