Michael Wilbon is a featured columnist for ESPN.com and ESPNChicago.com. He is the longtime co-host of "Pardon the Interruption" on ESPN and appears on the "NBA Sunday Countdown" pregame show on ABC, in addition to ESPN. You can follow him on Twitter: @RealMikeWilbon
After a promising season ended with an ugly Game 6 flameout, it's hard to see Chicago not going in a different direction with its head-coaching job.
Holding a 2-1 lead on LeBron James puts Derrick Rose & Co. in unfamiliar territory -- though they'll certainly take it.
The Bulls' ensemble cast has all the pieces to beat LeBron James' Cavaliers, but Chicago must stay focused.
Nikola Mirotic's contributions to the Bulls make him worthy of rookie of the year consideration.
Yet again, the Bulls are the NBA's most injured team. With Jimmy Butler now out along with Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose, a deep playoff run will be nearly impossible, Michael Wilbon writes.
Nobody represented his city or team more joyously, or more admirably, than Mr. Cub did. Ernie Banks died Friday at age 83, Michael Wilbon writes.
The Bulls must evolve with the NBA on health issues to stay fresh and be a serious title contender.
If the Chicago Bears are serious about winning, their first call should be to Bill Polian, Michael Wilbon writes.
A new Derrick Rose and an improved Jimmy Butler are only the tip of a sword that's getting sharper by the day, Michael Wilbon writes.
Chicago, still finding its way, is a good team, but the streaking NBA leaders are a cut above, Michael Wilbon writes.
From GM Phil Emery, who hired coach Marc Trestman, who can't get the most out of Chicago's talent, there's plenty of blame to go around, Michael Wilbon writes.
Yes, having Derrick Rose would be nice, but the Bulls are in a position in which there's no need to rush him back, Michael Wilbon writes.
The Bulls appear built to withstand injuries -- even to Derrick Rose -- this season.
Yes, the Knicks are ugly, but it was top-to-bottom domination for Chicago at Madison Square Garden, Michael Wilbon writes.
The Chicago Bulls know playoff heartache and failure intimately, which makes this Bulls team more ready than LeBron James and the imposing Cleveland Cavaliers to win a championship, Michael Wilbon writes.
At 2-1 after beating the New York Jets on the road, Chicago is winning now ... and could well get good later, Michael Wilbon writes.
Built to win games now, the Chicago Bears' offense must be better than it was against Buffalo -- and it starts with face-of-the-franchise QB Jay Cutler, Michael Wilbon writes.
Some ask whether international play is necessary for Derrick Rose. The answer is a resounding yes, according to an expert who suggests it's "the perfect setting" for his comeback.
Their summer additions finally give the Chicago Bulls the potential for a modern NBA offense, but they still lack a second shot creator.
The Washington Wizards have proven to be physically superior to the Chicago Bulls -- and more talented and explosive, Michael Wilbon writes.
Veteran's huge Game 3 brings Bulls back from the edge in series with Wizards.
The Bulls have a lot to figure out in a short amount of time to get even with the Washington Wizards.
Through their play and a little luck, the Chicago Bulls' playoff path looks promising.
Led by an emotional Joakim Noah, the Bulls managed to beat the Heat in another regular-season game but know an NBA King isn't dethroned in March, Michael Wilbon writes.
Emotional and skillful center Joakim Noah is healthy, confident and leading the Chicago Bulls to unexpected heights
Offense remains a formidable foe for the Chicago Bulls and likely will be an insurmountable obstacle to playoff success.
Another year lost to a knee injury is not quite as grim for Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls.
Carmelo Anthony is worth the risk for the Chicago Bulls.
The Bears need to fully embrace their new identity as offensive juggernaut if they want to make the playoffs, writes Michael Wilbon.
A spirited Derrick Rose insists he won't change his style of play after two knee injuries.
Marc Trestman must trust his offense more for the playoffs to be in the cards.
Derrick Rose may never be the same and the Chicago Bulls must compensate in order to again contend in the future.
The Chicago Bears should avoid the risk of playing against Ndamukong Suh and sit Jay Cutler for another week.
Derrick Rose's return to the Chicago Bulls is still a work in progress.
One could see some of the old Derrick Rose and Chicago Bulls on opening night, but they have much to learn if they are to knock off the Miami Heat come the postseason.
Taking down a defending champion requires a special kind of player. Come Tuesday night in Miami, we'll see whether Derrick Rose is that player, writes Michael Wilbon.
The Bears have been able to beat bad teams like the Giants while not yet at their best.
We should applaud -- not criticize -- Michael Jordan's honest opinion on beating LeBron James in one-on-one.
The Bears' offense is trying to evolve while the defense has maintained its game-winning identity.
The Bears' offense still appears to be a work in progress while the defense remains in dominant form.
The Bears will miss Brian Urlacher, but history shows there will be another for the linebacker-blessed franchise.
The Heat took the fight out of the Bulls in Game 4 of the Eastern semifinals.
Their Game 2 disaster shows just how good the Chicago Bulls have to be to beat the Miami Heat.
The Chicago Bulls are overcoming excuses and despair with a confidence that anything is possible.
Wilbon: The Bulls' resolve is amazing, but can only take them so far.
The Bulls took a 2-1 series lead by staying true to their identity as a defensive team.
Those who criticize Derrick Rose for not playing should consider the risk of returning too soon from ACL surgery.
The Bulls proved again they can meet the toughest challenge, which could bode well for the playoffs.
Brian Urlacher is another casualty of an NFL system that shows no mercy -- even for icons.
The Heat is too great for a Derrick Rose return this season.
Their stellar defense has carried the Bulls as far as it can.
Michael Jordan's 50th birthday serves to remind those stuck in the moment of the greatness of his legacy.
If the Bears miss the playoffs, it could lead to big change at Halas Hall.
The Bears leave San Francisco -- as usual -- in crisis mode.
The Bears proved critics right and might face another big test without Cutler.
The Bulls will be competitive without Rose, but they won't contend for a title.
With a smothering defense and emerging offense, the Bears might be the NFL's best.
The Bears should just let Cutler do his thing, and they might be better off for it.
The Bears' defense is aging, but it put on a dominant display in Dallas.
The Bears needed a strong showing but delivered a debacle at Lambeau.
The steady approach of Robin Ventura will be put to the test in September.
Jay Cutler and his offensive weapons are redefining the Bears' image.
Rose and Cutler enhanced Chicago's reputation as a cursed sports town.
As he tries to beat his former team, Doug Collins knows Derrick Rose's misery.
Derrick Rose's season was a casualty of the NBA's overaggressive scheduling.
Some 76ers who viewed the Bulls as an easier first-round opponent may learn a hard lesson.
Losses to the Wizards and Heat put the Bulls in danger of losing the No. 1 seed.
The Bulls' win over the Heat was important
Lacy J. Banks will be remembered by Michael Wilbon as the driving force of his career.
The Bulls did what they should have done at the trade deadline: nothing.
The Chicago Bulls remain in good shape despite Rip Hamilton's injury.
Northwestern alum Michael Wilbon can't bear to watch the Cats' run for history.
The Bulls need luck -- not less time for Rose and Deng -- to survive this season.
Chicago Bulls can't attain ultimate goal without unheralded Luol Deng.
Rivalry shapes big picture for Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat.
The Bulls must believe they are underdogs because no one else does.
The Bulls could build upon last season's success in a big way.
Hamilton gives the Bulls the backcourt scorer they've been looking for.
Chicago Bulls need to acquire offensive help, but can they afford it?
The loss of Cutler does not automatically end the Bears' playoff hopes.
Chicago Bears' defense, special teams once again define team's winning identity.
Bears' defensive speed slowed Michael Vick, set up huge rematch with Lions.
Terrell Owens has enough left to help a Bears team lacking No. 1 wide receiver.
The Bears have regressed after GM failed to improve OL and receiving corps.
The Chicago Bulls need seasoned veterans more than promising draft picks.
The White Sox have the talent but not the results, and the Cubs try to stay afloat.
The Bulls were overpowered by the Heat in a way that leaves something of a stench on what was, in any complete context, a wonderful season.
The Bulls are paying dearly for being passive at the trade deadline.
The Heat used the Bulls' formula for success to beat them in Game 2.
"The Decision" didn't go their way, but the Chicago Bulls' backup plan has worked just fine.
Bulls can go far with balanced effort they showed in Game 5 win.
Derrick Rose wasn't firing on all cylinders, but he willed the Bulls to a win anyway.
Wilbon: The Bulls' complacency opens the door a crack for the Hawks.
The Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose notched another winning milestone against the Indiana Pacers.
Derrick Rose is shouldering the load the way Michael Jordan did for the Chicago Bulls, and so far he's met every challenge.
Dave Bolland's refusal to quit on season helps his team keep theirs going.
NBA history says Derrick Rose must take his lumps, but the Chicago Bulls star's history suggests otherwise.
The crusty old guys with all the championship rings don't give their blessings easily, if at all. But the old Chicago Bulls, right down to Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, appear smitten with this year's team.
Teams can win multiple championships in professional basketball, but Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf was unwise to predict them.
With six weeks left in the regular season, the Chicago Bulls have evolved into a charming little ensemble whose cast members are certain that they've got everything they need to win it all this year, most notably superior defense and the chemistry of a Little League team.
The Bulls made a major statement by beating the Heat for the second time.
Open Tom Ricketts' wallet and Wrigley Field's door and let Albert Pujols walk into Chicago sports history. The long-suffering Cubs might never get a better opportunity to end the drought than the one they can seize this fall.
Chicken wings, cheeseburgers, brats. Yep, this one had everything a good Super Bowl party needs. And did we mention Jennifer Lopez and the president of the United States?
What's the Pro Football Hall of Fame to do when all 15 finalists are worthy of induction? Do you leave Richard Dent off your ballot? Deion Sanders? Marshall Faulk? One ex-voter makes the tough choices.
After watching Jay Cutler's peers line up to question his toughness, Michael Wilbon says the Bears QB will have a tough time changing the dialogue.
Jay Cutler is the latest Chicago Bears quarterback to prove unworthy of his stellar defense.
A Bears loss to the Packers? What a revolting thought.
Forget LeBron, Saturday night was about two kids from Chicago's South Side -- Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade -- dueling at the United Center.
The 'no respect' act is cliche, but the Bears have proved worthy of the motivation.
In one final clash with old rival Brett Favre, the Bears rolled to the NFC North title.
One writer's take: Yao Ming has had a greater cultural, and maybe financial, impact on pro hoops than any player in league history. But what happens to the NBA in China if he's finished?
With Derrick Rose emerging as a true leader, it's OK to finally feel Bullish in the post-Jordan era.
As he arrives in Chicago for a rematch with the Bulls, Kobe Bryant says Derrick Rose's team is starting to look like a contender.
You've listened to Michael Wilbon argue on TV for years. Now he's plying his debating skills for us, too. Here's his position paper. Read it. Learn it. Live it.