Things can change rather quickly in the NBA. A team can look completely hopeless in one month to dominant in the next (Detroit Pistons come to mind). Conversely, a team can look absolutely dominant in one month but can go through a rough stretch where questions begin to pile up. The Chicago Bulls have been a good example of the latter: after starting the season 25-10 and looking like one of the top teams in the league, they have dropped six of
You hear a lot of things when you are connected to a bunch of heavy hitters, and I heard a couple of things last week that sent me in search of the truth. And whatever the truth is, it was not readily apparent. First I heard from a source close to the Bulls that Tom Thibodeau had lost his locker room, his football coach mentality wearing thin with key members of a roster who it is fair to say have underperformed.
The Chicago Bulls have been one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference for much of the season, and they are still the favorites to come out of the East in Vegas when all said and done. Does that sound right, though? They finished with a fourth-best 27-14 at home last season in the conference with a seemingly worse roster than the one they currently sport, but are already closing in on the 14 losses from last year (there is still
Shlomo Sprung: Hello everyone, and welcome to another column about the greatness of Jimmy Butler here on this fine basketball website, Sheridanhoops.com. (You know this is the place that broke LeBron to Cleveland, right?) Before we begin, I just wanted to remind readers that Butler’s true shooting percentage has gone up a full 2— Suzyn Waldman: Ohhhh mahhhyyy gawdd!! Kelzz Dayton is up in Chris Sheridan’s luxury bawx!!! He’s coming back for another season of Most Improved Player Rankings!!! OHH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS!!!!!
The Chicago Bulls took a nice trip through the White House on Thursday on their day off. The team is in Washington, D.C. for their road game on Friday against the Wizards. I don’t know much about politics or the White House, but it looks like a few of them could stay behind and would fit right in with Mr. Obama and his staff.
A player must be a really bad man [in that tough guy kind of way] for a team to be weary of him alone. If you follow the Twitter account of the Eastern Conference leading Atlanta Hawks, perhaps one of the most entertaining sports team handles out there to follow, then you know they have a way of taking the negative in situations and making it a bit humorous. After having the league’s best record in December and running off 18 wins
Young players having the best seasons in their careers right before they’re due a new contract is hardly a new phenomenon, but it takes on new significance due to the NBA’s current economic situation. A likely escalation in the salary cap this summer will allow free agents to obtain more expensive contracts from a larger pool of teams with newfound cap space. A quartet of these young, emerging stars— Milwaukee’s Brandon Knight, Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, Orlando’s Tobias Harris and Golden State’s
In today’s NBA, the formula for winning in recent years was simple: Accumulate as many maximum-salary stars as you can without breaking the bank. But when you start piling up eight-figure salaries against the luxury tax, the bank breaks pretty quickly. So teams fill out their rosters with minimum-salary veterans. And if you look at the top of the NBA standings right now, many teams are getting very productive seasons from veterans signed to minimum-salary deals. The Chicago Bulls added Pau Gasol to Jimmy