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November 17, 2014 Updates
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But Butler's decision to get to the rim more is backed up in the numbers. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Butler came into Saturday's game averaging 5.7 field goal attempts inside 10 feet this season, out of 12.4 attempts total. Last season, over his first nine games, it was 2.8 field goal attempts inside 10 feet out of 7.6 attempts total. So what has changed? Butler's teammate Taj Gibson has his own idea. Like many inside the organization, Gibson believes it has a lot to do with Butler finding his confidence again. "He got away from just being around the practice facility here," Gibson said. "He got away from Chicago for a while, got a chance to really go home, be around family, work on his game. Sometimes those things are the key to help a player really get his mind right, help his game grow, and that's exactly how he's playing right now. He worked out on his game all summer, got away and came back with a new mentality, focused. ESPN.com

"I felt like I've been managing myself pretty good," Rose said after the Bulls' practice Tuesday. "I know a lot of people get mad when they see me sit out or whatever, but I think a lot of people don't understand that … when I sit out it's not because of this year. I'm thinking about long-term. I'm thinking about after I'm done with basketball. Having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to, I don't want to be in my meetings all sore or be at my son's graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past. (I'm) just learning and being smart." TNT commentator Charles Barkley blasted Rose for the comments. "That was stupid," Barkley said. "Derrick Rose is a great player; he's a great kid. We're so blessed. I limp around, but I go home to a big ol' mansion. There's people who work harder than Derrick Rose who go home to a shack. There are consequences to what we do for a living. We got the best life in the world." Houston Chronicle

It remains unclear whether Rose will be able to play Monday when the Bulls start a two-week, cross-country road trip in Los Angeles against the Clippers. "As soon as he's ready," Thibodeau said. "If he needs time, we're going to give him time. We just got to be patient. It's going to work out. He'll be fine." ESPN.com

November 15, 2014 Updates

The chart above shows the top 10 most frequent rim protectors in the league (by field goal attempts per game against them at the rim), sorted by the field goal percentage they allow. Towards the left means they allow a worse field goal percentage (which is good), towards the top means they defend more attempts per game. Scroll over the player’s name to see his numbers. You can see Pau Gasol at the top left of the chart, which is exactly where you’d want to be: Gasol defends a ton of attempts at the rim per game, and holds teams to under 43 percent shooting — well below the league average at the rim of 54.8 percent. The Brooklyn Game

Derrick Rose’s strained left hamstring is improving, but the Chicago Bulls guard will sit out Saturday’s home game against the Indiana Pacers. Rose, who suffered the injury late in Thursday’s victory over the Toronto Raptors, remains day to day. “It’s a lot better today than it was (Friday),” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We’ll just see how it goes.” Chicago Tribune

November 14, 2014 Updates

Gilbert Arenas: If u cheered for this man when he won #MVP u need to scream louder now when he needs the support the most... the hardest thing is working UR ass off to keep gettn hurt,that shit is deflating to a man mental..u go home every night asking ur self will I ever play the game I love like I once did before...every NBA player remembers that first basket,how many of these #HOFers,retiree's, remember that last shot.??most don't Becuz they didn't know that was the end...#DROSE u have ur whole career to prove who u are..u missed 2 seasons now,take ur time this season,adjust ur body to the game again You can't make up the last 2 years in 1 season...the kid I watched on the #USA team had the swagger of #MVP #DROSE,watch tapes on how you kill #opp right now ur battling #doubt...#CHITRAINERS if u don't control that kids engine he will keep gettn hurt #thegiftandthecurse he has a #LAMBOengine on spare tires...adjust his game until he has fully understand how to use the gift he has...I'll fine him 5k every time he takes off for no reason..protect ur asset u will make the playoff with or without him so baby his game this season...#MVP don't worry about if ur worth the money FUCK YES ur worth what someone pays u...#chitownstandforthisman http://instagram.com/p/vY3meMPP0h/ Instagram


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


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