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April 19, 2014 Updates

Weeks later, Chicago’s Taj Gibson said that his bathroom door at the Skirvin had slammed in the middle of the night for no reason. His teammate Derrick Rose was among the Bulls who heard strange bangs and bumps and became a believer. “It was scary last night,” Rose said. New York Times

To understand the impact and influence Tyrone Green had on Joakim Noah, just go back to Noah's 2007 draft night. Wearing seersucker, a bow tie and an exuberant smile, Noah, minutes after he shook then-Commissioner David Stern's hand and walked offstage, ignored a question on live TV to get serious. "I just want to thank Mr. Green, who has been my mentor," Noah said that night. "I love you to death, Mr. Green." Green, an influential figure in New York youth basketball for 35 years, died unexpectedly last week at 63. Chicago Tribune

Noah missed Bulls practice on bereavement leave and coach Tom Thibodeau was hopeful Friday Noah would be back Saturday. Sources, however, said Noah's leave is open-ended and it's up to him how long he needs to grieve. A source close to Noah said he won't miss Sunday night's playoff opener against the Wizards at the United Center. Chicago Tribune

April 18, 2014 Updates

Michael Jordan’s Bulls swept the Wizards in three games in 1997 (after a nine-year drought for Washington). The Wizards beat Scott Skiles’ grimy Bulls in six games in 2005 (after an eight-year drought). And now, the grimier Tom Thibodeau Bulls will host the Wizards in Sunday’s Game 1 (after a six-year drought). “Mind-set is to go in there and win the series; that’s the only mind-set you should have,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “We’ve played this team the last two years extremely well; we are 2-1 against them this year. They came in and smacked us pretty good last game so that should be a good fresh wound on our guys, the message that they sent us last we played them.” Washington Post

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is progressing in his rehabilitation, and the team expects him to return at 100 percent, general manager Gar Forman said Thursday night. "He's making great progress," Forman said on ESPN Chicago 1000's "GameNight." "When he had the injury, we were very lucky that the meniscus could be repaired. He'll come back and be 100 percent -- there's no question in any of our minds. But because it was able to be repaired, he'll have great stability in that knee and it will take away the chances that it becomes arthritic towards the end of his career." ESPN.com

April 17, 2014 Updates
April 16, 2014 Updates

James, who didn’t utter a peep about his intentions before becoming a free agent in 2010, uttered one at mid-season when asked if he could see himself leaving Miami. “At this point I can’t,” said Bron. “Now,” says an NBA GM, “you’ve got Luol Deng, Kyle Lowry and Marcin Gortat. “And then we’re done.” Forbes.com

Adidas went all in on Derrick Rose, giving him one of the more lucrative deals in the shoe business, but due to two seasons of injuries, they have failed to really capitalize on their investment. The D. Rose line has done OK in terms of sales, but given that Rose hasn’t played, adidas hasn’t exactly dominated the market as they hoped they would with Rose. Fortunately for adidas the Rose line has sold well both domestically and internationally, but it hasn’t been the runaway hits that the LeBron or Kevin Durant shoes have been. Basketball Insiders

April 15, 2014 Updates
April 14, 2014 Updates

D.J. Augustin is not with Chicago Bulls as they prepare to face the Orlando Magic on Monday night because of personal reasons, according to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. According to the Bulls pregame radio broadcast on ESPN 1000, Augustin's wife gave birth Monday to a baby boy. ESPN.com

The Chicago Bulls signed free agent Greg Smith to a contract for the remainder of the season and fully guaranteed for next season, a league source told RealGM. For the Bulls, the signing represents a wise and proactive investment in Smith, a 6-foot-10 center capable of serving as a contributing reserve on a championship caliber team. Despite his season-ending knee injury, Smith was expected to be a valued player in free agency, and only became available when the Houston Rockets released him and he cleared waivers. RealGM

Sources told ESPN.com that the Bulls have been trying to convince Thomas, who's now 41 and ranked as the NBA's oldest player last season with the Knicks, to join them for the playoffs to lend some added know-how and toughness to their frontcourt rotation. But Thomas has not played since last season and, according to sources, considers himself retired. The Dallas native and former TCU star was spotted last week at the American Airlines Center in his hometown to watch the Spurs and Mavs, two of his former teams, as a fan. ESPN.com

The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed forward Greg Smith for the remainder of the season. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not announced. Smith (6-10, 250), has played two-plus seasons in the NBA for the Houston Rockets where he appeared in 89 regular-season games (10 starts). During that time, he has posted career averages of 5.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 0.53 bpg in 14.4 mpg, while shooting .623 from the field and .615 from the free throw line. This season, Smith played in 11 games for the Rockets and averaged 3.5 ppg and 2.5 rpg in 9.1 mpg. NBA.com

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