Cody Westerlund

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A sports editor for and, 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 on the North Side.

Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.

Chicago's Bobby Portis battles Milwaukee's John Henson for a loose ball. (Getty Images)

Westerlund: 5 Thoughts After Bulls-Bucks

Jimmy Butler is intent on being the Bulls’ leader and driving force.

CBS Chicago–12 hours ago

Bulls big man Joakim Noah. (Getty Images)

Joakim Noah: Let’s Have ‘Honest Evaluation’ Of Me Now That I’m Healthy

“I feel great,” Noah says after knee issues slowed him in 2014-’15.

CBS Chicago–09/30/2015

Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. (Getty Images)

Derrick Rose Expected To Resume Basketball Activities In 2 Weeks

Rose underwent surgery Wednesday on an orbital fracture.

CBS Chicago–09/30/2015

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. (Getty Images)

Westerlund: 5 Takeaways From Bulls’ Media Day

Health is once again a big worry, and opportunity awaits Doug McDermott and Niko Mirotic.

CBS Chicago–09/28/2015

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

Derrick Rose Already Has Eyes On 2017 Free Agency

Rose says he wants to remain in Chicago, but he’s zeroed in on nabbing his fair share of money in a changing financial landscape.

CBS Chicago–09/28/2015

Bulls guard Derrick Rose. (Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)

Gar Forman On Derrick Rose Civil Case: ‘We Support Derrick, He’s Part Of Our Family’

“We don’t feel like there’s going to be any distraction,” Forman says.

CBS Chicago–09/28/2015

The Bulls celebrate after Derrick Rose, center, hit a game-winning 3-pointer against the Cavs in Game 3 of the 2014 Eastern Conference semifinals at the United Center. (Getty Images)

Bulls Release 2015-’16 Schedule

Chicago will open the season against Cleveland on Oct. 27.

CBS Chicago–08/12/2015

Bulls wing Jimmy Butler. (Getty Images)

Westerlund: New Challenge, Responsibility Awaits Jimmy Butler

Butler’s a $95-million man and must carry a larger burden for Chicago.


Bulls wing Jimmy Butler, right, congratulates teammate Derrick Rose. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Jimmy Butler Is Confident He And Derrick Rose Will Be NBA’s Best Backcourt

Chicago will almost certainly have the NBA’s highest-paid backcourt in 2015-’16.

CBS Chicago–07/09/2015

Bulls forward Bobby Portis. (Getty Images)

Bulls Envision Bobby Portis Adding Versatility To Frontcourt

“He’s going to bring his hard hat every single day,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson says of Portis.

CBS Chicago–06/29/2015

Mike Dunleavy. (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images)

Bulls’ Gar Forman: ‘We’re Going Into The Tax’

The Bulls want free agent Mike Dunleavy back.

CBS Chicago–06/26/2015

Bulls wing Jimmy Butler drives in for a shot. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Gar Forman: Bulls ‘Real Confident’ About Jimmy Butler’s Looming Restricted Free Agency

“Jimmy’s a huge, huge part of what we’re doing,” Forman says.

CBS Chicago–06/25/2015

Bobby Portis. (Getty Images)

Bulls Select Bobby Portis At No. 22 In NBA Draft

“He’s a guy we really think fits our team and the makeup of our team,” GM Gar Forman said.

CBS Chicago–06/25/2015

Bulls general manager Gar Forman, left, and coach Fred Hoiberg. (Getty Images)

NBA Draft Primer: Bulls Looking For Backcourt Help?

The NBA Draft is Thursday evening, and Chicago is armed with just one pick — No. 22 overall.

CBS Chicago–06/22/2015

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. (Getty Images)

Westerlund: 5 Thoughts From Fred Hoiberg’s Introduction

How will Hoiberg utilize Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah?

CBS Chicago–06/03/2015

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. (Getty Images)

Westerlund: Meet Fred Hoiberg, The Anti-Tom Thibodeau

“This is a perfect fit,” Bulls GM Gar Forman says.

CBS Chicago–06/02/2015

Fred Hoiberg. (Getty Images)

Gar Forman Touts Synergy, Trust That Fred Hoiberg Will Bring To Bulls

Hoiberg wants to add a veteran assistant coach to his staff.

CBS Chicago–06/02/2015

Tom Thibodeau. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Bulls Cite Lack Of Trust In Dismissing Tom Thibodeau

“There has to be a situation where you can have open dialogue,” John Paxson says.

CBS Chicago–05/28/2015

Fred Hoiberg. (Getty Images)

All Eyes Turn To Fred Hoiberg In Bulls’ Coaching Search

GM Gar Forman admitted the Bulls already have an “informal” list in mind of coaching candidates.

CBS Chicago–05/28/2015

Tom Thibodeau. (Getty Images)

Bulls Fire Tom Thibodeau

After five successful-but-rocky seasons, Thibodeau’s run in Chicago is over.

CBS Chicago–05/28/2015