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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.

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Former Bull Pau Gasol announces retirement

Gasol won two NBA titles with the Lakers, in 2009 and 2010, and averaged 17 points and 9.2 rebounds in 1,226 regular-season games with five NBA teams.

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Bulls rookie Ayo Dosunmu’s toughest challenge is the depth chart

The former Illinois standout has been used as a combo guard through the first week of training camp, but will his toughness and aggression help earn him real minutes when the regular-season games start?

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Lauri Markkanen’s time with the Bulls saw him go from unicorn to enigma

Bulls coach Billy Donovan said on Monday that he let Markkanen know after the season that he would have an important role if he stayed, but the damage was done and the 7-footer wanted a fresh start. From what exactly? That’s the unknown.

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There are many Bulls doubters, but veteran DeMar DeRozan isn’t one of them

The Bulls are projected to be a .500 team at best, and DeRozan wants his teammates to hear the outside noise. He wants that chip on their shoulder in order to slap it off when the games start to count.

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Bulls guard Zach LaVine is getting defensive ... and it’s about time

Camp is only a week old, and the Bulls don’t play a preseason game until Tuesday, but the early takeaway is LaVine understands the importance of defense, and he has a gold medal to prove it.

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Bulls’ frontcourt players feel the depth is just fine

Projected starting power forward Patrick Williams is on the mend from an ankle sprain, but even if he isn’t healthy to start the season, his teammates feel there’s more than enough help at the position.

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Bulls guard Alex Caruso hopes to bring toughness to a team that needs it

The former Laker knows all about doing the dirty work to win games. He never would’ve gotten consistent playing time without his defense and toughness.

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Derrick Jones Jr. vs. Zach LaVine in the ultimate dunk contest? Nope

Acquired this offseason, Jones downplayed talk about the idea of the two former dunk champions going at it in the ultimate dunk-off.

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Year 2 of coach Billy Donovan’s offense will mean a running of the Bulls

With a full offseason and a full training camp, Donovan thinks the Bulls’ offense will be in position to maximize the strengths of the roster.

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Veteran DeMar DeRozan brings an old-school mentality to Bulls

According to DeRozan, figuring out how to get all the players involved and engaged in what takes place on the court isn’t ‘‘rocket science."

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Bulls’ Billy Donovan isn’t ready to print playoff tickets

With all the new faces and a lot of work to do, Donovan wants to keep the team under the radar as fall camp begins.

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Bulls coach Billy Donovan hoping toughness comes with new-look roster

The Bulls had some soft moments last season in Donovan’s first year, but with a more experienced roster and some players who aren’t afraid to get physical, the hope is those days are long gone.