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DePaul Names Leitao Basketball Coach — Again

March 30, 2015

Monday meanderings: Seldom do we talk about college basketball around here. Today we make an exception. All because DePaul made an exceptional hire Sunday. OK, exceptionally unusual. Maybe even exceptionally bad. DePaul hired Dave Leitao. who previously coached at DePaul (2002-05) before departing to coach Virginia. He subsequently bounced around with his latest job being […]

Bulls Rip Knicks; Wisconsin, Kentucky Advance

March 29, 2015

Sunday smorgasbord: You know it’s a Chicago Bulls blowout — the victorious variety — when coach Tom Thibodeau has no one on his roster with more than 28 minutes played. You know it’s a blowout for the Bulls when they could have gone scoreless in the fourth quarter and still have won. Such was the […]

Bulls Clinch Postseason Berth in Butler’s Return

March 24, 2015

The Chicago Bulls defeated the Charlotte Hornets 98-86 Monday night at the United Center to clinch a playoff berth. Whoopee! In the world of inevitability, this one ranked toward the upper portion. How inevitable? Well, first the Hornets would have had to beat the Bulls, the Bulls would have had to lose their 10 subsequent […]

Rose Return This Season? Bulls Not Ruling It Out

February 27, 2015

You want a bright side for the Chicago Bulls? Well, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 110-99 Thursday night. Meaning the Warriors are 44-11. Meaning they won’t equal the Bulls’ NBA record 72-10 mark set in 1995-96. As if they were going to anyway. * You want more good news, Bulls fans? Derrick […]

Sky Trades Prince for Liberty’s Pondexter

February 17, 2015

The Chicago Sky and New York Liberty pulled off a deal designed to have hometown appeal — for both teams. The Sky acquired Chicago native Cappie Pondexter for New York native Epiphanny Prince in a trade of all-star guards. Trading Prince seemed likely after she sat out much of the 2014 season because of fatigue […]

NBA All-Star Game, “SNL” Not What They Used to Be

February 16, 2015

Sometimes our reminiscences are more pleasant than the moments we are witnessing. Such was the case Sunday with the NBA all-star game. Oh, and the “Saturday Night Live” 40th anniversary celebration. For those with a provincial perspective, each did have a Chicago presence. * Pau Gasol and Jimmy Butler represented the Bulls. And nicely. Gasol […]

Putting Your Heart Into NBA All-Star Practice

February 15, 2015

Sunday smorgasbord: Because of Valentine’s Day commitments (and there are those who believe folks who celebrate the occasion should be committed), your humble correspondent did not view much of the NBA’s all-star weekend Saturday. Well, other than part of the Eastern Conference’s practice. Which is about as unromantic as it gets — even for those […]

Dean Smith’s Legacy Goes Beyond Basketball

February 9, 2015

Monday meanderings: The death of Dean Smith reminds us of the reality of mortality. It also reminds us that our actions speak far louder than any words. Surrounded by family, the former North Carolina basketball coach died peacefully Saturday night. He had been in declining health for a few years with reports of his having […]

Sky’s Delle Donne to Be in Shooting Stars Event

February 6, 2015

There will be an additional Chicago presence at the NBA’s all-star weekend. And, no, it will not involve any active Bulls, although it will involve an active star player. If you said, “Elena Delle Donne” as the player in question, congratulations. If you said, “Who’s Elene Delle Donne?” then you must not pay much attention […]

Of Scoring Leaders: Kobe, MJ (and Dunleavy?)

December 15, 2014

Monday meanderings: In the Chicago Bulls’ 93-75 victory Sunday night at Miami, Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy had no points in the first or second quarters and three in the fourth. He led the team in scoring with 22. Pretty sure that means he had 19 in the third quarter. And that is how some of […]

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