Chicago Bulls: Michael Wilbon

Wilbon: Heat take fight out of Bulls

May, 14, 2013
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Wilbon By Michael Wilbon
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BullsScott Strazzante/Chicago Tribune/Getty ImagesThere wasn't much for the Bulls to do Monday except wait for the merciful end.
Even fighters run out of fight. The Bulls couldn't even raise their hands to throw punches Monday night. Too many minutes, too much illness and injury, not enough reinforcements. A merciful judge would step in and call it, except there is no such provision in playoff basketball. So the Bulls, nose pounded flat and eyes swollen nearly shut, will have to go another round Wednesday night before this thing is put to bed.

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Wilbon: Bulls dangerous when motivated

April, 12, 2013
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Wilbon By Michael Wilbon
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What in the world are we to make of the Chicago Bulls now, one week short of the NBA playoffs? Do we believe they're the team that lost by 42 to the Sacramento Kings a month ago or the team that stopped the Miami Heat's historic 27-game winning streak? Come postseason are we to expect the Bulls that lost back-to-back games this week to completely awful Toronto and Detroit, or the team that came from 17 down Thursday night to snap the New York Knicks' 13-game winning streak?

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Derrick RoseAP Photo/Nam Y. HuhDerrick Rose visited Dr. James Andrews, but sources said it was routine.
Michael Wilbon joined "Waddle & Silvy" and discussed what he's heard about Derrick Rose's rehab from knee surgery. ESPN Chicago reported that Rose traveled to Alabama on Tuesday to consult Dr. James Andrews, but sources said it was a routine visit.

Dr. Brian Cole, who performed the surgery on Rose, said later Wednesday that Rose is "ahead of schedule".

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Wilbon: Rose, Cutler enhance cursed image

May, 7, 2012
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Wilbon By Michael Wilbon
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So what could we possibly have done to deserve this sentence of six months in professional sports hell? Which of the sporting gods did Chicago offend to bring about this karma? I grew up accepting the Cubs were cursed, but not the Bears and Bulls, too. Since November, though, a one-two punch to the civic groin has left us face down and semi-conscious in an alley. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in June of 2010; then seven months later the Bears advanced to the NFC Championship game. Looked like smooth sailing. Maybe Jay Cutler spraining his knee was a tip-off we were about to enter a nuclear winter.

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Rose's injury a symptom of the season

April, 29, 2012
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Wilbon By Michael Wilbon
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It was the 26h of December and the Chicago Bulls, who just played on Christmas Day were about to tip off their second game in two days. Richard Hamilton, the veteran guard who had come to the Bulls to be the final piece of a championship puzzle, told me to listen up.

This season, Hamilton said, was going to be like no other. Teams would need to be more patient than ever before, players would, too; they were about to put their bodies through hell. Not just the three days in three nights, but the four games in five nights, the seven games in 10 nights, the weeks without practice and necessary rest and recovery.


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Wilbon: Careful what you wish for 76ers

April, 27, 2012
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Wilbon By Michael Wilbon
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They're lined up around the corner to face the Chicago Bulls in the playoffs. Doesn't matter that the Bulls have the best record in the NBA, that they won 50 games in an abbreviated 66-game season, that they beat heavyweights Miami and San Antonio among others without Derrick Rose in the lineup, that they're the best rebounding team in the league and have perhaps the best bench in the league. Doesn't matter a bit. They've had their eye on the Bulls for weeks, circling the best team in the Eastern Conference like road kill.

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Trouble brewing for Bulls

April, 20, 2012
4/20/12
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Wilbon By Michael Wilbon
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It was impossible to imagine just a week ago, in the euphoria of beating Miami to take a three-game lead at the top of the Eastern Conference standings, that the Chicago Bulls would be in a bit of trouble going into the playoffs.


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Wilbon: Bulls' outlook remains healthy

March, 7, 2012
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Wilbon By Michael Wilbon
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You would think from the hysteria about town that the Bulls were struggling through a losing streak, that they were middle of the pack or worse, that they had issues in the locker room, or undefined roles or a problem between the star and head coach. You wouldn't know from all the screaming and crying over Rip Hamilton's shoulder injury that the team being fretted over has the best record in the Eastern Conference ... oh, make that the best record in the entire NBA. You'd never know that in the context of a season defined by injury and misfortune that the Bulls might just be living under a lucky star.

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Greatness within reach for the Bulls

December, 25, 2011
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Wilbon By Michael Wilbon
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The encore has to be more difficult, right?

You don't just order up a season better than one that produced the league's best record, its Most Valuable Player and its best coach. Unlike opening day a year ago, the Chicago Bulls are big whoop now, no longer able to operate for stretches of time under the radar. They have notice this time, the withering defense, the uncommon depth, the superstar throwback who takes blame but not credit.

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Wilbon: Bulls need vets, not draft picks

June, 22, 2011
6/22/11
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Wilbon By Michael Wilbon
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I'm sitting here obsessing over scouting tidbits about kids born, incredibly, in the 1990s. Upside, downside, wingspan, vertical leap, 3-point range, coachability, footwork, defensive instincts, stretch-4s. I have convinced myself beyond a shadow of a doubt that a kid I have never seen play in person or on television, a 6-10 Latvian shooter named Davis Bertans, is exactly what the Chicago Bulls need. Once again, he's a shooter. Remember what none of the Bulls could do in the final minutes against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals? They couldn't shoot. This Bertans kid, if I believe what I read and am told by people who get paid to nail these things, can not only shoot it, he can shoot it with range, he can shoot it after putting it on the floor and that he's a quick draw. Did I mention he's 6-10?



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Wilbon: Kobe notices Rose's development

December, 10, 2010
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Wilbon By Michael Wilbon
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CHICAGO -- It's not very often young players earn the praise of Kobe Bryant, which is why many in the pro basketball community seemed to notice last month when Bryant sought out Derrick Rose for a hug and some kinds words after the Bulls' 98-91 loss in Los Angeles.

"I can tell when a player truly wants to be better and does what it takes to improve," Bryant said Thursday, one night before the rematch in Chicago.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5