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Kobe Bryant’s death brings Bulls coach Jim Boylen to tears

The Bulls tried to pick up the pieces on an emotional day leading up to the game against the Spurs. They found out firsthand how difficult that can be.

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Michael Jordan reacts to Kobe Bryant’s death: ‘Words can’t describe the pain’

The man who Bryant idolized expressed his sadness Sunday.

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant’s death stuns the entire sports world

Bryant, 41, was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday, and his ties with the Bulls — past and present — were felt in the wake of the tragedy.

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The death of Kobe Bryant and the pain of losing someone you didn’t know

Superstars aren’t supposed to die. But of course they do. I knew that. I just wish I didn’t know it so well right now.

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Could the Bulls be buyers at trade deadline to help Zach LaVine?

Common sense has the Bulls being sellers when the Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline comes and goes, but this is an organization that doesn’t always use common sense. With a No. 8 seed in sight, could they add a secondary scorer?

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Bulls guard Zach LaVine knows pressure is on him, scores 44 in win

The Kings did everything they could to make life difficult for LaVine on Friday. His response came in Cleveland 24 hours later: The guard fell two assists shy of a triple-double.

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Coach Jim Boylen realizes Bulls fans are upset, but he’ll stick to his plan

Of course, Boylen saw all the red seats at the United Center on Friday night — everyone in attendance did. But he continues to block out the outside noise, believing in what he’s doing, no matter the record.

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This You Gotta See: Bulls-Pacers, Blackhawks-Coyotes, Illini try to stay on tourney path

Is this really happening? Is Illinois, which hosts Minnesota on Thursday, really headed to the Big Dance for the first time since 2013? Whoa, slow down! OK, fine — it’s a lock.

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Bulls begin life without forward Lauri Markkanen with a King-sized thud

With Markkanen sidelined with an injured right pelvis, the Bulls’ offense was on Zach LaVine’s shoulders. The upshot: double- and triple-teams, a 12-point fourth quarter and another loss.

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Bulls take another hit in frontcourt with Lauri Markkanen injury

An MRI exam Thursday showed that Markkanen was dealing with an injured right pelvis, and rather than risk it getting worse, the Bulls have opted to shut down the third-year forward for the next four to six weeks.

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NBA taking lead from CTA for All-Star Weekend

Uniforms for next month’s events are based on L routes.

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Bulls guard Zach LaVine would like a say in upcoming roster decisions

LaVine said it’s not make-or-break for him, but he would love the front office to have enough trust and respect in him to be asked about pending roster moves, especially with the trade deadline approaching.

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Zach LaVine lifts Bulls past Timberwolves 117-110

LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn combined for 22 of the Bulls’ last 24 points to knock off Minnesota.

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Jim Boylen doubles down on Lauri Markkanen

The Bulls’ coach is confident his offensive system isn’t breaking the struggling foundation piece. "This system was installed and I worked on this system last year and this summer because I think it fits who he is," Boylen said.

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Warning: Watching Bulls will not make you or anyone around you smarter

Devoting time to a collection of average, unentertaining players who haven’t improved this season is almost inexplicable.

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Time for Bulls to admit they may have broken Lauri Markkanen

Everyone wants an explanation for what’s wrong with Markkanen, who was expected to carry the rebuild forward. The fingerprints are all over an analytics department that took human nature out of his development.

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Bulls coach Jim Boylen wants roster to stay intact as deadline nears

It was another loss to a winning team Monday, and another dismal performance by Lauri Markkanen. And while the big man questioned how he’s being used by his coach, Jim Boylen wants the roster to stay together.

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Bulls guard Zach LaVine wants All-Star selection first, contests second

LaVine continued offering up more clarity surrounding the will-he, won’t-he with the dunk contest. It doesn’t sound like it would be in play unless the sixth-year guard is selected by the coaches for the All-Star Game. Then it’s a we’ll-see.

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Hey, Bulls fans, winning basketball is being played right up I-94

Those of you who are tired of the same old Bulls rebuild might find the whole Bucks/Milwaukee adventure to your liking.

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Bulls hoping they have discovered their own version of a ‘Death Lineup’

The comeback against the Cavaliers on Saturday came with a new-look lineup that went small and played smothering defense. Coach Jim Boylen has to find out if it has staying power.

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Forward Lauri Markkanen muscles up in Bulls’ comeback win over Cavs

Zach LaVine was brilliant in scoring 42 points — including 21 in the fourth quarter — but the Bulls know this rebuild only works if Markkanen delivers, too.

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Bulls big man Wendell Carter Jr. eyeing early return from ankle injury

The second-year center went down on Jan. 6 and was given a return window of four to six weeks. According to Carter on Saturday, however, bet the under.

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This You Gotta See: NFL playoffs, NHL All-Stars and some good-for-the-soul high school hoops

Patrick Kane makes his ninth All-Star appearance, the most among active NHL players. Alas, he’s the only Hawk in this here shebang. Times have changed.

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Another Bulls loss — and another disappearing act for Lauri Markkanen

The third-year forward scored 12 points in the first half, giving the Bulls the lead going into the locker room. But he went scoreless in the second half, taking only two shots as the Bulls were overwhelmed in Philadelphia.

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Bulls guard Zach LaVine playing the waiting game for All-Star Weekend

LaVine still isn’t committing to competing in the dunk contest until he hears whether he will be an All-Star.

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Bulls’ Chandler Hutchison feels he can take the Jimmy Butler path

Hutchison said he has shown flashes of being an elite NBA stopper despite missing so much time with injuries the last two seasons. But the Butler comp is a tall order for the 2018 first-round pick.

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Former Bull Jay Williams reinvents himself as ESPN analyst

The second pick in the 2002 draft is part of the network’s reworked "NBA Countdown" show. And he’s as frustrated with his old team as fans are.

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Bulls beat Wizards but lose big man Daniel Gafford to injury

Gafford dislocated his right thumb, leaving the Bulls, already down Wendell Carter Jr. in the middle, with reserve Luke Kornet as the next man up. But they still beat Washington at the United Center.

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Bulls have no clarity on an Otto Porter Jr. return this season

The calendar is starting to work against Porter’s return this season, especially considering that his broken left foot hasn’t made much progress. Coach Jim Boylen did say that shutting him down for the season hasn’t been discussed yet.

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It’s time for the Bulls to do right by Thaddeus Young — and trade him

The minutes the veteran forward thought he would be getting just aren’t there, and when they are, they’re blocking the progress of the suddenly enigmatic Lauri Markkanen.

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At season’s halfway point, Bulls are limping along

Sure, they played the Celtics even after the first quarter. But the damage already had been done in Monday’s loss.

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Bulls coach Jim Boylen is unfazed by swingman Denzel Valentine’s unhappiness

Valentine made his frustrations known to the Sun-Times, specifically about being removed from the rotation with no real explanation from his coach.