Cody Westerlund

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A sports editor for CBSChicago.com and 670TheScore.com, Cody Westerlund also covers the Bulls. Prior to coming on board in January 2014, he previously had covered college and high school sports in the Champaign, Ill., and Ames, Iowa areas. Westerlund graduated from the University of Illinois in 2010 and lives in the Lake View area now.

Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Westerlund: Bulls Take Confidence, Question Marks Out West

Here’s a secret lost in the early season drama: Chicago’s defense has been rather average.

CBS Chicago–11/15/2014

Derrick Rose. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Derrick Rose Will Sit Out Against Pacers

Rose is “a lot better,” but the Bulls are being cautious.

CBS Chicago–11/15/2014

Bulls guard Derrick Rose, left. (Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty Images)

Westerlund: Derrick Rose’s Search For The Middle Ground

Was Monday a glimpse of the new Rose?

CBS Chicago–11/10/2014

Bulls big man Joakim Noah passes on a drive to the hoop in a loss to the Celtics on Saturday. (Randy Belice/NBAE/Getty Images)

Westerlund: Bulls’ Closing Lineup Carousel Keeps Spinning

Joakim Noah didn’t finish Saturday’s game because of a minutes restriction.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2014

Derrick Rose. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Derrick Rose To Miss Game Against Boston

Rose is dealing with two sprained ankles.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2014

Bulls big man Pau Gasol, right. Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty Images)

Westerlund: Gasol Answers The Bell In Big Minutes

“My body’s holding up well,” Pau Gasol says. “We’re winning. So far, so good.”

CBS Chicago–11/04/2014

Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler. (Getty Images)

Westerlund: Jimmy Butler Bets On Himself

“The whole city, this is home for me,” Butler says.

CBS Chicago–11/01/2014

Bulls big man Pau Gasol. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

Gasol: ‘Every Game Can Be A Statement’

“It’s always good to measure up against the top teams,” Pau Gasol says.

CBS Chicago–10/31/2014

Jimmy Butler. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Butler’s Extension, Playing Status Both In Doubt

The deadline for an extension for Jimmy Butler is by 11 p.m. tonight.

CBS Chicago–10/31/2014

Bulls guard Derrick Rose, right. (Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty Images)

Westerlund: In Rose, Bulls Get Their Closer Back

“He’s our guy” late in games, Kirk Hinrich says of Derrick Rose.

CBS Chicago–10/19/2014

Bulls big man Pau Gasol. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Pau Gasol Has Sights On Being In Bulls’ Closing Group

“I like to be on the floor when the game is on the line,” Gasol says.

CBS Chicago–10/18/2014

Bulls wing Jimmy Butler smiles as his teammates celebrate after he hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer for an 85-84 win against the Hawks on Thursday at the United Center.  (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Westerlund: Comeback Doesn’t Cover Up Bulls’ Lingering Challenge

Jimmy Butler’s been great, but Chicago’s second five has struggled mightily.

CBS Chicago–10/16/2014

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Westerlund: Thibodeau Sending Early Message To His Bulls

“We need to get an edge,” Tom Thibodeau says. “We don’t have an edge right now.”

CBS Chicago–10/13/2014

Chicago's Doug McDermott drives around Washington's Kris Humphries on Monday night. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Westerlund: 5 Takeaways From Bulls’ Preseason Opener

Nikola Mirotic sparkled, and Jimmy Butler’s still not thinking about his contract.

CBS Chicago–10/06/2014

Bulls rookie wing Doug McDermott. (Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty Images)

Westerlund: Defense May Be McDermott’s Ticket To Playing Time

“It’s a learning process,” Doug McDermott says.

CBS Chicago–10/04/2014

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, left, and Derrick Rose. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Westerlund: 5 Storylines From Bulls Media Day

From Butler’s contract to minutes restrictions to Noah’s knee, there was plenty to talk about Monday.

CBS Chicago–09/29/2014

Bulls guard Derrick Rose. (Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Derrick Rose: ‘I Know I’m Going To Win A Championship Soon’

As always, Derrick Rose was the focus as the Bulls held media day Monday.

CBS Chicago–09/29/2014

Derrick Rose. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Westerlund: Rose Flashes Brilliance, Rust In Return Home

“That adversity, I think, has made him a lot stronger,” Tom Thibodeau says.

CBS Chicago–08/16/2014

Derrick Rose at Team USA's mini-camp. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

Rose Thrilled For Return To Serious Competition At United Center

“He’s been outstanding, consistently outstanding.,” Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski says.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2014

Bulls guard Derrick Rose. (Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Westerlund: Rose Seeks Balance With His Explosive Style

“My game is developing into a controlled game,” Derrick Rose says.

CBS Chicago–08/14/2014

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