| Sep 23, 2013
| 8:27 AM
To make the playoffs, the Lakers need to be better than seven teams in the Western Conference.
In the first three of 14 entries, the Lakers were ruled better than the New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns but not as good as the Oklahoma City Thunder....
| Oct 28, 2013
| 7:31 PM
1. San Antonio
2012-13 finish: 58-24.
Coming: Marco Belinelli, Jeff Pendergraph.
Going: Gary Neal, DeJuan Blair.
Before anyone asks the Spurs to appear en masse on the next episode of "Derek," Ricky Gervais' thoughtful look at...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 7:54 PM
2012-13 finish: 66-16.
Coming: Michael Beasley, Greg Oden.
Going: Mike Miller, Juwan Howard.
The Heat propped up its three-peat hopes with two balky knees and a whiff of controversy. Oden has already encountered knee...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 6:35 AM
I want to say the Bulls quit in Game 1 of their playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, but you have to show up first.
So, you can’t call them quitters. Call them whatever it is that rolls over and dies before the start of the most important...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 9:35 PM
BOSTON — The All-Star break is here, which means players scattered to experience family time, warm beaches or other diversionary pursuits.
And Tom Thibodeau prepared to lock himself in a darkened film room at the Berto Center.
| Apr 23, 2013
| 6:57 AM
If you have any basketball sensibilities, then don’t watch a Bulls playoff game
Not an entire game, anyway. Your system can’t take it. It’s the ghost pepper of the playoff basketball Scoville Scale. I’m telling you this for...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 10:54 AM
In NBA playoff parlance, we call this a gift.
The beaten-up, struggling, Derrick-Rose-less Bulls get a first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, perhaps the dumbest team in the league.
The Bulls won three of the four games against the Nets...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 8:43 PM
This time, the Bulls were hurting for reasons other than injury.
Welcoming back critical rotation pieces in Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson, the Bulls' defense was battered and bruised as the Trail Blazers cruised to a 99-89 victory that wasn't that close...
| Mar 24, 2013
| 8:26 PM
MINNEAPOLIS — Nate Robinson showcased the full effect of his mercurial nature, goading J.J. Barea into a technical foul, stuffing the box score with 22 points and 10 assists and making sure the postgame locker room sounded like detention hall with...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 9:45 PM
The United Center faithful haven't forgotten how to use the "MVP" chant.
Dormant all season with Derrick Rose sidelined, Joakim Noah forced its special appearance with a game for the ages.
Noah answered coach Tom Thibodeau's call for more intensity,...
| Mar 3, 2013
| 8:54 PM
INDIANAPOLIS — Eighteen years ago this month, Michael Jordan, wearing No. 45, made his dramatic comeback from retirement and a baseball experiment at this city's old Market Square Arena.
In this age of instantaneous reaction and social media...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 8:49 PM
Nobody said victories would be pretty anymore.
Pretty first left the building when Derrick Rose lay in a crumpled heap April 28, his left ACL snapped. Throw in injuries to rotation regulars Kirk Hinrich, Richard Hamilton and Taj Gibson and the need for...