Pro Basketball Talk "Asked about his future with the Bulls, Tom Thibodeau said, “Until they tell me I’m not, I expect to be here. So, that’s the way I’m approaching it.” They might tell him he’s not sooner than later, but they’re following a plan. And Thibodeau might have his own ideas Mark Carman of..." May 23
ESPN Chicago "Derrick Rose was disappointed that the Bulls' season came to a close after a lopsided loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals last week, but the 26-year-old former MVP seemed surprisingly upbeat given the circumstances. After missing all but one game in..." May 21
NBA.com "The NBA announced today that Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been named to the 2014-15 All-NBA First Team. The distinction is the first in Davis’ three years in the NBA. Davis, 6-10, 220, led the NBA in Player Impact Estimate (PIE), which measures a player's overall statistical contribution..." May 21
Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant clearly put out word last summer that he wished the Lakers could hire Tom Thibodeau. The Lakers reportedly sought permission from to interview Thibodeau, but they hired Byron Scott. Scott got on his players nerves (and vice versa), professed his disbelief in analytics and oversaw..." May 21
Grantland "A few thoughts on the playoff interruption that is the annual NBA draft lottery … • The best thing about the lottery is watching some of the world’s most sophisticated basketball thinkers sweat over the order in which numbered Ping-Pong balls get sucked up a tube. The absurdity hits home in the..." May 21
NBA.com "The NBA announced today that Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. The distinction is the first in Davis’ three years in the NBA. Davis, 6-10, 220, led the league in both blocks per game (2.9) and total blocked shots (200). Additionally, Davis..." May 20
Racine Journal-Times "As usual, there wasn’t a shortage of rumors flying around the NBA pre-draft camp. But the most discussed one, hands down, pertained to the status of Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. To virtually every NBA official in attendance, it wasn’t a question of whether Thibodeau will remain with..." May 19
Forbes.com "There’s a reason the NBA has dumb rules like Hack-a-Shaq, which is messing up a perfectly good post-season, dating back to the 1940s when the league emerged from the bushes in Tri-Cities and Ft. Wayne. We always did it this way. I didn’t say it had a good reason. If hacking represents the..." May 19
CBSChicago.com "There’s a reason why Derrick Rose shriveled in the loss to the Cavaliers that ended the Bulls’ season last Thursday, and it’s not good, no matter how you look at it. It made little sense that Rose attempted only four second-half shots, scored just one basket and attempted no free throws as his..." May 19
CBSSports.com "The first full day of basketball business after the symbolic end of the Tom Thibodeau era in Chicago came and went, and Thibodeau remained head coach of the Bulls. Given how deeply entrenched both sides are -- and the personalities and moving parts involved -- this figures to be the case for a..." May 18
Chicago Sun-Times "The storyline has rarely budged: Coach Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls’ front office can’t figure out a way to make nice, so, sadly, he’ll be shown the door after the season. Even though vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman have tried to say all the right things, the behind-the..." May 17
Small item but Nazr Mohammed said he plans to play an 18th NBA season and is confident he'll sign somewhere.
Pro Basketball Talk "Bulls management reportedly wants to dump Tom Thibodeau. The Pelicans and Magic reportedly want to hire Thibodeau. Everything seems to falling into place – except Chicago landing its desired replacement coach. Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg is reportedly the top choice, but he recently..." May 16
The Score "After five tumultuous - but largely successful - seasons, the end appears near for Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. The Bulls were bounced from the playoffs after losing in six game to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals Thursday. Thibodeau's history of conflict..." May 16
CBSSports.com "On the long, miserable walk from the interview room back to his office Thursday night, Tom Thibodeau was very much alone. Mike Dunleavy emerged from the Bulls' locker room, turned the corner and made eye contact with his coach. They shook hands, shared some small talk, and then went their..." May 15
Cleveland Plain Dealer "For the first time since 2009, the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed to the Eastern Conference Finals after defeating the Chicago Bulls, 94-73, on Thursday night to win the series 4-2. Once LeBron James nailed that dagger of a game-winning shot in Game 4, the Bulls never really recovered. Whether..." May 15
ESPN.com "Tom Thibodeau says he expects to be coaching the Chicago Bulls next season despite a league-wide belief that he and the team's front office will decide to part ways. "Until they tell me I'm not [the coach], I expect to be here," Thibodeau said after a 94-73 season-ending loss to the Cleveland..." May 15
Pro Basketball Talk "In all likelihood, Tom Thibodeau has coached his last game in Chicago. All season, reports have persisted of a strained relationship between the former Coach of the Year and the Bulls’ front office, and following the team’s second-round elimination at the hands of an incredibly shorthanded..." May 15
SB Nation "All-Star center Pau Gasol will return to the Bulls' lineup Thursday for Game 6 against the Cavaliers after missing the previous two games with a hamstring injury, he told reporters. He did recommend a minutes limit, according to Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick. Gasol has not taken the court..." May 14
SI.com "David Blatt has faced more drama than he ever could have imagined during his first season as an NBA head coach, enduring roster overhauls before the season and in the middle, while trying to adapt to the NBA game and keep the universe's best player happy. Tom Thibodeau is in his fifth year..." May 14
Basketball Insiders "As the clock on the Chicago Bulls season continues to tick down, the noise surrounding their head coach continues to ramp up. One of the most over-analyzed situations in coaching is that of head coach Tom Thibodeau and his front office in Chicago. The rift between the two sides has been well..." May 14
Thibs said Gasol did everything in Bulls' light practice/film session. Feeling better. Game time decision tomorrow.
Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James carried the Cavaliers to pivotal 106-101 Game 5 win over the Chicago Bulls to take a 3-2 series lead Tuesday night at The Q. Thanks to James' 38 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks, Cleveland is one win away from reaching the Eastern Conference Finals..." May 13
Gasol said he made good progress today. "I'll be out there" for Game 6.
Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson was understandably upset after he was ejected from Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday night. He wasn’t just angry with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova, however. Gibson also took aim at the fans. When he was on his way to the..." May 13
ESPN.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls' Eastern Conference semifinal series went from competitive to contentious in Tuesday's Game 5 when Chicago's Taj Gibson kicked Cleveland's Matthew Dellavedova while the Cavs guard was lying on the ground. Gibson, starting in place of the injured Pau..." May 13
Thibodeau says Pau Gasol (hamstring) is out for Game 5. Is he improving? "Yeah, a little bit."
The Score "Pau Gasol's status for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers doesn't sound promising, but perhaps Chicago Bulls fans can take solace in the fact that the All-Star big man hasn't been ruled out yet. Gasol left Game 3 and missed Game 4 after originally straining his left hamstring in..." May 12
Pro Basketball Talk "Jimmy Butler made the All-Star Game, won Most Improved Player and will soon have another symbol of his status as a top-shelf player: A max contract. The only question is how Butler, who will be a restricted free agent this summer, will get it. Will he sign directly with the Bulls or sign..." May 12
Thibs says Gasol didn't do anything today. He's still day to day. Still unsure for Game 5.
Blatt "I almost blew it " - on trying to call a time out after D Rose bucket. They didn't have any time outs. Blatt is too honest. Smh
ESPN Chicago "Pau Gasol's left hamstring strain is expected to keep him out of Game 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said that while Gasol is feeling a little better, he wasn't able to do anything at practice besides rehab work. "[He's feeling] a little better today,"..." May 11
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Anything Derrick Rose can do, LeBron James can do two days later. With 1.4 seconds left in a seesaw affair that witnessed sporadic (at best) offense from both teams, James hit a 22-foot fallback jumper from the left corner that splashed as the buzzer sounded. The response to Rose's Game 3..." May 11
USA Today "The short answer to how Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler got from there (Tomball, Texas) to here (the NBA's 2014-15 Most Improved Player) is easy: Tomball to Tyler Junior College to Marquette to the last pick of the first round in the 2011 draft to 2015 NBA All-Star to — as Bulls coach Tom..." May 10
Mirotic: "I got a chance to help the team. That was really important for me, for my confidence."
Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson has seen this up close and personal before. "I contested," Thompson told Northeast Ohio Media Group late Friday night. "It wasn't like he just walked in and took a three. That's all you can really ask for. It was a lucky shot. He hit it off the glass...." May 09
ESPN.com "A new chapter was added to LeBron James and Joakim Noah's long-running feud Friday night, when James became upset about trash talk from Noah that he felt crossed the line. Midway through the third quarter of what turned out to be a thrilling 99-96 Bulls victory on a buzzer-beater from Derrick..." May 09
ESPN Chicago "Pau Gasol has a strained left hamstring and will undergo an MRI on Saturday. The Chicago Bulls center is unsure if he will be able to play Sunday in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gasol, who played just 22 minutes and scored six points in the..." May 09
Chicago Sun-Times "With a fist pump and a scream, Tom Thibodeau was once again witnessing greatness. It’s been a few years. Three to be exact. There’s been a few knee surgeries along the way. Three to be exact. But when Derrick Rose banked in a three-pointer as the horn went off in Friday’s 99-96 Bulls win,..." May 09
NBA fines Noah $25K for pushing a fan as he exited tunnel after Game 2.
Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James said he would have a different mindset going into Game 2 against the Chicago Bulls. If you weren't buying it, James essentially said, "Don't believe me, just watch" as his 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists helped the Cavaliers crush the Bulls, 106-91, to even the Eastern..." May 07
Larry Brown Sports "All of Joakim Noah’s hatred for the city of Cleveland may have finally come back to bite him in the behind … or face, in this case. According to CSN Chicago reporter Chuck Garfien, Noah told a security guard after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Cleveland Wednesday that a fan..." May 07
Rose on his shoulder: "No effects, nothing lingering, so that’s a good sign."
Pro Basketball Talk "When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came out in support of legalized gambling legislation, there was one motivation behind it — money. Silver looked at things like the Barclays Premiere League where three teams have their kit/jersey deal with an online gambling company, and numerous other teams..." May 06
Real GM Basketball "Jimmy Butler has won the NBA's Most Improved Player Award. The announcement will come later this week. Butler rejected an extension offer from the Chicago Bulls and betting on himself will likely lead to a max contract in the offseason as a restricted free agent." May 06
CSN Chicago "Stealing the first road game against a possibly rusty team in a building that has seen wins in 22 of the last 23 contests didn’t seem likely, but in the playoffs, series openers call for such streaks to be broken. It was improbable but not impossible for the Chicago Bulls, who played like a..." May 05
SB Nation "The rift between Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and management has been well known for quite some time. There have been rumblings that Thibodeau would be gone after this season, and Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski delivered another strong indication that Chicago's headmaster is on his..." May 05
Yahoo! Sports "Outside the coach's office, there was life within the eyes of Tom Thibodeau. The possibilities percolated. For three years, the coach of these Chicago Bulls has come to the Eastern Conference playoffs with a battered roster bereft of Derrick Rose. For three years, they wondered whether they would..." May 05
SI.com "The NBA is considering a rule change that will punish teams for employing the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, according to a report from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said that he expects the NBA to engage in "full-throated" discussions about the possibility of..." May 05
Bleacher Report "If NBA players opt out of the league's labor agreement in 2017, they might find themselves staring at some familiar and unsettling proposals: a hard salary cap, shorter contracts, smaller raises and perhaps an end to guaranteed contracts. No one is making that threat directly, at least not yet,..." May 04