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22 Oct 2014 at 2:25pm
So, now it?s on the players. Currently, Clipper fans don?t have to hate themselves, as they probably did at times, for paying to see a team owned by Donald Sterling. NBA fans, as we often did, don?t have to hate ourselves anymore while enjoying those late night, must-watch Clipper broadcasts on League Pass. The players don?t have to cringe anymore when Sterling goes meandering around the locker room. Doc Rivers won?t have to question his own ethics anymore. It?s over. (Shelly Sterling needs to go, to be sure, but it?s over.) What we have left, finally, is ball. Ball run by the league?s best point guard, one of its best coaches, and one of the NBA?s best players. Plays run by a supporting cast that is to be envied. Work run in the toughest conference in NBA history, one the Los Angeles Clippers have as good a chance as any at getting out of this spring, possibly representing the Western Conference in the 2015 NBA Finals. Such an idea was an uneasy prospect for the NBA and its fans for decades, because even though presenting a Conference championship trophy is a relatively new phenomenon, it would still include one Donald T. Sterling at the other end of the handoff. At the next stage, the thought of Sterling at center court, accepting a Lawrence O?Brien trophy alongside Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Doc Rivers was even more nauseating, but this is what the NBA (and the media that covered it, myself included) allowed. Somehow, Sterling was removed from the league and from the Clippers? media guide with relative alacrity, a credit to both the league?s new commissioner, and common sense. New owner Steve Ballmer works with an open checkbook, and while that won?t do much for the 15 on the roster (Sterling actually did compete and pay fair salaries over the last decade or so), it will do wonders for the coaches, employees, scouts, and various other personnel that had to fight for every penny. Fears will be lifted, and the team will be better prepared. Which means, again, that this will be on the players. Contributors like J.J. Redick and Matt Barnes can?t help that they were injured last year, and Rivers couldn?t help his team?s failure to fill that final rotation spot last season, but excuses have to be out the window. Chris Paul?s game figures to age well, but he turns 30 in May. Redick, Jamal Crawford, and Barnes are even older. DeAndre Jordan is in a contract year in anticipation of a summer that will feature scads of teams with maximum cap space. Blake Griffin is very, very good. It has to happen now. The Clippers worked their way into the league?s best offense last season even with again types like Hedo Turkoglu, Antawn Jamison, Stephen Jackson, Sasha Vujacic, and Danny Granger taking up space on the wing. The defense surprisingly held nearly as steady despite the coaching upgrade and influence of Doc Rivers, and Jordan will once again have to turn in a mindful campaign on that end. Griffin needs to continue to surprise offensively, thinking on the fly and not relying on pet moves, and for the second straight season Chris Paul will have to deign to give up the damn ball. Not every score has to come off of one of his assists, or one of his gorgeous floaters or mid-range shots. The trick is that we?re dealing with the Western conference. The Clippers could roar to the top seed, and it wouldn?t (and certainly shouldn?t) be termed an upset if the squad was upended by any number of Western opponents in the second or even first round. The conference is that good, and the quality of play is that high. The only disappointment in last year?s second round ouster at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder was in how the Clippers looked ? clearly, they were ready for the season, and the Sterling saga, to end. It understandably drained them. That was also a second round matchup against a higher seed working with the league?s MVP on its side. Such is life in this conference. A conference that the Clippers could make their own, in 2014-15.

21 Oct 2014 at 5:45pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls say guard Jimmy Butler will miss their final preseason game with a sprained left thumb.

21 Oct 2014 at 4:44pm
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : Silver Screen and Roll . After reading Henry Abbott's ESPN the Magazine piece arguing that Kobe Bryant is the reason for the Los Angeles Lakers' downfall, Drew Garrison presents the counterargument, suggesting that the reasons for the franchise's precipitous recent decline are numerous, varied and not all contained within the Mamba's jaw-jut. A worthwhile hearing for the defense. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] PF : SLAM . Ryan Jones on why LeBron James is the NBA's best player, why ( ownership of the Podoloff aside) there's no real debate on the matter, and how the shifting of James' circumstances as he rejoins a significantly more loaded Cleveland Cavaliers could wind up changing that soon enough. SF : Sports on Earth . Howard Megdal on how ? all the internecine drama , back-room dealings and franchise-jumping aside ? we've still got quite a bit to learn about exactly what kind of NBA head coach Jason Kidd's going to be. SG : ChicagoNow . Yes, Derrick Rose looked great on Monday, but the Chicago Bulls' loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers showed a few persistent and perhaps worrisome questions for Tom Thibodeau's club, according to Doug Thonus. PG : National Post . Eric Koreen floats an idea that Our Fearless Leader has championed in the past : shorten the preseason and make the regular season longer, not in games played, but in dates covered. 6th : A Wolf Among Wolves . William Bohl sees the Minnesota Timberwolves running more sets for midrange jumpers under once-and-future head coach Flip Saunders, and he wonders whether that approach will prove beneficial for a young Wolves roster without very many knockdown shooters. ( Kelly's not real bullish on it , for what it's worth.) 7th : Raptors Republic . Smart stuff from Blake Murphy on the interesting dilemma facing the Toronto Raptors and surprise 2014 first-round draft pick Bruno Caboclo ? how does a team setting its sights on the conference finals find the floor time to develop an incredibly raw player when it doesn't have its own exclusive D-League affiliate? 8th : Detroit Bad Boys . Considering what a more efficient Josh Smith might look like, what Stan Van Gundy's done this preseason to try to conjure such a performance, and whether it's more likely that Smith turns in that brand of play for the Detroit Pistons or gets moved before the February trade deadline. 9th : Posting and Toasting . Derek Fisher says Amar'e Stoudemire ? he of the wine baths of indeterminate medical benefit ? isn't operating under any sort of minute or playing-time restrictions, and the former All-Star big man says he's feeling great. What does this mean for STAT's role on the New York Knicks this year? 10th : Los Angeles Times . Chris Douglas-Roberts is wearing short shorts ? or, at least, the shortest shorts he was able to get from the Los Angeles Clippers ? in hopes that they "will give him the freedom to be an elite perimeter defender." - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.

21 Oct 2014 at 3:28pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Anthony Davis has won championships in college, at the Olympics and in the FIBA World Cup.

21 Oct 2014 at 1:05pm
The Golden State Warriors cannot be criticized for lacking ambition. Mark Jackson led the franchise to the playoffs in two consecutive seasons (out of his three total), a feat that made him their most successful head coach since the first Don Nelson era. His reward was a speedy dismissal. For whatever tensions existed between Jackson and his bosses?and there were many , to the point where a disaster may have loomed? it is fairly apparent that the people in charge of the Warriors expect to challenge for titles, not to lose out on homecourt advantage in the first round and take one playoff series every couple years. Owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber want one of the league's preeminent franchises. The question isn't only if they have the roster to get them there, but whether they have hired the right man for the job. Former Phoenix Suns general manager, TNT commentator, and golfing buddy Steve Kerr has no coaching experience of any kind, just like Jackson when he was hired in 2011. Yet there's no guarantee that the Warriors will get lucky twice, even if Kerr has a sterling reputation and has said all the right things so far. The Warriors have taken a gamble, again, and Kerr may not connect with his players as well as Jackson did in his three seasons with the club. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] However, Kerr and his staff (which includes Alvin Gentry, his coach in Phoenix) can improve the team in other ways. It will take some work to match last season's third-ranked defense (by points allowed per possession), but there is a clear opportunity to best a No. 12 offense that belied Golden State's reputation as an especially potent group. While Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson strengthened their status as the best outside-shooting duo in the NBA, the offense as a whole often became stagnant and went away from its strengths, especially when eschewing the pick-and-roll. With versatile players like Andre Iguodala, David Lee, Draymond Green, and Andrew Bogut in the lineup, there's no glaring reason why Golden State can't become a better offensive team. Failure to do so would be the clearest sign that Kerr did not have a particularly impressive first season in Oakland. Then again, it's not entirely clear how Kerr and the franchise will define success. Is it enough for him to set the team on a course toward achieving the results that Jackson didn't, or will he need to exceed them now? It's not necessarily prudent to set such rigid standards before the team even plays a regular-season game. Nevertheless, controversial coaching changes require fairly exacting analysis. The outcome of such gambles reflect upon the franchise well beyond win-loss record. 2013-14 season in 140 characters or less: A coach pit himself and his team against the world, winning a few battles and losing the war. Did the summer help at all? The answer to this question depends largely on your belief in Kerr and his abilities relative to those of Jackson. As previously noted, those opinions will vary and can't be discussed with any certainty for at least a few months. If we stick to the roster, then the Warriors should be a little better. For one thing, they lost only Jermaine O'Neal, a quality reserve big man who missed several months and may be of limited use at 36 years old. They added Shaun Livingston as a much-needed backup point guard who can defend bigger guards when teamed with Curry; Brandon Rush, who performed well with Golden State as a reserve wing in 2011-12; and Leandro Barbosa, unlikely to match his years in Phoenix but still a speedy guard with explosive tendencies. Plus, reserve center Festus Ezeli returns after missing all of last season with a knee injury. Go-to offseason acquisition: Livingston is still iffy for opening night , but when he's in the lineup he will give the Warriors options that they lacked last season. Though not the world's most adept floor leader, Livingston can contribute in many areas (8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.2 steals in 26 minutes per game for the Brooklyn Nets in 2013-14) while freeing up other members of the team to excel. The Warriors lacked playmakers other than Curry and Iguodala, and they figure to be heavily dependent on those two for the same qualities this year. But Livingston provides some cover for a team that can use the help.

21 Oct 2014 at 12:39pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Byron Scott realizes he got his dream coaching job at a time when the Los Angeles Lakers are much closer to their absolute worst than their hallowed best.

21 Oct 2014 at 10:57am
Derrick Rose looked fantastic on Monday night, scoring 30 points on 12 for 18 shooting with five rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in just 24 minutes of work during the Chicago Bulls' 107-98 preseason loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The point guard, who's trying to rediscover his MVP form after missing most of the last two seasons with knee injuries, did most of that damage before halftime, scoring 20 points in the first two quarters with an array of explosive moves, quicksilver cuts and dynamic dribble-drives that made his woeful 2014 FIBA World Cup seem like a distant memory and gave Bulls fans cause for celebration. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] And yet, after watching two seasons' worth of title hopes scuttled by injuries to the All-Star lead guard, you can understand why the Bulls might be a bit antsy any time they see Rose hit the deck. Check out how quickly Rose's Chicago colleagues rushed to his aid after he took a post-layup spill before the halftime buzzer on Monday. You can, if you're so inclined, read the en masse descent on Rose as a full roster operating on pins and needles with every bump and bruise. You can also, if you're so inclined, read it as a squad-wide sign of respect for how much Rose has gone through to try to get back to the level he left behind all those months ago. You could also, of course, note the location of the exits at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio: Zero doubt Rose is beloved teammate and team rushed to check on him after fall. Also true: Half had ended and that was path to locker room. ? K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 21, 2014 Whichever your preferred response, it was nice to see that Rose popped up none the worse for wear, came out for the second half, and continued to give Cleveland defenders. We're cautious about taking too much from a preseason affair ? lest we forget, Rose looked sensational during last fall's exhibition slate , too, and didn't carry that level of play over to live action before his injury. Still, though, Monday's action certainly gave Chicagoans plenty to be excited about the possibility for a return to the NBA's elite , even if Rose himself doesn't necessarily feel 100 percent of the way back yet. "I'm still trying to find my rhythm and let the game come to me and play team basketball," Rose said after the game, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune . "They were just giving me shots I normally would take. In practice, the team is feeling more comfortable with me on the floor." In one sense of the phrase, yes. In another, though? Clearly not. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.

21 Oct 2014 at 2:38am
CHICAGO (AP) -- Derrick Rose is back, and the Chicago Bulls are relevant again.

20 Oct 2014 at 10:59pm
The Chicago Bulls figure to be one of the most intriguing teams of the 2014-15 season, a talented squad that shouldn't be worse than a solid playoff team and could possibly contend for a championship, depending on a few factors. The biggest of those variables figures to be the health and related effectiveness of point guard Derrick Rose, currently healthy after returning from the second of two consecutive season-ending knee injuries. After playing in only 10 games last season and failing to star in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball, Rose needs to prove he can return to his former status before the Bulls will be seen as members of the NBA's elite. That process will take some time, because Rose needs to excel for a prolonged period of time to turn back into an MVP candidate. For now, though, Rose is serving notice that he can play at an elite level when needed. In Monday night's exhibition game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Columbus, Ohio, Rose looked like his old self with 30 points in (12-of-18 FG, 4-of-5 3FG) in just 24 minutes of play. Yet those numbers, while great, don't tell the full story. Rose had his characteristic burst of speed, regularly surging past defenders in both transition and halfcourt situations. Take a look at Rose exploiting some slow transition defense from the Cavs to earn an and-one via Kyrie Irving: Or beating everyone down the floor to do the same to Dion Waiters: Or confusing Irving for one of his trademark layups: Or even this nifty move to get open for a three-pointer: The Cavs took control in the second half to finish with a 107-98 win , but Rose's play was the biggest story of the night. It's only preseason, and he has much left to do. But Bulls fans can be forgiven for feeling a little more confident after this one. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at efreeman_ysports@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric

20 Oct 2014 at 10:21pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State held its homecoming over the weekend when it named its king and queen.

20 Oct 2014 at 5:56pm
LeBron James? trail of delicious bread crumbs has helped reshape the entire Cleveland Cavaliers roster. Kevin Love forced a trade to the Cavs following James contract agreement with Cleveland, asking to go to a team that had an even worse record than his mediocre Minnesota Timberwolves club last season. Shawn Marion and former James teammates Mike Miller and James Jones soon followed suit. Suddenly, the Cavs are a destination team, and that doesn?t figure to change as the franchise continues to add free agents to surround James with over the next few years. It?s not all about LeBron, though, apparently. Shawn Marion?s attempt secure another championship was pushed over the top by the acquisition of Love, who ironically plays the same position that Marion sees much of his time at. For once, LeBron James? pied piping wasn?t tempting enough. From Jeff Zillgitt at USA Today : Marion blurted out that he would not have signed with Cleveland had James not come back, but he also said he wouldn't be with the Cavaliers had they not acquired Love in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. "LeBron coming here wasn't enough," the ever-honest veteran and NBA champion said. "It was more so finalizing the deal with Kevin Love. That sold it. That made it more realistic like we do have a shot to win the championship this year." Oh, they most certainly do. The Cavaliers head into 2014-15 as the stated Eastern and possible NBA favorite. With Chicago still rolling into shape, Oklahoma City worried about Kevin Durant, and San Antonio (here we go again) possibly falling victim to age, the Cavaliers would and should be the favorites. In the hours before a pairing with those Chicago Bulls in Columbus on Monday, though, James gave Chicago the nod. From Brian Windhorst at ESPN : "[The Bulls] are a team that's much better than us right now just off chemistry," James said. "They've been together for a while, we've got a long way to go." James? former Miami Heat club infamously started 9-8 in his first season with the team, and even though they made it to the NBA Finals (past the Bulls along the way) that year, it was an uneasy run until the very end as the various parts figured their roles out. This Cavaliers group is just as familiar with each other, in spite of the presence of Miller and Jones, though not in as stark terms as a Heat team that was down to just one guaranteed roster contract in the summer that it chased down James, Chris Bosh, and a re-signed Dwyane Wade. These Chicago Bulls have done some damage, of late, even in Derrick Rose?s absence. Tom Thibodeau and Joakim Noah have led some pretty fearsome outfits, Rose has been with the team despite being injured, and the team?s rotation will feature some players that have worked in Chicago for years. This is still a new team, though. Pau Gasol effectively is replacing Noah at center on both ends, working out of the post offensively and acting as the last line of defense defensively so Joakim can work his high post passing and guard/forward chasing magic defensively. Rookies Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott will be leaned on heavily (or, at least, they should be), Aaron Brooks is Thibodeau?s newest tiny scorer, and Derrick Rose has played single-digit NBA games since April, 2012. To say that this is anywhere near the same team that James and the Heat stared down in 2011, or tried to stave off last season, would be off. Of course, LeBron knows this. The Cavs have a rookie coach and new roster, and they will have some growing pains. They will also be a fantastic basketball team this season, and if they don?t finish with the league?s best record than they will have screwed up. This is the championship favorite, James knows this, and he?s both putting pressure on the new?ish Bulls and his new Cavaliers to step it. This is what the best in the biz do. Even if their presence alone isn?t enough to lure Shawn Marion. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

20 Oct 2014 at 5:18pm
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has always found a sound balance between the frantic and ferocious nature of his game and off-court tranquility, though many have jokingly chalked that up to Joakim?s particular strain of recreational activities. The same cannot be said for Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who reportedly has very little in terms of a personal life outside of basketball, in between putting in marathon shifts and sometimes sleeping at the team?s practice facility. The secret to Noah?s success in keeping things outwardly chill? He won?t and shouldn?t give it the full credit, but apparently yoga helps quite a bit. And he?s convinced it would help with his volatile and single-minded coach. From an interview with Bill Schulz at the Daily Beast : Coach Thibodeau always looks like he?s on the verge of an aneurism. What, if anything, could you do to calm him down? He looks like that whether he?s happy or sad. But I?d have him do yoga with me. He could use that. What?s the most pissed off he?s ever been at you? He gets pissed off a LOT. But he never makes any clash we have public, and he calms me down a lot as well. He knows when to let me vent. I?d pay good money to see a sitcom starring you two as comically mismatched roommates. I don?t know if could watch that. I don?t know if I could watch that, either. I?d rather be watching the East?s best center and best coach take their odd coupling to the basketball court. I?m hardly an expert, but yoga does help. On days that I practice it, I feel less anxious, centered, sometimes more positive and definitely more focused than usual. Noah has such an unusual game with the physical demands of both a guard and a bruising big man that it only makes sense that he would start his day with an exercise that involves calming and physical activity. Perhaps coach Thibs would be well-served to join him in a session. Both are wonderfully intriguing cases as we head into 2013-14. Noah might be the son of a tennis legend (Yannick Noah, 1983 French Open winner), but he was hardly a basketball prodigy ? a unique and self-taught player that had to work his way into high school and college prominence in ways that you would hardly call ?orthodox.? From a snippet from Jonathan Abrams? feature at Grantland : ?I wasn?t pampered by the process,? Noah said. ?A lot of these guys from a young age, especially when you?re a top player in your age group, you get a lot of people telling you how great you are. Everyone wants to be your friend. I never had that. I had to deal with that a little bit because of who my father was, but as a basketball player I didn?t have to deal with that.? Instead of competing at ABCD, Noah mopped and dried the courts and worked the hot dog stand while LeBron James, Sebastian Telfair, and other prep standouts hustled up and down the floor. ?He was the cutest, most lovable, horrible basketball player I ever saw at that age,? [camp leader Sonny] Vaccaro said of Noah. ?But he had this determination. He cleaned the floor. We called him the tennis guy.? ?The tennis guy? turned out to be a major recruit for Florida University, where he went on to win two NCAA titles. That led to a gig with the Bulls, in what was thought to be an apprenticeship under former Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace. Wallace was not keen to instruct the excitable rook, though, and the two clashed. It took the acquisition of journeyman Brad Miller ? just about Noah?s polar opposite ? for things to click. By this time, Miller (who became fast friends with Joakim) was a master at high post passing, finding cutters and lanes when plays broke down, making others better with just the flick of the wrist. Offensively, Noah learned from Miller?s moves, leading to a near-historic batch of center-styled passing during the 2013-14 campaign. That season ended with a one-sided first round loss to the Washington Wizards, as the Bulls once again look to steel themselves for a long and arduous season that will no doubt come into contact with a LeBron James-led group during the playoffs. James? teams have ended Noah?s seasons three times in the last five seasons, and the two are notoriously cold to one another. What matters in the months before that pairing, even if the two do play each other on Monday night in a meaningless exhibition game, is Noah?s health. He was playing on a knee that required surgery during Chicago?s 2014 playoff run, and he?s still recovering from what the team is calling an arthroscopic procedure (though the recovery time from such a procedure is usually far shorter than what the team listed over the summer and what Noah is working through right now). Joakim says that he?s improving, but this is a crucial year for his Bulls. New signee Pau Gasol is already 34, Noah turns 30 midway through the season, and the time to win is now. There is the fear that Noah?s legs and Tom Thibodeau?s big basketball brain ? two assets that were put to the test with Derrick Rose missing nearly all of two seasons ? might be reaching a straining point. That things might be fit for a collapse. An understandable collapse, but perhaps an unavoidable one. Maybe if Tom bought a mat and joined in a time or two, the Bulls could stretch this out. (Also, yeah, if you?re wondering, Joakim Noah still has other calming influences to turn to .) If a player tests positive for marijuana, the first penalty is an automatic four game suspension and mandatory counseling. Yet, the league now has TWO franchises in states where pot is legal: do players discuss this ridiculousness? Everybody sees the hypocrisy. To paraphrase Peter Tosh, if Illinois were to legalize it, would you advertise it? [ Smiles ] To quote Bob Marley: Time will tell. So, there?s that. I?ve only heard the Black Crowes version of that song, so I can?t possibly know what Joakim is referring to. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

20 Oct 2014 at 11:15am

19 Oct 2014 at 11:05pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls' closer is almost back at full speed.

19 Oct 2014 at 8:22pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago guard Jimmy Butler sprained his left thumb in the Bulls' exhibition game against the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night.

17 Oct 2014 at 11:20am
Last season went about as well as the Portland Trail Blazers organization and fans could have hoped. The team immediately outperformed preseason expectations with a 17-3 (and then 31-9) start to put itself in excellent position to grab a postseason berth. A rough March kept them from nabbing homecourt advantage in the first round, but a thrilling six-game victory over the Houston Rockets ? capped by Damian Lillard's series-ending buzzer-beater ? ensured that the Blazers could look at 2013-14 as a massive success. Over the course of a few months, a team thought to be in rebuilding mode became able to entertain challenging for a conference title. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] This is absolutely a good position for the franchise, but it also presents new challenges as head coach Terry Stotts and his players attempt to build on the gains of last season. The Blazers added several players who should improve a previously thin bench, but they remain heavily dependent on their starting five. Plenty of teams find themselves in the same situation, but few contenders take it to the same extreme as the Blazers. They will go as far as Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Robin Lopez take them. Those players are very good, to be fair. Lillard is coming into his own as a star, Matthews is one of the best two-way shooting guards in the league, Batum is effectively the same thing as a small forward, Aldridge was the best player on either team in the Rockets series, and Lopez defends well enough to allow his frontcourt mate to focus on his scoring. In fact, they were one of the best five-man lineups in the league (especially when adjusted for total minutes played). Even if the Blazers are especially dependent on this group, they at least know where to turn when needed. Stotts doesn't have to think especially hard in crunch time. It remains to be seen if that reliance on a handful of players gets Portland in trouble due to injury or any other prolonged absence. Though I'm sure they'll take their chances after finding such fine form a year ago. 2013-14 season in 140 characters or less: Ahead of schedule, then a reality check, then ahead of schedule again. Did the summer help at all? Yes, because the Blazers added several veterans who should bring some stability to what was one of the league's worst benches. Steve Blake should serve as a capable backup for Lillard and even team with him in some cases, while center Chris Kaman can provide an offensive threat that Lopez mostly lacks. Portland could have used a pick in June's draft to add some wild cards into the mix, but the summer could lead to gains for shooting guard Will Barton (one of the team's few bright spots in the Spurs series) and C.J. McCollum, whose rookie season was derailed by injury. Go-to offseason acquisition: Kaman did not prove to be an especially good replacement for Dwight Howard with the Los Angeles Lakers last season, playing in just 39 games with an average of just 18.9 minutes per contest. He was quite effective when he did play, though averaging 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Those are numbers that the Blazers would welcome, particularly given their reliance on Aldridge for post scoring. If Kaman can stay healthy ? a tall order, given that he hasn't played 70 games since 2009-10 ? he could reshape Portland's scoring options. Glaring weakness: If for some reason you just jumped to this section, here's some news for you ? Portland had a really bad bench in 2013-14. It should be a little better this season due to the additions of Blake and Kaman and the presumed improvement of Barton and others, but the Blazers are at considerable risk of an injury to one of their starters turning the season into a trying one.

17 Oct 2014 at 8:53am
With 1.5 seconds remaining and the Chicago Bulls trailing by two, Jimmy Butler lost his defender, and Stacey King lost his mind. It's entirely acceptable to be amped up after watching Butler shed Atlanta Hawks guard John Jenkins (thanks, in part, to a Joakim Noah screen) before catching the inbounds pass, rising, firing and burying a game-winning 3-pointer to seal an 85-84 Chicago victory . For one thing, buzzer-beating daggers are always fun, even if they don't count; for another, the left-wing triple capped a heck of a night for the 25-year-old swingman, who scored 20 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter to bring the Bulls back from a 21-point deficit. That's pretty rad! [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] The "Jimmy G. Buckets" thing, the "Gimme the hot sauce" thing, "Drive home safely ? beep beep!" thing ... these are all generally accepted parts of King's regular rotation, the kinds of things that end up on soundboards hosted on team websites . But this? They should call him "Jimmy Jordan," because he looked like Michael Jordan tonight! And saying it again ? And he walks off like he knew it was good ... Jimmy Jordan, because he played like Michael tonight! No bueno , Stacey. I'm far from a Bulls-loving MJ enthusiast , and even I feel a little sick about this. You can't just be out here throwing that around; I mean, not only are you calling games for the team Jordan elevated to the top of the NBA food chain, but you played with him . If anyone should be keeping that particular comparison under lock and key, it should be you! King's momentary misplacement of sanity aside, Butler's game-winner was pretty great, and it looked even cooler from the stands: Butler's game-winner came on a catch-and-shoot 26-footer, but he did most of his damage on Thursday on the inside, making seven of his nine field-goal attempts in the paint and going 12-for-16 from the charity stripe, including 9-for-11 in the fourth, to spark the comeback. The big outing continues a strong training camp for Butler, who's averaging 18.6 points on 60 percent shooting, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and three combined blocks and steals in his 28.9 minutes per game through five preseason contests. While head coach Tom Thibodeau and center Joakim Noah don't sound particularly pleased with the play that got Chicago into the 21-point hole in the first place, there's an awful lot to like about the offensive confidence Butler has shown this preseason, as Mark Strotman of Comcast SportsNet Chicago writes : "My confidence is high, and that?s the way you have to play this game," Butler said after the game. "All summer, I worked on my game. The biggest thing is just confidence, just taking shots I know I can make. I?m very happy the way I?m going right now." [...] "Jimmy, he?s just a good player, that?s what he is," Thibodeau said. "He?s going to score in transition, he can score in the post, he can score moving without the ball, cutting, he gets to the free throw line, he can make shots. He?s an all-around scorer; he?ll find different ways to put the ball in the basket." With every confident take and make, the All-Defensive Second Team wing ? who's set to become a restricted free agent after this season if he and the Bulls don't reach an agreement on an extension by the Oct. 31 deadline ? could be cranking up his price tag. If he can carry this shot-making swagger into the season, he could offer a big boost as "another threat" for a Bulls team with designs on competing for an NBA title . That'd be great to see, of course ... but maybe we shouldn't start designing the statue just yet. Hat-tip to SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell on the Instagram video. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.

16 Oct 2014 at 10:21pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- Jimmy Butler hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to cap a 20-point fourth quarter and the Chicago Bulls rallied from a 21-point deficit with 11 minutes to play to beat the Atlanta Hawks 85-84 on Thursday night in an exhibition game.

16 Oct 2014 at 2:15pm
I hope you appreciated Kevin Durant's brilliance last season, because we're going to get about 25 percent less of it this year, andthat leaves the Oklahoma City Thunder with a lot of questions. When the Most Valuable Player will return from his right foot fracture remains unclear. He underwent surgery Thursday to repair the "Jones fracture" ? a break in the fifth metatarsal, which runs from the pinkie toe toward the heel? and will be re-evaluated in six weeks. While there's no guarantee that surgery will prevent recurrences of problems with the foot in the future, the surgery will reportedly improve his outlook moving forward ... after, of course, six to eight weeks of recuperation. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Either way, for about 20 games, the Thunder must replace Durant's league-leading scoring and his playmaking. And his long-armed, quick-footed defensive presence. And the openings he creates for teammates when terrified defenses tilt toward him. Spoiler alert: They won't. Oklahoma City will be worse than we expected, and the difference is enough to decrease its odds of winning a championship . In a conference thick with contenders, a couple of extra Ls can mean dropping a couple of spots in the standings; running the Western gauntlet without home-court advantage seems unlikely, even with a recovered Durant. But while Durant's injury depresses, his absence intrigues. What will a team so reliant on his brilliance rely on now? ?One of the ways to improve your team and make up for loss offensively is to play even better defensively and reduce the net rating between the offense and the defense,? Thunder general manager Sam Presti told reporters, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman . ?[...] in Kevin?s absence, continuing to build a defensive identity is going to be really important in making sure that we are as balanced as ever offensively.? But doubling down on defense evokes visions of opponents ignoring Kendrick Perkins, gladly leaving Perry Jones III and Andre Roberson alone, and putting everything they have between Russell Westbrook and the rim. Scott Brooks needs new answers; he must get creative, drawing inspiration from the reality that, for now, his team will only go as far as his chaos-agent point guard takes it. What will that look like? Will Brooks give the Thunder's intriguing but incomplete youth the opportunity to hold down the fort? Or will he hunker down while the storm passes and just hope the roof doesn't collapse? Whichever approach Oklahoma City takes, can it avoid falling so far off the West's pace that even Durant's return can't keep its championship hopes from being dashed once again? 2013-14 season in 140 characters or less: Russ gone . Russ back ! Gone . Back ! KD's now terrifying , even if he doesn't want to be. MVP season; even better speech . Injuries , again, suck . Did the summer help at all? It definitely helped those eager to discuss Durant leaving Oklahoma City in free agency in 2016. Not sure it helped the Thunder on the court, though. OKC lost three rotation members ? longtime starter Thabo Sefolosha, who joined the Atlanta Hawks; Derek Fisher, who became the head coach of the New York Knicks; and Caron Butler, a February additionwho signed with the Detroit Pistons.Then again, considering Sefolosha was nearly unplayable in the playoffs, and that Fisher and Butler were arguably worse ? Oklahoma City played 7.2 points per 100 possessions better with Fisher off the floor, and 6.5 points-per-100 without Butler, according to NBA.com ? that could be addition by subtraction ... if the guys filling those minutes have improved.

15 Oct 2014 at 6:16pm
Questions are rightfully being reviewed as to how, exactly, we should expect this team to handle its young superstars. Knockout, ready-to-contribute lottery performers are often given the run of the box-score minutes because their talents, and eventually their numbers, dictate as much. These players are also almost always 19 or 20 years old, working on a terrible squad with little help, and forced into big responsibilities right away. We?re not saying that humping in the high 30s minutes-wise is the reason Derrick Rose suffered two freak knee injuries or that Kevin Durant is on the pine with a scary stress fracture, but it?s worth wondering about. We doubt very much that Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders cares about this as he enters his second stint running the team from the sidelines. He came to Minnesota to attempt to push a young team over the top over two years ago, just as he attempted to do in Washington a few years before, dealing and signing win-now talent in the hopes of keeping Kevin Love. The moves failed and Love forced a trade out of Minnesota, though, and the team was sent the last two No. 1 NBA draft picks in Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett as collateral. Rookie Zach LaVine is around, as is raw but promising (the former more than the latter, sadly) Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad. The Timberwolves haven?t made the playoffs since their championship hopes fell due to injury in the spring of 2004, and this is the second time in recent memory that they had to unload a superstar ? possibly too late in both instances. Both turnabouts were also hamstrung by the work of David Kahn in between the deals for Kevins Garnett and Love, as he turned the cap space and presence of Al Jefferson (taken from the KG deal) and frittered them away, while infuriating Love with his insulting contract offer to the stud, plus the terrible draft picks and deals, as the losses piled up. Kahn has been gone for two years now, but we?ve little idea as to whether or not Saunders and ostensible general manager Milt Newton will be a massive improvement. They lucked out in acquiring Wiggins and Bennett for Love, but only because a previously terrible Cavaliers organization lucked into drafting them ? and that team may have blown the Bennett selection. After a coaching search that seemed dubious from the start, Saunders hired himself to run the team from the bench , a choice that was followed by a collective groan from NBA followers used to this sort of move failing badly. Beyond the clash of coaching/front office interests is the worry that Saunders? offense is a bit outmoded in the paint/free throws/3-pointers-era of efficient NBA ball. The man likes his 19-footers, and he doesn?t exactly have the personnel to shoot them. This roster is a bit of a mess, but if Saunders and Newton are adept at dealing, this can be cleared up. The final four years and nearly $48 million left on Nikola Pekovic?s contract may not look as bad next summer, even if his defense puts a team in peril. Each of the team?s cornerstones are on (albeit large, for the former Cavs) rookie contracts, and even an eight-figure yearly deal potentially tossed Ricky Rubio?s way in the next two weeks doesn?t sound all that bad once you figure in projected future bumps to the salary cap. Holdovers signed by a giddy Saunders two years ago will complicate the cap picture next summer, though. Back to Wiggins. He?s raw, but he?ll get his reps. He?ll get his chance to shine, and he?ll get his chance to go 1-for-11 and worry all of us. With a hopefully happy Rubio running the show, the Timberwolves will be perfect League Pass fodder for all of us hoop nerds. They?ll also have the worst record in their conference.

15 Oct 2014 at 4:00pm
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : ESPN the Magazine . The great Wright Thompson on Derrick Rose, whose "second mission begins now, and, as with the first one" ? the mission to "escape his neighborhood and his old life," to buy his mom a new house, to "change the arc of his family" ? the Chicago Bulls point guard "doesn't know how it will end." Brilliant stuff. PF : Nylon Calculus . More 3-pointers. A stylistic shift toward more free-flowing offense, plus fewer elite defenses dotting the landscape. Could it all lead to a new NBA record for league-wide offensive efficiency this season? SF : Ballerball . A bit of brake-pumping satire on how the advent of NBA jersey advertisements will ruin everything: "With this move, the NBA will slide further and further into oblivion, much like soccer, the world?s largest sport." SG : GordonHayward20.com . There are, as you might expect, quite a few gems in Jonathan Abrams' feature on Joakim Noah's come-up as "probably the most unprecedented success story in basketball in America," but my personal favorite comes from his high-school coach's description of Noah's college recruitment: "'And Duke was calling,' McNally said, 'but he didn?t really see himself as a Dukie.'" No, I'd imagine not. PG : RealGM . Danny Leroux looks at the completed deals involving 2015 NBA draft picks, and the protections in place on those selections, to try to determine which teams could find themselves compelled to take the foot off the gas late in the season ? or, to use a more unkind descriptor, to tank ? so they don't lose their pick. (We're looking at you, Sacramento.) 6th : NBA.com . The great David Aldridge's weekly Morning Tip column comes packed with enough good stuff ? on how the NBA's new multibillion-dollar TV deal will impact contract negotiations , how the Minnesota Timberwolves are keeping No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins under wraps, how Stan Van Gundy divides his day as the Detroit Pistons' head coach and president of basketball operations, etc. ? to last us a full week. 7th : Grantland . Kirk Goldsberry uses the NBA's SportVU optical tracking data to dig deep on rebounding direction, figuring out where missed shots taken from different parts of the court are most likely to end up, which has been a pretty popular topic at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference over the past couple of years. 8th : The Hook . Tom Ziller, longtime Sacramento Kings fan and confirmed Los Angeles Lakers hater, tries to figure out why exactly he doesn't hate Kobe Bryant anymore. 9th : The Triangle . Zach Lowe makes 33 predictions for the coming season, which makes for fun reading. 10th : Pounding the Rock . Lee Dresie recalls what it was like to coach against Gregg Popovich during his Division III days at Pomona-Pitzer, ages before he'd ascend to the ranks of the all-time greats through his work with the San Antonio Spurs: "The games were so loud that we had to call in plays and defenses by holding up pieces of cardboard with different colors or numbers on them because the players didn't have a chance of hearing us over the crowd." - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.

14 Oct 2014 at 3:57pm
There has never been an NBA player like Kevin Durant. The reigning league MVP remains an unholy combination of Michael Jordan, George Gervin and Ray Allen ? and last year he decided to throw a little Larry Bird in there as well. He does all of this while running around the court while working with a nearly 7-foot frame, using a guard?s footwork while playing at a height that used to demand limited movement in the low post. This is why Durant?s recent stress fracture is so frightening, and why it makes so much sense. No NBA player has been asked to do what Kevin has since entering the league in 2007, and in a way we?re lucky Durant has escaped major and/or fatigue-related injuries before. In the days since the diagnosis, though, Durant has yet to commit to actually going under the knife to fix his fifth metacarpal fracture, a move that would leave him on the shelf for nearly two months. Dr. Mark Adickes, working at ESPN Insider, laid out Durant?s options : A recent study found that Jones fractures treated without surgery had just a 76 percent chance of complete recovery, while those treated with surgery found a 95 percent return to full health. The study further showed acute fifth metatarsal fractures treated with surgery resulted in a return to activity within four to 18 weeks, with the bulk of these patients getting back in action in eight to 12 weeks. Studies of stress fractures (Durant's probable variety) treated with surgery show a return to play in less than eight weeks. Athletes treated with surgery are placed in a walking boot and generally kept on crutches for just one to two weeks. We?re not sure if the ?18 weeks? part of things is a typo, but all surgeries do boast a potential worst case scenario, I suppose. What?s most frightening is Adickes? assumption Durant injured his foot because of extended wear and tear, and not from one standout incident. That would make sense, given Durant?s two appearances on Team USA, his withdrawing from Team USA camp in August citing fatigue, and the extended schedule that Durant?s very good Oklahoma City Thunder team has to play. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] It also makes sense because, as we spoke of above, there has never been a player like Kevin Durant. Players who usually work the sort of game Durant do are stuck around the 6-foot-6, 215-pound mark, a mirror image of Michael Jordan?s frame. Jordan, who had the same injury in his second season, never had to carry the height and weight that Durant has to, and though Jordan boasts Olympic gold medals, his work with Team USA came before it was an expected turnout for every summer. Durant?s closes physical comparison might be to that of Kevin Garnett, who is entering his 19th and possibly final NBA season. Though K.G. was and is a tireless worker, he wasn?t asked to peel off screens and fire from 25 feet away. As it is with others we?ve lost too soon because of injury, what makes Durant so special could also leave him prone to a career-altering malady. Chicago Bull Pau Gasol is more of your traditional, low-post 7-footer, and he suffered the same ailment back in 2006, after plenty of rounds of international ball himself. From Sean Highkin at NBC Sports : ?Fractures happen,? Gasol said on Monday night, after the Chicago Bulls? 110-90 preseason win over the Denver Nuggets. ?I had a stress fracture of my fifth metatarsal (bone). I started to show some signs two years prior to the fracture and I was able to hold out for almost two years. From the point they started to see the little line of stress until the point actually broke, it was a year and a half or so.? Gasol had his foot surgery in the summer of 2006, which kept him out of the final of the FIBA World Championships, where he was a member of the Spanish national team. The Memphis Grizzlies training staff had been monitoring his injury well before that, hoping it wouldn?t come to surgery. ?Each individual?s a little different,? the 34-year-old big man said. ?Some are just fractures, some are stress fractures. Some happen quicker than others. On mine, I did feel it for a while. I was hoping that it wouldn?t break and I wouldn?t have to get surgery, but it did.? Gasol went on to tell NBC Sports that he attempted to play through the creeping bone injury during a playoff run in 2005, but by the time 2006 hit, the bone had fractured. Pau underwent the surgery, and though his time in Memphis ended badly, he resumed his fabulous career. Jordan, though he nearly missed the entire season with the injury, obviously went on to turn into the greatest. It?s still a stress fracture, though, for a player with plenty of miles on him, and one that plays an all-out game unseen from a player his size. The Thunder will have their work cut out for him in his absence, and the treatment remains Durant?s choice above all else, but we truly hope every voice surrounding Kevin Durant is telling him to undergo surgery and bite the two-month bullet. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

14 Oct 2014 at 3:16pm
The New York Knicks will not win a championship this year, and their hopes for acquiring a second or third star to place alongside Carmelo Anthony may have been scuttled by Kevin Love?s trade to Cleveland, and the rising salary cap that will allow several other teams to vie for free agents in the years following 2015. They are heading into this campaign mindful of the idea that this is a placeholder season, one meant to once again lean on Anthony in his prime, while launching Derek Fisher?s coaching career. Jackson and Fisher have decided to change former coach Mike Woodson?s staid isolation offense, which drew influence from Bob Knight?s sometimes laughably-titled motion offense, to the triple post or ?sideline triangle? attack that Basketball Hall of Famer Tex Winter created decades ago. That was the driving offense for each of Jackson?s 11 NBA titles as coach, the offense that helped Fisher to five rings as a player, and most importantly to Knick fans, a variation on the spacing and ball movement that helped the Knicks to their two titles in the 1970s. It is also an offense that is rarely used and often derided by NBA head coaches, even though its precepts stand as the pillars for great pro offenses, utilizing many of the elements that the San Antonio Spurs ran with last spring. Attempts in the mid-1990s in Dallas (twice) and Phoenix to adopt the triangle failed miserably, and the tired go-to joke being that the triangle was a good enough offense just as long as you have Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O?Neal or Kobe Bryant on your roster. Carmelo Anthony isn?t on their level as an overall player, but he?s not far off as a scorer. Though Anthony turned in a career year last season, his ball stoppage was the reason the Knicks finished 28th in assists per game and 28th in pace last season. He is in some quarters still regarded as a selfish player, but it?s also true that the Knicks badly needed Anthony to look for his own shot at every given opportunity just to stay competitive. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Though exhibition output is to be gargled with a grain of salt, the Knicks have started poorly thus far ? averaging just 86 points along three games, with two losses. The team has looked downright terrible offensively, leading that noted NBA sage J.R. Smith to point out that the squad could need quite a bit of time to feel fully comfortable in this offense. From the New York Post : ?It?s going to take a few months. Over the course of the year understanding where everybody is going to be,? Smith said about getting a team to feel comfortable in yet another new system. ?It?s going to take a while.? Jackson?s first Bulls team started out 5-5 before rallying for a strong finish (ranking fifth overall offensively), and his first Lakers team began the season with a 15-4 mark (and eventual championship) even with an injured Kobe Bryant out of the lineup at the beginning of the year. In the days since, though, Anthony is stressing that he is seeing some improvement after a few marathon practice sessions : Anthony said he?s still ?adjusting?? to the new sets, which require constant cutting and passes instead of isolation. Anthony has moved the ball well, though sometimes teammates are not expecting the pass, perhaps because of his history. ?They don?t know where the ball is coming from,?? Anthony said. ?You got to be alert. If you don?t have something in 1 1/2 seconds, the ball is out. No holding. It?s a lot of ball movement ?got to be ready for it. ?It?s much better than where was the first day from now.?? Even early, there?s a lot to take in as we attempt to anticipate where Anthony and his team go from here. If the Knicks had hired a coach with even a basic pick and roll-based, drive and kick system, this team would still be adjusting. Woodson?s offense was so notoriously stagnant that any amount of movement would be uneasily worked into by players used to standing around. Fisher, who did meet with an ailing Tex Winter on his way to New York, is also coaching for the first time at any level. He may have learned from the best in Jackson, but no amount and/or type of experience can fully prepare you for something like this. The unique situation is why filmmaker and longtime Knicks fan Spike Lee is filming a documentary about the team?s growing pains with the offense. In a recent interview with the Wall St. Journal , he admitted to some growing pains of his own: ?Everybody says a junior high-school team can run it,? Lee said. ?Proponents of the triangle offense say it?s simple. If you?re not a proponent, you don?t know what?s happening.? This prompted Jackson to shoot back on Monday : Jackson on Spike Lee producing an MSG Network documentary on the triangle: ?Spike?s an avid Knicks fan who doesn?t know anything about basketball.?? Jackson went on to remind reporters that running the offense is ?not rocket science,? and the man is right. The triangle offense has earned its vaulted status, but it should be demystified at this point. Spacing, ball movement, penetration, and awareness are all paramount keys. It?s true that three players will develop an imagined triangle on the strong side of the floor, but with the ball whipping around things could quickly shift to the weak side as the play relaxes and the parts move individually and yet in unison. The offense may have been created during the atomic era, but it doesn?t ask that you pass five times before thinking of shooting ? one of Winter?s principles stated that taking a shot (to either go in or miss and create an offensive rebound opportunity) was an important form of the penetration needed to run the offense, though penetration by passing is far more preferable. More important than that is the ability to lose yourself in the action and not fall prey to basketball instinct. Those instincts tell even the most selfish player to shoot the ball the first time he touches it or the steadiest defender to jump at every pump fake, but one has to buy into something bigger if they want to work on Jackson?s team. He talked about as much with reporters on Sunday , relaying that he will be establishing ?mindfulness training? with his new team: "There's a mindfulness training program that's very logical and very calm, quiet, and we've started the process with this team, and [first-year head coach] Derek [Fisher is] all for it. He's a proponent of it," Jackson said Sunday. "And yet I think that it's kind of what I am inserting in here as part of what I think has to happen because I know what effect it [has]. I think it's very difficult sometimes for a coach to do this because it's so anti what we are as athletes. "We're about action; we're about this intense activity that we've got to get after. And this mindfulness is about sitting still and being quiet and controlling your breath and allowing you to be in the moment, and yet it's so vital for a team to have this skill or players to have this skill. To be able to divorce themselves from what just happened that's inherent to them -- a referee's bad call, or an issue that goes on individually or against your opponent. You've got to be able to come back to your center and center yourself again." There are your stated goals. The larger questions remain, though. Is the triangle the right fit for New York, and how well will Carmelo Anthony take to it? To hear Jackson ? and other triangle advocates like yours truly ? tell it, the triangle is right for every pro offense. You don?t need a low post demon like Shaq, scoring champ like Michael Jordan or all-around studs like Scottie Pippen or Kobe Bryant to share the ball, anticipate well without over-committing, and be ready to receive a pass and do what you?re best at. Jackson could have taken over in Milwaukee or Chicago (in essence, the perfect current team to run the triangle with), Orlando or Houston ? the triangle would be in place. Carmelo Anthony, meanwhile, is in a lot of ways the absolute perfect offensive threat for the triangle. His ability to lure defenders toward him away from the ball will help tilt the floor toward him and upset the defense?s balance. His adeptness at flashing quickly to the post or finishing along the baseline is tailor made for this offense, and his preference to curl over from the weak side to gather a pass and shoot from the elbow extended area of the floor is a triple post mainstay. Anthony wasn?t assisted on many of his buckets last year, but Raymond Felton also won?t be manning a Mike Woodson-inspired offense this season. He?ll have to commit, and play proper basketball ? and we don?t mean giving up shots or passing the ball more. Phil Jackson wouldn?t mind in the slightest if Anthony matched or even topped his 21.3 shot attempts per game mark from last season if Carmelo was going about those shots properly. Jordan routinely averaged more shots per game in the triangle, and Kobe even more than that (though Bryant strayed away from the triangle far more often). No, what Anthony needs to do is keep moving, keep cutting, and keep thinking three moves ahead with the knowledge that the first move could change in an instant and that he better be ready. The beauty of the triangle is that when it clicks, and you start to understand how to work within, the opportunities seem endless. Endless opportunities for Carmelo Anthony? No wonder he re-signed in New York. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

14 Oct 2014 at 3:14pm

14 Oct 2014 at 1:10pm
Last season was always going to be a transitional one for the Denver Nuggets, but its eventual form was something more like a delay. First-year head coach Brian Shaw was brought in to improve the Nuggets' defense and make the already excellent offense more formidable in the halfcourt. He never really got a chance to do any of those things to their full capabilities, though, because so many key players missed time ? Ty Lawson (62 games played), Wilson Chandler (62), JaVale McGee (five), and Danilo Gallinari (a big fat zero, although that was mostly planned) missed enough time to make the Nuggets' 36-46 record somewhat understandable. With all players back and ready to contribute, it's not nuts to imagine the Nuggets doing enough to earn a respectable playoff seed in 2014-15. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] However, claiming that the Nuggets were simply felled by bad fortune obscures some real issues for the club, many of which relate to Shaw. While well-regarded assistants often succeed immediately, it's not especially clear that he's the guy to usher the Nuggets into a fresh era. For one thing, Denver didn't actually play at a substantially slower pace under Shaw (third-fastest in the NBA) than in George Karl's last season (send) ? actually their games featured about three possessions more on average. Nevertheless, the team's rankings fell considerably, from fifth in points per possession to 16th and 11th in points allowed per possession to 21st. The losses of the aforementioned injured players and 2013 free agent Andre Iguodala explain many of those dips, but it's difficult to explain them away via growing pains when the team's approach didn't really change all that much. It's possible that the Nuggets just weren't very good. Their ability to get better will depend on a few factors. Lawson, the unquestioned engine of the offense, must stay healthy. Gallinari must return from his ACL tear relatively intact and able to play 30-plus minutes regularly. McGee must move on from "possible future All-Star" to "good player." Shaw must figure out a way to organize the defense in a functional way. Players must step up. Etc. If it's not clear, there are a lot of issues yet to be determined. This team could be really good or really bad. Its place on that spectrum could decide Shaw's future and determine if the Nuggets will prepare for another transitional period before the current one even gets started. 2013-14 season in 140 characters or less: A bunch of guys got injured and very little was solved. Did the summer help at all? Yes, if only because Gallinari and McGee are ready to start the season. Otherwise, the return of one-time Nugget Arron Afflalo at shooting guard should be a big help, because they lacked a capable scorer and defender at shooting guard following the loss of Iguodala. It's unlikely that Afflalo will match the 18.2 points per game he put up on a limited Orlando Magic team last year, but he has proven that he can carry responsibility. Elsewhere, 16th overall pick Jusuf Nurkic could contribute as a defensive and rebounding presence inside, but at 20 years old, it's likely he needs some seasoning and adjustment to the American game before he can be a big factor. Go-to offseason acquisition: Afflalo earned a reasonable amount of All-Star consideration last season, but it's a fair bet that won't happen again this February. Nevertheless, he will be very important to the Nuggets as a scorer and especially defender. This team really missed Iguodala's defensive versatility and ability, to the point where a poor man's version of the same would be a meaningful upgrade. Afflalo can be that at the very least. His improvement as a scorer is not to be discounted on a team that has thrived with a balanced attack. Glaring weakness: Health, in 2013-14, but with a little bit more luck this year, it won't be such a big deal. Instead, it seems fair to wonder if the Nuggets lack the defensive talent necessary to succeed at a level that justifies the expectations both put on and created by Shaw. Lawson is quick but only 5-foot-11, Afflalo may not be as good as his reputation at this point (he also blocked a mere three shots in 2013-14 , which suggests diminished athleticism), McGee is coming off a lost season and needs to prove a lot to win the faith of the staff, and no other players on the roster seem to stand out as potential lockdown guys. Shaw may yet prove to be a master tactician, but as of right now we don't know if he can do it.

14 Oct 2014 at 7:56am
Nate Robinson went from lightly regarded free-agent signing to full-fledged folk hero during his time with the Chicago Bulls two seasons ago. He only lasted one year in the Windy City (Nate never stays in one place for very long) but he made a very distinct mark, stepping into the backcourt scoring void created by the absence of injured point guard Derrick Rose with the sort of panache ? the drive-through-an-opponent's-legs , wear-Yeezys-during-a-game , drill-game-winners , feud-with-Steve-Novak , inspire-tattoos , win-triple-OT-thrillers , stun-the-Heat and block-LeBron swagger ? that makes feisty and diminutive underdogs into confirmed fan favorites. It was only fitting, then, that the 30-year-old Robinson gave the United Center faithful another bit of fried absurdity to remember him by during the third quarter of his Denver Nuggets' preseason visit to Chicago on Monday night: With just less than four minutes remaining in the frame and the Nuggets trailing by eight, Denver guard Randy Foye drove into the teeth of the Chicago defense before being turned back by big man Pau Gasol. Foye kicked the ball back out to teammate Jusuf Nurkic, who did what any 7-foot rookie's going to do when he gets the ball 20 feet away from the basket with less than four seconds on the shot clock ? give it to literally anyone else. Luckily for him, the nearest available teammate was Robinson, who calmly corralled a bad pass a mile or so beyond the 3-point line, promptly discharged the flaming bag he was handed ... and connected from very long distance. Of course he did. This was basically a perfect Nate Robinson shot. The official box score called it a 30-footer, while the league's YouTube channel pegged it at 40 feet ; the former's probably closer to correct, but the latter sure feels more accurate. After the game, which the Bulls went on to win, 110-90 , thanks to 21 points and six rebounds from swingman Jimmy Butler, Robinson ? who had five points, two rebounds and three turnovers in 11 minutes as he continues to work his way back from a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee ? discussed his bailout balling, according to Mark Strotman of Comcast SportsNet Chicago : Robinson ran down the court with a smile on his face, and Tom Thibodeau even had to smirk at the classic Nate shot. "I looked up and saw I only had about two seconds, I just had to get it up," Robinson said. "It was a crazy shot that just went in." Though just preseason action, it was an emotional night for Robinson, who received a loud chorus of cheers when he entered the game in the third quarter. In fact, the cheers continued well into Kirk Hinrich's second free throw attempt, a rarity for a home crowd. [...] "It gave me chills," he said. "It was a flashback for me and all the good times I had here. The signs and other things from the fans were great. Chicago knows how to treat its players. I will always have a special place in my heart for this city." On Monday night, that special place was about 35 feet away from the basket on the left wing. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.

13 Oct 2014 at 11:03pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- Jimmy Butler scored 21 points while rookie Doug McDermott added 16 to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 110-90 rout of the Denver Nuggets in an exhibition game on Monday night.

13 Oct 2014 at 4:45pm
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : In Street Clothes , Grantland , Sports Illustrated , FanSided and GQ . Jeff Stotts explains to us what Kevin Durant's world-shaking injury is actually all about, and Zach Lowe, Phil Taylor, Seth Partnow and Bethlehem Shoals try to figure out what comes next. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] PF : New Orleans Times-Picayune . Monty Williams appears to be leaning toward Tyreke Evans as the New Orleans Pelicans' starting small forward, which I thought might be their best course of action at the three after deciding to go with Darius Miller, Luke Babbitt and John Salmons this summer. SF : Orange County Register . Bill Oram on Steve Nash, who "wanted the money and he wanted to go out on his own terms and both of those things are OK." SG : Hang Time . John Schuhmann talks with Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford about the statistical profile of the former Bobcats team that made a surprise playoff run last season, how he expects the addition of Lance Stephenson and the revamping of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's jumper to change things for the rebranded Hornets , and more. PG : The Triangle . Considering the Dallas Mavericks' chances of moving up in the Western Conference bracket after what looks like a very successful offseason that gave the brilliant Rick Carlisle more toys to play with (even if he wishes one of them was a bit less heavy). 6th : Basketball Insiders . Nate Duncan shares what he's seen in digging into the preseason play of the Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings. 7th : Heat.com . Couper Moorhead on the better-than-expected passing and playmaking gifts being shown by James Ennis and Shabazz Napier during the Miami Heat's preseason slate. 8th : Bullets Forever . Losing Bradley Beal to wrist surgery means the Washington Wizards are going to need a big couple of months from 2013 draftees Otto Porter and Glen Rice Jr., according to Umair Khan. 9th : Indianapolis Star . Candace Buckner on Frank Vogel's attempts to get sophomore Solomon Hill ? recently identified by some dope as a potential breakout player for an Indiana Pacers team that's now perilously thin on the wing ? ready for a rotation role come the start of the regular season. 10th : AdAge . The NBA has hired a chief marketing officer for the first time since the 1990s, and plans to be much more aggressive in reaching out to "casual" fans. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.

13 Oct 2014 at 11:00am

12 Oct 2014 at 4:24pm
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Speaking to a sellout crowd in a Rio de Janeiro arena, Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao said it loud and clear that it was a special day for Brazilian basketball.

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22 Oct 2014 at 3:28pm
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22 Oct 2014 at 2:52pm
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20 Oct 2014 at 2:38pm
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20 Oct 2014 at 1:07pm
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20 Oct 2014 at 12:25pm
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20 Oct 2014 at 10:56am
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22 Oct 2014 at 4:07pm
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22 Oct 2014 at 2:38pm
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22 Oct 2014 at 2:01pm
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22 Oct 2014 at 1:53pm
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22 Oct 2014 at 12:56pm
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22 Oct 2014 at 10:38am
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22 Oct 2014 at 10:38am
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22 Oct 2014 at 10:37am
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22 Oct 2014 at 10:37am
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22 Oct 2014 at 10:36am
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22 Oct 2014 at 8:12am
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22 Oct 2014 at 8:06am
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21 Oct 2014 at 7:37pm
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21 Oct 2014 at 7:18pm
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21 Oct 2014 at 7:18pm
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21 Oct 2014 at 7:10pm
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21 Oct 2014 at 3:59pm
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22 Oct 2014 at 12:20pm
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22 Oct 2014 at 12:19pm
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22 Oct 2014 at 11:13am
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22 Oct 2014 at 6:19am
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22 Oct 2014 at 12:32am
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21 Oct 2014 at 9:36pm
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21 Oct 2014 at 8:41pm
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21 Oct 2014 at 8:30pm
CHICAGO BULLS VS. BOSTON CELTICS SATURDAY NOVEMBER, 8 @ 7:00 P.M. 2TIX - SEC 332 ROW 5 *AISLE* - $70 PER/TIX THIS YEARS TICKETS ARE DIGITAL. I WILL EMAIL THE TICKETS WITH PAYMENT FROM PAYPAL. QUESTIONS OR IF INTERESTED EMAIL OR TEXT/CALL 708-263-9 [...]

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21 Oct 2014 at 8:29pm
CHICAGO BULLS VS. ORLANDO MAGIC TUESDAY NOVEMBER, 4 @ 7:00 P.M. 2TIX - SEC 332 ROW 5 *AISLE* - $55 PER/TIX THIS YEARS TICKETS ARE ALL DIGITAL. I CAN EMAIL THE TICKETS WITH PAYMENT FROM PAYPAL. QUESTIONS OR IF INTERESTED EMAIL OR TEXT/CALL 708-263- [...]

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21 Oct 2014 at 8:28pm
CHICAGO BULLS VS. INDIANA PACERS SATURDAY NOVEMBER, 15 @ 7:00 P.M. 2TIX - SEC 332 ROW 5 *AISLE* - $70 PER/TIX THIS YEARS TICKETS ARE ALL DIGITAL. I CAN EMAIL THE TICKETS WITH PAYMENT FROM PAYPAL. QUESTIONS OR IF INTERESTED EMAIL OR TEXT/CALL 708-2 [...]

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21 Oct 2014 at 8:06pm
2 Tickets Chicago Bulls vs Orlando Magic Section 116 Row 17 Seats 8 & 9 Asking $280 Pair Text or Call show contact info

2 Chicago Bulls Vs Clevland Cavs sec 116 row 17 (Oak Brook / Lombard) $350
21 Oct 2014 at 5:46pm
2 Tickets Chicago Bulls Vs Clevland Cavs Section 116 Row 17 October 31st @ 7:00pm Asking $700 Pair FIRM Text or Call show contact info

Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks (e tix des plaines 300 level) $20
21 Oct 2014 at 1:26pm
Last minute chance selling pair for $40 tonights game. Seaction 308 row 8 electronic transfer or meet up in des plaines area for cash and Ill forward tickets through Email on the spot Peter show contact info Pic is view from my seats

CHICAGO BULLS Season Tickets! vs Cavaliers on 31st (308 row 8) $20
21 Oct 2014 at 1:24pm
Hello. I'm a season ticket holder for the Chicago Bulls. This year season ticket holders were not provided with hard copies like in the past, so the process has to be done electronically. I will transfer the tickets through Email and You send me mone [...]

Chicago Bulls Section 103 Available for Sale $160
21 Oct 2014 at 10:59am
I have 2 tickets in Section 103: Row 11 available for sale. The prices shown are PER ticket and I will be selling them as pairs. Starting this season the Bulls will no longer be providing hard tickets. They have switched to a digital form of tickets [...]

2 Chicago Bulls Vs Cavs sec 116 row 17 (Oak Brook) $350
21 Oct 2014 at 9:35am
2 Tickets Chicago Bulls Vs Clevland Cavs Section 116 Row 17 seats 8-9 Friday October 31st @ 7:00pm Asking $700 Pair FIRM Text or Call show contact info

2014-2015 CHICAGO BULLS SEASON TICKETS ALL GAMES FOR SALE (SECTION 305) $40
21 Oct 2014 at 8:49am
*******************CHICAGO BULLS 2014-2015 SEASON TICKETS******************* ********************************TICKETS IN HAND******************************** I'm a Chicago Bulls season ticket holder & have two seats available to each game throughout [...]

2 Tickets Chicago Bulls Vs Orlando Magic (Oak Brook) $135
21 Oct 2014 at 8:16am
2 Tickets Chicago Bulls Vs Orlando Magic Section 116 Row 17 Seats 8-9 November 4th @ 7:00pm Asking $270 pair Firm Text or Call show contact info

Chicago Bulls 2014-2015 Season Tickets (chicago) $40
21 Oct 2014 at 7:57am
2014-2015 Individual Tickets on Sale! Section 321 Row 17 Seats 7,8,9,10 Selling 2 or 4 Tickets! Prices are reasonable and negotiable! Contact me at (7o8)-8 three three- three 8 five 2 for details or email me through Craigslist. Available for PDF [...]

2 Chicago Bulls Tickets, Lower Level, GREAT PRICE FOR GREAT SEATS (Lower Level, Section 118, Row ...
21 Oct 2014 at 1:16am
I am a season ticket holder. I have 2 tickets in Section 118, Row 16 near the visitors bench and the 6 NBA Championship trophies. Tickets are available now by email only through my Chicago Bulls account. There are no longer hard copy season tickets. [...]

Bulls vs Cavs, Halloween Night, Great Seats, 100 Level, Lebron vs Rose $350
20 Oct 2014 at 11:50pm
I have 2 tickets to the Bulls home opener vs the Cavs on 10/31. These are great seats and one of only 2 times that Lebron and the Cavs will be in Chicago to take on D Rose and the Bulls. Tickets are Section 118, Row 16. Great view of the action. Ema [...]

BULLS OPENING NIGHT VS. CAVS (CHICAGO) $150
20 Oct 2014 at 6:03pm
2 TICKETS $150 EACH OCT 31, 2014 BULLS VS. CAVS SEC 327 ROW SEATS 10 & 11 show contact info

2 Chicago Bulls Vs Clevland Cavs Sec 116 Row 17 (Oak Brook / Lombard) $350
20 Oct 2014 at 5:57pm
2 Chicago Bulls Vs Clevland Cavs Sec 116 Row 17 seats 8-9 Friday Oct 31st @ 7:00pm Asking $700 pair Firm Text or Call show contact info

Chicago Bulls***Up to 4 Tixs***Aisle Seats (Chicago) $1
20 Oct 2014 at 4:13pm
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8 @ 7:00 P.M. VS. BOSTON CELTICS - $60 PER TICKET 2 TIXS - SEC 321 ROW 10 4 TIXS - SEC 329 ROW 8 (AISLE) MONDAY NOVEMBER 10 @ 7:00 P.M. VS. DETROIT PISTONS - $40 PER TICKET 2 TIXS - SEC 321 ROW 10 SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15 @ 7:00 P. [...]

Bulls Tickets **November Home Games** (Up to 4tix Aisle) (Chicagoland) $1
20 Oct 2014 at 4:09pm
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8 @ 7:00 P.M. VS. BOSTON CELTICS - $60 PER TICKET 2 TIXS - SEC 321 ROW 10 4 TIXS - SEC 329 ROW 8 (AISLE) MONDAY NOVEMBER 10 @ 7:00 P.M. VS. DETROIT PISTONS - $40 PER TICKET 2 TIXS - SEC 321 ROW 10 SATURDAY NOVEMBER 15 @ 7:00 P. [...]

Bulls tix 2 or 4 together 6 rows from the court for all games (106 row F,G) $1
22 Oct 2014 at 3:28pm
I have 2014-2015 season tickets for all Chicago Bulls home games this season. 2 or 4 together in sec 106 lower level row F,G back to back (piggyback). These are my SEASON TICKETS so I can email them at any time or list them through NBAtickets.com. I [...]

BUY MY 4 BULLS VS CAVS TIX AND GET 4 EXTRA TIX TO ANOTHER GAME FREE !! (Section 328 Row 13) $200
22 Oct 2014 at 1:21pm
I have 4 tix to the opening night game between the Bulls and Cavs which should be a very exciting game. If you buy my tickets I will give you the choice of 4 more free tix at no extra charge. You can choose Bulls vs Magic 11/04 or Bulls vs Celtics 11 [...]

Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavs Home Opener 10/31: 100 level (O'hare) $400
22 Oct 2014 at 9:33am
I have two great tickets to the Chicago Bulls home opener versus Cleveland Cavs on October 31st @ 7pm. You do not want to miss this game! Section 106, Row 12, Seats 9 & 10 (aisle seats): $800 for the pair I can transfer the tickets via Ticketmaster [...]

2 or 4 seats from season tix holder together 6 rows from main floor (106 row F and/or G) $1
21 Oct 2014 at 10:45pm
GREAT SEATS. I have 2014-2015 season tickets for all Chicago Bulls home games this season. 2 or 4 together in sec 106 lower level row F,G back to back (piggyback). These are my SEASON TICKETS so I can email them at any time or list them through NBAti [...]

Bulls vs Pacers (Nov 15) $75
21 Oct 2014 at 12:23pm
2 tickets to Bulls vs Pacers on Nov 15th. Section 313 row 11 seats 11 & 12 $75 each Text me at show contact info

Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavs Home Opener 10/31: 100 level (Section 106 Row 10 Seats 13-14) $4...
20 Oct 2014 at 9:58pm
Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Friday, October 31st Section: 106 Row: 10 Seats: 13 and 14 $800 total for the pair of tickets. Opening night on Halloween. Bulls vs. King James and the Cavs. Tickets sold as pair only. Tickets are purchased [...]

BULLS VS CLEVELAND CAVALIERS FRIDAY OCT 31 (Section 116 Row 17) $400
18 Oct 2014 at 3:36pm
I am a season ticket holder. Halloween Season Opener! All tickets are electronic this year we can exchange tickets via email and payment through Chase Quickpay or Paypal. $800 for the pair Section 116 Row 17 seats 8,9

Chicago Bulls Tickets: 313 all gms, 100 level available big games $50500
16 Oct 2014 at 10:36am
I've got Bulls season tickets available for every home game including preseason Unless stated otherwise, the tickets are: Section: 313 Row: 12 Seats: 13, 14 ALL PRICES NEGOTIABLE but be realistic =) buy a few games and I would knock off some of [...]

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