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Word on the Street: Jackson believes Heat will win 72

Word on the Street: Jackson believes Heat will win 72

Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010
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Phil Jackson: Heat could break Bulls record

Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Thursday that his Lakers can't break the 72-10 regular season record set by his 199596 Bulls team, despite their white-hot 8-0 start. However, Jackson said he believes that the star-studded Miami Heat can.

"I think this Miami team could," Jackson said. "I mean, they are talented enough to do that. They may not be deep enough yet, or have all their persons in place...If they stay together, they have a good chance. They have a very talented team." (LA Times)

Ricketts wants 200 million in Wrigley upgrades

Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts is asking the state for 200 million worth of renovations at Wrigley Field to help ensure the ballpark will survive as the home of the Cubs for the next 35 years. The Ricketts family has promised that the money will not be financed by new or increasing taxes. Rather, the family wants the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority to float as much as 300 million in bonds which will be paid over the next 35 years through already-in-place amusement taxes. (ChicagoBreakingBusiness)

Noah on Garnett: 'I don't like him'

It's no secret that Bulls' center Joakim Noah isn't a big fan of Boston's Kevin Garnett; but apparently he used to be. Noah told "The Waddle & Silvy Show" that he used to be a big fan of Garnett - he even had a poster of him in his room. But now Noah says that Garnett is just "mean," particularly towards particular players.

"And he was very mean to me my rookie year. And he's only mean to the young guys and the European players, for some reason. I don't know why, but that's who he doesn't like. He's not nice. I talk a lot of trash out there, but c'mon, be a little sensitive. Be sweet," said Noah. (Load O' Bull - Chicago Now)

Castro prepares for Dominican League

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is preparing to begin play in the Dominican Winter League for Leones de Escogido, a squad coached by former Cub outfielder Moises Alou. Castro hit .300 over 125 games in his first season with the Cubs and, while his offense was impressive, he also committed 27 errors. His defense is something that Castro says he wants to work on this winter.

"I came to work on my defense, primarily on my throw to first base," Castro said.(MLB.com)

Dye wants to play in 2011

Former White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye, a free agent who sat out the entire 2010 season, says he intends to play again in 2011. The 2005 World Series MVP, who is representing himself rather than using an agent, says he has been contacted by three teams; the Phillies, Rays, and Rockies.

When asked if money was an issue, Dye said, 'No, not at all. I just want to play for a contender and am open to playing other positions. But I wont do a minor league deal.'" (FoxSports)
Ex-Bull Nocioni fined 25,000

Ex-Bulls forward Andres Nocioni was fined 25,000 by the NBA for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands in the first quarter of the 76ers 109-103 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday night. The fine was announced Thursday by Stu Jackson, the NBA executive vice president of basketball operation. (ChicagoBreakingSports)

Jim Boylen takes positive approach to injuries, Bulls' disappointing season

Jim Boylen takes positive approach to injuries, Bulls' disappointing season

One thing that has stood out throughout this disappointing Bulls season is Jim Boylen’s positivity.

Following most every game, he has highlighted in-game moments that he feels are signs of progress, even if they’re as basic as winning a quarter. He has praised players for their care factor and development.

The approach, like many of Boylen’s, has bothered some fans and observers. Perhaps not to the degree that his late-game timeout usage or rotational decisions or systems have, but the trait has caused some angst nonetheless.

It also stands in contrast to when Boylen first took over for the fired Fred Hoiberg. You remember his “shock and awe” campaign, the one where he openly questioned his players’ conditioning, made them do push-ups and in general sounded like a drill sergeant.

But the approach has at least served Boylen well as the Bulls have endured yet another stretch of injuries that has bordered on ridiculous. Wendell Carter Jr. is aiming for a Saturday return, while Otto Porter Jr. and Lauri Markkanen are trending in the right direction.

But the Bulls weren’t expecting to be playing two-way player Adam Mokoka rotational minutes in February, particularly alongside Cristiano Felicio and Shaq Harrison.

“What I’ve learned to do from people I’ve worked for and from being in this business is I take it as it comes,” Boylen said following Thursday’s practice at Advocate Center. “I try to stay in the moment, do the best I can to help this team get better and grow. I do not worry about tomorrow and I try to stay right in where we’re at. And where we’re at right now is banged up.

“I cannot wallow in that negativity or the things I can’t control. Otherwise, I don’t do as good a job on that floor teaching the guys that are practicing and are playing and staying positive and upbeat. And that’s what I get paid to do. I take a lot of pride in my attitude in these moments. That’s what this league is about to me. It’s easy when your team is healthy and you’re playing good and you’re winning games. But a lot of us in the league right now are going through these moments. And that’s part of it.”

So Boylen will continue stressing whatever he sees as positive, trying to set an example for his young team. On Thursday, that featured more talk of the Bulls’ shot profile. The Bulls rank second in shots from 5 feet or less and ninth in 3-point attempts.

“We have areas on the floor that we really value. A rim-2, which is right at the rim in the restricted area, or a corner 3, those are your highest-valued shots. Then you have a mid shot and an above-the-break 3. There are four distinct areas that we talk about,” Boylen said. “You would like more of the rim-twos and the corner 3s because those are the most valuable shots.”

The next step is converting them. The Bulls rank 26th in shots from 5 feet or less and 22nd in 3-point percentage.

“You hope to make those good looks you get. You hope to finish plays at the rim. And we’re working to do that,” Boylen said. “And that’s strength and youth and toughness and all those things we’re developing, You would say Coby White’s finishing has improved dramatically as he’s grown in the system. Our shot profile is very good.”

At 19 games under .500, that’s more positivity from Boylen.

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Bulls Talk Podcast: More injuries for the Bulls & storylines around the NBA

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Bulls Talk Podcast: More injuries for the Bulls & storylines around the NBA

Host Jason Goff is joined by those entire NBCS Chicago Bulls beat, including insider KC Johnson, sideline reporter Leila Rahimi, and writer Rob Schaefer. They discuss the mounting injuries the Bulls have and go into the main storylines around the association.

(2:07) - Covering a hurt Bulls team

(9:30) - What do you make of Lauri Markkanen so far?

(21:35) - Rockets small ball is working

(32:50) - The Sixers have issues

(42:42) - Do NBA fans care about the historic regular season the Bucks are having?

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