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Blog a Bull Apr 26, 2016

Butler Needs to buy-in to Hoiberg's offense

Jimmy and Fred can work, the relationship just needs a little more open-mindedness from Butler. Fred Hoiberg's biggest error in his first year as head coach was his inability to get everyone, specifically Jimmy Butler to buy into what he wanted to do offensively. As it wasn't even a third into the season until Hoiberg had to re-install sets from the Tom Thibodeau era for Butler and Pau Gasol. The result of this was a team whose offense actually regressed from the often-maligned Thibs system, ending the season as the 25th rated offense. With Hoiberg's system failing to come to fruition, the...
Pounding The Rock Apr 25, 2016

Marc Gasol thinks Pau should sign with the Spurs

The Spurs have just begun their postseason, but sending the Grizzlies home for the summer means that off-season talk kicks off. Let San Antonio's free-agency rumor season begin. According to sources from around the league, it is very unlikely that Pau Gasol, who turns 36 in July, will re-sign his $7.7 million player option with the Chicago Bulls after a tumultuous  2015-16 campaign. But there's a huge gap between not signing with his current team, and coming to San Antonio. Unexpectedly bridging that gap is Pau's brother Marc Gasol, who let a few bombs drop in a conversation with Peter...
Pounding The Rock Apr 25, 2016

Spurs News: Tim Duncan turns 40, and Pop's not "looking for jumpshot city"

We read all the Spurs news and articles out there and bring you the best of them in one place every day. By The Numbers: The Timeless Duncan - espn.com Duncan joins Andre Miller as the second player on the Spurs to reach the age of 40. Happy Birthday to the greatest power forward of all time! Gregg Popovich doesn't like when the Spurs go to 'Jump Shot City' - cbssports.com There are many stretches throughout games, where the Spurs rely heavily on their jump shooting. It makes me happy to know we have a coach like Pop, who can man the ship when need be. Spurs off to fastest start in NBA's...
Pounding The Rock Apr 25, 2016

The Spurs' Jekyll-and-Hyde offense makes them difficult to gameplan

Spurs nation has discussed all season the tension between the isolation game from the starters and the beautiful game of the second unit. The ability to feature both styles may be their biggest weapon. The Beautiful Game is not gone. Every Spurs game you can find multiple examples of excellent motion offense that's a step above the rest of the league. I've highlighted more than a few in the Spurs Playbook series. But as pointed out by many and discussed in length in PtR's recent installment of the Superfluous Poppycock podcast, the Spurs starting unit has largely played at a slow pace...
Pounding The Rock Apr 25, 2016

The Game of Thrones continues for the Spurs

The Spurs advance to the second round, and their pursuit of the ultimate reward begins in earnest. In the Game of Thrones, the great game is terrifying. It's chaos in its purist sense -- people die (#NoSpoilerAlert), alliances change, people die, power shifts, more people die, trust is broken, a lot more stuff happens and way more people die. The Throne -- the position as King of Westeros -- is the end game here. The Throne is nice until the game crashes down, ruining everything. Because the Throne is temporary, but the game is forever. In the Game of Basketball, the great game...
Blog a Bull Apr 13, 2016

Bulls vs. Sixers game preview, lineups, injury report

[Thanks to deepdishhoops for the season's final game preview. Another successful season on that front. I truly appreciate everyone who signed up and delivered all year. It was not easy to come up with stories for each game, heh. -yfbb] Finally, the least viewed BaB post since the season began: the Game Preview for the final matchup of this miserable season. There's really little to say or even to look forward to with this game. There's no final hurrah for Pau Gasol, who will be wearing a tailored suit in his last Chicago Bulls appearance. Not to channel Derrick but, who knows who will...
Blog a Bull Apr 13, 2016

How close were Pau Gasol and Jimmy Butler to being traded?

post-mortem season! The protracted nature of the Bulls playoff elimination means just more time to get out some juicy stories. Today was Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago's turn. There's a lot in there that we already had a good sense about, from Hoiberg's missteps to the Butler-Rose dynamic (Goodwill indicates there's a good chance Rose will join Jimmy for at least a short period of summer workouts). But some specific details of interest surround the trade deadline. On a Butler trade (though it's phrased as 'along with Gasol and Rose', I assume those were separate discussions?): They had...
Chicago Tribune Apr 11, 2016

Bulls shut down veterans as playoffs fade from reach

Pau Gasol, Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson and E'Twaun Moore won't play in the Bulls' final two regular-season games starting Monday against the Pelicans after officially getting eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday. How many of those have played their last game in a Bulls' uniform remains to be seen....
Blog a Bull Apr 11, 2016

The shutdown begins: Gasol, Rose to sit out final 2 games of the season

Jimmy Butler is still playing, for reasons unclear. It's true, there's a game tonight. Instead of being 90% meaningless like the few we've seen lately, it's truly totally pointless now. So the Bulls are doing the sensible thing and avoiding future injury, for the most part. The update from shootaround: Derrick Rose is sitting the final 2 games Pau Gasol is sitting the final 2 games, needs an MRI on his knee Taj Gibson (rib) and E'Twaun Moore (hamsring) will remain out for the rest of the season Jimmy Butler is playing though. And taking a shot? Why play, Butler? "I love this game, this...
Chicago Tribune Apr 10, 2016

Monday's matchup: Bulls at Pelicans

TV/radio: 7 p.m. Monday; CSN, WMVP-AM 1000. Storylines: The Bulls are playing out the string. The Pelicans are 4-4 recently despite being decimated by injuries, including Anthony Davis. The Bulls won the first meeting at home in December behind a double-double from Pau Gasol. Trending: The Bulls...

Monday's matchup: Bulls at Pelicans

TV/radio: 7 p.m. Monday; CSN, WMVP-AM 1000. Storylines: The Bulls are playing out the string. The Pelicans are 4-4 recently despite being decimated by injuries, including Anthony Davis. The Bulls won the first meeting at home in December behind a double-double from Pau Gasol. Trending: The Bulls...
Fear The Sword Apr 9, 2016

Watch: Kevin Love dunks on Pau Gasol

Kevin Love dunked. Yes, really. Kevin Love doesn't dunk very often. He's mostly a shooter and when he scores inside, it's below the rim. Friday, Love broke out of his shell a bit and dunked all over Bulls forward Pau Gasol. Oh my, @kevinlove.#CavsBulls BOX: https://t.co/XJIz809Bbn pic.twitter.com/ctIsBqtMm5 — Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) April 10, 2016 As the clip shows, Love set up his dunk by crossing over Nikola Mirotic and driving from the left corner. And when he dunked, his teammates on the floor went nuts. These Cavs, with Love dunking and LeBron James making Mirotic look silly...
Chicago Tribune Apr 8, 2016

Bulls' free agent focus seems to be shifting to Joakim Noah over Pau Gasol

Thanks to the Pacers' loss at the Raptors Friday, the Bulls remained at least mathematically alive for the playoffs. But with only one loss or one Pacers' victory set to end their seven-year postseason run, the focus will shift to the offseason soon. And the biggest reason Pau Gasol and the Bulls...

Bulls' free agent focus seems to be shifting to Joakim Noah over Pau Gasol

Thanks to the Pacers' loss at the Raptors Friday, the Bulls remained at least mathematically alive for the playoffs. But with only one loss or one Pacers' victory set to end their seven-year postseason run, the focus will shift to the offseason soon. And the biggest reason Pau Gasol and the Bulls...
Hot Hot Hoops Apr 8, 2016

Five Stars: Heat 106, Bulls 98

The Miami Heat eliminated the Chicago Bulls from playoff contention on Thursday night, despite Pau Gasol and Jimmy Butler earning the top two stars. First Star Pau Gasol (CHI) 22.7 Gasol, Chicago's 15-year veteran out of Barcelona, Spain, earned the Bulls' only double-double of the night. Starting at center, he played 33:09 and scored 21 points on seven-of-11 shooting. He missed his only three-point shot attempt and collected 12 boards (three offensive). He also had four blocked shots, two assists, and a minus-17 rating. Second Star Jimmy Butler (CHI) 16.7 Butler scored a game-high 25...

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