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Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball (2) dribbles the ball up the court against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Jan. 9, 2022. (AP Photo | Tim Heitman)

COLUMN: The Bulls should play internationally more often

By Jermel Williams, Sports Reporter | January 20, 2023

The Chicago Bulls (21-24) competed in their fourth ever NBA international game on Thursday, where they faced the Detroit Pistons (12-36) in Paris, France.  The Bulls defeated the Pistons in convincing fashion, winning 126-108. The Bulls dominated...

COLUMN: It’s time for the Chicago Bulls to ‘blow up’ their roster

By Kalesia Williams, Sports Reporter | January 19, 2023

Before the All-Star break last season, the Chicago Bulls remained at the top of the Eastern Conference but fell apart after the All-Star break due to covid protocols and Lonzo Ball’s injury. Before Ball's injury, the Bulls were 27-11. The Bulls finished...

Chicago Bulls guard Ayo Dosunmu is led off the court by the Bulls medical team for concussion protocols during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday in San Antonio, Texas.

COLUMN: Ayo Dosunmu is the Chicago Bulls’ newest hometown hero

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | October 31, 2022
Sports reporter DeOndre Saunders compares the early popularity and on-court success of Chicago Bulls second-year player Ayo Dosunmu and former Bulls star Derrick Rose.
Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) drives against Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 3, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Updating NBA award predictions in the season’s second half

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | March 4, 2022

The 2021-22 NBA season is past the halfway mark and there are about 20 games left till the playoffs start in April. There have been a lot of surprising players this year, such as Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, Cavaliers guard Darius Garland and San Antonio...

Huffs Hoops: The Last Dance highlights change in NBA rivalries

Huff’s Hoops: “The Last Dance” highlights change in NBA rivalries

By Jarrett Huff | April 28, 2020

Episodes three and four of ESPN 30 for 30’s “The Last Dance” aired Sunday, giving us arguably some of the best two hours in the documentary series’ history. From Ron Harper’s criticism of Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach Lenny Wilkens decision...

Senior Eugene German (center) runs to the right corner after handing off the ball to a sophomore Trendon Hankerson (back right) Feb. 7 during NIUs 57-54 win over Kent State University at the Convocation Center.

NIU men’s basketball seeks seven straight versus Ball State

By Mike Knapp | February 10, 2020

DeKALB — The one thing that  has sparked the men’s basketball team’s six-game winning streak has been the ability to impose its will on the opponent on the defensive end.That’s a bit of an anomaly in the Mid-American Conference where up-tempo...

A long journey, including time in Central America and Europe, has led Coach Colhoff to DeKalb

A long journey, including time in Central America and Europe, has led Coach Colhoff to DeKalb

By Jarrett Huff | November 13, 2019
Head Coach Julie Colhoff has a word with sophomore defender Jenna Lewey Sept. 15, 2019, during NIU's 2-1 loss against Loyola University – Chicago at the Soccer and Track and Field Complex.   

Northern Star Staff previews the Chicago Bulls 2019-20 season

By Northern Star Sports Staff | October 23, 2019

DeKALB – The Chicago Bulls will focus on taking care of each other this season — at least that’s what Head Coach Jim Boylan said during Tuesday’s news conference. This shouldn’t be a surprise, as the Bulls will need every single player on the...

Top-5 Chicago Attractions

Top-5 Chicago Attractions

By Tom Burton | July 10, 2017

Chicago is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world and there are several things to do in a day at the city. While students are resting their brains over the summer break, here are the five best things to do in the third largest city in...

New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose goes to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan during the second half of an NBA game, March 20, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 114-105. 

Former Bull falls in career

By Tom Burton | April 6, 2017

Derrick Rose, point guard for the New York Knicks and former Chicago Bull, tore his medial meniscus for the third time in his eight year career March 27.It is a shame to see a player with his talent continuously go down with gruesome knee injuries.The...

Chicago Bulls guard and forward Jimmy Butler, left, talks with guard Denzel Valentine during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday in Chicago.

Wade leaves game due to injury, Bulls fall to Grizzlies

By Mateo Avila | March 16, 2017

CHICAGO – The Chicago Bulls (32-36) fell to the Memphis Grizzlies (38-30) 98-91 Wednesday at the United Center.Not only did the Bulls lose the game, but they may have also lost Dwyane Wade, shooting guard and star player, after Wade exited early in...

Bulls retooling team after underwhelming 2016 season

By Tom Burton | July 11, 2016

After a disappointing season that saw the Chicago Bulls miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008, the team needed to make changes for the future.Chicago brought in former Bull and successful collegiate coach Fred Hoiberg last offseason, his first...