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Bulls Training Camp News: What Tom Thibodeau Might Do with All That Depth

October 1st, 2014 at 7:15 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Today, after their afternoon training camp practice, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was asked what his preference for the regular rotation of players would be, and apparently, Thibs is leaning towards going with nine deep. From Sam Smith of the Chicago Bulls website, here’s what Thibs had to say:

If the case is indeed true – that Thibs will go with a nine-man rotation – then it immediately leads one to wonder, who will be left out? As safe an educated guess at this point in time can confidently predict seven guys are absolute locks: Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson, Mike Dunleavy, and Kirk Hinrich.

No Doug McDermott? What about Nikola Mirotic? How about Tony Snell? Those unfamiliar to Thibodeau’s substitution style would be correct to ask where three of Chicago’s most important pieces moving forward might fit into the fold this season.

Well, for as much as Chicago gave up to obtain McDermott, as much praise as Mirotic has received, and as well as Snell played in summer league – it remains unclear where and how Thibodeau uses the young guns.

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Bulls Training Camp News: the Starting Five, Rookies

September 30th, 2014 at 1:54 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Yesterday during Chicago Bulls media day head coach Tom Thibodeau addressed the media in his typical serious, all-business manner. But, while there actually were a few smiles cracked and a couple moments of jest from the normally reserved Thibodeau — he had some interesting comments regarding the Chicago Bulls’ pair of rookies: Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic.

Here’s the transcript of Thibodeau’s intriguing comments yesterday:

Nikola and Doug are two guys we’re really excited we got. Nikola we waited for. And there will be a period of adjustment for him. And Doug as well. It’s a big jump coming into our league. When you look back through history, you see that there hasn’t been two rookies in a championship rotation for a long, long time. They’re unproven. We have to be patient and give them an opportunity to grow and learn. But I like the way they fit. They’re a good fit for us.

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Chicago Bulls Media Day Recap, Rose Expects Championship

September 29th, 2014 at 6:41 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Media day for the Chicago Bulls came-and-went Monday afternoon at the Bulls’ new practice facility, the Advocate Center, in downtown Chicago. The buzz from the media in attendance reflected the positivity that Bulls management, coaches, and players held in their remarks for the forthcoming 2014-15 season.

Starting with general manager Gar Forman’s optimistic views on the team’s offseason, and ending with Pau Gasol’s eloquent and appreciative words – media day was a much needed emotional soother for a city that watched it’s football team get dismantled against its biggest rival, and witnessed one of the city’s classiest athletes ever play in his final baseball game on the South Side only one day ago on Sunday.

Forman started off the day with statements on the offseason, touching on additions like Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic, and how they’ll be crucial in fixing the team’s lack of shooting from a year ago. Forman went on to make mention of the importance of re-signing veteran guard Kirk Hinrich and that “significant offers elsewhere” were made at Hinrich from other teams this offseason.

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Chicago Bulls Add Three Players for Training Camp

September 27th, 2014 at 12:40 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Now with a roster standing at 17 after announcing the signings of Solomon Jones, Ben Hansbrough, and Kim English, the Chicago Bulls are all set for training camp, which opens on Monday with the team’s media day. All three deals are likely camp invites only, and it’s unlikely any of the three stand an actual chance of making the team.

But nonetheless, 6-foot-10 forward Jones is the only one of the three with previous NBA experience having played for Hawks, Clippers, Knicks, Pelicans, Pacers, and Magic in his eight-year career. Hansbrough and English, both of whom are guards, spent time playing overseas last season.

The 17 players on the roster comprise of: Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, Pau Gasol, Doug McDermott, Nikola Mirotic, Kirk Hinrich, Mike Dunleavy, Tony Snell, Cameron Bairstow, Aaron Brooks, E'Twaun Moore, Nazr Mohammed, Kim English, Solomon Jones, and Ben Hansbrough.

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Grading the Offseason of the Chicago Bulls

September 25th, 2014 at 8:26 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Normally, the exercise of prematurely evaluating draft picks and free agency signings before either have stepped foot on a basketball floor for their new team is an exercise of fruitlessness. It’s pandering to the needs of the instant gratification age and eschewing core principles of good journalism. Having said all that, which was very no-fun-police sounding by the way, let’s forget our brief excommunication of why grading an offseason before even one meaningful game has been played is fruitless and go ahead and grade the Chicago Bulls offseason anyway!

As for some general housekeeping and forewarning moving forward in this piece: think of this as more of a formative assessment than a summative one. We can’t in good conscious make any declarative statements or rash judgments before training camp, but we can hypothetically posture what the good, the bad, and the wait and see of this offseason was and will be. So, without further ado, here we go.

The Good

After the Bulls lost their final game of the season last year scoring a paltry 69 points against the Washington Wizards – in front of the home crowd at the United Center, no less – the problem was as loud as a Kanye West visionary stream of consciousness: the Bulls NEED offense, points, scoring, anything.

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