Otto Porter out against Clippers with back injury

From Scott Polacek of B/R: The Chicago Bulls will be without forward Otto Porter Jr. for Sunday’s game against the L.A. Clippers. Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reported the news, noting Porter is dealing with a back injury. Porter played six minutes in Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers before exiting with the injury. The Georgetown product has appeared in 10 games this season and is averaging 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists a night while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from three-point range. Injuries have been an issue for Porter of…

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Bulls edge Portland, 111-108

Tuesday night’s Chicago Bulls and Portland Trail Blazers went from a game that seemed it would be a large serving of garbage time basketball to a very competitive game that literally came down to the last possession , as the Bulls were able to get a quality win on the road , without four vital players, including Lauri Markkanen, 111-108. In the first quarter Portland came out and went right to work, shooting 56% in the period , including 8-15 from three point land, to build an 18-point lead. They…

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Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky and staff member test positive for COVID-19

From Eric Woodyard of ESPN: Chicago Bulls guard Tomas Satoransky and a team support staff member have tested positive for COVID-19, according to head coach Billy Donovan. “He’s obviously got to quarantine and he’s going through the league protocols with that,” Donovan said ahead of Sunday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. “We had another support staff person test positive, but the guys that were out on that road trip are still out, they’re not available tonight, so we’ve pretty much have the same group that we had on those three road games, well the last…

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Lauri Markkanen amongst four Bulls players out for Wizards game due to safety protocol

From the AP: WASHINGTON — Four Chicago Bulls players are in the NBA’s health and safety protocol and are not available for Thursday’s game with the Washington Wizards. Forwards Lauri Markkanen, the team’s second leading scorer and top rebounder, and Chandler Hutchison and guards Ryan Arcidiacono and Tomas Satoransky have been ruled out. “You’ve got to stay flexible,” Chicago coach Billy Donovan said. “A lot of different things can happen. You’ve got to be able to handle them. Obviously, a lot for us to digest and deal with going into this game.” The Bulls play at Milwaukee on Friday night, and Donovan…

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Warriors and Bulls engaged in trade talks surrounding picks and Wendell Carter Jr?

There has been long speculation about potential movement at the top of the drafts with some teams possibly looking to move up , while others wanting to secure more assets and move down. Reportedly the Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors have had talks on a trade that would send the Bulls’ no.4 overall pick and Wendell Carter Jr to the Warriors in exchange for the no.2 pick. According to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, the Bulls have zeroed in on Memphis center James Wiseman and would take him with that…

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Porter and Batum were no sh*t Sherlock opt-ins

In this abbreviated offseason , there could be some potentially league-altering moves, like James Harden leaving Houston , but before that happens, players will opt-in and out of the final years(s) of their current contracts. Some , such as Anthony Davis opting out with the Lakers, are mere formalities to signing a more lucrative deals. Other players will opt-in on deals that will pay them far in excess of what they would or could command on the open market. Such is the case with Otto Porter and Nicholas Batam, both…

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Chicago Bulls get Jim Boylen out the paint

When the Chicago Bulls , finally, made changes in their front office ( firing GM Gar Foreman and John Paxson moving to an advisory role) the questions immediately began regarding the future of head coach Jim Boylen. Those questions have now been answered. Bull Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Arturas Karisovas announced Friday morning that Jim Boylen had been relieved of his duties as head coach.  “After doing a comprehensive evaluation and giving the process the time it deserved, I ultimately decided that a fresh approach and evolution in…

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What happened to Craig Hodges?

Colin Kaepernick is seen as the most recent patron saint for an athlete sacrificing his career to take a stance on the conditions of black people in the United States, however there was an NBA player whose career was ended because he sought to use his platform to try to do some real good for his people and despite him playing, and being a contributor, on the most popular team in the world, you may not have ever heard of him. Over twenty years before Kap took his knee, before…

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The Last Dance episode 3&4 : Reaction

I finally had a chance to catch episodes 3 and 4 of The Last Dance docu-series. Although it was quite enthralling, as it felt like I had just sat down in my recliner and the next thing I know , the credit were rolling for episode 4, it was not with out fault. What I liked: The Phil Jackson episode The Phil Jackson portion of the evening was masterfully done. A sizeable chunk of today’s younger basketball fan probably did not know that not only did he play in the…

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The Last Dance Episodes 1&2: My Thoughts

The first two parts the highly anticipated ten-part The Last Dance documentary chronicling the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls was released this Sunday to much fanfare. As someone who was alive and ,thankfully, of age to have lived through it was a pleasant trip down memory lane and I felt like that teenage version of myself that gathered around the television for so many weekends during that season to watch the Bulls and the NBA on NBC. I am ecstatic that a new generation of basketball fans will receive a proper introduction…

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