The Conference of LeBron: Whose Got 2nd?

4 Questions About the Eastern Conference The Eastern Conference is the Conference of LeBron. There are three teams that can compete with LeBron. The Celtics, Raptors, Pacers are on the coattails. Who is playing for second? C.J. Hampshire: I like the Pacers in a tight race. They have the superstar in Paul George who can…

Derrick Rose and the Absence of Malice

Eighteen hours after the Derrick Rose civil suit was made public last summer, the media complex latched onto the sordid nature of the allegations against him in spectacular fashion.  Morning television shows provided Rose’s lawyer an opportunity to describe the charges against him by a former girlfriend as being baseless, a subjective lens to be sure.…

Warriors Can’t Erase Chicago Bulls Love

Because the original is always better than the copy, the Warriors are second best to a generation they don’t impress. To that particular crew, the Warriors can’t tilt the definition of great to their side, regardless of 73 wins. Nor can they change what has already been done. The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls left their extraordinary…

LeBron Winning In Oakland?

Our Basketball Panel Talks Christmas Day Games Is Warriors-Cavs going to be worth the hype as a Finals rematch? C.J. Hampshire: The Warriors haven’t lost at home. They have their hyper-kinetic style of play. The Cavs are now at full strength even if Kyrie Isn’t 100%. The Cavs want this more than the Warriors. The…

After 25 Games, Who Are the Bulls?

The Chicago Bulls have a reprieve from all the second guessing and Fred Hoiberg critiquing when they host the helpless Brooklyn Nets tonight. It should be an easy win before the Bulls prepare to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Christmas Day. The Bulls defensive numbers are excellent and their offensive numbers are not.…

Missing Thibs: Bulls Defense Is Mediocre

The Chicago Bulls front office was more than willing to part ways with defensive specialist/coach Tom Thibodeau and while pushing him out the door they shamed him too, making the divorce an ugly one. The Bulls quickly turned the page. They had in mind more offense and zeroed in on Fred Hoiberg, former Kevin Garnett teammate from…

Pau Gasol: Last Savior Standing

(Chicago 97, Cleveland 95) It was a Pau Gasol disappearing act and then it was a Pau Gasol game saver. You can say all you want about this new Bulls offense that has Nikola Mirotic bringing the ball up ala Lamar Odom. You can say the offense has Derrick Rose taking 8 more shots than…

Derrick Rose: 22 Shots In New Offense

(Chicago 97, Cleveland 95) Shortly after his first preseason game, Derrick Rose was effusive in his commentary about the new Bulls offense instituted by rookie head coach Fred Hoiberg who, like the rest of us, was bored to tears by the offense under defensive guru Tom Thibodeau. Specifically, Rose felt stifled by the deliberate sets…