Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17
Starting next season, NBA and NBPA agree to add HGH blood testing to anti-drug program.
The Score "Derrick Rose did his best to shoot down concerns about his leg Wednesday night, but he conceded there was soreness in his left knee - the opposite one he recently underwent a meniscus procedure on - that caused him to sit the second half of the Chicago Bulls' regular season finale against the..." April 16
CSN Chicago "With so many things out of the Bulls’ hands this season, Wednesday was the one night where plenty was in their control as they could’ve clinched the third seed with a win against the Atlanta Hawks. But the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference — one with nothing to play for, it..." April 16
Chicago Sun-Times "If the Toronto Raptors want that No. 3 seed, they’re going to have to earn it. Thanks to 22 points and 11 rebounds from Pau Gasol, as well as 26 points from Nikola Mirotic off the bench, the Bulls ran Brooklyn off the court Monday night, beating the Nets 113-86 at the Barclays Center. The..." April 14
NBA.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James once again leads the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys. This marks the sixth consecutive time James has claimed the No. 1 position on the list and his third such honor as a member of the Cavaliers. The rankings are based on overall..." April 14
ESPN Chicago "As he tries to make his way back from his latest knee injury, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose remains humbled by what it has taken to get back on the floor. When asked after Monday's shootaround what the past six weeks were like after having a meniscectomy on Feb. 27, his third knee surgery..." April 14
#Bulls say Kirk Hinrich won't play tonight at Brooklyn
Chicago Tribune "Derrick Rose is feeling good. And so are the Bulls about their playoff prospects moving forward. Following Monday's morning shootaround at tiny Baruch College, Thibodeau said Rose will again play four segments against the Nets and his minutes could increase from the 28 he logged on Saturday..." April 13
Yahoo! Sports "Rod Thorn, on his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations, plans to leave the league office and retire in August, sources told Yahoo Sports. Thorn is highly regarded around the league, a figure who commands respect among executives, coaches and players. Thorn, 73, returned..." April 13
Sports Business Daily "PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. The deal includes Pepsi’s extensive portfolio of salty snacks, like Doritos and Ruffles, and packages rights to the WNBA, NBA D-League and USA..." April 13
Hinrich said he plans to travel to Brooklyn. Said knee acted up after Heat game.
Chicago Tribune "Coach Brett Brown offered up the line of the night when he announced pregame that he never envisioned when he took the 76ers job playing the Bulls with just nine players and no point guards. But the injury-wracked and victory-deprived 76ers played hard before falling 114-107 to the Bulls, who..." April 12
Thibs says everybody is good to go tonight. Including Jimmy Butler.
Thibodeau said Rose "feels great." He'll be in 24-28 minute range vs. 76ers.
Joakim Noah said after talks with the coaching staff, training staff and front office, his restrictions will be lifted for the playoffs
Pro Basketball Talk "Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls’ front office clearly have issues with each other. The key question: How significant? Thibodeau is an excellent coach, in spite of his tendency to run his players into the ground. He’s also under contract for two seasons after this one. The Bulls could very..." April 11
CSN Chicago "The stage was set for the Bulls to pack it in, on the second night of a road back-to-back swing, and take the approach that the desperate Miami Heat wanted it more while succumbing to tired legs and minds. Hasaan Whiteside was snarling, a guy who played in China earlier this year, Michael..." April 10
Orlando Sentinel "On a night Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose returned to the court after a 20-game absence, the Orlando Magic — and, especially, Victor Oladipo — stole the spotlight. With the score tied 103-103 with 6.5 seconds to go, Elfrid Payton inbounded the ball to Oladipo, who was the Magic’s top..." April 09
Jimmy Butler out for tonight vs Heat (left calf)
Rose will start. @JeffGurt says the starters have only been together 19 times this season.
USA Today "Kevin Durant may finally be getting his way. Sort of. Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league's regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director..." April 08
SB Nation "Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will return to the lineup against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters Rose's return is set "barring [a] setback" before tip-off. Rose underwent surgery on Feb. 27 to remove the..." April 08
New York Post "NBA seasons come and go, but one thing stays the same: Joakim Noah is an obscenity-spewing thorn in LeBron James’ side. The two players — who have faced each other in more than a fair share of high-stakes NBA games — got involved in yet another round of verbal fisticuffs Sunday, when James’..." April 07
Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James' first triple-double of the season and a barrage of 3-pointers lifted the Cleveland Cavaliers past the division rival Chicago Bulls, 99-94, at The Q on Easter Sunday. With the victory, Cleveland (50-27) has won the season series with Chicago (46-31) 3-1. It took him until his..." April 06
Chicago Sun-Times "It’s supposed to be this week. It sure sounded like this week. It even felt like this week. Then again, everything with Derrick Rose seems to come with a warning label: Proceed with extreme caution. “Well, we’re hopeful,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said on Sunday, when asked if he felt Rose..." April 06
Cleveland Plain Dealer "A Tom Thibodeau-coached team is known for three things: playing hard from start to finish; tenacious, aggressive defense; and performing with a high degree of physicality. Those are the three components that also embody what Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is all about when he takes the..." April 06
Derrick Rose told Lisa Salters on ABC telecast "likely sometime this week" for return. Jibes with timeline of 4-6 weeks. Friday is 6 weeks.
Bulls rule Rose, Hinrich out vs. Cavs.
The 2014-15 Kennedy Citizenship Award finalists are: Tobias Harris, Greg Monroe, Joakim Noah, Chris Paul & Zach Randolph.
Bulls say Rose is out vs. Pistons. McDermott is questionable. Hinrich (hyperextended left knee) is questionable.
CBS Sports Fantasy News "Although Bulls guard Derrick Rose has increased his activity during practice, coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose will not play in Friday's game against the Pistons, reports the CSN Chicago. Rose has been sidelined since Feb. 23 after undergoing knee surgery, but he has been able to participate in..." April 03
Chicago Tribune "Derrick Rose said strength in his right knee and conditioning are the last things he needs to develop before returning to action but wouldn't commit to a return date. Rose scrimmaged Monday and Tuesday in his first contact since having a small piece of his right meniscus removed Feb. 27. The..." April 03
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Chicago's home away from home took an unfriendly turn Wednesday night. The Milwaukee Bucks, fighting to secure an Eastern Conference playoff spot, went all in and emerged with a hard-fought 95-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Not only did the Bucks end..." April 02
Nothing Rose said today or any other day has changed internal belief he will return in regular season. Rehab smooth. Scrimmages went well.
Bleacher Report "There’s only one step left for Derrick Rose. When it comes is still unclear. But his renewed presence in practice has been huge for his Chicago Bulls teammates as the team gets ready for what they hope will be a deep playoff run. Rose cleared a major hurdle this week in his recovery from..." April 01
ESPN Chicago "For the first time since having a meniscectomy on his right knee on Feb. 27, Derrick Rose participated in a full-contact five-on-five scrimmage during Tuesday's practice. "He's just got to string some practices together," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Yesterday we established a baseline, and..." April 01
Yahoo! Sports "It's been a pretty exciting regular season, and it looks like it ought to be a similarly thrilling postseason push to June's NBA Finals. But amid all the bright, shining Stephen Curry bombs, James Harden stepbacks and Anthony Davis detonations, it's become difficult to ignore the stormclouds..." March 31
ESPN Chicago "Major League Baseball teams have offered the chance to sleep in the outfield, so it was only a matter of time before a fan would have a chance to sleep in an NBA arena. The Chicago Bulls, in conjunction with Airbnb, the company that allows people to buy or sell a night's stay in an apartment or..." March 31
The Score "The Eastern Conference playoffs could be set to get a lot more interesting. Derrick Rose participated in contact portions of practice for the Chicago Bulls on Monday, the first time he's done so since re-tearing the medial meniscus in his right knee in late February. That means he's more or..." March 30
Bulls rested Gasol, Hinrich, Dunleavy and Brooks so Rose played 4 on 4.Thibodeau called him aggressive. Said him getting winded was expected
ESPN Chicago "Joakim Noah extended his condolences Saturday to the family and friends of a Chicago rapper's manager murdered just hours after meeting the Chicago Bulls forward to plan an anti-violence event. Uchenna Agina, the manager of Chicago rapper Lil Durk, was in a car when a person reportedly walked..." March 30
Thibodeau said McDermott had setback with back issues and will be inactive vs. Knicks.
Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s current salary cap is $63.065 million. Larry Coon projects $67.4 million for next season. When I projected future caps under the new national TV contracts, using admittedly conservative numbers, I got $87 million for 2016-17 and $94 million for 2017-18. Either the league..." March 28
CSN Chicago "The narrative surrounding the Bulls has dramatically changed in the last 10 days, where optimism has re-emerged about the upcoming postseason and the pessimism birthed from losing five out of six games has disseminated into thin air. Health has played a huge part in the Bulls’ revival, and this..." March 27
Thibodeau said Rose likely cleared for contact next week. Bulls have 3 offdays between Knicks and Bucks.
CSN Chicago "In a game featuring lots of offense and little defense, the Chicago Bulls outlasted the Toronto Raptors, 116-103. After trailing throughout the first three quarters, Chicago exploded in the fourth, outscoring Toronto 39-21 in period. “I liked the way we responded in the second half,..." March 26
Chicago Tribune "Derrick Rose said he expects to be cleared for contact either this week or next and remains confident he'll return from arthroscopic right knee surgery this season. "Oh yeah, I’m not worried about that," Rose said. "I’m feeling good. I’m trying to do all the right things. Put all the positives..." March 25
Noah will play vs. Raptors.
Chicago Sun-Times "With three weeks left in the regular season, the Bulls’ game plan is simple: Get healthy, stay healthy and let Tom Thibodeau Do. His. Job. The Bulls took a significant step in that direction Monday night against the Charlotte Hornets when leading scorer Jimmy Butler returned to the lineup after..." March 24