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
Surprise tonight with the Bulls. No Joakim Noah. Out with general soreness.
Pro Basketball Talk "Michael Jordan and Nike are synonymous with each other. Both brands have played prominent roles in basketball and shoe culture, growing together since Jordan entered the NBA in 1984. But if Adidas were a little smarter, perhaps the Nike-Jordan partnership never would have begun. Ellen..." March 23
CSN Chicago "The calendars have been marked ever since Bulls GM Gar Forman uttered the phrase “four to six weeks”, centered around a potential return for Derrick Rose. And for those who saw the Bulls guard in a full lather working out before Saturday night’s debacle at the Palace, the optimism is still in..." March 23
Thibodeau said Butler likely to go vs. Hornets.
Detroit News "On '70s Night before a huge crowd at The Palace, Gloria Gaynor belted out her hit "I Will Survive" at halftime. It became something of the Pistons' anthem in the second half of a seesaw matchup against the Chicago Bulls. After leading by double digits in the first half and falling behind by 19..." March 22
SB Nation "There have been rumors floating around about a growing conflict between the Bulls' front office and coach Tom Thibodeau for a while. It appears that just in case the relationship can't be mended, the Bulls have a replacement in mind: Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that..." March 22
The Score "The reports on Jimmy Butler's recovery have been consistently positive and Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Saturday the shooting guard is getting real close to returning. Butler has missed the team's last 11 games after suffering an elbow sprain at the beginning of the month. It's..." March 21
Houston Chronicle "NBA commissioner Adam Silver remained optimistic about many of the changes he has sought, but said the changes to the draft lottery approved by the majority of NBA teams will likely be postponed because the NBA Players Association turned down his proposal for a more gradual increase of the salary..." March 21
Taj Gibson went through everything. May go tonight says the Thibs.
Gibson is hopeful he may be able to play tomorrow but he wants to see how he feels after shootaround.
CSN Chicago "Pacers big man Ian Mahinmi was giving Nikola Mirotic too much space on the perimeter, but the rookie, perhaps feeling too aggressive after taking consecutive shots, had to be prodded by Joakim Noah to go for one more. The crowd was mumbling, begging for Mirotic to take the 20-footer, and being..." March 19
CSN Chicago "Being caught in the middle of a controversy between his coach and the front office doesn’t sit well with Joakim Noah, who had to sit the last half of the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 32-minute restriction placed on him by management to coach Tom Thibodeau..." March 19
Taj Gibson has been upgraded to questionable for Fri vs. TOR on the #Bulls' official injury list. Butler & Rose are out.
The Score "Some good news came out of the Chicago Bulls' practice facility in the shadow of the United Center on Tuesday. Potentially, some very good news. Derrick Rose was a partial participant in practice and coach Tom Thibodeau said afterwards the franchise point guard is doing well in his recovery..." March 17
USA Today "Enticing cross-conference NBA playoff matchups capture the imagination, presenting the idea of a fair and just basketball world in which only the best of the best are welcome. Dare to dream about the possibilities. LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant (or, for that matter, Russell Westbrook) as..." March 17
The Oklahoman "Nikola Mirotic is averaging 8.7 points a game as a Chicago Bulls rookie. But in 61 minutes of court time against the Thunder, Mirotic had scored 48 points. And when Steven Adams fouled out with a flurry of four whistles in a span of less than four minutes, the Thunder seemed in trouble..." March 16
Sporting News "There is a fight going on between the Bulls front office and coach Tom Thibodeau — and Chicago's players aren't oblivious to it. For now, the players are trying to stay focused on finishing the regular season strong and improving their record as they move into the playoffs. Still, they are..." March 16
ESPN.com "Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau explained why he didn't use center Joakim Noah more during the final few minutes of a 109-100 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday afternoon. "I ran out of minutes with him," Thibodeau said. "But I thought Jo played a very good game for us." Noah..." March 16
Thibodeau said Gibson is practicing now, Butler is not. Butler doing lots of shooting. Both getting closer. Today is 2 weeks for Butler.
Athlon Sports "Breakups are hard, and they’re said to happen for all sorts of reasons. Different goals, different principles, sudden realizations about your partner’s hygiene — love is hard when it fails, and that failure often rears its thorny head through the peskiest, most seemingly forgettable details...." March 14
CSN Chicago "Pau Gasol took deep breaths as he answered questions while sitting in the visitor’s locker room Wednesday, admittedly exhausted after an overtime-thriller in Philadelphia that went longer than it should’ve. Forty-three minutes, the wear and tear was evident on Gasol’s face after putting..." March 14
CSN Chicago "The look of disgust was evident across Pau Gasol’s face, and Mike Dunleavy swung his fists down in anger when it became clear the Bulls let the Philadelphia 76ers hang around far too long Wednesday. It was supposed to be a feel-good bounce back game, but the chant of “Beat the Bulls” that..." March 12
SB Nation "The NBA Players Association has officially rejected cap smoothing when the new TV deal comes into play. Get ready for an absolutely wild summer in 2016. The National Basketball Players Association has informed the NBA that it will not agree to "smoothing" of the salary cap prior to the 2016-17..." March 12
Thibodeau said Gibson and Butler traveled and are "getting closer." Possible Butler returns before 3 weeks. Rose amping up rehab in Chicago.
Noah's out tonight. Lower body soreness, it's said by the Bulls
Thibs says Rose has entered the next phase of his rehab. Taking more shots. "It's step by step." Sounds confident he is making progress.
Memphis Commercial Appeal "The fight is there. No one has been questioning that. But down two starters and a first option off the bench, fight will only get you so far. As the Bulls found out Monday, about 44 minutes and change. Tied with the Memphis Grizzlies (45-18) with 3:35 left, the Bulls watched the Western..." March 10
ESPN Chicago "Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said there is a "good chance" he'll be back this season, but he wouldn't say it with any certainty. "I think so, that's the plan," Rose said. "Whenever I feel right, that's when I'm going to step back." Rose spoke to reporters for the first time since his knee..." March 10
CBS Sports Fantasy News "Bulls guard Derrick Rose was seen taking shots before Monday's game, reports ESPNChicago.com. Rose recently started rehab on his knee. Rose had a meniscectomy on his knee in late February and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks. " March 09
San Antonio Express-News "Summing it up First, allow us to make like Gregg Popovich and point out the blemishes in his team’s 116-105 victory over Chicago Sunday at the AT&T Center. (In far gentler terms, of course.) They allowed the Bulls, despite the absences of Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler, to shoot 51 percent while..." March 09
Jimmy Butler went through intense shooting drill pregame; probably too late to activate him
Indy Cornrows "Despite the Indiana Pacers jumping out to an 18-6 lead against the Chicago Bulls, the Pacers couldn't work towards their fourth straight win without getting caught in an all-too-familiar grind it out slugfest against their Central Division foe. After their hot start, Indiana succumbed to a dry..." March 07
Sporting News "This probably didn't play out as Jimmy Butler expected. The Bulls All-Star, who is currently nursing an elbow injury, made a bet with a student from the Phoenix Military Academy: Make a 3-pointer and he'll give the school $10,000. Butler gave Jabaree White three chances to make it happen, but..." March 05
Thibs says Rose is still in initial stages of rehab. Riding stationary bike. Doesn't sound like he will travel with Bulls to Indy and SA.
CSN Chicago "If it walks like a rivalry, barks like a rivalry and hits like one, it has to be officially called a rivalry. So slap the label on it, like Wizards big man Nene did when he gave a karate chop to Joakim Noah on his drive down the lane — where he made no play on the ball and only to Noah’s skin —..." March 04
Olympic Talk "Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is reportedly unlikely to play at EuroBasket in September, a tournament the French national team director has said is mandatory for players who want to make the French Olympic team. Noah, 30, is averaging 7.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game this season,..." March 04
Taj Gibson still in a walking boot. Out at least a week and could be 2.
Nene: “I don’t want to talk about Chicago. You know I hate them. You can put that.”
Chicago's Jimmy Butler could miss 3-4 weeks with elbow sprain, but won't need surgery, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
ESPN.com "Michael Jordan can be found near the top of seemingly every list that mentions his name. He's not close to the top of a new one, but he'll probably be just fine with that. Forbes magazine revealed its 29th annual World's Billionaires List and Jordan made the cut for the first time. With an..." March 02
ESPN Chicago "With about nine-and-a-half minutes left in the third quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers' 96-86 win over the Chicago Bulls, ESPN’s play-by-play man Mike Breen started to introduce a juicy storyline: The perceived conflict between Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and his general manager, Gar Forman, and..." March 02
Gasol will play vs. Clippers. Gibson will not.