RealClearSports
Advertisement

Bulls the Real Deal on Defense

AP Photo

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Watching the Bulls-Heat series might make Dan Gilbert pine for two things.

One is within the Cavaliers' control. The other is LeBron James.

Hoping James will return after next season is understandable. It's probably even more than a schoolgirl fantasy. It also raises the prospect of a second public humiliation, this one presumably without a TV show and Jim Gray as the question-popping proxy on behalf of James' suitors.

The Cavs pursue that at their own risk. The surer thing is specific to the Chicago Bulls, who long ago moved past modern NBA fraternization with Miami and have now entered a period of open hostilities.

We keep hearing defense is the reason the Cavs hired Mike Brown again. Fine, I guess. But no Brown team ever played...

Read Full Article »

Recommended Articles

Rose Critics Can Learn From Grant Hill

Jonathan Mahler, Bloomberg View - May 8, 2013

The longer the Chicago Bulls stay alive in the NBA playoffs, the louder the clamoring will grow for the return of their injured budding superstar, Derrick Rose. Before the din becomes overwhelming, critics should remember the... more »

Heat Rebound in Record Fashion

Dave Hyde, South Florida Sun Sentinel - May 9, 2013

First came the drive, the first time LeBron James touched the ball. Then came the resolve, as Chicago's Jimmy Butler and Joakim Noah met him in the lane for the first time. Finally, came the message, as he muscled in the night's... more »

He's a Little Man But a Big Entertainer

Kevin Craft, The Atlantic - May 7, 2013

It's always fun to pull for the "little guy" in sports, and in basketball, this is something of a literal truth. In a sport that prizes vertical motion and therefore naturally rewards seven-foot behemoths whose height puts them... more »

Bulls' Biggest Failing Is Lack of Dignity

Rick Morrissey, Chicago Sun-Times - May 9, 2013

MIAMI — If you embarrass a team as good as the Heat in a playoff game, you will pay for it the next time. That’s inevitable — perhaps not death-and-taxes inevitable, but close.   So there was going to be a comeuppance for... more »