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Joakim Noah says Bulls would’ve won 2012 NBA title if Derrick Rose had been healthy

Joakim Noah says Bulls would’ve won 2012 NBA title if Derrick Rose had been healthy

Former Bulls center Joakim Noah recently appeared on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast to talk his NBA career with the Bulls and Knicks and what’s next for the 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year. The two-time NBA All-Star and national champion had a few things to say about his time with the Bulls, including that he believes the Bulls could’ve won the 2012 NBA title if Derrick Rose had been healthy.

Bulls fans remember it all too well. In Game 1 against the 76ers Derrick Rose goes down, injuring his left knee and leaving the Bulls without their point guard. Noah says that if D-Rose didn’t get hurt, the Bulls “would be holding that trophy up. In my mind, still to this day, there’s no question.”

The hosts discussed the Tom Thibodeau era Bulls and how many believed he pushed players too hard during the regular season, leaving the team drained and injured in the playoffs. While Noah says he personally didn’t feel that way about Thibodeau, he does concede things would’ve been different if it hadn’t been for the injuries.

“[Thibodeau] is the best, he is a warrior. We were so close, but the injuries kind of derailed it. I look back at those years and we were right there. I’ve got nothing but love for all those guys…we were almost at the promised land and it didn’t go down. It’s easier to look back now with the injuries and talk about what didn’t go well, but the truth is we were right there, we almost got the chip if it wasn’t for the injuries.”

The 34-year-old Noah played for the Bulls from 2007 to 2016, playing 572 games. He then signed a four-year deal with the Knicks for $72 million, a deal many consider a bad move after Noah needed multiple surgeries and served a 20-game league suspension for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy. The Knicks released Noah in 2018 and he played the remainder of the season with the Grizzlies, where he averaged 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds.

After recovering from injury over the summer, he is currently unsigned by an NBA but has been open about wanting to keep playing. When asked on the pod if he was retired, Noah plainly responded, “No I am not.” Here’s hoping Noah will be able to find a team that is the right fit.

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Pacers GM Chad Buchanan pulls out of consideration for Bulls' front office job

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Pacers GM Chad Buchanan pulls out of consideration for Bulls' front office job

Chad Buchanan has worked closely and successfully with Kevin Pritchard at two NBA franchises, including their current situation with the Indiana Pacers. Pritchard currently serves as the Pacers' president of basketball operations, Buchanan the general manager.

Ultimately, that comfort level and a strong personal situation led Buchanan to wanting to stay put in Indiana. Buchanan, one of Bulls president Michael Reinsdorf’s four initial interview targets to run basketball operations in a new-look front office, conveyed his desire to stay, according to a source. The Athletic’s Shams Charania first reported the news.

The Bulls remain hopeful to receive permission to interview Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas, Raptors general manager Bobby Webster and Heat vice president of basketball operations/assistant general manager Adam Simon. Reinsdorf’s goal is to build a front office with depth, and whomever is hired to head Bulls’ basketball operations could make additional hires and be charged with overhauling the scouting department.

Executive vice president John Paxson, who largely initiated the need to modernize the front office, is expected to remain in an advisory role. However, Paxson has made clear to ownership he’s willing to play as large or as small a role as the new head of basketball operations desires.

The future of general manager Gar Forman, who largely has been moved to a scouting position, could be determined by the new hire.

As previously reported, Reinsdorf remains a fan of coach Jim Boylen. However, whomever the Bulls hire to run basketball operations will have full authority, including ultimately deciding the coaching staff’s future.

One rising force in the Bulls’ front office who is expected to be safe is assistant general manager Steve Weinman, a source said. He has made an impression not only internally but among rival league executives for his salary cap acumen and knowledge of the collective bargaining agreement.

It’s Reinsdorf’s goal to have the hire in place before a possible resumption of the 2019-20 season that has been suspended due to the COVID-19 virus. Most league observers believe any potential resumption is multiple weeks if not months away, and there is some planning for the potential loss of the balance of the season.

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Report: NBA and ESPN planning a televised H-O-R-S-E competition

Report: NBA and ESPN planning a televised H-O-R-S-E competition

The NBA and ESPN are teaming up to plan a televised H-O-R-S-E competition among "several high-profile players," according to reporting by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

It's the latest in a line of creative ideas from the NBA and ESPN to fill the void left by the indefinite suspension of live sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Friday night, ESPN broadcast the first half of the first round of a players-only NBA 2K20 tournament, to run through April 11.

No details have emerged as it relates to a timeline of events, which players would participate or what the format of the H-O-R-S-E competition would be.

Players would trade trick shots virtually, according to Wojnarowski. Many NBA players undoubtedly have private home gyms or courts from which they could safely compete.

This isn't the first time the NBA has waded into the H-O-R-S-E waters. In 2009 and 2010, H-O-R-S-E was broadcast on TNT as a regular part of All-Star weekend festivities before being cancelled in 2011 (Kevin Durant won the competition both years). And understandably so. This matchup, between Durant and Rajon Rondo, devolved into a standstill 3-point contest narrated by a boisterous Charles Barkley:

That event was a reclamation of a 32-player H-O-R-S-E tournament the league broadcast on CBS during the 1977-78 season, which Paul Westphal won over Rick Barry. Barry made the finals as a replacement for an injured Pete Maravich, who absolutely trounced his way through the tourney. 

At least there was some creativity back then:

Of course, all of the league's past H-O-R-S-E experiments were held in person with fans in attendance. It remains to be seen how they'll look to spice up this iteration of the competition.

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