Ladewski: Bulls should pursue Al Jefferson in sign-and-trade

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derrick rose 300x160CHICAGO – After the hated Miami Heat bounced his team from the playoffs earlier this week, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose was nowhere to be found at the team’s practice facility.

Once again, he left coach Tom Thibodeau and a few of his battered, beaten teammates to answer questions about his decision to sit out the entire 2012-13 season.

Then again, some things are best left unsaid.

For Team Try Hard, it was a season of sprained body parts and unfulfilled promise, one of too many ills and not enough thrills. The suggested title of the team video is Next Man Down.

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Ladewski: Heat are Easy to Hate — Especially in Chicago

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LebronCHICAGO — Just when I had forgotten how much the Detroit Pistons were disliked back in their Bad Boys days, the Miami Heat awoke the echoes again. Or more accurately, the Chicago Bulls and their fans did it for them.

Every time the name LeBron James was announced, the rowdies can’t hold their boos. Every time he touched the ball, it was more of the same. There were enough hard pushes and shoves, well-placed elbows and venomous talk to reach at least 8.5 on the Laimbeer Scale, I’d say.

The Bulls players aren’t big fans,  either.

“I hate those motherlovers,” one of them grumbled out loud the other day. “They got a roster full of All-Stars, but they ain’t nothin’ but a bunch of . . .”

Insert imagination here.

Ladewski: Derrick Rose Held Hostage, Day 377

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Derrick RoseCHICAGO – The Heat and the Bulls met in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Friday night, but the real story wasn’t about who was in uniform. It was again about who was in civvies.

The undermanned, overmatched Bulls were without Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich, and when center Nazr Mohammed was ejected in the first half,  team radio analyst Bill Wennington was next in line, presumably.

No matter.

What Should Derrick Do? Be Like Mike

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derrick rose 300x160Nearly a year after Derrick Rose went down on a mindless drive to the basket late in a lopsided playoff victory, the  question no longer is when the superstar guard of the Chicago Bulls will return, but whether he should bother at all.

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Ladewski: Can the Pacers and Bulls ever have a rivalry?

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bulls small logopacers small logoOf the half-dozen division races, none is closer than in the Central, where the Indiana Pacers and the Chicago Bulls have been tighter than lockjaw for weeks now.

The Central Division chase may be the most intriguing as well. I can’t recall the last time two teams have been this close in style, substance, record and proximity at the same time.

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