Bulls expect Carter to miss 8-12 weeks with thumb injury
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls expect prized rookie center Wendell Carter Jr. to miss eight to 12 weeks because of a left thumb injury.
The team said Friday that surgery has been recommended for Carter, who was hurt Tuesday against the Lakers.
The injury was initially diagnosed as a sprain, but more tests and a follow-up examination with Bulls hand specialists Drs. John Fernandez and Mark Cohen on Friday revealed it was more serious and potentially season-ending.
Dunn, Markkanen rally Bulls late to beat Spurs, 98-93
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Chicago Bulls coach Jim Boylen proudly says he learned a lot from San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich during his two seasons as a Spurs assistant.
Boylen even learned how to withstand a crisis and it helped him beat his mentor.
Kris Dunn scored 24 points, Lauri Markkanen added 23 and the Bulls rallied from a 21-point deficit in the second half to stun the Spurs 98-93 on Saturday night.
Popular Bulls visit Mexico amid reports of turmoil
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican fans have waited a lifetime for the opportunity to watch their favorite team, the Chicago Bulls, in their homeland. But hardly anyone envisioned that they'd get to see the current version of the team that will face the Orlando Magic on Thursday night amid reports of turmoil in the locker room under new coach Jim Boylen.
Chicago Bulls fire coach Fred Hoiberg; Boylen takes over
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls came into the season thinking they would start to climb in the wide-open Eastern Conference with a promising group of young players. A coaching change wasn't part of the plan.
Bulls F Markkanen moving closer to season debut
CHICAGO (AP) — Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen is moving closer to his season debut after spraining his right elbow in September.
Markkanen has been cleared to "fully participate in practice" on Tuesday, coach Fred Hoiberg said. If that goes well, a timeline for Markkanen's return could come into focus.
Parker shines as Bulls beat Suns 124-116
CHICAGO (AP) — Jabari Parker and the Chicago Bulls pushed the ball whenever they had the chance. They stayed focused when the Phoenix Suns made a big play.
A couple of solid practices really paid off.
Parker had 20 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, and the Bulls beat the Suns 124-116 on Wednesday night to stop a four-game slide.
Raptors’ Leonard, Bulls’ LaVine to sit out game
CHICAGO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors and Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls are being held out of Saturday night's matchup between the teams.
Leonard isn't injured. The Raptors don't want to overextend him early in the season, so he'll sit after logging 43 minutes Friday night at Boston. He has not played back-to-back games this season and is averaging 24.8 points and 8.4 rebounds.
Elbow injury sidelines Bulls’ Markkanen longer than expected
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls expect forward Lauri Markkanen to miss more time than they initially anticipated because of a left elbow injury he suffered in the preseason.
Coach Fred Hoiberg says Markkanen will likely wind up missing nine to 11 weeks. The Bulls initially thought he would be out six to eight weeks after he was hurt in practice in late September.
LaVine, Archidiacono help Bulls edge Cavs 99-98
CHICAGO (AP) — Zach LaVine delivered another solid effort for Chicago, yet his only turnover of the game nearly cost the Bulls a victory.
LaVine scored 24 points, rookie Ryan Arcidiacono added 15 and the Bulls rebounded after blowing an early 16-point lead to edge the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-98 on Saturday night.
Wendell Carter Jr. also had 15 points as Chicago won for the second time in six games.
Bulls’ Kris Dunn out 4-6 weeks with sprained left MCL
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls say point guard Kris Dunn will miss four to six weeks because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Coach Fred Hoiberg said Tuesday that Dunn was injured going for a layup in the second quarter of Monday's loss at Dallas. Dunn stayed in and finished with nine points and seven assists after missing the first two games of the season for the birth of his first child.
Chicago trio bolsters Cyclones for ’18-19 and beyond
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Chicago dealt Iowa State a major blow a few years ago when the Bulls hired coach Fred Hoiberg, then known as "The Mayor" in Ames.
Cyclones fans might warm up to the Windy City when they see the talent that Hoiberg's successor, Steve Prohm, has brought in from the basketball hotbed of the Midwest.
Iowa State seeks experience from UVA transfer Marial Shayok
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State knew it needed an instant infusion of veteran talent after its worst record in seven years.
The Cyclones are yet again leaning on a senior transfer, this time intriguing guard/forward Marial Shayok.
The 6-foot-6 Shayok, who was a starter for powerhouse Virginia two years ago, is expected to be a crucial piece for a Cyclones program coming off a painful 13-18 finish in 2017-18.
Building Bulls look to Markkanen, LaVine for heavy lifting
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls won't make any bold predictions about Year Two of their rebuilding project. They also won't deny that a growth spurt on the court for Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine would accelerate the process in a big, big way.
The 23-year-old LaVine and 21-year-old Markkanen were front and center Monday, when the team held its media day amid cautious optimism for the season ahead.
CHICAGO (AP) — John Paxson insisted the Chicago Bulls are in a good position. And the Bulls' top executive hopes they are never in this spot again.
"We did this year what we felt was in the long-term best interests of the Bulls," Paxson said Thursday. "It's not a situation that any of us want to ever be in again. It goes against everything as a competitive person that you believe in, but it's the way the system is set up. To be very honest, we believe we've done it the right way."
CHICAGO (AP) — After coach Fred Hoiberg went home sick, rookie Lauri Markkanen and the Chicago Bulls came out shooting feverishly.
Markkanen scored 23 points and connected on 5 of 8 3-pointers to lead Chicago to a 113-94 win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday.
Bulls beat Magic to end 7-game losing streak
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The only consolation the Chicago Bulls could take from their horrendous third quarter was that they still had another one left.
"It's not often you have a 2-for-22 quarter and still win the game," coach Fred Hoiberg said. "I give our guys credit for hanging in there and finding a way to get a win."
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls are holding injured core players Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn out of Saturday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Coach Fred Hoiberg says Markkanen is "significantly better" but will miss his third straight game because of lower back spasms. LaVine's surgically repaired left knee is sore and Dunn developed a toe problem in Thursday's game against Memphis.
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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls will start playing Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday again after receiving a reminder from the league about player rest and tanking.
Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said the league communicated with the team after the All-Star break about those two players and their diminishing roles.
One of the first things both Zach LaVine and Fred Hoiberg noticed when they walked into Target Center on Saturday morning was the banner honoring Flip Saunders hanging from the rafters on one end of the arena.
Bulls’ Dunn returns from concussion, starts against Raptors
CHICAGO (AP) — Guard Kris Dunn is back in the Chicago Bulls' lineup after missing 11 games because of a concussion.
The second-year pro was starting Wednesday night against the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors. Coach Fred Hoiberg said Dunn would probably play about 20 minutes and sit the fourth quarter.
Bulls hope to set return date for LaVine early next week
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls hope to decide on a return date for guard Zach LaVine early next week.
LaVine will travel with the team to games at Dallas and Indiana on Friday and Saturday. Coach Fred Hoiberg says the two-time slam dunk champion will meet with doctors, trainers, management and coaches after the Bulls return home.
Bulls rally for a 92-87 win over Knicks
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls struggled for long stretches. They looked fatigued at times on the second night of back-to-back games. And they found a way to win anyway.
Kris Dunn scored 17 points, including two clutch free throws in the final seconds, and the surging Bulls rallied to beat the New York Knicks 92-87 on Wednesday.
Mirotic scores 24 points off bench, Bulls beat Bucks 115-106
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have been a much better team since Nikola Mirotic got healthy.
And not just on offense.
The big forward came off the bench to score 24 points in 28 minutes as the resurgent Bulls won for the eighth time in 10 games, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 115-106 on Tuesday night.
Bulls beat 76ers 117-115 for 6th straight win
CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Mirotic pounded his chest in celebration after a big play in the fourth quarter. Kris Dunn wagged his finger from side to side after one last stop closed it out.
The Chicago Bulls are having fun again and — surprise, surprise — winning, too.
Mirotic and Dunn each scored 22 points, and Chicago topped the Philadelphia 76ers 117-115 on Monday night for its sixth consecutive victory.
Bulls F Markkanen returns from back spasms
CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie forward Lauri Markkanen is back in the lineup for the Chicago Bulls after he missed three consecutive games with back spasms.
Coach Fred Hoiberg says Markkanen will start Monday night against Philadelphia. The move returns Nikola Mirotic to a reserve role after he scored 22 points in Chicago's fifth straight win, a 115-109 victory at Milwaukee on Friday night.
Bulls beat Jazz 103-100 for 4th straight victory
CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Mirotic is smiling again. The shots are falling. All the weightlifting work he did in the summer is paying off. The Chicago Bulls are winning.
That infamous practice fight is beginning to fade into the background.
Mirotic scored 29 points, Kris Dunn hit a clutch jumper with 22 seconds left and the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 103-100 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight victory.
"I think right now, Niko has brought a confidence to this team," coach Fred Hoiberg said.
Dunn hits late free throws, Bulls edge Knicks 104-102
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Dunn is a key piece of the Chicago Bulls' rebuilding effort. He wants to be a key to the team's success.
Dunn made two free throws with 2.9 seconds left to give the Bulls a 104-102 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night.
Coach Fred Hoiberg put the ball in Dunn's hands during the final possession and the second-year point guard was fouled by Courtney Lee while driving to the basket.
Markkanen scores 24, Bulls end skid with OT win over Hornets
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Chicago Bulls thought they were trending in the right direction in the last few games of their 10-game losing streak. On Friday night, they kept their poise and finished strong.
Lauri Markkanen had 24 points, including a key 3-pointer in overtime, and 12 rebounds to lead Chicago to a 119-111 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
Bulls’ Mirotic attends 1st game since fight with Portis
CHICAGO (AP) — Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic is attending a game for the first time since a preseason altercation with teammate Bobby Portis left him with several broken bones in his face as well as a concussion.
Mirotic was at the United Center for Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Suns. He remains sidelined with the injuries from the altercation at practice on Oct. 17. Portis served an eight-game suspension.
DeRozan scores 24 points as Raptors beat Bulls 119-114
TORONTO (AP) — Bobby Portis gave the Chicago Bulls a boost in his first game back from suspension. Just not enough to top DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors.
DeRozan scored 24 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and the Raptors beat Chicago 119-114 on Tuesday night for their first three-game winning streak over the Bulls since 2009.
Portis had 21 points and 13 rebounds in his return after sitting out Chicago's first eight games.
LeBron plays point, scores 34 as Cavs beat Bulls 119-112
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers' lineups are changing daily. Their defense is a mess, their slow starts are puzzling and the starting point guard is hurt.
Cleveland's got some problems.
LeBron James minimizes them all.
Making a rare start at point guard, James scored 34 points as the Cavs, using another early season lineup, awakened after a sluggish first half and beat the Chicago Bulls 119-112 on Tuesday night.
Bulls bring back Collins as special adviser
CHICAGO (AP) — Doug Collins has returned to the Chicago Bulls. Just not on the sideline this time around.
The rebuilding Bulls hired Collins on Tuesday to serve senior adviser of basketball operations, providing "an expert resource" for the front office and coaching staff.
Collins will report directly to executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson. General manager Gar Forman and coach Fred Hoiberg remain in their jobs.
Bulls hire Respert as director of player development
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have hired former Michigan State star Shawn Respert as director of player development.
The Spartans' career scoring leader, Respert is a longtime NBA assistant coach who also has worked in scouting. He most recently was a regional scout and assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies from 2013-16. He previously worked with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets.
For Bulls, blockbuster trade is all about direction
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls set a clear direction by trading All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night last week.
The Bulls had plenty of people talking after they traded one of the NBA's top two-way players for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and No. 7 overall pick Lauri Markkanen, three newcomers who were introduced at a news conference on Tuesday.
CHICAGO (AP) — There were no bold proclamations or promises for sweeping changes from Chicago Bulls management on Wednesday for a team that barely made the playoffs.
They gave no clarity on Jimmy Butler's future with the team and had no real answers when it came to Dwyane Wade's. Rajon Rondo looks like he will be welcomed back. The front office won't be getting a major makeover, and coach Fred Hoiberg will return for a third season.
We pause in a postseason packed with great press-conference performances to award a gold star to Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg for his "get-off-my-lawn" rant against Celtics' guard Isaiah Thomas.
For starters, it's so-o-o-o last century.
Granted, there's still a rule on the books barring players from "palming" or "carrying" the basketball while dribbling. But the last time a coach raised the issue and expected referees to actually start calling it, the ball was still held together with laces.
CHICAGO (AP) — If the Chicago Bulls are to extend their postseason, they almost certainly will have to do it without Rajon Rondo.
Rondo has a fractured right thumb, and coach Fred Hoiberg says the backcourt catalyst is a "long shot" to play Game 6 against the Boston Celtics on Friday night. Nor does the coach expect Rondo to be available if a Game 7 is necessary. The veteran guard is scheduled to work out Thursday night.
It’s the kind of night Jimmy Butler usually prides himself on — scoring and guarding the best opposing scorer.
BOSTON (AP) — There's a cloud trailing Isaiah Thomas these days. In his basketball world, though, there's also been light. And, on occasion, even some levity.
Minutes after Thomas posted a 33-point, seven-assist effort to lead Boston to a Game 4 road win over Chicago, the Celtics guard was asked what he thought about Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg's contention that he was getting away with dribbling the ball illegally.
Regrouping Bulls hope Canaan can provide answer at point
CHICAGO (AP) — Rolling along with a humming offense not too long ago, the Chicago Bulls will now try to regroup.
And they'll do it with a seldom-used point guard making a crucial start.
The Bulls will go with Isaiah Canaan in Game 5 of their first-round series against the Celtics in Boston on Wednesday, hoping he can stabilize an offense struggling without the injured Rajon Rondo.
More important, they will try to regain the lead in a series after back-to-back home losses.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg says Isaiah Thomas getting away with carrying ball
CHICAGO — Jimmy Butler, Isaiah Thomas and Fred Hoiberg all referred to Thomas as an impossible cover after the smallest man on the floor shredded the Bulls defense in Game 4.
CHICAGO (AP) — The NBA fined Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo $25,000 for attempting to trip Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder from the bench in Game 3 of their first-round series.
The league announced the fine hours before Game 4 tipped off on Sunday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Just when it seemed everything was going right for the Chicago Bulls, Rajon Rondo broke his right thumb.
Then, they lost to the Boston Celtics.
The Bulls announced Rondo was out indefinitely hours before they dropped Game 3 on Friday, tightening their first-round series after Chicago took the first two at Boston. Rondo's injury in Game 2 is a big blow for a team trying to become the sixth No. 8 seed to knock off a No. 1.
Bulls, Pacers grab last 2 spots in NBA playoffs
Dwyane Wade is going back to the playoffs. The Miami Heat aren't going with him.
The field for the NBA postseason is set, with Wade and the Chicago Bulls claiming one of the last two available spots on the final night of the regular season. The other went to the Indiana Pacers, who downed the Atlanta Hawks.
The Bulls and Pacers winning eliminated the Heat, who finished 41-41 after beating Washington. Miami was 11-30 in the first half of the season, then 30-11 in the second half of the season.
Bulls clinch playoff spot with 112-73 rout over Nets
CHICAGO (AP) — Jimmy Butler is ready for the challenge of the postseason.
Butler scored 25 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the depleted Brooklyn Nets 112-73 in the regular-season finale to earn an Eastern Conference playoff spot on Wednesday.
Paul Zipser added a career-high 21 points off the bench as Chicago took advantage of a short-handed Brooklyn lineup to secure its first playoff appearance under coach Fred Hoiberg.
Iowa State gives Steve Prohm extension and raise.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has given coach Steve Prohm a contract extension and a raise.
The Cyclones announced Friday that Prohm's deal will now run through 2022 with an annual compensation of $2 million. Prohm was set to make $1.6 million next season and top out at $1.75 million in 2021 under his previous deal.
Iowa State also extended women's coach Bill Fennelly through 2022, though the terms of his deal remain unchanged.
Butler, second unit help Bulls beat Jazz 95-86
CHICAGO (AP) — Outside of the playoff picture and without Dwyane Wade for the remainder of the season, the Chicago Bulls were desperate for a source of energy.
They found it in their second unit.
Bobby Portis scored a career-high 22 points and Denzel Valentine notched his first career double-double to support Jimmy Butler's 23 points, and the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 95-86 on Saturday night.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg felt he needed to "shake things up" following a season-high, five-game losing streak that left his team on the outside looking in at the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Enter Rajon Rondo.
Rondo scored a season-high 20 points and had six assists and seven rebounds in his first start since Dec. 30 as the Bulls beat the Charlotte Hornets 115-109 on Monday night.
Batum out for Hornets; Rondo to start for Bulls
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jeremy Lamb will start at guard for the Hornets against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night with Nic Batum out with a migraine.
However, Charlotte center Frank Kaminsky will return after missing the past five games with a sprained shoulder.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg says Rajon Rondo will start in hopes of helping Chicago get off to a quicker start. Jerian Grant had been starting for the Bulls at point guard.