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Bulls forward Javonte Green brings instant energy off the bench

The reserve player is becoming a fan favorite early in the season, but Zach LaVine said he took notice of Green’s "dog mentality" last March, when he was acquired.

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This You Gotta See: Astros’ Dusty Baker goes for his first World Series title as a manager

Love or hate this Houston club, you’ve got to be happy for Baker. Unless you don’t like him, either.

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Polling Place: Just how bad is this Blackhawks season going to be?

The Hawks have yet to have more goals on the scoreboard than the other guys at any point in any game.

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Bulls dominate home opener, but Patrick Williams has to join the fun

The Bulls almost looked like a well-oiled machine in the victory Friday over the Pelicans, but if they truly want to be a contender in the East, they’ll need all five starters on board and aggressive. That means Williams must join the mix.

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Bulls’ new-look bench mob is searching for an identity this season

It isn’t the biggest group, and it isn’t even sure who’s playing from game to game, but the Bulls’ bench has been doing a number on the first-teamers in practice and wants opposing teams to feel that sting.

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Bulls radio voice Chuck Swirsky energized by new-look team

You won’t find a more prepared announcer than Swirsky, who’s starting his 24th season calling NBA games and 14th with the Bulls.

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Bulls guard Zach LaVine hoping wins will come and drama will stay away

LaVine said the Bulls are aware of all the drama teams throughout the Eastern Conference are dealing with this week. All that unrest could benefit his squad.

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Zach LaVine has priorities straight, leads Bulls to victory in season opener

LaVine had 34 points in the win over the Pistons and was focused on the game today, not the contract of tomorrow.

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Rookie Marko Simonovic’s game is not ready for prime-time Bulls

After a solid showing in Summer League, the big man entered camp hoping to grab a rotation spot. That obviously didn’t happen, and that’s why coach Billy Donovan was talking on Wednesday about Simonovic learning the game in some G League stints.

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Former Bulls coach Jim Boylen to lead USA Basketball in World Cup qualifiers

"To have this opportunity to represent my country in the November FIBA World Cup qualifying games is truly humbling," Boylen said.

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Bulls hoping impressive defensive showing in preseason has legs

It was only four games, but the Bulls finished with the top defense in the preseason. Does that carry weight when the games matter?

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Ready or not, point guard Lonzo Ball is pushing for a Bulls run

The Bulls are poised to pick up the pace and try to be "Showtime," the Midwest version, but Ball is still learning his teammates, and his teammates are still getting accustomed to his tempo. The opener Wednesday in Detroit will be a good test run.

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Joe Cowley’s annual NBA preview: Bulls finally crash the postseason

Who will be the MVPs of both conferences? What about Rookie of the Year? Plus, East and West standings predictions.

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Zach LaVine will break his playoff drought and other Bulls predictions

With talent around him and a better understanding of how to win, LaVine will finally put the tag of "best NBA player never to reach the playoffs" to rest this season.

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New Bulls guard Alex Caruso’s championship pedigree is apparent

Caruso had the highest plus-minus for a Bulls reserve in the preseason, and it’s not a coincidence, considering where he came from and who his mentor was. The LeBron James influence is real, and Caruso hopes his teammates feel that.

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Zach LaVine taking advantage of having a Ball-er as a running mate

The All-Star guard saw his Bulls go 4-0 in the preseason, but he also saw a much easier life alongside Lonzo Ball in the backcourt.

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Bulls finish preseason unbeaten — quick starts a reason why

The Bulls found themselves in deep holes early in games far too often last season, and that needed to change. So far it has with coach Billy Donovan stressing fast starts.

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Alize Johnson makes statement with roster decisions coming up for Bulls

Following the Dennis Rodman rebounding blueprint is never a bad thing, and Johnson is hoping he has done enough to earn a guaranteed roster spot.

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Bulls guard Coby White still on the mend

The Bulls’ preseason wraps up Friday against the Grizzlies, and the expectation is that Patrick Williams and Tony Bradley will make their debuts. As far as White, however, his hopes of a quick return are fading.

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More action, less talk for Bulls forward Patrick Williams

Now that his sprained left ankle is all but healed, Williams is on schedule to make his preseason debut Friday. All eyes will be on how the second-year power forward picks up his aggressiveness on the offensive end.

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Derrick Rose gets engaged on court at Madison Square Garden

The Knicks guard proposes to Alaina Anderson, his longtime girlfriend.

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Drama throughout Eastern Conference can benefit Bulls

Under coach Billy Donovan, the Bulls have enjoyed a drama-free camp, but that hasn’t been the case around the conference. And they could take advantage of that turmoil this season.

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Michael Jordan-autographed trading card sells for record $2.7 million

Only 23 copies exist of the card, which features Jordan’s signature and a patch from the jersey he wore in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game.

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Bulls guard Zach LaVine has ‘special’ feelings for what team can do

LaVine and his teammates began working out together weeks before camp started, so he has had a close look at the talent and unselfishness of the group for more than a month. That’s why he’s hoping for big things beyond the stellar showing in the preseason.

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Bulls remain unbeaten in preseason, but this one didn’t come easy

Zach LaVine called it a good lesson learned. The same Cavaliers team the Bulls blew out of the building on Tuesday showed up with a different attitude and physicality on Sunday.

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Bulls hoping forward Patrick Williams can play in preseason finale

It will be a big week for the second-year player, who’s close to returning from a badly sprained left ankle. He’ll get some work in on Monday with the player-development staff, then hopefully have two full days of practice.

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Bulls reserves Troy Brown Jr., Javonte Green making some noise

Both were afterthoughts in the trade-deadline deals that reshaped the roster last season, but they’re showing just how versatile and valuable they can be.

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Bulls’ Lonzo Ball takes just-another-game approach against former team

Ball still wasn’t sure what exactly went wrong in New Orleans, but he also didn’t seem to care. He says he’s in the right place now and with the right team.

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Bulls big man Nikola Vucevic embracing new role — running shoes and all

The Bulls built the roster to be up-tempo for the 2021-22 season, and that means Vucevic must adjust the way he does things.

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‘Showtime’ moving to the Midwest? Bulls guard Lonzo Ball is making that case

It was only one preseason game, but what a game it was. The new-look Bulls had a very Lakers "Showtime" feel, and Ball was a big reason why.

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Former Bull Lauri Markkanen gets a rude welcome in return with Cavs

The Bulls kicked off the preseason in great fashion, dominating the Cavaliers in every aspect. Even sweeter, they showed Markkanen that the change of scenery he pushed for might end up being a big mistake.

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Bulls hoping forward Patrick Williams will be ready for regular season

The second-year player has been sidelined with a sprained left ankle, but coach Billy Donovan said there’s a good chance Williams will be ready for Detroit if the ankle can withstand cutting and lateral movement.