Bulls Rumors & News

  • Tom Thibodeau fired as Bulls Head Coach

    NBA.com "Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman announced today that Tom Thibodeau will not be retained as the team’s head coach. Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said, “The Chicago Bulls have a history of achieving great success on and off the court. These accomplishments have been possible..." May 28

  • Can LeBron James finally be compared with Michael Jordan? 'Absolutely,' says a former Chicago Bulls teammate

    Alabama.com "For five of his six seasons as a member of the Chicago Bulls, Bill Cartwright was Micheal Jordan's teammate. Those five Bulls teams -- between 1988-89 and 1992-'93 - lost twice to the Detroit "Bad Boy" Pistons in the Eastern Conference finals before winning three consecutive NBA championships,..." May 28

  • Bulls seriously weighing whether to fire coach Tom Thibodeau

    ESPN.com "The Chicago Bulls are giving increasing consideration to firing coach Tom Thibodeau and absorbing the corresponding financial hit, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the prospect of Chicago simply terminating its highly successful but often contentious relationship with..." May 28

  • NBA free agents: Entire class of 2015

    CSN Washington "Here's a league-wide list of all NBA Free Agents in 2015. Various team and player options must be declared before free agency begins July 1. More on several of these options as possible fits for the Wizards in the coming weeks. KEY: (T) = Team option. (P); (P) = Player option; (R) = Restricted..." May 27

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Small item but Nazr Mohammed said he plans to play an 18th NBA season and is confident he'll sign somewhere.

  • Bulls may dump Thibodeau only after other coaching vacancies are filled

    Pro Basketball Talk "Tom Thibodeau might prefer to sit out next season rather than accept a trade that helps the Bulls – even if it means forgoing a big raise. Well, the Bulls can see that stubbornness and raise more of their own. In fact, there’s growing concern that’s just what will happen. Marc Stein of..." May 26

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    More and more you hear Thibs admirers around NBA say they fear Bulls determined to let all three open jobs get filled and then let Thibs go

  • Report: Tom Thibodeau believed to prefer sitting out next season rather than helping Bulls by accepting trade

    Pro Basketball Talk "Asked about his future with the Bulls, Tom Thibodeau said, “Until they tell me I’m not, I expect to be here. So, that’s the way I’m approaching it.” They might tell him he’s not sooner than later, but they’re following a plan. And Thibodeau might have his own ideas Mark Carman of..." May 23

  • Will the Derrick Rose of old return?

    ESPN Chicago "Derrick Rose was disappointed that the Bulls' season came to a close after a lopsided loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last week, but the 26-year-old former MVP seemed surprisingly upbeat given the circumstances. After missing all but one game in..." May 21

  • 2014-2015 All NBA Teams named

    NBA.com "The NBA announced today that Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been named to the 2014-15 All-NBA First Team. The distinction is the first in Davis’ three years in the NBA. Davis, 6-10, 220, led the NBA in Player Impact Estimate (PIE), which measures a player's overall statistical contribution..." May 21

  • Lakers will pursue Tom Thibodeau

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant clearly put out word last summer that he wished the Lakers could hire Tom Thibodeau. The Lakers reportedly sought permission from to interview Thibodeau, but they hired Byron Scott. Scott got on his players nerves (and vice versa), professed his disbelief in analytics and oversaw..." May 21

  • Behind the Scenes of the NBA Draft Lottery

    Grantland "A few thoughts on the playoff interruption that is the annual NBA draft lottery … • The best thing about the lottery is watching some of the world’s most sophisticated basketball thinkers sweat over the order in which numbered Ping-Pong balls get sucked up a tube. The absurdity hits home in the..." May 21

  • NBA All-Defensive teams named

    NBA.com "The NBA announced today that Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. The distinction is the first in Davis’ three years in the NBA. Davis, 6-10, 220, led the league in both blocks per game (2.9) and total blocked shots (200). Additionally, Davis..." May 20

  • Magic willing to pay Tom Thibodeau $7-9 million per year

    Racine Journal-Times "As usual, there wasn’t a shortage of rumors flying around the NBA pre-draft camp. But the most discussed one, hands down, pertained to the status of Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. To virtually every NBA official in attendance, it wasn’t a question of whether Thibodeau will remain with..." May 19

  • Why NBA Has So Many Dumb Rules--And Won't Change Them

    Forbes.com "There’s a reason the NBA has dumb rules like Hack-a-Shaq, which is messing up a perfectly good post-season, dating back to the 1940s when the league emerged from the bushes in Tri-Cities and Ft. Wayne. We always did it this way. I didn’t say it had a good reason. If hacking represents the..." May 19

  • Tension between Rose and Butler marred game 6

    CBSChicago.com "There’s a reason why Derrick Rose shriveled in the loss to the Cavaliers that ended the Bulls’ season last Thursday, and it’s not good, no matter how you look at it. It made little sense that Rose attempted only four second-half shots, scored just one basket and attempted no free throws as his..." May 19

  • Bulls want succession plan before letting Thibodeau go

    CBSSports.com "The first full day of basketball business after the symbolic end of the Tom Thibodeau era in Chicago came and went, and Thibodeau remained head coach of the Bulls. Given how deeply entrenched both sides are -- and the personalities and moving parts involved -- this figures to be the case for a..." May 18

  • Too many reasons for Thibodeau to want to fly somewhere else

    Chicago Sun-Times "The storyline has rarely budged: Coach Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls’ front office can’t figure out a way to make nice, so, sadly, he’ll be shown the door after the season. Even though vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman have tried to say all the right things, the behind-the..." May 17

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Small item but Nazr Mohammed said he plans to play an 18th NBA season and is confident he'll sign somewhere.

  • Fred Hoiberg uncertain about NBA jump, Alvin Gentry could be new frontrunner to replace Tom Thibodeau with Bulls

    Pro Basketball Talk "Bulls management reportedly wants to dump Tom Thibodeau. The Pelicans and Magic reportedly want to hire Thibodeau. Everything seems to falling into place – except Chicago landing its desired replacement coach. Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg is reportedly the top choice, but he recently..." May 16

  • Report: Thibodeau is 'gone'; Bulls eyeing Hoiberg, Griffin as replacements

    The Score "After five tumultuous - but largely successful - seasons, the end appears near for Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. The Bulls were bounced from the playoffs after losing in six game to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals Thursday. Thibodeau's history of conflict..." May 16

  • End of a season, and maybe an era, for Thibodeau and Bulls

    CBSSports.com "On the long, miserable walk from the interview room back to his office Thursday night, Tom Thibodeau was very much alone. Mike Dunleavy emerged from the Bulls' locker room, turned the corner and made eye contact with his coach. They shook hands, shared some small talk, and then went their..." May 15

  • Cleveland Cavaliers advance to Eastern Conference Finals with total team win, 94-73, over Chicago Bulls in Game 6

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "For the first time since 2009, the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed to the Eastern Conference Finals after defeating the Chicago Bulls, 94-73, on Thursday night to win the series 4-2. Once LeBron James nailed that dagger of a game-winning shot in Game 4, the Bulls never really recovered. Whether..." May 15

  • Tom Thibodeau: Business as usual 'until they tell me' otherwise

    ESPN.com "Tom Thibodeau says he expects to be coaching the Chicago Bulls next season despite a league-wide belief that he and the team's front office will decide to part ways. "Until they tell me I'm not [the coach], I expect to be here," Thibodeau said after a 94-73 season-ending loss to the Cleveland..." May 15

  • Tom Thibodeau has Bulls players’ support despite uncertain future

    Pro Basketball Talk "In all likelihood, Tom Thibodeau has coached his last game in Chicago. All season, reports have persisted of a strained relationship between the former Coach of the Year and the Bulls’ front office, and following the team’s second-round elimination at the hands of an incredibly shorthanded..." May 15

  • Pau Gasol to return from hamstring injury in Game 6

    SB Nation "All-Star center Pau Gasol will return to the Bulls' lineup Thursday for Game 6 against the Cavaliers after missing the previous two games with a hamstring injury, he told reporters. He did recommend a minutes limit, according to Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick. Gasol has not taken the court..." May 14

  • More likely to return next year: David Blatt or Tom Thibodeau?

    SI.com "David Blatt has faced more drama than he ever could have imagined during his first season as an NBA head coach, enduring roster overhauls before the season and in the middle, while trying to adapt to the NBA game and keep the universe's best player happy. Tom Thibodeau is in his fifth year..." May 14

  • Magic willing to give picks to get Thibs

    Basketball Insiders "As the clock on the Chicago Bulls season continues to tick down, the noise surrounding their head coach continues to ramp up. One of the most over-analyzed situations in coaching is that of head coach Tom Thibodeau and his front office in Chicago. The rift between the two sides has been well..." May 14

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    Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

    Thibs said Gasol did everything in Bulls' light practice/film session. Feeling better. Game time decision tomorrow.

  • LeBron James' 38 points power Cavs to a 3-2 series lead over Chicago, 106-101

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James carried the Cavaliers to pivotal 106-101 Game 5 win over the Chicago Bulls to take a 3-2 series lead Tuesday night at The Q. Thanks to James' 38 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks, Cleveland is one win away from reaching the Eastern Conference Finals..." May 13

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    Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

    Gasol said he made good progress today. "I'll be out there" for Game 6.

  • Taj Gibson: Fans in Cleveland are ‘classless’

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson was understandably upset after he was ejected from Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday night. He wasn’t just angry with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova, however. Gibson also took aim at the fans. When he was on his way to the..." May 13

  • Bulls' Gibson ejected after Cavs-Bulls incident

    ESPN.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls' Eastern Conference semifinal series went from competitive to contentious in Tuesday's Game 5 when Chicago's Taj Gibson kicked Cleveland's Matthew Dellavedova while the Cavs guard was lying on the ground. Gibson, starting in place of the injured Pau..." May 13

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    Dave McMenamin @mcten

    Thibodeau says Pau Gasol (hamstring) is out for Game 5. Is he improving? "Yeah, a little bit."

  • Bulls' Gasol a game-time decision Tuesday vs. Cavs

    The Score "Pau Gasol's status for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers doesn't sound promising, but perhaps Chicago Bulls fans can take solace in the fact that the All-Star big man hasn't been ruled out yet. Gasol left Game 3 and missed Game 4 after originally straining his left hamstring in..." May 12

  • Lakers preparing to offer Jimmy Butler max contract

    Pro Basketball Talk "Jimmy Butler made the All-Star Game, won Most Improved Player and will soon have another symbol of his status as a top-shelf player: A max contract. The only question is how Butler, who will be a restricted free agent this summer, will get it. Will he sign directly with the Bulls or sign..." May 12

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    Nick Friedell @NickFriedell

    Thibs says Gasol didn't do anything today. He's still day to day. Still unsure for Game 5.

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    MarkJonesESPN @MarkJonesESPN

    Blatt "I almost blew it " - on trying to call a time out after D Rose bucket. They didn't have any time outs. Blatt is too honest. Smh

  • Pau Gasol likely to miss Game 5

    ESPN Chicago "Pau Gasol's left hamstring strain is expected to keep him out of Game 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said that while Gasol is feeling a little better, he wasn't able to do anything at practice besides rehab work. "[He's feeling] a little better today,"..." May 11

  • LeBron James hits a game-winning jumper to even series with Chicago Bulls, 86-84

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Anything Derrick Rose can do, LeBron James can do two days later. With 1.4 seconds left in a seesaw affair that witnessed sporadic (at best) offense from both teams, James hit a 22-foot fallback jumper from the left corner that splashed as the buzzer sounded. The response to Rose's Game 3..." May 11

  • Bulls' Jimmy Butler has come a long way, and he's still rising

    USA Today "The short answer to how Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler got from there (Tomball, Texas) to here (the NBA's 2014-15 Most Improved Player) is easy: Tomball to Tyler Junior College to Marquette to the last pick of the first round in the 2011 draft to 2015 NBA All-Star to — as Bulls coach Tom..." May 10

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Mirotic: "I got a chance to help the team. That was really important for me, for my confidence."

  • Tristan Thompson calls Derrick Rose's game-winner a 'lucky shot,' a shot that left Cleveland Cavaliers dejected

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson has seen this up close and personal before. "I contested," Thompson told Northeast Ohio Media Group late Friday night. "It wasn't like he just walked in and took a three. That's all you can really ask for. It was a lucky shot. He hit it off the glass...." May 09

  • Feud between LeBron James, Joakim Noah continues in Game 3

    ESPN.com "A new chapter was added to LeBron James and Joakim Noah's long-running feud Friday night, when James became upset about trash talk from Noah that he felt crossed the line. Midway through the third quarter of what turned out to be a thrilling 99-96 Bulls victory on a buzzer-beater from Derrick..." May 09

  • Pau Gasol iffy for Sunday's Game 4

    ESPN Chicago "Pau Gasol has a strained left hamstring and will undergo an MRI on Saturday. The Chicago Bulls center is unsure if he will be able to play Sunday in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gasol, who played just 22 minutes and scored six points in the..." May 09

  • Derrick Rose's buzzer-beating three-pointer lifts Bulls past Cavs

    Chicago Sun-Times "With a fist pump and a scream, Tom Thibodeau was once again witnessing greatness. It’s been a few years. Three to be exact. There’s been a few knee surgeries along the way. Three to be exact. But when Derrick Rose banked in a three-pointer as the horn went off in Friday’s 99-96 Bulls win,..." May 09

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    NBA fines Noah $25K for pushing a fan as he exited tunnel after Game 2.

  • Cavs thump Bulls, 106-91, to even series 1-1

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James said he would have a different mindset going into Game 2 against the Chicago Bulls. If you weren't buying it, James essentially said, "Don't believe me, just watch" as his 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists helped the Cavaliers crush the Bulls, 106-91, to even the Eastern..." May 07

  • Joakim Noah says fan in Cleveland spit on him after Game 2

    Larry Brown Sports "All of Joakim Noah’s hatred for the city of Cleveland may have finally come back to bite him in the behind … or face, in this case. According to CSN Chicago reporter Chuck Garfien, Noah told a security guard after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Cleveland Wednesday that a fan..." May 07

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Rose on his shoulder: "No effects, nothing lingering, so that’s a good sign."