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Chicago Bulls Season in Review: A Once Promising Season Ends in Heartbreak and Despair

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Andre Iguodala (pictured above) ended Chicago’s championship aspirations last night as he hit two huge free throws at the end of a great Game 6.

By Wesley Kaminsky

All was well.

The Chicago Bulls led 99-87 with under two minutes to go in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Derrick Rose appeared to have shaken off his rust from various injuries throughout the season. He was on his way to a triple-double, pouring in 23 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. The Bulls had dominated the Sixers and were healthy for the first time all season.

Then it happened. Rose was down holding his left knee.

It didn’t look good. The mood in the United Center had changed as everyone held their breath praying Rose would pop back up. Continue reading

Is this the Year the Chicago Bulls Return to Glory?

Photo courtesy of hdnux.com. Can Derrick Rose (pictured above) lead Chicago to a championship this year? Our very own Wesley Kaminsky certainly hopes so.

By Wesley Kaminsky

Lately, I’ve been daydreaming in my head. It’s a pleasant dream, in fact. I envision Derrick Rose nailing an 18-foot jump shot from the top of the key over the outstretched arms of LeBron James to send the Bulls to the NBA finals.

In this glorified shot, Rose shuts up all the doubters who say he is a choker, while not in any way eliminating the criticism of that James guy. LeBron I think is his first name.

In this shot, I can hear Mike Breen proclaiming his infamous “Puts it in” call with an exclamation point, as Derrick Rose shuts the door on the Miami Heat, getting revenge for last seasons heartbreak.

Rose does this in Chicago too. Screw it, in Game 7. This is only a dream, right? Why not make it the best it can be? I see Rose showing little emotion after the shot, rather just staring down the Miami Heat bench.

Cold-blooded. The Bulls are headed back to the finals and get a chance to go for championship number seven, against say, the San Antonio Spurs. My daydream hasn’t gotten that far to think about the NBA finals yet though. I’m still trying to soak in what just happened against the Heat.

Then, I wake up from my daze. Wow. I’m a loser. Continue reading

Bulls Rallying Through Injuries, Rose Hopes to Return Soon.

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. In order for Chicago to make a run at the championship this year, their star Derrick Rose (pictured above) will have to get healthy.

By Wesley Kaminsky

If there is one thing every person in the sports world  know about the Chicago Bulls, it’s that their championship hopes lie squarely on the shoulders of reigning MVP, Derrick Rose. After missing just six games throughout his first two seasons in the NBA, Rose has already missed eight games this season due to turf toe and back spasms. With his lingering back spasms, Rose went to see a back specialist on Monday, who revealed that there was no structural damage.

Rose went on to say, “This back pain should be behind me in a couple of days. I should be back out there in a couple days. I’m going to take my time and be smart.” Continue reading

Heartbreak from a Chicago Bulls Fan: 2010-2011 Season in Review

Courtesy of BasketBawful.blogspot.com. League MVP Derrick Rose (pictured above) was unable to lead his team past the star studded Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Can he lead the Bulls to Eastern Conference Title next year?

By Wesley Kaminsky

It’s been about a week since the Chicago Bulls 2010-2011 season
came to a close, and forgive me for waiting this long to write this, but it’s
been a process of recovery for me.  As a Bulls fan for as long as I can remember, this was the best season I had gone through as a fan thus far in my life. The regular season could not have gone more perfect. In an off-season in which the Bulls failed to land LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, they still managed to jump from 41 wins to 62, securing the best record in basketball.  Not only did they have the best record, but the coach of the year in first year
head coach Tom Thibodeau, and MVP in Derrick Rose. Heading into the playoffs, my mindset was if the Bulls did not at least make the Eastern Conference Finals than it was a waste of a season, and I firmly believed that.  The regular season means nothing, and it’s all about what you do in the playoffs, just ask LeBron James from his Cavalier days.  Although it wasn’t pretty at
times, the Bulls did reach the Eastern Conference Finals, something that Bulls
fans did not imagine happening in the beginning of the season.

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“Bulls Offense Stalls, Heat Take Game 2”

Derrick Rose (pictured above) did not play like the NBA MVP tonight. Our very own Bull's expert Wesley Kaminsky feels that Rose is due for a huge performance in Game 3.

Wesley is a sports expert and journalist out of Philadelphia that writes for Bleacher Report.  You can check out all of his work at  http://bleacherreport.com/users/88810-wesley-kaminsky or follow his twitter @Wesley_Kaminsky

For the Bulls, and their fans, things could not have gone better after game ones 103-82 thumping of the Heat. The Bulls had dominated the Heat in the second half, led by their defense, and glass domination. Oh yeah, and also two Taj Gibson exclamation point dunks. You could say it was a perfect three days in Chicago from Sunday to Wednesday night up until Luol Deng drilled a half-court shot to end the first quarter. The Bulls led 26-19 after one, and from then, it was all down hill. Continue reading

“Noah Injury, A Blessing in Disguise”

Chicago Bulls starting Center, Joakim Noah (pictured above), is suffering from a major thumb injury. What effects will this have on the Bull's playoff/title chances?

Our Chicago sports expert is back at it again folks.  See his thoughts below on the Joakim Noah “thumb situation.”

Will Runzel is an  entrepreneur and sports guru out of Chicago.  Follow Will on Twitter @WillRunzel

Joakim Noah will undergo surgery on his right (shooting hand) thumb. More information will be released at an 11 am CST press conference. Noah’s injury will knock him out 8-10 weeks or roughly 30 games. Battling through the injury for nearly ten games dating back to the Sacramento Kings match on November 27, Noah has posted nine points or better in nine of 10 games and has had double digits rebounds in six of those games. Analysts and fans alike are worried about how this will affect the Bulls this season, and I see it as a blessing in disguise. Here are some pro’s and con’s to Joakim’s injury

Cons:

-The Bulls are losing a double-double machine and the best defensive post presence for 30 or so games, more than 1/3 of their season

-Noah is the heart and soul of the team, the Scottie to Rose’s Jordan

-The Bulls will definitely win less games and could hurt their playoff seeding

-This stretch includes games against top tier teams with dominant big men, including (dare I say it) the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, and San Antonio Spurs

-This lowers the chances of the Bulls trading for a scoring two guard

Keep in mind the Bulls already went through the toughest stretch of the season sans Carlos Boozer.

Pros:

-The development of Omer Asik is crucial to the Bulls success this season and for the next five seasons. He has played well this season and will get another shot to develop

-Taj Gibson is already a fantastic 6th man/reserve big man and will continue his growth. This should give him so more time to polish his offensive skill set

-Noah will be rested for the playoffs and the Bulls should still finish fourth or better in the East maintaining home court advantage in the first round.

-Joakim may provide a similar boost to what Boozer just supplied upon his return; the Bulls will learn to compete with top teams without Jo, and when he returns they suddenly have an inside defensive presence

Will Runzel out of Chicago will continue to come out with his thoughts and incites regarding the Chicago sporting scene.  If you want information on the Bears or the Bulls, you want a Runzelism.

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-TheSportsKraze