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Derrick Rose enters camp with two questionable knees, rust on his jumper, and some serious distrust from the outside world concerning his durability. His confidence, however? Never shaken. Ever. “It may not be this year, it may not be next year, or whatever, but I know that we have one [in us],’’ said Rose when asked whether the window for a title is closing. “I know I’m going to win a championship soon, so I’m not worried about that.’’ This might be Rose’s best chance since coming into the league six seasons ago. He admittedly has as good a team … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ If Derrick Rose stays healthy, then Bulls can compete with LeBron, Cavs ]]> Lead story image

For most of his life, Derrick Rose didn’t have doubters, other than the people who doubted whether he could jump over a backboard, and they should have known better. Now he has skeptics in bulk. It’s understandable that there are fans who have lost faith in the Bulls’ star guard. A player has two serious knee injuries and plays only 49 games in three seasons, there are going to be trust issues. This might not change many hearts and minds around town, but Rose certainly isn’t doubting himself. The guy who asked, “Why not me?’’ for the MVP award before … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:23:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Joakim Noah knows he needs to be cautious ]]> Lead story image

Training camp doesn’t officially start until Tuesday morning, and Joakim Noah already has popped up on Tom Thibodeau’s “we’ll monitor it’’ list. Ending the 2013-14 season with minor left knee surgery — the first knee surgery of Noah’s career — the two-time All-Star has been given the thumbs-up from doctors to practice, but that doesn’t mean Thibodeau is going to allow it. “To me, we went through a week of limited practice, three-on-three type stuff,’’ Thibodeau said. “He handled that well. But, again, he hasn’t really played this summer, so I want to see what he looks like taking contact. … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:48:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose should be helped by Pau Gasol, Doug McDermott ]]> Lead story image

With media day Monday heralding the start of training camp, every Derrick Rose jump shot, dribble, quote and ice pack soon will be scrutinized. The additions of Pau Gasol, Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic and the subtraction of Carlos Boozer are all well and good, but this boat sinks or sails into the Eastern Conference finals because of Rose. Two season-ending knee surgeries since the 2012 playoffs, however, have raised questions about Rose’s ability to even be around in May. A better supporting cast puts even more pressure on Rose, who says he has never been surrounded with as much … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:59:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls sign 3 free agents for camp ]]>

The Bulls training camp roster continued to fill up on Friday, as the team announced the signings of three more bodies in free agents Kim English, Ben Hansbrough and Solomon Jones just several days after they announced veteran center Nazr Mohammed was brought back. ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:26:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Nazr Mohammed re-signs with Bulls ]]> Lead story image

The Bulls have re-signed center Nazr Mohammed, the team announced today. ]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:01:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose scoreless; Team USA wins World Cup gold ]]> Lead story image

It wasn’t always pretty for Bulls guard Derrick Rose in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. In fact, there might have been more ugly moments with the way he played. But when Rose returns to U.S. soil in the next few days, he will do so knowing his two surgically repaired knees are good to go for the start of what will be a very important season for the Bulls. And he also will be sporting a second gold medal. Despite Rose going scoreless for the second game in the tournament, his U.S. teammates did more than enough to run Serbia … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:48:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls brass says stats belie Derrick Rose’s FIBA success ]]> Lead story image

The numbers really don’t scream “success.’’ Bulls point guard Derrick Rose will enter the gold-medal game of the FIBA World Cup against Serbia on Sunday shooting 15-for-55 (27 percent), including 1-for-17 from beyond the three-point line. He has averaged 5.4 points per game. That isn’t exactly meeting expectations. But to Rose and his bosses, numbers be damned. “I would give it an A in my mind,’’ Rose told reporters, pointing out the fact that he has played in only 10 regular-season games since the 2012 playoffs because of two knee surgeries. “Just coming off of what I had to go … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:35:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bulls show off stunning new practice facility ]]> Lead story image

Oh, what Carmelo Anthony could have had. A locker room straight out of a high-end Italian furniture catalog, a theater-like film room with a 95-inch screen, therapeutic hydro-pools — a 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art practice facility that will be the model for the rest of the NBA to emulate. “Well, it was hard back then because that was July 1 and I can’t tell you how much has been done in that time,’’ Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said Friday, recalling the tour then-free agent Carmelo Anthony was given of the Advocate Center. “It looked nothing like this. It … ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:12:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose reverts to passive style, shoots poorly in Team USA blowout ]]> Lead story image

Just like that, the lid was back on. After an apparent breakout game in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals against Slovenia, Derrick Rose (four points) was back to his passive ways, shooting 1-for-8 from the field in Team USA’s 96-68 semifinal victory Thursday over Lithuania in Barcelona. Thanks to 16 points in the third quarter by James Harden and a game-high 18 points from Kyrie Irving, Team USA will play in the gold-medal game Sunday against the winner of the Serbia-France semifinal Friday. And while Rose’s scoring hasn’t been needed in the tournament, his showing Tuesday gave coach Mike Krzyzewski … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:19:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Derrick Rose leads Team USA to World Cup semis vs. Lithuania ]]> Lead story image

Bulls guard Derrick Rose promised a different game was coming. “I found it now,’’ Rose told reporters Monday. “You’ll see [Tuesday].’’ Not a bad call. In his best performance in the FIBA World Cup, Rose shot 6-for-10 from the field for 12 points, had five assists and grabbed three rebounds to help Team USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in Barcelona to set up a semifinal matchup against Lithuania. Rose was held scoreless in the round of 16 against Mexico, and his field-goal percentage had plummeted to 22 percent (8-for-37). Rose can thank Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski for the biggest assist. … ]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:47:26 -0500