Stephen Curry scores 40 points as Warriors beat Bulls 119-93
Stephen Curry scored 40 points with nine 3-pointers as his old college coach from Davidson cheered him on, Draymond Green delivered another all-around effort, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Chicago Bulls 119-93 for their seventh straight win.
Spurs team selfie brings back shades of 2014 championship team
SAN ANTONIO – The Spurs celebrated Wednesday night’s huge comeback win over the Chicago Bulls in classic Spurs style, with a team selfie. Good Vibes Only 🍀🤟 pic.twitter.com/gUZkLffAy9 — San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 18, 2021Many Spurs fans replied to the pic saying the photo brought back shades of the Spurs team selfie that was taken during San Antonio’s last championship season in 2014. The stalwart guard in the longest-tenured Spurs player and his impact on this young Spurs team has been felt on and off the court. AdCheck out this team selfie posted on the Spurs official Twitter account after Wednesday's 23-point comeback win over Bulls. And if the Spurs keep winning, we could see more smiling team selfies in the future.
Poeltl has 20 points, 16 rebounds as Spurs rally past Bulls
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO – Jakob Poeltl tied a career high with 20 points and set one with 16 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs used a huge fourth quarter to beat the Chicago Bulls 106-99 on Wednesday night. The Spurs trailed by 23 in the second quarter and were down 58-40 after their lowest-scoring first half of the season. “We played two great defensive quarters in the second half, spurred on by Patty Mills' aggressiveness, and it just seemed to infect everybody else," coach Gregg Popovich said. Jakob had a wonderful game.”AdZach LaVine led Chicago with 29 points after scoring 40 the previous night in a win over Oklahoma City. One big difference for the Spurs in the second half was they went to a press.
U.S. tops 100 million Covid vaccine doses administered, 13% of adults now fully vaccinated
The United States on Friday topped 100 million Covid-19 vaccine doses administered, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 35 million people have been fully vaccinated, accounting for 13.5% of the adult U.S. population, according to the CDC. The milestone includes the 16.5 million vaccines administered under the Trump administration, but brings President Joe Biden closer to his goal of getting 100 million shots into arms in his first 100 days in office. There are now three Covid-19 vaccines that have received an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. Zients added that Moderna and Pfizer are both expected to deliver 200 million doses each of their vaccines by the end of May.cnbc.com
Embiid emerges as NBA MVP front-runner for East-best 76ers
FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid reacts after making a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Philadelphia. “The fans are always there for me when I play,” Embiid said. Ad“It’s nice to have a big guy in the MVP talk,” Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal told The Associated Press. AdHe is trying to become the first Sixer to win NBA MVP — the fans call it an MVBiid campaign — since Iverson in 2001. Nobody can guard you.’ I think that’s a big reason he’s having the season he’s having.”Morey, though, is fine with Embiid shooting from deep.
Embiid scores career-high 50 points to lead 76ers past Bulls
Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid reacts after a basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Philadelphia. Embiid scored a career-high 50 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 112-105 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. With the 76ers clinging to a 107-103 lead, Embiid blocked LaVine’s driving attempt with 1:02 remaining, then hit a 17-foot baseline jumper with 41 seconds left. Ad“Overall I thought the guys really competed, battled and hung in there,” Bulls coach Billy Donovan said. Voted an All-Star for the fourth consecutive season on Thursday, Embiid scored 25 first-half points in a variety of ways, seemingly however he wanted.
LaVine scores 46 points, Bulls hit 25 3s to beat Pelicans
Chicago Bulls' Zach LaVine dunks past New Orleans Pelicans' Lonzo Ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Chicago. LaVine scored a season-high 46 points, hitting nine of Chicago's franchise-record 25 3-pointers, and the Bulls cooled off the New Orleans Pelicans with a 129-116 victory Wednesday. LaVine and White became the first duo in NBA history to make at least eight 3s apiece in the same game, according to STATS. “We (were) due for a good team shooting night,” White said. Zion Williamson had 29 points for New Orleans, and Brandon Ingram finished with 21 points on 6-for-19 shooting.
Davis scores season-high 37 as Lakers beat Bulls 101-90
Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis, right, shoots against Chicago Bulls forward Thaddeus Young during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. Davis dominated with a season-high 37 points against his hometown team, LeBron James added 17 points and 11 rebounds and the Lakers beat the Chicago Bulls 101-90 on Saturday. Davis scored 26 points in the highest scoring half by a Laker this season as Los Angeles grabbed a 63-33 lead. Bulls: Chicago shot 39 about percent from the field and made 8 of 25 3-pointers. Bulls: Chicago hosts Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and the Celtics.
Bulls roll past Mavs 117-101 to end 4-game losing streak
Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) shoots over Dallas Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)DALLAS – Lauri Markkanen had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Garrett Temple scored 15 of his season-high 21 points in the second quarter and the Chicago Bulls ended a four-game losing streak with a 117-101 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. Markkanen, in his second game back after missing seven games because of COVID-19 protocols, was 10 of 19 from the field while recording season highs in points and rebounds. Mavericks: Dallas travel to the Raptors' temporary home in Tampa, Florida, on Monday in the second back-to-back of the season. The Mavericks lost at Chicago in the first game of their other back-to-back before winning at Houston.
Gilgeous-Alexander leads Thunder past Donovan, Bulls in OT
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) shoots between Chicago Bulls guard Garrett Temple (17) and forward Lauri Markkanen during overtime of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a career-high 33 points and dropped 10 assists to help Oklahoma City beat the Chicago Bulls and former Thunder coach Billy Donovan 127-125 in overtime Friday night. Donovan knew all too well how good Oklahoma City can be under challenging circumstances. ... Oklahoma City scored 19 points off Chicago's nine turnovers in the third quarter. ... Oklahoma City shot 56% in the third quarter and outscored the Bulls 37-27.
2 NBA games postponed as league considers update to health protocols
The NBA postponed two more games Monday citing the league's COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Tonight's matchup between the New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks and tomorrow's game between the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls have been postponed, the league said in a statement. League officials will discuss modifying the league's safety protocols with the player's union on Monday. If players test positive, the teams' training centers must also close. Four of 498 players have tested positive for COVID-19, the league announced last week.cbsnews.com
NBA calls off 2 more games over virus-related concerns
The league's general managers met Monday to discuss the virus situation, with involvement from the National Basketball Players Association. The Celtics would have been without seven players for virus-related issues for that game. Another three Heat players are on the injury list, raising the question if they will have the eight required players to start games. The two new postponements means four games so far have been called off due to virus-related matters. Philadelphia played at home against Denver on Saturday with seven players — eight were available — because of a combination of virus issues and injuries.
James, Davis back on court for Lakers as season draws near
The Lakers, who beat Miami to win the championship Oct. 11, start the new season against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night. Also on Wednesday, Chicago beat Oklahoma City 124-103, and Portland played at Denver. BULLS 124, THUNDER 103At Oklahoma City, the Bulls took control in the second quarter and didn’t let up. LaVine scored 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting in the first quarter while Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 for Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City couldn’t get into a flow, but part of that was because first-year coach Mark Daigneault gave minutes to 13 players.
For Donovan, job with Bulls 'came out of left field'
CHICAGO – The Chicago Bulls weren't on Billy Donovan's radar when he and the Oklahoma City Thunder parted ways after five successful seasons. So this kind of came out of left field for me.”The Bulls introduced Donovan as their coach on Thursday, two days after they announced they landed arguably the most attractive candidate on the market to help turn around a struggling team with new management. Donovan met in person with Karnisovas and Marc Eversley for 5 1/2 hours to get the process in gear. And when Donovan accepted the job, Karnisovas said, “I could not stop smiling.”Hiring Donovan was a rare big and bold move for the Bulls. Donovan said he was “taken aback” by Karnisovas' vision and is looking forward to “working hand in hand” with him.
Chicago Bulls hire Billy Donovan as coach, replaces Boylen
CHICAGO – The Chicago Bulls hired Billy Donovan as their coach Tuesday, landing one of the top candidates on the market to lead a rebuilding team with an overhauled front office. The Bulls also brought in general manager Marc Eversley to replace the fired Gar Forman, and they let Boylen go last month. Donovan went 243-157 as coach of the Thunder and reached the playoffs each year. Before his time with the Thunder, Donovan coached for 19 seasons at the University of Florida, winning two NCAA titles. “We are very pleased to welcome Billy and his family to the Chicago Bulls,” Karnisovas said.
The 1992 Olympic golf match Michael Jordan never forgot
In the summer of 1992, the United States sent 11 future members of the NBA Hall of Fame to represent the nation at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. A month earlier, the reigning back-to-back NBA Most Valuable Player had led the Chicago Bulls to their second consecutive championship. As a member of the 1992 Olympic "Dream Team," Jordan was coached by Chuck Daly, who also manned the bench for the Detroit Pistons. Daly's Pistons eliminated Jordan's Chicago Bulls from the NBA playoffs three straight times from 1988 to 1990. In this never-before-seen footage, Bradley asked both player and coach about a game of golf at the 1992 Olympics.cbsnews.com
ESPN's Michael Jordan documentary 'The Last Dance' drew an average of 6.1 million viewers
The first two episodes of ESPN's "The Last Dance," the documentary showcasing Michael Jordan's last season with the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls, averaged 6.1 million viewers Sunday night, ESPN said in a statement. It's also ESPN's highest rated telecast since the College Football Playoff National Championship game in January. Disney-owned ESPN moved up the 10-part documentary series to April from June after professional sports leagues postponed games en mass amid coronavirus concerns. Chicago had the highest TV rating (12.1) in an individual market, nearly doubling the next highest, Raleigh-Durham (6.5 rating). WATCH: ESPN moves up release of Michael Jordan documentary as coronavirus suspends live sportscnbc.com
ESPN reveals how it will move forward without live sports during coronavirus, including 'stunt event programming'
Magnus explained ESPN has two goals for planning future programming: The first is to continue to cover the active sports world, such as coronavirus effects and NFL free agency. The second goal is "aimed at looking ahead to entertain fans through fun, compelling archival content and/or themed and stunt event programming that will provide a diversion at a time that there are virtually no other live sports to watch," he said. ESPN is currently in discussions with leagues about the right to air classic games, Magnus said. In some instances, we aren't even the original rightsholder, which is the case for the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament, for example. Event programming will continue to be supplemented by ESPN live studio and news programming, plus original shows and films."cnbc.com
How do NBA players get big-money contracts? Not by focusing on dollar signs: Chicago Bulls performance guru
Wendy Borlabi, the Chicago Bulls' performance coach and a Ph.D. in clinical and sports psychology, pointed to the case of Jimmy Butler. You need to have a really great second contract. All players after being drafted are looking for the second contract," Borlabi said at the recent CNBC @Work Human Capital + Finance conference in Chicago. Butler turned down the Bulls' first offer when his second contract talks came, of $40 million over four years. Another example from Borlabi's work with Bulls' players that dispels myths about what motivates elite athletes: Former Bull Rajon Rondo, now a member of the Lakers.cnbc.com