“I have no idea who that guy is…” That’s what Bulls analyst, Kendall Gill, told me and Jason Goff Thursday night after the Bulls drafted Nikola Mirotic.
When Jimmy Butler heard his name called as the 30th overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, it capped off a long and unique journey from the Tomball, Texas to Tyler Junior College to Marquette University, and ultimately ending with the Chicago Bulls.
The 2011 NBA Draft came and went Thursday night without much excitement at all. Well, I rarely get excited about any draft–no matter the sport–but Thursday night was just so…blah.
There was a time when Jimmy Butler didn’t have a home. Considering he now has one in the NBA, he sure has come a long way.
They sure looked on top of things, that four-man panel in the Prudential Center in Newark last night, a tableau of expertise and awareness, presiding over the 2011 NBA draft with gravitas and control.
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Try as they might to make a trade, the Bulls will likely end up using both their first round picks. Currently the Bulls have picks 28 and 30 in the opening round, and it’s beyond rare to get an impact player that far down.
Three of the Bulls most important players were drafted over the last four years: Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, and Taj Gibson. With two picks at the end of Thursday night’s first round, the Bulls look to add another piece to a title contending team.
While many teams will be looking for their next big star in Thursday’s NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls find themselves in a much different position.
At first glance, June 22 may not stick out as one of the most important dates in Chicago sports history. Those are reserved for days like January 26, 1986, when the Bears destroyed the Patriots in Super Bowl XX.
For the record, I personally like Mike Quade. I want him to succeed. I think he’s an earnest man with good intentions, but he confounds me.
Bulls General Manager Gar Forman all but said not to expect the Bulls to make any deals during the NBA Draft on Thursday night.
The Chicago Bulls made it clear that they’re going to be one of the elite teams in the NBA for the foreseeable future. But if Chicago wants to take the next step, and get to the NBA Finals, they’re going need to add some pieces in the offseason.
John Shurna, Northwestern’s leading scorer, will return to the school after briefly testing the waters of the NBA Draft.
A very humble man was indeed humbled when he received the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award Tuesday. Derrick Rose rarely (if ever) appears cocky, and he was far from it when he became the youngest ever to win the MVP.
Sometimes, it was his jump shot. Oftentimes, it was his attitude. And, looking back now, it was almost always his expectations – both those that he had for himself, and those that his fans thrust upon him.
University of Illinois freshman Jereme Richmond has declared for the 2011 NBA Draft, according to the school’s website. The Waukegan native is working out in Chicago and will weigh his options before signing an agent.
I will be the first person to agree that the NCAA tournament isn’t what it used to be, with lesser overall talent on the floor and fewer compelling NBA prospects to watch.
College basketball has changed quite a bit over the last 20 years. With more players than ever jumping to the NBA after one season in college, it’s clear that great talent will get you farther than great experience.
The Chicago Bulls drafted Derrick Rose with the first overall pick in 2008, a decision drastically changed the fortunes of the organization for the better.