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NEW YORK — Forty-five million dollars can buy a lot of things these days. As Carmelo Anthony learned on Wednesday, victories aren’t necessarily one of them. The perennial All-Star had a tough decision to make over the summer: Play for the Bulls and leave $45 million on the table or sign a $124 million contract as a free agent and return to the Knicks. For the 48 minutes the Bulls and Knicks went at it at Madison Square Garden in the opener, it looked like a bad decision. Thanks to 22 points from Taj Gibson, the Bulls dismantled Anthony and … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:13:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose is second to none at first glance ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — All eyes were on Derrick. Yes, there was Spike Lee decked out like an orange tree. And the Blue Man Group hammered away during the intros. And the wristbands worn by the entire Madison Square Garden crowd flashed synchronized blue, white, and orange lights. But Rose was the color. The name. The fascination. Indeed, every Bulls player was lustily booed by the Knicks crowd when introduced, except for Rose, who received a rousing ovation. Everyone, it seems, knows the Rose story. The knees. The endless comebacks. It’s hard to root against the former MVP. At least for … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:42:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Thumb injury will keep Jimmy Butler out longer than expected ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK ­­­— It would seem that coach Tom Thibodeau should have a breaking point when it comes to entering a regular season short-handed. But Thibodeau seemingly remained immune to feeling sorry for himself — or at least continued to portray that philosophy on Wednesday, when guard Jimmy Butler (sprained ligaments in his left thumb) missed the opener against the Knicks. “Injuries just didn’t start happening last week,’’ Thibodeau said. “They’ve been going on for a long time in this league. Just deal with them. The tough-minded teams do.’’ If that’s true, no team should be as strong mentally as … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:42:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Story of Bulls’ season: Can Derrick Rose do this? ]]> Lead story image

RICK TELANDER: Whatever the Knicks might become this year as Phil brings the triangle offense out of the dustbin, this game is about the Bulls. Who are they? How will the new guys play together? How will coach Tom Thibodeau handle them? And, above all — like a question from the spirit mind of Dr. Naismith himself — how will Derrick Rose be? ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:24:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jabari Parker scores 8 points in NBA debut; Bucks fall in OT ]]> Lead story image

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker made a 21-footer from the top of the key with five seconds left in overtime to lift Charlotte to a 108-106 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, providing a fitting ending for fans celebrating the return of the Hornets name after a 12-year absence. Walker finished with 26 points, including a tying 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in regulation as the Hornets erased a 24-point third-quarter deficit. Marvin Williams had 19 points, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 17 and Al Jefferson finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Charlotte. Lance Stephenson had seven points, … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:55:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jimmy Butler out for Bulls’ opener ]]> Lead story image

“Next man up,’’ has come out of the mouth of Tom Thibodeau way too many times the past few years. Whether if it’s been injuries to Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng or Joakim Noah, the Bulls coach has been very consistent with that mentality. ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose meets Melo, the player he didn’t want ]]> Lead story image

Derrick Rose has said all the right things since Carmelo Anthony opted to return to the New York Knicks rather than sign with the Bulls as a free agent during the summer. ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:58:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ 5 Keys: Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and the new kids control Bulls’ fate ]]> Lead story image

Forward Taj Gibson, the Bulls’ Sixth Man of the Year candidate, nonchalantly let it be known Monday that the second unit, a work in progress, looks great in practice. ‘‘We’re playing great, playing against the starters,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re winning every time we play the starters. It’s all about the timing and us getting the right shots.’’ Wait, wait . . . you guys are beating the starters? Excitement shot into his voice, and his eyes lit up. ‘‘We beat them every day,’’ Gibson said. ‘‘We beat them every day, and I love it. The competitiveness and seeing us and the starters, … ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:10:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ NBA Season Preview: LeBron’s head games are start of Cavs outshining Bulls ]]> Lead story image

There’s very little LeBron James can’t do these days — scorer, rebounder, passer, defender, pitch-man. Try to find a weakness. Now add ‘‘cerebral assassin’’ to the résumé. It was just before a preseason game with the Bulls last week that James was asked how his new-look Cleveland Cavaliers would stack up against the Bulls this season. ‘‘[The Bulls] are a team that’s much better than us right now, just off chemistry,’’ James said. ‘‘They’ve been together for a while. We’ve got a long way to go.’’ Forget that the Cavaliers went out and beat the Bulls 107-98 despite Derrick Rose … ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:32:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls are over Carmelo Anthony’s snub, Taj Gibson says ]]> Lead story image

Considering the scheduling gurus’ history, it’s no coincidence the Bulls open the NBA regular season in New York on Wednesday. Facing Carmelo Anthony after he spurned them over the summer as a free agent is the ultimate tipoff story line. ‘‘It’s exciting,’’ Bulls forward Taj Gibson said of facing Anthony at Madison Square Garden. ‘‘Other than that, it’s just exciting, period. Just to go out there and start the season off, everybody is watching you — show everybody how far you’ve come with your game, your teammates. Looking forward to taking the next step and showing everybody that we’re one … ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:10:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls exercise option on Tony Snell ]]> Lead story image

The Chicago Bulls have exercised their third-year option on guard Tony Snell for the 2015-16 season. The team announced the move on Monday. Snell averaged 4.5 points as a rookie last season. The Bulls took him with the 20th pick in the 2013 draft. … ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:29:35 -0500