Sprung: Bulls’ championship hopes hinge on Rose, again

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It’s difficult enough to try to integrate an injured star player at any point during an NBA season. It’s even tougher to ease back a star during the season’s stretch run and adjust during the playoffs. This is the challenge the Chicago Bulls face once again in bringing point guard Derrick Rose back into the fold. Four games into a comeback from his most recent knee injury, the Bulls are very pleased with Rose’s progress and optimistic that they are coming together just in

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Rookie Rankings, Week 16: Banged Up Bulls Get a Boost From Mirotic

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When Derrick Rose suffered a torn meniscus late last month, you could forgive Chicago Bulls fans if their reaction was, “Yeah, we’ve seen this movie before.” It was Rose’s third serious knee injury in less than three years, and in the grand scheme of things actually contained some good news: It wasn’t a season-ending injury. Four to six weeks? Hey, fantastic! Usually when Derrick gets hurt, it’s four to six months! We can deal with four to six weeks! And they can.

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PODCAST: Post-Derrick Rose, Where do the Bulls Go From Here?

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The Chicago Bulls announced Derrick Rose had an MRI, which showed a medial meniscus tear of the right knee that will require surgery. A timetable for Rose’s recovery will be given following his surgery. That leaves Chicago with Aaron Brooks and Kirk Hinrich as the current options at point guard. Nate Robinson is an intriguing option for Chicago on the free agent market. Robinson played well for the Bulls during the 2013 playoffs where he averaged 16.3 points per game. With that in

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Sheridan: MVP Rankings; Edition VIII — Blatt is right on LBJ, sort of

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Back when his team was under .500 and LeBron James was or was not on strike, I sent a text to David Blatt letting him know that I was hearing rumblings that certain members of the Cleveland media had an intense dislike for him, asking him where he was getting his p.r. advice. He wrote back tersely, the implied message being: Don’t text me anymore. I do not believe you. Well, then this Brian Windhorst column came out saying that folks around

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PODCAST: More on Tom Thibodeau’s job security — or lack thereof

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When a player the caliber of Derrick Rose says “We are not on the same page,” that is a mouthful. I have been reporting since Monday that there is a growing belief that Tom Thibodeau has lost the locker room in Chicago, and Rose’s comments after Monday night’s loss to the Cavs poured jet fuel on the still smoldering fire. How much does this have to do with Thibodeau’s methods? Or with his personality? And who might replace him if owner Jerry

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Sheridan: Thibodeau on hot seat as Bulls crumbling internally

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I told you yesterday about mutterings I have heard around the league that Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has lost his locker room. Then last night, Derrick Rose poured jet fuel on the fire with some of the strongest comments he has made as a professional, including “we are not on the same page.” Rose rarely if ever uses expletives, but he used them Monday night after the Bulls got crushed by the Cavs, 108-94. A source close to the Bulls

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MVP Rankings, Edition VII: Mutterings on Thibodeau at Midpoint of Season

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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.

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Rookie Rankings, Week 7: Mirotic Earning His Minutes With Bulls

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When the offseason began, all the talk around the Chicago Bulls was regarding the acquisition of veteran All-Star forward-center Pau Gasol and how he would work in a three-man big rotation with Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. Then the focus shifted to former MVP point guard Derrick Rose and his arduous comeback from a pair of debilitating knee injuries as he played for Team USA in the World Cup and arrived in training camp. Once the first two months of the season

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