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Chicago Bulls Re-Sign Nazr Mohammed for Season 17

September 23rd, 2014 at 9:09 AM
By Christopher Terzic

Yesterday, the Chicago Bulls announced that they are re-signing 37-year-old backup center Nazr Mohammed, who has spent nearly half of his life in the NBA. He’s played 16 seasons for eight different NBA teams including Chicago, and since joining the Bulls in 2012 the Chicago native has been noted as a great character guy and locker room presence.

Mohammed knows he’s nearing the end of his wonderfully long and prosperous career, indicating that he’s now ‘year-to-year.’ But, Mohammed still trained and prepared this offseason with the intent on playing for an NBA team this season.

Chicago’s gotten to know Mohammed quite well in his past two years as a Bull – both the city and the team. Bulls general manager Gar Forman indicated yesterday that the team was very pleased to be able to bring Mohammed back for another season in an interview with NBA.com.

“Nazr has been a great veteran presence for us the last couple years. He’s a pro’s pro,” said Forman. “He’s been a terrific fit with our team, whether it’s in the locker room or on the practice floor. When he’s called upon, he’s proven to be a player who stays ready.”

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Update: Taj Gibson OK with Coming Off Bench

September 22nd, 2014 at 12:51 PM
By Christopher Terzic

Last week, a CSN Chicago report from Bulls’ insider Aggrey Sam indicated that coming into his sixth season with the Chicago Bulls, power forward Taj Gibson was ‘not thrilled’ with the prospect of not starting this forthcoming season. Over the weekend, Gibson sent one simple tweet to dispel any potential rift and to ‘please miss me with the drama.’

After we looked into the situation here at Bulls101 last week, and made the claim that Gibson had perfectly valid reasons to not be thrilled with still being viewed as a reserve – Gibson squashed the issue like the true pro he is.

Bench player or starter, Gibson won’t let himself become a distraction to the team; another reason as to why Gibson is so popular among Chicago fans and is seen in a favorable light by management.

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Chicago Bulls Announce 2014 Training Camp Schedule

September 20th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Christopher Terzic

If you’re getting the itch for needing some NBA basketball in your life–fret not–you’re not alone. The bad news is that the NBA regular season is still *sighs* over a month away. But the good news is that in the meantime you can satisfy your basketball cravings by checking out the Chicago Bulls training camp schedule which was released earlier this week.

Training camp will officially open Sept. 30 for the Bulls and will be held at their brand new practice facility the Advocate Center that is on South Wood Street between Monroe and Madison streets in Chicago. Prior to the Advocate Center, the Bulls held practices and training camp in Deerfield at the Berto Center since 1992.

Here’s the official press release from the Bulls website and training camp schedule in its entirety:

In preparation for the 2014-15 NBA season, the Chicago Bulls will start training camp on Monday, Sept. 29 with their annual Media Day event at the Advocate Center. Bulls players, Head Coach Tom Thibodeau and General Manager Gar Forman will be available to the media for interviews and photos.

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Report: Taj Gibson Unsatisfied with Reserve Role

September 19th, 2014 at 8:45 AM
By Christopher Terzic

Yesterday, CSN Chicago’s Bulls insider Aggrey Sam reported that Taj Gibson, the Chicago Bulls 29-year-old power forward is privately discontent with his current position as a non-starter for the Bulls. Sam promptly details in his report that Gibson has not started as a Bull on a regular basis since his rookie year, and that Gibson finished in second for the 6th Man of the Year award – an award that many (including Taj himself) felt Gibson should have won last season.

So, the apparent conundrum between Gibson and the Bulls seems obvious (if of course, it is true that Gibson is displeased in his role). Gibson wants to start, but the Bulls value him as a premier player when facing second-units, a role in which Gibson has excelled considerably.

This is where it gets tricky: Gibson feels he’s worthy of a starters role, which is hard to argue given he produced career-highs in nearly every box-score statistical category last season. Also take into account the four-year, $38 million dollar extension that Gibson signed at the beginning of the 2012 season – a reflection of the commitment and investment the Bulls are willing to entrust in Gibson’s significance with the team moving forward.

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Player Profile: Chicago Bulls’ Newest Signee, E’Twaun Moore

September 18th, 2014 at 1:23 PM
By Christopher Terzic

E’Twaun Moore may end up being man number thirteen off the Bulls bench, or he may end up working his way into the regular rotation off the bench next season. To this point, he’s started 24 games in his three-year NBA career, and he’s averaged just over 18 minutes a game in that span.

After appearing in 79 games last season for the Orlando Magic and averaging 6.3 points a game, Moore’s contributions are limited as a scorer and playmaker. Defensively, the 6-foot-4 Moore doesn’t offer much quality other than being capable of guarding either opposing guard position. Although, over 100 possessions he does manage to pick up two steals a game.

Last season, Moore’s player efficiency rating (PER) was 11.1, which suggests he’s correctly viewed as a backup. However, his real plus-minus (RPM) last season was in the bottom ten of the league among point guards at -4.20. A third-string point guard who can also play a little off-guard is who Moore is and what he brings to the table.

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