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nba warns chicago bulls about resting healthy players


the nba spoke with the chicago bulls about their recent practice of resting healthy players.        






bulls earn playoff berth with blowout of nets


dwyane wade put the nets’ decision to rest brook lopez, jeremy lin and trevor booker for the bulls’ win-and-they’re-in 82nd game in the best perspective.“we’re not the team to overlook anybody,” wade said wednesday after the final regular-season shootaround.the bulls didn't and are in the playoffs for the eighth time in nine seasons after missing out last season.their 112-73 cakewalk past the nets gave them a 41-41 record. jimmy butler's 25 points and a career-high 21 from paul zipser led the bulls.resting regulars for meaningless regular-season games has become common practice for teams either locked into playoff seeding or trying to improve their odds to land a high lottery pick. but the nets’ first-round pick already has been traded away to the celtics, which makes their decision to res






with playoff berth on the line, bulls vow not to overlook 'resting' nets


dwyane wade put the nets’ decision to rest brook lopez, jeremy lin and trevor booker for the bulls’ win-and-they’re-in 82nd game in the best perspective.“we’re not the team to overlook anybody,” wade said wednesday after the final regular-season shootaround.indeed, the bulls’ season has been filled with head-scratching losses. nevertheless, a victory moves them to 41-41 and earns them a playoff berth as the seventh or eighth seed in the eastern conference against the celtics or cavaliers.the only doomsday scenario for the bulls is if they lose and the heat win at home against a wizards team resting its regulars.resting regulars for meaningless regular-season games has become common practice for teams either locked into playoff seeding or trying to improve their odds to land a high lottery






with playoff berth on the line, bulls vow not to overlook 'resting' nets


dwyane wade put the nets’ decision to rest brook lopez, jeremy lin and trevor booker for the bulls’ win-and-they’re-in 82nd game in the best perspective.“we’re not the team to overlook anybody,” wade said wednesday after the final regular-season shootaround.indeed, the bulls’ season has been filled with head-scratching losses. nevertheless, a victory moves them to 41-41 and earns them a playoff berth as the seventh or eighth seed in the eastern conference against the celtics or cavaliers.the only doomsday scenario for the bulls is if they lose and the heat win at home against a wizards team resting its regulars.resting regulars for meaningless regular-season games has become common practice for teams either locked into playoff seeding or trying to improve their odds to land a high lottery






with playoff berth on the line, bulls blowing out nets 50-32 at halftime


dwyane wade put the nets’ decision to rest brook lopez, jeremy lin and trevor booker for the bulls’ win-and-they’re-in 82nd game in the best perspective.“we’re not the team to overlook anybody,” wade said wednesday after the final regular-season shootaround.indeed, the bulls’ season has been filled with head-scratching losses. nevertheless, a victory moves them to 41-41 and earns them a playoff berth as the seventh or eighth seed in the eastern conference against the celtics or cavaliers.at halftime, it's looking like a wrap. the bulls led 50-32 behind 14 points from jimmy butler and 10 from paul zipser.the only doomsday scenario for the bulls is if they lose and the heat win at home against a wizards team resting its regulars.resting regulars for meaningless regular-season games has becom






for bulls, blockbuster trade is all about direction


chicago — the chicago bulls set a clear direction by trading all-star jimmy butler to the minnesota timberwolves on draft night last week.as for whether they got enough in return? vice president of basketball operations john paxson will let others debate that.the bulls had plenty of people talking after they traded one of the nba's top two-way players for zach lavine, kris dunn and no. 7 overall pick lauri markkanen. the three newcomers were introduced at a news conference on tuesday.paxson says debating which team got the better end of the deal is "the wrong way to look at it" at the moment. he says chicago "defined a direction" and that he's "not worried about perception."






after talks with nba, robin lopez and justin holiday back in bulls rotation


robin lopez and justin holiday are back in the bulls rotation. and those who want the bulls to acquire more pingpong balls can blame spurs coach gregg popovich.that’s a light-hearted way of addressing a serious issue as far as the league office is concerned, which is why it moved to have the board of governors approve rest rules that took effect this season.popovich is the most notable of many coaches who have rested healthy players over the years, more often to preserve veterans for long playoff runs. when the longstanding practice led to high-profile stars missing nationally televised games, the league had had enough.before this season, the board of governors voted to allow commissioner adam silver to fine teams who sit healthy players for high-profile, nationally televised games or rest






what a thing: bulls players don’t know which teammates are good and bad


welcome to snarkvember:some bulls players don’t know they’re bad and, even better, they also don’t know which teammate is good.say this for the bulls: they know how to run a tank job.these were the salient conclusions to begin the week after a game in which justin holiday took 16 shots and denzel valentine took 12 while lauri markkanen, the first-round draft choice and most dynamic offensive player, managed just seven.if you were looking for the hot-shooting rookie to get the ball more often as the bulls quit against the thunder on saturday, well, so was coach fred hoiberg.then again, if you were watching these bulls on a saturday night without being paid to do so, then you really ought to re-evaluate your life.but that’s not why you called. the key to the original point is that the differ






quick — someone tell the other bulls players that lauri markkanen is good


welcome to snarkvember:some bulls players don’t know they’re bad and, even better, they also don’t know which teammate is good.say this for the bulls: they know how to run a tank job.these were the salient conclusions to begin the week after a game in which justin holiday took 16 shots and denzel valentine took 12 while lauri markkanen, the first-round draft choice and most dynamic offensive player, managed just seven.if you were looking for the hot-shooting rookie to get the ball more often as the bulls quit against the thunder on saturday, well, so was coach fred hoiberg.then again, if you were watching these bulls on a saturday night without being paid to do so, then you really ought to re-evaluate your life.but that’s not why you called. the key to the original point is that the differ






bulls trade butler to timberwolves, go all in on rebuild


chicago — the chicago bulls decided to rebuild without jimmy butler rather than reload with him.the bulls launched a roster overhaul thursday night with a big trade, dealing the three-time all-star and the rights to no. 16 pick justin patton of creighton to the timberwolves. in exchange, the bulls got no. 7 overall pick lauri markkanen of arizona along with minnesota's zach lavine and kris dunn."when you look at it, we got three lottery picks out of it, young guys that we're jump-starting this thing with," bulls vice president of basketball operations john paxson said. "it is rebuilding. when you do this, you understand it's going to be difficult. there are going to be a lot of bumps along the road. ... it's going to be the little things and the incremental things we hope to see along the






finnish line: lauri markkanen, henri jokiharju excited about futures in chicago


a finnish invasion is headed to the united center.finland natives lauri markkanen of the bulls and blackhawks prospect henri jokiharju are two of chicago's newest imports.the bulls started the suomi soiree two weeks ago during the nba draft. they acquired markkanen in the jimmy butler trade after the timberwolves selected the 7-footer with the seventh pick. a day later, the hawks drafted jokiharju 29th overall. the finnish community in chicago — and, yes, there is a finnish community in chicago — suddenly was abuzz."i was surprised, definitely about the basketball player," said olavi goos, honorary consul of finland in chicago and illinois. "i didn't realize this finnish guy was this good and the bulls were looking at him."goos estimates that there are about 500-600 finland natives living






bulls earn playoff berth with blowout of nets, will face celtics in first round


dwyane wade put the nets’ decision to rest brook lopez, jeremy lin and trevor booker for the bulls’ win-and-they’re-in 82nd game in the best perspective.“we’re not the team to overlook anybody,” wade said wednesday after the final regular-season shootaround.the bulls didn't and are in the playoffs for the eighth time in nine seasons after missing out last season. they will face the boston celtics in the first round. game 1 will be sunday at 5:30 p.m. in boston. tnt will televise the game.their 112-73 cakewalk past the nets gave them a 41-41 record. jimmy butler's 25 points and a career-high 21 from paul zipser led the bulls.resting regulars for meaningless regular-season games has become common practice for teams either locked into playoff seeding or trying to improve their odds to land a






rest easy, adam silver: here's the way to fix the nba’s problem


nba commissioner adam silver played mr. memo this week, telling owners he doesn’t like teams’ resting healthy marquee players during regular-season games because it could impact the league’s lucre.silver urged owners to become more involved in those decisions, and i’m thinking, that would cap one of the dumbest bulls season in years — having the reinsdorf of your choice advise fred footwipe on personnel after reportedly assuring management wonks john paxson and gar forman another season.silver’s memo was not aimed at the bulls, however. it was aimed at good teams. good teams and smart teams, because the object of the exercise isn’t to win the regular season, it’s to win the title.lucky thing that stevie sunshine is here with a memo for silver:if you want everybody playing all the time, the






chicago bulls are the best team in basketball, mr. bandwagon says


as most of you know, i am a noted sport expert and enthusiast.whether it be the sport with the small sphere and the bases that get stepped on or the one with the egg-shaped leather thingy and the large men who collide repeatedly for our entertainment, i stand unrivaled in sporting knowledge, opinion and humility.with that in mind, i am pleased to share my latest well-informed revelation: the chicago bulls are the best team in basketball. in fact, the bulls may well be the best team to ever trod the shiny wood-paneled floor of a basketball rink.how can i make such a claim, you ask?simple. i have closely followed the chicago bulls ever since the team's first playoff win sunday night over the no. 1 seeded boston celtics, a victory that shocked the sporting world and made me aware that the bul






spurs' popovich responds to commissioner's concerns over resting players


nba commissioner adam silver sent a memo to team owners monday expressing concern about the practice of resting big-name players -- and the spurs coach explained why he does it.






stevie sunshine's perfect solution for dealing with the bulls


you can't trust the bulls to play the way they should. i mean, a respectable and healthy team doesn’t lose at home to sub-.500 nuggets after needing overtime at home to squeak past the awful suns.you can't trust bulls management wonks to do what they should, either. look, the rajon rondo and dwyane wade signings remain as confusing as general manager gar forman’s tripe last year that 36-year-old pau gasol was a big part of the bulls’ future.and don’t even bring up the regularly scheduled missed opportunities to turn jimmy butler into a credible rebuild.you only get aggravated by management wonks selling the unworkable hooey of rebuilding while trying to get younger and more athletic.the bulls brought in new players who can’t seem to play very well. they have older players who can’t play co






ex-wolves lavine, dunn meet the media in chicago


chicago — the chicago bulls set a clear direction by trading all-star jimmy butler to the minnesota timberwolves on draft night last week.the bulls had plenty of people talking after they traded one of the nba's top two-way players for zach lavine, kris dunn and no. 7 overall pick lauri markkanen, three newcomers who were introduced at a news conference on tuesday.bulls vice president of basketball operations john paxson said debating which team got the better end of the deal is "the wrong way to look at it" at the moment."we've defined our direction," he said. "we made the playoffs (eight of nine) years. wasn't good enough. we have to now reset what we're about."the bulls added three players to the mix who are 23 or younger. they believe they are starting to build a team that fits coach f






bulls introduce lavine, dunn. 'we've defined our direction'


chicago — the chicago bulls set a clear direction by trading all-star jimmy butler to the minnesota timberwolves on draft night last week.the bulls had plenty of people talking after they traded one of the nba's top two-way players for zach lavine, kris dunn and no. 7 overall pick lauri markkanen, three newcomers who were introduced at a news conference on tuesday.bulls vice president of basketball operations john paxson said debating which team got the better end of the deal is "the wrong way to look at it" at the moment."we've defined our direction," he said. "we made the playoffs (eight of nine) years. wasn't good enough. we have to now reset what we're about."the bulls added three players to the mix who are 23 or younger. they believe they are starting to build a team that fits coach f






bulls bandwagon jumper has keys to the game


as most of you know, i am a noted sport expert and enthusiast.whether it be the sport with the small sphere and the bases that get stepped on or the one with the egg-shaped leather thingy and the large men who collide repeatedly for our entertainment, i stand unrivaled in sporting knowledge, opinion and humility.with that in mind, i am pleased to share my latest well-informed revelation: the chicago bulls are the best team in basketball. in fact, the bulls may well be the best team to ever trod the shiny wood-paneled floor of a basketball rink.how can i make such a claim, you ask?simple. i have closely followed the chicago bulls ever since the team's first playoff win sunday night over the no. 1 seeded boston celtics, a victory that shocked the sporting world and made me aware that the bul






be thankful for all jimmy butler did for bulls — and that they're better off wit


when timberwolves guard jimmy butler is introduced friday night at the united center, thank him loudly for the way he worked his way from the end of the bulls’ bench to top-15 status among nba players.thank butler for improving his game enough in six seasons in chicago to become a maximum-contract player who needed minimum coaching and supplying his share of did-you-see-that moments no matter how many minutes he logged. thank the aw-shucks kid from tomball, texas, who went hollywood as hell, for constantly fighting through injuries and carrying the bulls with so many clutch shots and big stops.then thank butler for leaving, his exit opening a path to progress the bulls were unlikely to see until he departed. moving on without coach tom thibodeau in 2015-2016 tested the bulls organization m






jerry krause, bulls' gm during 1990s dynasty, dies at 77


chicago — respected and reviled in his hometown, this much can't be argued when it comes to jerry krause: he helped take the chicago bulls to heights few teams have reached.krause, the general manager of the bulls during a 1990s dynasty that included six nba championships with michael jordan and scottie pippen leading the way, has died. he was 77.the bulls confirmed his death on tuesday.a chicago native, krause spent 18 seasons leading the bulls' front office and was a two-time nba executive of the year. he helped put together a run that ranks among the most successful in nba history and made the franchise a worldwide brand."the entire bulls organization is deeply saddened by the passing of jerry krause," chairman jerry reinsdorf said. "jerry was one of the hardest working guys i have ever






nba's adam silver can now fine teams $100k for resting healthy players for


silver and league owners said that such practice constitutes “conduct prejudicial or detrimental to the nba.”        






chicago athlete salaries: who makes the most?


the athletes on chicago's major sports teams are some of the biggest names in town. they also command some really big paychecks. using data from www.spotrac.com, a site that tracks sports contracts, the chicago tribune collected the players signed with the bears, bulls, blackhawks, cubs and white sox as of mid-april. while the bears have the most players on the roster, most are set to make less than $1 million for 2017; the bulls have nearly half of the 16 players on their roster making $1 million to $5 million. the baseball teams have the highest annual salaries, with a number of players topping $20 million. none of these totals include money made from endorsements or other sources, and each league has different rules for young players coming out of the draft.athletes signed with teams as






getting 1st-round draft pick for nikola mirotic is big win for bulls


mystery shrouded the brief bulls career of niko mirotic, the native of montenegro who speaks four languages but never made the message clear that nba stardom awaited him in chicago.it didn’t.the bulls managed to finagle a first-round pick for mirotic anyway. somewhere, stacey king is asking for the hot sauce.the pelicans will send omer asik, tony allen, jameer nelson and a first-round pick to the bulls in exchange for mirotic and a second-round pick, sources told the tribune’s k.c. johnson.if you are keeping score in the bulls rebuilding process, garpax just hit a deep 3-pointer to go up by double digits. or is a steal a better analogy?for all the criticism bulls vice president john paxson and general manager gar forman receive for, well, everything, fairness dictates that the duo get thei






timberwolves take markkanen with no. 7 pick for bulls


chicago — the timberwolves have drafted arizona's lauri markkanen with the no. 7 overall pick for the chicago bulls after the two teams agreed to a blockbuster deal that sends three-time all-star jimmy butler to minnesota.two people with knowledge of the situation say the bulls are sending butler and the no. 16 pick for zach lavine, kris dunn and the seventh pick.the 7-foot markkanen gives the bulls a shooter they lacked last season. he averaged 15.6 points and 7.2 rebounds while shooting 42.3 percent from 3-point range in his lone season at arizona.the bulls made the playoffs with 41 wins after missing out the previous year. but they now have a decidedly different look.






bulls' taj gibson sits out against 76ers with ankle injury


chicago — chicago forward taj gibson out the bulls' game sunday night against philadelphia after injuring his left ankle injury in practice urday.gibson tested the ankle in warm-ups, but the bulls determined it was best to give him the night off.gibson is averaging 11.6 points and 7.1 rebounds.bulls coach fred hoiberg believes the injury will be day-to-day.the 76ers were without center joel embiid. embiid, who didn't make the trip to chicago, is out with a left knee contusion. embiid also was listed as day-to-day.






guess the bulls players download


download download guess all of chicago bulls players that played in all nba season. if you can guess all players, you will win in this free trivia quiz. will add new level every weekhow to play# guess the name of the chicago bulls player that showed. # you can use your coins to get the help. # if you win, you will get additional coins. the rules # new users will receive (coins) : 25# for correct answer (max tiles opened - 4) : 5# for correct answer (max tiles opened - 7) : 4# for correct answer (max tiles opened - 9) : 3# for correct answer (more than 10 tiles opened) : 2# hint "expose a letter" will cost (coins) : 15# hint "remove letters" will cost (coins) : 15# hint "solve the question" will cost (coins) : 30# amount of free coins from watch video: 15# amount of free coins from post / t






for doc rivers and others, there's no pause in the debate over resting nba playe


the topic of resting players for games just won’t go away, and it has now gotten the attention of nba commissioner adam silver, who seems steadfast in trying to find a solution.according to reports, silver sent a memo to all the nba owners that said resting the game’s top players is “an extremely significant issue for our league.”clippers coach doc rivers also is opposed to resting players, but he understands why teams do it.when the clippers played cleveland on saturday during a nationally televised game, the cavaliers sat their big three — lebron james, kyrie irving and kevin love — for rest.when the clippers played at denver last week, rivers left deandre jordan and blake griffin at home to rest.“i just don’t know the answer,” rivers said. “i’m on the competition committee. i wish there






for doc rivers and others, there's no pause in the debate over resting nba playe


the topic of resting players for games just won’t go away, and it has now gotten the attention of nba commissioner adam silver, who seems steadfast in trying to find a solution.according to reports, silver sent a memo to all the nba owners that said resting the game’s top players is “an extremely significant issue for our league.”clippers coach doc rivers also is opposed to resting players, but he understands why teams do it.when the clippers played cleveland on saturday during a nationally televised game, the cavaliers sat their big three — lebron james, kyrie irving and kevin love — for rest.when the clippers played at denver last week, rivers left deandre jordan and blake griffin at home to rest.“i just don’t know the answer,” rivers said. “i’m on the competition committee. i wish there






no. 8-seed chicago bulls early surprise of playoffs after taking game 2 at bosto


chicago — for a team that bickered and barely made the playoffs, the chicago bulls are the early surprise of this postseason.they hold a stunning 2-0 lead over the top-seeded celtics as the series shifts to chicago for game 3 on friday night.“the credit through this team sticking together through injuries to put ourselves in position to make the playoffs goes to everyone from the coaching staff to the leaders to the young guys, everyone did it together,” dwyane wade said.the bulls took a commanding lead in the series with tuesday’s 111-97 victory, and they come home looking like a strong contender to become just the sixth no. 8 seed to knock off a no. 1. none has swept a top seed.it was hard to see the bulls in this position. they didn’t clinch a playoff spot until they beat brooklyn in th






couldn't the bulls have made this move to trade nikola mirotic on tuesday?


usually, when the bulls have struggled to make a trade, it’s because they overvalued their players. but the nikola mirotic-pelicans near-miss this week looks like they remarkably were extracting the value they placed on the player only to choose a negotiating approach that was sadly incomplete.to recap, the bulls agreed to trade mirotic to new orleans for a first-round draft pick, omer asik and a player to make the salary cap happy. that was an excellent return for the rebuilding bulls.but bulls management wonks forgot the no. 1 rule in life: follow the money.the bulls could not make the deal unless mirotic waived his no-trade clause. the bulls knew this because they gave him the contract that guaranteed a no-trade clause. bulls management wonks asked anyway. mirotic said no. of course he






bulls should trade jimmy butler — but do they have it in them?


if you consider the bulls trading jimmy butler a matter of now or never, remember that "never" remains a no. 1 seed with home-court advantage.never still is the safest bet at the advocate center. never shares a corner office next to bulls executives john paxson and gar forman and attends every meeting. never typically prevails when it comes to the bulls trying to pursue bold moves with the idea of dramatically changing the franchise. try anyway, garpax. try like nothing else matters but trading butler — and everything about the bulls future depends on this one daring move because it just might. try like hell to break through any mental barriers to emerge from the nba's middle tier, and then try harder.a bulls fan base with a healthy appetite for change can stomach short-term losing if it l






bulls should trade jimmy butler — but do they have it in them?


if you consider the bulls trading jimmy butler a matter of now or never, remember that "never" remains a no. 1 seed with home-court advantage.never still is the safest bet at the advocate center. never shares a corner office next to bulls executives john paxson and gar forman and attends every meeting. never typically prevails when it comes to the bulls trying to pursue bold moves with the idea of dramatically changing the franchise.try anyway, garpax. try like nothing else matters but trading butler — and everything about the bulls future depends on this one daring move because it just might. try like hell to break through any mental barriers to emerge from the nba's middle tier, and then try harder.a bulls fan base with a healthy appetite for change can stomach short-term losing if it lo






rajon rondo, bulls guard, out indefinitely with broken thumb


chicago — chicago bulls guard rajon rondo is out indefinitely with a broken right thumb.the team announced the injury on friday, hours before the bulls host the boston celtics in game 3 of their first-round playoff series. chicago won the first two games in boston.chicago says rondo injured his right hand in game 2 and x-rays confirmed a thumb fracture. surgery is not required but the team says he is out indefinitelyrondo had 11 points and 14 assists in game 2 as chicago put the top-seeded celtics in an 0-2 hole.






chicago's connection to bulls big men runs deep


lining the walls outside the bulls' united center locker room are large action photos of some of the team's legendary players. on one side are the modern heroes born from six nba titles. michael jordan is there, of course. and scottie pippen too. dennis rodman, toni kukoc and john paxson.on the other side are greats from a more distant past: norm van lier, jerry sloan, bob love and chet walker. smack in the middle — how appropriate — is artis gilmore, arguably the greatest center the franchise has known.each time current bulls center robin lopez heads to the court he passes gilmore."(chicago fans) love the hard-working players—that's something they really appreciate," lopez said. "that's kind of what i pride my game on."lopez has joined a fraternity of bulls centers that includes gilmore,






bulls should trade jimmy butler — but do they have it in them?


if you consider the bulls trading jimmy butler a matter of now or never, remember that never remains a no. 1 seed with home-court advantage.never still is the safest bet at the advocate center. never shares a corner office next to bulls executives john paxson and gar forman and attends every meeting. never typically prevails when it comes to the bulls trying to pursue bold moves with the idea of dramatically changing the franchise.try anyway, garpax. try like nothing else matters but trading butler — and everything about the bulls future depends on this one daring move, because it just might. try like hell to break through any mental barriers to emerge from the nba's middle tier, and then try harder.a bulls fan base with a healthy appetite for change can stomach short-term losing if it loo






at indiana universities, consternation over trump’s immigration order | pus beat


after president trump signed an executive order halting entry to the u.s. from seven predominantly muslim countries on urday, indiana colleges and universities have been reaching out to students and offering istance.so far, indiana university, purdue university, notre dame and earlham college have urged students from iran, iraq, libya, somalia, sudan, syria and yemen to cancel travel plans outside of the u.s.some university officials in the hoosier state are also denouncing the president’s ban, calling it “indiscriminate” and “poorly implemented.”“the president’s order related to immigration is a bad idea, poorly implemented, and i hope that he will promptly revoke and rethink it,” said purdue university president mitch daniels in a statement. “if the idea is to strengthen the protection o