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27 Jun 2016 at 3:31pm
Called out by Jimmy Butler last season, Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg insisted Monday that he can still work with the two-time All-Star guard. Butler did not exactly embrace Hoiberg's more open and fast-paced offense last season. The Bulls went 42-40 in a difficult first season under Hoiberg and traded 2011 MVP Derrick Rose to New York last week.

27 Jun 2016 at 2:46pm
When Michael Jordan returned to the NBA in the early spring of 1995, it was hardly a surprise. He?d been flirting with the idea for months, the baseball team he was slumming with was in the middle of a players? strike, and he was still technically under contract with the Chicago Bulls. By the time he issued his famous ?I?m back? fax, we were all pretty used to the idea that Jordan was, well, back . [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] What we weren?t used to was the man?s new uniform. For nine seasons Jordan had worn No. 23 with the Bulls. He?d chosen No. 45 to wear in the Chicago White Sox minor league system, but many assumed this was only because the Sox featured hot shot Robin Ventura with No. 23 at the time, and MJ didn?t want any conflict should he be called up to The Show. Finally ?back,? Jordan still worked with No. 45 amongst his new?ish Chicago teammates and, well, he wasn?t exactly himself. After 22 mostly underwhelming regular and postseason games with the number, Jordan returned to his familiar No. 23 after some infamous comments from Orlando Magic guard Nick Anderson ? the Chicago native was bold enough to point out that MJ just wasn?t the old MJ in the new number. Some 21 years later, someone new has MJ?s old number: 4??5?? @denzelvalentine Get yours ?? ? Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) June 27, 2016 Uh oh. That?s Denzel Valentine, Chicago?s first lottery pick since 2008, choosing to basically wear the Bulls? version of the unspoken 13th floor, a carryover from his time spent in Michigan State wearing No. 45. You?d think the Bulls would have noticed this in the scouting process.

27 Jun 2016 at 1:17pm
Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg is really excited to coach his new center named Lopez, whom the Bulls imported from New York in the trade that shipped out former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose, a deal that has received mixed reviews . There's just one problem: he might not be entirely sure which Lopez he's got. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] Fred Hoiberg excited to coach Brook Lopez, uh Bulls got Robin Lopez. ? ?arcusD (@_MarcusD_) June 27, 2016 Let's help Coach out with a clarification: the Bulls just traded for Robin Lopez, the wild-coiffed defensive-minded 7-footer most recently employed by the New York Knicks, rather than Brook Lopez, the more closely-cropped offense-first 7-footer employed by the Brooklyn Nets. They look similar ? twins often do ? but despite their features and shared love of comic books , they're discrete individuals. It might not be the ideal way to begin a new working relationship, but it's an easy mistake to make. Besides, if you're going to slip up, it's best to do it during the offseason, and while your new big man is still coming off the high of visiting Shanghai Disneyland, the latest proof of his commitment to all things Mickey-and-company-related: Off to #ShanghaiDisneyland for the Grand Opening! Excited & grateful for the experience! #Disney #PeopleMover ? Robin Lopez (@rolopez42) June 12, 2016 You should be all set, Coach. After a few days of visiting the Marvel Universe, riding Tron lightcycles and going on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, I'd imagine Robin's so blissed out that he wouldn't care if you called him Jennifer Lopez. More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.

27 Jun 2016 at 10:26am
(Reuters) - LeBron James was a glaring absentee from the United States Olympic lineup as USA Basketball unveiled its squad for the Rio Games on Monday. U.S. media reported last week that James, who led the Cavaliers to victory over the Golden State Warriors in a seven-game NBA Finals series, had asked USA Basketball to remove his name from Olympic consideration. The three-times NBA champion and four-times league Most Valuable Player won gold medals with Team USA at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics but after six consecutive trips to the NBA Finals James decided he needed rest.

27 Jun 2016 at 10:14am
LeBron James was a glaring absentee from the United States Olympic lineup as USA Basketball unveiled its squad for the Rio Games on Monday. U.S. media reported last week that James, who led the Cavaliers to victory over the Golden State Warriors in a seven-game NBA Finals series, had asked USA Basketball to remove his name from Olympic consideration. The three-times NBA champion and four-times league Most Valuable Player won gold medals with Team USA at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics but after six consecutive trips to the NBA Finals James decided he needed rest.

26 Jun 2016 at 10:38am
The U.S. basketball team has its roster for Rio. Kyrie Irving and Harrison Barnes accepted spots on the team to fill out the Americans' 12-player Olympic squad, a person with knowledge of the details said Saturday. The Americans had received 10 confirmations by Thursday and were holding spots for Irving and LeBron James, who wanted more time to decide after winning the NBA championship.

24 Jun 2016 at 5:58pm
Despite a flurry of rumors, Jimmy Butler is still a member of the Bulls after nothing came to fruition during Thursday night's draft. There was heavy interest from the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are coached by former Chicago head man Tom Thibodeau. The Boston Celtics were reported to have interest.

24 Jun 2016 at 5:49pm
''I feel like something special is going to happen,'' Rose said. The Bulls traded the former MVP and No. 1 overall pick to the Knicks on Wednesday, with center Robin Lopez and point guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant going to Chicago. Rose was introduced at a press conference at Madison Square Garden on Friday, still adjusting to his new life.

24 Jun 2016 at 1:05pm
Ryan Knaus explores the fantasy impact of the 2016 NBA Draft, as well as the trade sending Serge Ibaka to Orlando and Victor Oladipo to OKC.

24 Jun 2016 at 12:23pm
Step into the flashy shoes of the fifth overall pick in the draft as his NBA dream comes true.

24 Jun 2016 at 11:13am
Matt Stroup hands out grades to every team from Thursday's NBA Draft, including strong work from Minnesota and an unexpected night for Boston.

24 Jun 2016 at 11:05am
We?re well aware that draft grades ? passing judgment on the hiring of a 19 or even 18-year old just hours after their names were called ? is rather silly. There were 30 NBA franchises working with 30 disparate motivations, strategies, needs and abilities on Thursday night during the league?s draft, and though some fared better than others the 2016 NBA draft (like all NBA drafts) was not a level playing field for myriad reasons. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] With that in place, we can still hand out interim report cards for every franchise on the docket. Dig in: Atlanta Hawks The Haul : Taurean Prince (Baylor) at 12, DeAndre Bembry (St. Joseph?s) at 21, Isaia Cordinier (France) at 44. This was a very Hawksian draft bent on replenishing its supply of heady, all-around athletes, while potentially preparing the team for the defection of free agent swingman Kent Bazemore. Neither Prince nor Bembry will ever be stars, but they have the gifts and potential to act as key rotation parts from either the small forward or off guard position. Prince is ahead of Bembry in the shooting department at this juncture, but that doesn?t mean DeAndre?s heady game can?t fit in with the vets by midseason. Grade: B *** Boston Celtics The Haul : Jaylen Brown (California) at 3, Guerschon Yabusele (France) at 16, Ante Zizic (Croatia) at 23, lottery-protected first round pick from the Los Angeles Clippers in either 2019 or 2020, Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame) at 45, Ben Bentil (Providence) at 51, Abdel Naber (Iowa State) at 58. The tramping the dirt down on Danny Ainge?s supposed grave of assets needs to be dialed back a bit. The only people that should either act shocked or haughty that the Celtics general manager was unable to land a star in the first of his pick-heavy nights must have passed on looking up the actual specifics behind what?s actually available out there. Ainge was prepared but also incredibly lucky to have a combination of lottery picks, massive expiring deals and a 20-and-10 guy to deal in the summer of 2007; one of those rare offseasons that somehow saw two different (nearly) in-prime future Hall of Famers (Ray Allen and eventually Kevin Garnett) available on the trading block. Those legends aren?t exactly out there right now, less-celebrated stars aren?t even on the block, and as such Ainge was forced to work around the margins yet again. What you can possibly criticize are the draft choices while he bides his time: Jaylen Brown is a home run swing that could bring Boston an All-Star, but the athlete has his drawbacks at his young age. Yabusele unique talents remain rather unique, his was a surprise call, and Zizic?s charms come from the old school that demands centers stay low and near the rim. Ainge may never get his star via the trade pipeline, and in reaction he passed on Kris Dunn and took his chances on two on Thursday night. This story has barely begun ? it could end in a whiff, and a lesson that it always takes two to tango. Grade: B *** Brooklyn Nets The Haul : Caris LaVert (Michigan) at 20, Isaiah Whitehead (Seton Hall) at 42. The Nets were always going to have to swap picks with the Boston Celtics in the 2017 draft, and the team?s new leadership (GM Sean Marks) decided to bite the bullet and work what former GM Billy King never had the temerity to do ? suffer through the embarrassment have possibly having to dive from a top three pick down to the 20s in order to find some young asset to play around with. Thaddeus Young is a smart veteran and good basketball player, but his absence on the 2016-17 Nets will cost the team wins in ways that won?t reflect in an improved lottery standing. It is worrying that Caris LaVert is far from a finished product, working with frightening foot woes. Still, when the crops are salted, you have to take a gamble on something that could eventually turn out savory. Grade: A *** Charlotte Hornets The Haul : Marco Belinelli (via trade with Sacramento). Faced with the possible free agent defections of Nicolas Batum, Courtney Lee, and Jeremy Lin, the Hornets needed to find NBA-caliber talent at a perimeter position straightaway. The team might someday rue dealing a No. 22 pick for a 30-year old in Belinelli, but these are the team-sustaining transactions you often have to take. Grade: B+ ***

24 Jun 2016 at 1:39am
Draft night belonged to Ben Simmons. The summer now belongs to Kevin Durant. With Simmons going No. 1 in the draft to Philadelphia and Brandon Ingram following one pick later to the Los Angeles Lakers, the most predictable part of the NBA offseason is complete.

24 Jun 2016 at 12:15am
The Chicago Bulls found their Valentine after trading away their Rose. The Bulls took Michigan State shooting guard and small forward Denzel Valentine with the 14th overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday, opting for a wing player rather than a point guard after trading former MVP Derrick Rose to New York. The 2015-16 Associated Press national player of the year, Valentine joins a team in transition after sending its former franchise player to the Knicks.

24 Jun 2016 at 12:11am
There were a lot of trades, a lot of bow ties, and a whole lot of international players. With that, the NBA draft is complete for another year. As expected, after Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram things got interesting.

23 Jun 2016 at 11:44pm
Kris Dunn wanted Minnesota and that's exactly what he got. The Minnesota Timberwolves selected the hard-nosed Providence point guard with the fifth overall pick Thursday night. ''I've got to buy a lot of jackets, but there's a very young talented group there,'' Dunn said on Thursday night, before mentioning the Wolves' promising core of Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine.

23 Jun 2016 at 6:38pm
The Vertical and DraftExpress break down each pick of the first round of Thursday's NBA draft.

23 Jun 2016 at 3:56pm
It's draft day in the NBA, follow along here for a live tracker of all the results.

23 Jun 2016 at 3:39pm
Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress presents The Vertical?s most recent mock for Thursday's draft.

23 Jun 2016 at 1:22pm
It's NBA Draft day and Ed Isaacson reveals his final mock draft for 2016

23 Jun 2016 at 11:45am
Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram say they haven't been told who Philadelphia will take with the No. 1 pick, so all they can go on is what they've heard. The freshmen are expected to be the top two selections in the NBA draft, and Simmons can't wait to hear his name called. Tucked in between a historic NBA Finals and a potential game-changing free agency period, the draft might be a little short on star power but not on drama.

23 Jun 2016 at 1:41am
It was once the ultimate feel-good story, with the electrifying Derrick Rose leading his hometown Chicago Bulls to heights they had not reached since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were racking up championships. The Rose Era officially closed in Chicago on Wednesday with the 2011 MVP getting traded to the New York Knicks, bringing one of the more successful yet disappointing periods in franchise history to a finish. ''That's where it's hard,'' general manager Gar Forman said.

23 Jun 2016 at 12:44am
Derrick Rose is looking forward to the chance to relaunch his career outside of his native Chicago.

23 Jun 2016 at 12:12am
Wednesday's trade of Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks ends an era for the Chicago Bulls, who drafted the hometown star with the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2008 and saw him develop into the NBA MVP just three years later. Rose became the face of the franchise, a status that became increasingly precarious and unproductive as his knee injuries diminished his abilities. The Bulls arguably suffered for planning to depend on Rose as much as they did over the past few seasons, but the decision to move him is an emotional one nonetheless. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] That goes not just for Bulls fans, but the man set to replace him as the team's marquee player. All-Star Jimmy Butler responded to the news of the Rose trade with a tribute to his teammate of five seasons (via EOB ): My point guard, my brother: you taught me so much since I came into this league as a 21 year old kid from Marquette. For me, coming to Chicago to play and learn from you, an MVP, was eye-opening. You helped shape me into the player I am today. Helped teach me the work ethic needed to excel in this league. You are a leader, thru and thru. Always a supportive teammate and friend. I'll always be thankful for the opportunity I had to play alongside you each night and I know you're going to continue to be the great player and leader you were in Chicago for years to come. The sentiment is very nice, especially since Butler and Rose did not always fit together easily as the former ascended to stardom and the latter missed more and more time with injury. Butler's preseason claim that he sees himself as a point guard probably didn't go over very well with Rose, and both players sometimes seemed unready to defer to the other (if only on the court). [ STACK: J.R. Smith's hilarious shirtless celebration extended to a Cleveland golf course ] However, Butler was able to forget all that and credit Rose for all he did for him and the franchise in his career. Rose's career in Chicago didn't go as planned, but Butler has big shoes to fill nonetheless. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric

22 Jun 2016 at 8:50pm

22 Jun 2016 at 6:42pm
Derrick Rose was once writing a great NBA story, the hometown kid leading the Chicago Bulls to their greatest heights since Michael Jordan. The player he is now could still be an upgrade for the New York Knicks. The Knicks acquired Rose from the Bulls on Wednesday, hoping the former NBA MVP can be their answer at point guard.

22 Jun 2016 at 6:16pm
Being a lottery pick and getting guaranteed money was not enticement enough for some players to work out for the Utah Jazz. The team sent out invitations, but several players expected to go early in Thursday night's NBA draft declined. The Jazz were snubbed, no question.

22 Jun 2016 at 4:47pm
Everything you need to know about the Knicks? acquisition of Derrick Rose.

22 Jun 2016 at 4:40pm
Chicago Bulls playmaker Derrick Rose, a former NBA Most Valuable Player nagged by knee injuries for years, was traded to the New York Knicks on Wednesday in a six-player deal. The move came on the eve of the NBA Draft, when the Knicks will look for more help after missing the playoffs last season. Rose, fellow guard Justin Holiday and a second-round 2017 NBA Draft pick were sent to New York by the Bulls in exchange for center Robin Lopez and guards Jerian Grant and Jose Calderon.

22 Jun 2016 at 2:28pm
Chicago is also sending Justin Holiday and a pick to N.Y. for Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant.

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