1. Bold Predictions for Derrick Rose's 2014-15 Season

    The Chicago Bulls phenom has played just 10 games over the past two NBA seasons, and his rust showed through the FIBA World Cup tournament, where he finished with paltry averages: 4...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 13 hours ago 615 reads 1 comments

  2. Chicago Bulls, Jimmy Butler Facing Future Sooner Than You Think

    Jimmy Butler ’s future is arriving sooner than most of us are ready for. Next summer, he’ll be a restricted free agent, so long as the Bulls offer him the $3 million qualifying offer—a virtual guarantee...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 3 days ago 18,886 reads 26 comments

  3. Ranking the Chicago Bulls' Offseason Acquisitions

    The Chicago Bulls didn ’t get Carmelo Anthony this summer. But they were hell-bent on making sure they upgraded their roster in one way or another...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 7 days ago 1,923 reads 7 comments

  4. Ranking the Top 10 Most Underrated Chicago Bulls Players of the Last Decade

    In the roll-up to the Chicago Bulls ’ biggest season of the Tom Thibodeau era and Derrick Rose ’s overanalyzed return , it’s important to remember the roles that more easily forgotten men play in successful NBA campaigns...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 8 days ago 18,361 reads 52 comments

  5. The Good, the Bad and the Hopeful from Derrick Rose's FIBA Appearances

    Derrick Rose is going through growing pains. The Chicago Bulls ’ star point guard has begun his return to basketball with Team USA in Spain as a part of their roster in the FIBA World Cup, and he’s shooting a paltry 21...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 9 days ago 9,848 reads 19 comments

  6. 5 Things Chicago Bulls Must Figure Out Before Start of 2014-15 Season

    The Chicago Bulls head into the 2014-15 season with their best chance at a championship since head coach Tom Thibodeau ’s era began in 2010...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 14 days ago 9,706 reads 24 comments

  7. How Does Taj Gibson Fit into Chicago Bulls' Elite Front Line?

    Among the Chicago Bulls ’ biggest summer additions, two of them potentially gave Chicago the deepest frontcourt in the league— Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic ...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 14 days ago 8,500 reads 33 comments

  8. Houston Rockets' PR Problems Won't Overshadow Basketball Promise

    It’s been a rough summer for the Houston Rockets . After whiffing in their pursuit of Chris Bosh , losing Chandler Parsons to the rival Dallas Mavericks and shipping ...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 16 days ago 6,988 reads 17 comments

  9. How Much Do Chicago Bulls Need from Pau Gasol Next Season?

    Between both frontcourt positions, the Chicago Bulls have 96 minutes per game to distribute between Joakim Noah , Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic and Pau Gasol in their 2014-15 campaign...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 20 days ago 12,535 reads 35 comments

  10. Houston Rockets' Personnel Is Ready to Improve Defense

    The Houston Rockets need to be better defenders, and they know it. Superstar and team leader James Harden has begun to lead the charge toward improvement after a year spent getting humiliated by I nternet video montages of his lax coverage...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 23 days ago 6,239 reads 28 comments

  11. What Do NBA Players Learn While Playing for Team USA?

    CHICAGO — DeMarcus Cousins went down with a knee injury on the first day of Team USA’s stint in Chicago. But there was no way he was going to leave the team—there’s far too much value in the experience...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 28 days ago 3,972 reads 5 comments

  12. It's a Small World for Team USA at FIBA Basketball World Cup

    CHICAGO — Team USA used to be made up of amateurs. Now it's a small party of basketball's elite, and a quick look inside may show us where the game is heading...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 30 days ago 16,319 reads 37 comments

  13. Should Team USA Consider an Age Limit?

    CHICAGO — Team USA is as young as it's been in quite some time. After a string of opt-outs and injuries, the squad is left with few veterans, reminding us of a concept floated years ago...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 1 month ago 6,509 reads 16 comments

  14. Kyrie Irving Seeks to Be Renaissance Man in FIBA, NBA and Life

    CHICAGO — Kyrie Irving is as fast as they come. His dribbling is more mystifying than anyone's in the league, and he's already racked up a slew of clutch scoring performances during his three NBA seasons...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 1 month ago 44,091 reads 93 comments

  15. How Far Can Pure Talent Take Team USA in FIBA World Cup of Basketball?

    CHICAGO — Team USA ran faster, jumped higher and dunked harder than Brazil in its 95-78 blowout victory Saturday night. Superior athleticism was more than enough to overcome some sloppy offensive execution and issues scoring in the half court...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 1 month ago 96,815 reads 208 comments

  16. All Eyes Shift to Derrick Rose in Team USA's FIBA Warm-Ups

    CHICAGO—Reporters swarm Derrick Rose the instant he’s free for questions, running without thought by the likes of Kyrie Irving , James Harden and Stephen Curry to shower the Chicago Bulls point guard with attention...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 1 month ago 19,359 reads 31 comments

  17. Jimmy Butler and Tony Snell Will Be More Important Than Ever for Chicago Bulls

    All of this summer’s attention has been on Derrick Rose and the new additions to the Chicago Bulls : Pau Gasol , Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic ...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 1 month ago 15,204 reads 59 comments

  18. Which Eastern Foes Present Toughest Challenges to Chicago Bulls Next Season?

    The Chicago Bulls enter the 2014-15 with their most talented roster of the Tom Thibodeau era—but they’re far from indestructible...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 1 month ago 6,180 reads 20 comments

  19. Who Will Be the Houston Rockets' 3rd Scorer Next Season?

    A retooled Houston Rockets squad will take the floor with fresh questions in the 2014-15 season, and this is perhaps the most prevalent: Who will be its third scorer? With Chandler Parsons gone, there will be a productivity hole left open...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 1 month ago 11,175 reads 45 comments

  20. Houston Rockets Players Who Will Make a Big Jump in 2014-15

    The Houston Rockets are better than you think they are—so long as a few players take important steps forward in their upcoming campaign. Roster fluctuations that occur in free agency can be somewhat illusory...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 1 month ago 7,981 reads 21 comments

  21. Must Derrick Rose Regain Status for the Chicago Bulls to Do So?

    Derrick Rose is back, playing at an impressive level with some of the NBA ’s very best on Team USA. Chicago, and the rest of the basketball-loving world, is excited...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 1 month ago 12,650 reads 60 comments

  22. How Will Chicago Bulls Offense Transform with Upgraded Roster?

    The Chicago Bulls , by all measures, have assembled their most talented roster of the Tom Thibodeau era this summer. First and foremost among their upgrades is the bevy of new offensive weapons...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 1 month ago 3,763 reads 5 comments

  23. Ranking the Houston Rockets' Offseason Acquisitions

    Amid the litany of very public offseason losses the Houston Rockets experienced this offseason—striking out on Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony and saying goodbye to Omer Asik, ...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 1 month ago 6,569 reads 28 comments

  24. Chicago Bulls' Pressure to Win Is Squarely on Tom Thibodeau Now

    No one can say coach Tom Thibodeau doesn ’t have the pieces he needs anymore. Derrick Rose is back...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 1 month ago 6,242 reads 43 comments

  25. Do Chicago Bulls Need Kevin Love in Order to Win NBA Title This Year?

    Kevin Love is on the trading block, and it’s all anyone can talk about. The Chicago Bulls , along with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors , are in the mix for his services...

    John Wilmes Written by John Wilmes about 1 month ago 2,852 reads 5 comments