Today is the start of a new day

So says DRose at USA Basketball training camp, AKA “DRose Returns Part 55,” as the exacting eyes of the entire world were on Derrick yesterday in Vegas. It’s reported that he walked, sat on a chair, tied his shoes, ran up and down the floor (got winded), talked to Thibs, dunked the ball, and I think drank some water.

That Derrick. He does it all.

There’s been a lot of frustration these past few years, among the Bulls fan base, and this is likely not the first time you’ve heard about it. He has played 49 games in three years, and got paid zillions.

Yet injuries happen. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, but this will be THE LAST time. The one who should be most frustrated is DRose.

Yet it seems like he’s had his fair share of therapy, and is saying all the right things.

“I get rest. I don’t have the whole team on my back. I’ve got other great players out there to take that pressure off. So my job is to bring energy to the game and play defense.”

“Being smart with my speed, instead of just running wild out there and being smart, becoming a smarter player. But I’m mad it took seven years to learn.”

DRose is 25, and he’s a bit upset about his seven-year learning curve, but the fact that he’s starting to figure it out now seems like cause for rejoicing.

I applaud his attitude, his perseverance and team leadership. During that same interview at “DRose Returns Part 55” training camp, Derrick said that he has too many positives going his way, namely, his son and his family.

Talk is cheap, though, and we’re two days into this, so there’s a long long way to go with the Bulls’ 2014-2015 pursuit of Championship #7. But this year, things are gonna be a little different.

GarPax are (is?) not going to take any chances with assuming it’s all Derrick all the time any more. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. With the offseason additions, namely a World Champion with an incredible “pedigree” as Jo puts it, in Pau Gasol, plus the rooks (McDermott, Bairstow), plus Taj who should be a starter but now won’t be a starter because of Pau, but he’ll win sixth man. Well, that’s not such a shabby group

If the worst happened (dare I say injury #3, and I’m not talking about my stress fracture) – the Bulls could still make a respectable run.

If all remain healthy, well, I’m afraid to type it…I best just quote Joakim himself:

“Every day I work out, that’s all I think about…is just how great that party would be after we win the championship.”

To experience just what we can expect during the impending celebration, if you dare, take a look at Joakim Noah Busts a Move. (Was that too much?)

Does the idea that I might have to watch two and a half hours of the USA Basketball training camp this evening indicate just how anxious I am for this season to get started? Good thing we have this FIBA World Cup coming up at the end of August into September, or I would be beside myself!

The team is in place.* Thibs is busy barking orders in Vegas, getting his voice all geared up. Tony Snell has evidently learned how to eat even more than me. Cinjo is re-acclimating herself to this concept of blogging.

Get ready to See Red and Go Bulls!

Pre-season games start in just about two months.

*Note – the Bulls are not getting Kevin Love. What LeBron wants, LeBron gets. Sigh. Why can’t Cleveland move to the Atlantic Division? Philly would fit in rather nicely around here in the Central.


An MVP, two guys from Spain and the Captain

The Bulls, Thibs, Bulls fans didn’t end up acquiring the Superstars who could have undoubtedly led the team to the 2015 NBA championship. No Melo. No Cinjo.

Everyone is having a difficult time getting over the loss, but is it a loss when you never even had Melo to begin with? I know, I know, you’re not supposed to end a sentence with a preposition. But money talks, and the $50 million or whatever extra he gets with the Knicks. Well, that equates to about a million to me. Take the money and run, I say.

Within two days from finding out the Bulls lost in the Melo Sweepstakes, they managed to establish their starting lineup, with poor Taj taking his place back on the bench as sixth man to make room for Pau Gasol. FYI – Pau, he’s Spanish.

Taj seemed to have broken into the starting lineup, at least for the summer, but team guy that he is, Taj will accept his role as sixth man (of the year) during the upcoming season.

Probable starting lineup: DRose, Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah.

But FYI, Nikola Mirotic, who is coming over from Spain, where he has played for Real Madrid up until now. Well, he’s not a Spaniard, but he was playing in Spain. This distinction is important, lest anyone accuse me of getting my facts wrong. Mirotic is from Montenegro, umm, a different country.

DRose is the Bulls’ biggest acquisition. A distinction should also be made here. A healthy DRose who plays all 82 regular season games and the playoffs, Eastern Conference Finals and NBA Finals – he’s the Bulls’ most significant 2014-2015 “acquisition.”

Captain Kirk re-signs, for a hometown discount, although much to the dismay of many Bulls fans. They wanted last year’s season saver, D.J. Augustin, but the Bulls couldn’t have paid him as much as he got in Detroit anyway. And the Captain is one of poor Coach Thibs’ favorites. Since Thibs seems to be taking the “loss” of Melo the hardest of anyone, I think GarPax cut him a break and brought the Captain back.

Like Avis, it will be another year of “we try harder,” as there’s no Melo with 30 to 40 points/night.

But I imagine that Thibs is already drawing up plays to include all of these big men, as there seem to be zillions of them.

The question remains – how, when and where will the points come from? Learn more about it on the next episode of Unsolved Mysteries.

Yes, I watched the Vegas Summer League game last night, with Doug McDermott and his 31 points and Tony Snell and his three-pointers. I caught the Thibs interview, where he still sounded a bit dejected. Thibs, don’t worry, I’ll cheer you up at the USA Basketball game in August.

The landscape of the Central Division has certainly changed, and so have our Bulls. While our hated opponents (the Heat) will have to remain enemies, it’s not going to be as easy to muster up the rage with our pal Luol Deng on the team.

I’d rather view the way the Eastern Conference is unfolding as an opportunity. Because our Bulls are sure looking a lot stronger than they did at this time last year.

July 1, 2014 – An Important Day in Chicago Basketball

NBA Free Agency begins today, and the Bulls are to host Carmelo Anthony here in CHI, or what used to be CHI, if the city hasn’t become part of Lake Michigan following yesterday’s rain storms. If he chooses based on weather, we don’t have a chance.

Oh, and ICYMI, DRose is still not recruiting. So despite the fact that it’s three years later, and only 50 games have been played, he continues to be a PR disaster for our Bulls. Sigh. If he wasn’t such a good player, back in 2011, I would actually be getting a bit frustrated. Actions speak louder than words, so we’ll give him a chance on the floor, but here’s some advice: “Shut up!”

And really big news in Bulls basketball, their # 1 fan and wannabe star player, Cindy Joy “Cinjo” Olsen gets to remove the orthopedic shoe, which Dr. Kelikian has had me wearing since around the time our Bulls defeated those evil other guys (the Heat) – on Sunday, March 9, 2014, aka “The Best Day of My Life.”

So things are looking up, with me back on the court, Melo coming into the Bulls fold, and the arrival of Dougie McBuckets. Not sure how long Jimmer Time will last, but the Bulls are on their way back, and reinforcements are arriving, slowly but surely.

Counting down the days until the 2014-2015 season begins, and here’s the starting lineup for your Chicago Bulls:



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