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Thibodeau’s explanation is all bull

By Jimmy Johnson | April 29, 2012

It’s one thing to leave your starters in to close out a game. But it’s another situation when a team can taste victory, but your starters are still out there. That was the scene Friday at the United Center in the final minutes between the Chicago...

The Rant: Ripping into Rip

By Jimmy Johnson | April 4, 2012

It’s time to forget the notion Richard Hamilton is going to contribute for the Chicago Bulls.

I, for one, am waiting for a collage featuring Hamilton sitting on the Bulls’ bench holding his head up and sporting his egg white headband.

It’s funny how Hamilton was pegged as the acquisition to get the Bulls past the Miami Heat.

Instead, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will likely blow past him if these two teams meet in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Hamilton hasn’t been a huge disappointment, though, if you didn’t have pie-in-the-sky expectations for him.

Look at the facts: prior to joining the Bulls, Hamilton’s combined minutes from the regular season and playoffs was 32,580.

He’s old, beat up and with it being a condensed NBA season, he’s out of place.

The Bulls’ only chance to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy will come down to getting top-notch performances from Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng, and not from Mr. Glass.

The Rant: Lucas is balling out of his mind

By Jimmy Johnson | March 20, 2012

I thought I’d never say this, but, John Lucas III can play, folks. The Chicago Bulls’ teeny-tiny backup point guard has carved opposing defenses lately in place of the on-and-off injured Derrick Rose. When Bulls fans were introduced to Lucas this...

The Rant: Cut the NBA season moving forward

By Sean Anderson | February 14, 2012

Thanks to the NBA lockout, this year's season was shortened from the regular 82 games to 66.Teams, like the Chicago Bulls, are facing more injuries and fatigue as they have to play as many as five games in a week, and sometimes even three games in a row.Derrick...

The Rant: NBA seasons should be 10 games shorter

By Sean Anderson | February 1, 2012

Thanks to the NBA lockout, this year's season was shortened from the regular 82 games to 66.Teams, like the Chicago Bulls, are facing more injuries and fatigue as they have to play as many as five games in a week, and sometimes even three games in a row.Derrick...

The Rant: No bull in here

By Jimmy Johnson | April 17, 2011

Tyler Hansbrough's weak-attempt at the "Jordan Rule" on Derrick Rose didn't fly with Luol Deng. Bleedy-McShooty thought he could give Rose a bump in the lane and get away with it during the Saturday matinee between the Bulls and Pacers. Not until Deng...

Faceoff: Who should the Bulls face?

By Jimmy Johnson and Brian Thomas | April 11, 2011

Brian Thomas: The NBA playoffs are right around the corner, and the Chicago Bulls have the No. 1 seed in the East locked up. Assuming that they make it through their first two matchups, taking care of the Indiana Pacers in the first round and then presumably...

The Rant: Give it to D-Rose

By Andrew Singer | March 27, 2011

They liked Derrick Rose before you did. Now that you like him, though, they suddenly aren't so interested in the Chicago Bulls' point guard getting that coveted MVP award. "They" are the hipster members of the media. The people that refuse to vote for...

“Didn’t you get the memo?”

By Chris Dertz | March 7, 2011

Derrick Rose doesn't want anyone to think the Bulls can make a playoff run. He wants the league to forget about them. He wants them to forget that Chicago is second in the East. Sorry, Derrick; you just swept the most publicized team in the history of...