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April 23, 2014 Updates

Not only did Gibson take exception to officials not granting his timeout request when he corraled a loose ball, the Bulls forward also claimed they missed Nene's foul on the subsequent jump ball that Nene won. "We looked at the film. We saw the jump ball. That was crazy," Gibson said. "But the loose ball, I called three timeouts. I had it, nobody else was around me. D.J. (Augustin) called it a couple times. We had a lot of guys in his face. He just didn’t give us the timeout. "(On the jump ball), I felt like it was a lot of activity. (Nene) just pushed me out of the way. I didn’t know you could do that. But you learn something new every day. Can you do that? He took my whole arm and just threw me. So I didn’t know that was legal and you look at the film, he hits Joakim (Noah) in the face while he does it. So I don’t know what to say." Chicago Tribune

"It sucks," Noah said. "I hate losing. Everyone on this team is giving everything that they have. I feel like they hit big shot after big shot. You have to give credit where credit is due. They're playing at a high level. Throughout the year, it hasn't been pretty at times. But we're a team that finds a way." Chicago Tribune

NBA superstar Joakim Noah has sued his former shoe sponsor -- claiming Le Coq Sportif makes TERRIBLE SNEAKERS that may have damaged his feet ... TMZ Sports has learned. Noah quietly declared war on the French company in a D.C. court back in November ... claiming LCS signed him to a 6-year $6 million deal back in 2007, only to screw him out of more than $1.65 million. In the suit, Noah says he was pumped about the deal at first -- but shortly after he signed, LCS shut down its U.S. offices, fired the guy who signed Noah, and started looking for ways to back out of the deal. Noah claims things came to a head in 2013 when they suddenly stopped paying him money he believed they were obligated to pay. TMZ.com

April 22, 2014 Updates
April 21, 2014 Updates

Sunday turned out to be another one of those nights, and in a 102-93 playoff-opening loss to the Washington Wizards no less. Worse, the tough-minded defense that has let the Bulls stand up to high-powered opponents lacked its usual effort and intensity. So coach Tom Thibodeau zeroed in where he always does. "One-hundred-and-two points, 48 percent, outrebounded — it's hard to win like that," he said, just getting started. "Giving up 35 free throws ... " Boston Herald

The NBA’s three biggest media markets posted significant drops in local TV viewership this season, with the five clubs in those markets shedding a combined 259,000 homes per game from last year. Those losses for the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls highlight a story line for the NBA that saw the league heading into the final days of its regular season last week on pace to post audience declines in six of its eight biggest markets. Only the Dallas Mavericks (up 8,000 homes per game) and Golden State Warriors (up 11,000 homes per game) had posted viewership gains on the season, according to Nielsen data for 27 of the NBA’s 29 U.S.-based teams. Sports Business Daily

Noah’s teammates reached out to him over the weekend. “Everybody made sure he was OK,” forward Taj Gibson said. “Just one of those things where you just have to play through it. “It’s never easy to lose somebody close to you. “But you got to put it behind you and know they’re in a better place and you’re playing for them. I think he has a greater appreciation now. “I think that’s gonna help him play even better.” Chicago Sun-Times

April 20, 2014 Updates

The NBA has informed teams that it is projecting a rise in the salary cap of nearly $5 million for next season, which could aid clubs such as Chicago and Houston in their attempts to steal free agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks, according to sources familiar with the forecasts. ESPN.com

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