Sprung: What Has Gone Right and Wrong for Eastern Conference Contenders

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For the first time in roughly two decades, the Eastern Conference is better than the Western Conference from top to bottom. Nine East teams are at .500 or better – nearly twice as many teams as last season, when sixth-seeded Milwaukee finished 41-41. And the East actually has a winning record against the West this season at 100-98 What changed so quickly from last season, when articles were written about how there was the greatest disparity in conference strength in recent memory? “I

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Bernucca: If Outspoken Butler Isn’t Leader of Bulls, Who Is?

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If you are like many Americans – middle-class, middle-aged males not unlike myself – and watched your first NBA games this season on Christmas, then you probably think the Chicago Bulls are just fine. If you have watched at any other time this season, then you know otherwise. On Christmas, the Bulls played perhaps their best game of the season. They went into Loud City without injured emotional leader Joakim Noah and never trailed against the Thunder, leaving with a convincing 105-96

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Will Derrick Rose Benefit From A New Offense?

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One of the new secrets revealed over the first two days of the regular season was that Derrick Rose is experiencing double vision. Leave it to the Bulls to be the first team to keep things rather interesting. One of the NBA’s worst-kept secrets in 2015 was Chicago management’s dissatisfaction with head coach Tom Thibodeau. Thibs was dispatched from the position in late-May, two weeks after losing to Cleveland in the Eastern Conference semifinals. His replacement, as expected, was former NBA guard

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Five Things To Watch: Chicago Bulls

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It’s been quite the summer for the Chicago Bulls as they head into the 2015-2016 season. It began with another disappointing postseason exit when they were dispatched by their nemesis LeBron James and the eventual Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers in May. From there, a whirlwind offseason began. After falling to James in the playoffs for the third time under Tom Thibodeau and failing to make it past the seccond round for the fourth consecutive year – compounded with other issues –

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Wacky Predictions That Just May Come True

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Every year, unexpected players break out and teams exceed expectations. This year will be no different. So, here’s a strategic look and which players and coaches are the next in line to shock the experts and achieve more than was thought possible.     [Read more…]

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Bulls Offseason Review

WELCOME HOME FRED: The Bulls will open the 2015-16 season with Fred Hoiberg taking the head coaching reigns. He is one of 14 current head coaches to have played in the NBA. Hoiberg, Jeff Hornacek (PHX), Doc Rivers (LAC), Byron Scott (LAL) and Scott Skiles (ORL) are the only coaches who played for the team they currently coach.   Playing and Coaching for Current Team Active NBA Coaches Games Played Fred Hoiberg, CHI        247 Jeff Hornacek, PHX     468 Doc Rivers, LAC           59 Byron Scott, LAL 

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Tweet of the Night: Scottie Pippen thrilled about the Bulls’ hiring of Fred Hoiberg

The Chicago Bulls let Tom Thibodeau go last week and didn’t wait long to bring in his replacement: former NBA player and coach of Iowa State Fred Hoiberg. Hoiberg has seen plenty of success as a head coach in college – he has an overall record of 115-56 in five seasons with Iowa State – and now will have a chance to prove that he belongs in the biggest stage of them all. Scottie Pippen, who can frequently be seen sitting somewhere in

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