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Jimmy Butler now The Man for the Chicago Bulls

Ric Flair once said, "to be the man, you gotta beat the man." Well, maybe if "the man" gets traded to another team - or in Flair's case WCW? - then that counts all the same, right? In all seriousness, following the trade that sent Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks for Jerian Grant, Robin Lopez and Jose Calderon, the title of "the man" rests squarely on the shoulders of Jimmy Butler. This is what Butler wa ...

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Felicio’s surge, Noah’s free agency fuel offseason intrigue

Does Cristiano Felicio's strong showing merit a closer look next season? And what are the implications of re-signing Joakim Noah this offseason? Now that we know the Chicago Bulls are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention following the Indiana Pacers’ clinching the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference, the offseason speculation about next year’s Bulls can begin in earnest. In particular, the futur ...

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The value of Jimmy Butler transcends any trade

Will the Bulls explore the option of trading Jimmy Butler this offseason? It’s hard to say exactly where the root of Jimmy Butler trade rumors is. Have they sprung up from typical media speculation, or is it actually connected to potential plans from the Bulls front office? Either way, as obvious as it sounds, it bears repeating: trading Jimmy Butler would be an unconscionable mistake for the Bulls to make. ...

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Report: Chicago Bulls aggressively shopping Pau Gasol

Could veteran Pau Gasol be on the move as the NBA Trade Deadline approaches? There's been a few rumors about the Chicago Bulls as the NBA Trade Deadline approaches this week, but the latest may actually be legit. According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Chicago Bulls are aggressively shopping veteran Pau Gasol. Woj wrote on Yahoo's new NBA blog, 'The Vertical': The Chicago Bulls are aggressively s ...

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NBA Playoffs: Pau Gasol’s experience will prove valuable for Chicago Bulls

When free agency began last summer and the chances of Carmelo Anthony coming to Chicago was a real possibility, I didn’t pay attention to the other quality free agents Chicago could possibly pick up. As we all know, Carmelo didn’t come to Chicago and the Bulls opted to sign power forward Pau Gasol. At first I was skeptical, thinking we already had big men in Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah. What do we need Pau f ...

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Pau Gasol named NBA All-Star Starter

Pau Gasol has had a spectacular year for the Chicago Bulls and it got better last night. The Bulls center earned his first ever All-Star start after the starters were announced prior to the Bulls 104-81 win over the Spurs last night. Gasol will be joined by his brother Marc, who will be the starter on the West team making them the first pair of brothers to start a NBA All-Star Game in history. Gasol is aver ...

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Why no one misses Carlos Boozer

While this does not comes as a surprise to many, but Pau Gasol has been an upgrade from Carlos Boozer. Watching Gasol play has not only been enjoyable, but rejuvenating. It shows how truly bad Boozer was and the money he was earning. Here are their numbers through 10 games. Gasol Boozer Minutes 34.8 27.7 PPG 18.6 12.9 RPG 10.6 6.0 BLKPG 2.5 .1 FT% .784 .75 PER 21.61 14.50 That does not include their salarie ...

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Bulls win season opener 104-80

The 2014-15 edition of the Running of the Chicago Bulls is back, and boy did they look good against the New York Knicks. Their 104-80 win had many positive points and if you did not notice, the minutes were spread out evenly. Coming into the season the biggest concerns were Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah’s legs. Coach Tom Thibodeau said that they would be monitored to start the season and he stuck by his word ...

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The complexity that is Pau Gasol’s twitter handle

Pau Gasol signed a 3-year, $22 million deal with Bulls this summer, and the love fest in Chicago has already commenced. Gasol is the big, seven foot presence the Bulls have been missing for years. Most importantly, Carlos Boozer will be screaming “Gimme Dat!” and “And One!” in another uniform. Gasol is off to a solid start, averaging 10.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3 blocks per game in the preseason. He’s a s ...

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Chicago Bulls Player Value Rankings, Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series I still didn't reach the heart of the Bulls' attack. Part 3 delves into two players that will be pivotal to the Bulls' success this season. GROUP D: “The Veteran Forwards” 8.) Pau Gasol Yep. The Bulls' biggest signing of the summer comes in at just eighth on this list. That gives you an idea of how much better the Bulls’ offseason could’ve been. No Melo and no Love, but inste ...

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