Chicago Bulls players contacted the National Basketball Players Association on Sunday because of what they felt were extreme tactics by new head coach Jim Boylen, league sources told Yahoo Sports, the culmination of a growing divide between the coach and his players.
The Chicago Bulls have fired head coach Fred Hoiberg after a 5-19 start to the season. Associate head coach Jim Boylen has been promoted to head coach. "Decisions like this one are never easy to make, however I felt this was the right choice for our organization at this time," John Paxson, the Bulls' executive vice president of basketball operations, said in a statement.
What were the Bulls thinking??
Dwyane Wade has committed to joining the Bulls, telling The Associated Press he "made the right choice."
The Bulls did the once-unthinkable on Wednesday, trading former most valuable player and homegrown product Derrick Rose to the Knicks in a five-player deal. Here are three observations.
The Knicks have made a move for a point guard, trading for former MVP Derrick Rose. Robin Lopez and Jose Calderon are among three players heading to the Bulls.
February 9, 2016 - The NBA announced today that Bulls forward/center Pau Gasol will replace injured Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. For Gasol, it marks the second consecutive season that he has been named an All-Star and his sixth selection overall.
The lead in journalism sums up the story or principal idea, and that one pretty much says it all about the Bulls 24-point comeback and 115-111 overtime victory Thursday over the lowly Philadelphia 76ers. “It’s as good a performance as I’ve seen,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg reiterated as he pretty much said the same thing 10 days ago when Butler’s 40-point second half bailed out the Bulls in a victory in Toronto. “Jimmy throws up a career game like that and the guys hopped on his shoulders and he carried us home. Point after point; unbelievable performance.”
Former NBA player and current analyst for TNT’s Inside the NBA Shaquille O’Neal recently said that former Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving was his pick for greatest basketball player of all-time. This was the latest disrespectful comment made by O’Neal about the Chicago Bulls. According to the Associated Foreign Press, at a promotional event in Hong Kong, O’Neal said that Erving was the best player to ever play the game of basketball.
John Paxson and Gar Forman like their guys. How often have Bulls fans been subject to hearing this phrase? The Bulls have been one of the most conservative teams in the league in terms of trading with other teams. Consider that Danny Ainge, nicknamed Trader Danny for his activity, was hired in the same year as John Paxson in 2003. Comparing the Celtics' activity on the trade market with the Bulls, it's difficult to imagine that both teams compete in the same league.
Here's a good place to start in getting to know Bobby Portis' mindset after the Bulls used the 22nd pick in Thursday's NBA draft on the Arkansas power forward. He's going to try to start. "I think I'll fit in well there," the 6-foot-11 SEC player of the year said. "They have Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson. I'm going to back those guys up or try to start and learn from them a little bit." But here's more: In pre-draft interviews, Portis said he likes to play angry, even imagining his opponent slapped his mom. Oh, and he models his intensity after that of Kevin Garnett.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls are the two best teams in the Central Division this year. Lately the Bulls have been struggling, while the Cavaliers are on a winning streak thanks to LeBron James' return.