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April 13, 2014 Updates

“What is it like to play for Thibs?” Anthony said. Anthony’s interest in Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau can be taken one of several ways. Anthony, who lives and breathes basketball, is merely interested in learning something about one of the NBA’s top coaches. In fact, Anthony will be working with Thibodeau, who was named to USA Basketball’s coaching staff last June. Of course, Anthony’s impromptu background check on Thibodeau could also be his idea of due diligence since the Bulls loom as an attractive option this summer for the free-agent-to-be. New York Daily News

April 12, 2014 Updates
April 11, 2014 Updates

Derrick Rose, who hasn't played since tearing the medial meniscus in his right knee in November, remains a wild card. Rose told USA Basketball he would like to come to training camp July 28-31 in Las Vegas, and the Chicago Bulls — coach Tom Thibodeau is a U.S. assistant coach — would like Rose to participate if he's ready. "As far as we're concerned, we want him to come if he's capable of doing so. If that's the case, then everyone will know where he is in terms of his status," Colangelo said. "It's just an unknown. He's on our roster. If he's prepared and equipped to go, then great. Since that's not until the end of July, there's plenty of time here for him." USA Today Sports

April 10, 2014 Updates

Until becoming his teammate this season, Mike Dunleavy spent Joakim Noah's entire NBA career as a Central Division opponent. "I heard teammates say, 'I can't stand that guy,'" Dunleavy said. "I had a perception of him as a polarizing guy, one where teammates love him and opponents don't like him. A lot of it is because he plays so hard and a little because of his antics. "But I never really saw a reason to not like him. I just thought he always played hard and I didn't think anything about him was dirty. If a guy is dirty, then you have a reason to not like somebody. But because he claps or does whatever? I never looked at him in that light. I just respected how hard he played." Chicago Tribune

Boozer called the role reduction "challenging" but said he still sets a double-double as his goal. Boozer finished with six points and four rebounds against the Timberwolves. "I've just adjusted," he said. "I'm doing whatever I can to help my team in the minutes I'm out there. I'm being a team player. It's all about winning. You make sacrifices for the betterment of the group. That's what we're all doing. "Each night, there are different challenges depending on matchups and how often you touch the ball because that varies. But the intensity is always there. The passion is always there. Playing hard to win is always there. The numbers may vary, but the winning part is always there." Chicago Tribune

April 9, 2014 Updates

It appears the Bulls aren't completely done with their late-season roster maneuvers. A pair of veterans who have played for the team in the past, point guard Mike James and power forward Lou Amundson, will be signing with the Bulls in the near future, according to a league source. James played for the Bulls earlier this season and Amundson, who played for New Orleans earlier in the campaign, was briefly on the team last season. Both players would be playoff-eligible because neither was on an NBA roster on March 1. CSN Chicago

When Mike James' 10-day contract with the Bulls expired in January, the veteran guard said he hoped to return and coach Tom Thibodeau said James always stayed ready. Thursday will be that day. James will sign for the remainder of the season and be eligible for the playoffs, sources said. That will bring the Bulls' roster to 14 players and provide insurance should Kirk Hinrich or D.J. Augustin suffer an injury or foul trouble. Chicago Tribune

KC Johnson: USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said he had lunch with Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf last week and got positive updates on DRose. Colangelo: "If Derrick's capable, he's going to find out at camp about where he is. For his own peace of mind, he needs to know that anyway. Twitter @KCJHoop

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah says he will not play for France in this summer's World Cup of Basketball. "It wouldn't be fair first of all, for my teammates, to even think about anything past today," Noah told ESPNChicago.com after Wednesday's shootaround. "When the French people ask me about [playing], it's hard to predict what's going to happen next year, or in two years. I live my life day to day, and I feel like the NBA season is, it's brutal. To play all year, I think it's something that is too much for me. So definitely not this year." ESPN.com

April 8, 2014 Updates

Joakim Noah walked into his house after taking his dog to the park and plopped down on a chair in his living room. The room is filled with art created by his mother and a family friend. The art symbolizes life and energy, a perfect metaphor for the guy whose energetic passion for living is on display during every Chicago Bulls game. On a lazy Sunday afternoon, the Bulls' All-Star center was reminded he once said, "I'm not a very skilled player. I'm not talented." "I used to say I'm not gifted, but I take that back," Noah told USA TODAY Sports. "I feel more and more gifted, and I'm feeling more and more confident in what I'm doing and I feel I can still get better." USA Today Sports

If you ever watched the elder Noah play tennis, you see where Joakim's passion comes from. Two summers ago, the son watched his father's 1983 French Open final victory against Mats Wilander. "I was just surprised. I saw so many similarities in the way he played tennis and the way I play basketball," Noah said. "He was very aggressive in his approach and the way he played, and played with a fire that you didn't see often. He got the crowd into it and pumped up." USA Today Sports

On the day the Bulls took their official team picture before practice, Brewer arrived in time to be captured for posterity. He signed a free-agent contract to return to the team where he averaged 6.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists as a critical rotation piece for a team that led the NBA in regular-season victories from 2010-12. "I'm very excited to be playing with (coach Tom Thibodeau)," Brewer said. "He's a tough coach. I play hard and try to hustle. That's the type of players he likes. I'm just happy to be back with some of my old teammates. "I never needed the ball a lot on offense and I try to play as hard as I can on defense. I feel like if I do that, I can help this team out." Chicago Tribune

April 7, 2014 Updates
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