Apr 192011

Rose nets 36 – All-Star guard scores 14 in 4th quarter to put Pacers away, but knows the team must play better

The last time the Bulls worked this late with such a critical result hanging in the balance, Derrick Rose landed in their laps.

It’s been close to three years since the Bulls cashed in 1.7 percent odds to vault from the ninth spot and land the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA’s annual draft lottery, which occurred at halftime of a 2008 playoff run for which they failed to qualify.

TV scheduling placed them as the second game of Monday’s doubleheader, which meant the bounty that luck produced–Derrick Rose–and his Bulls teammates played until 11:25 p.m. local time in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Pacers.

And when the last shot had been missed and last turnover committed, the Bulls outlasted the Pacers 96-90 in an ugly, physical game that gave them a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 3 is Thursday night in Indianapolis.

Rose scored 14 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter to help the Bulls pull away in the final period for the second straight game and survive 22 turnovers and 38.6 percent shooting.

“We’re very happy to be here and wouldn’t take anything back,” Rose said. “But our play has to get better. We have to be more smooth and efficient, especially on the defensive end. We have to try harder. I feel like we’re going to get things together pretty quickly.

~ Wait for it…Yep they won, he blew smoke & winked atchya :) Click image for full story…

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John Paxson, Gar Forman (on phone), Tom Thibodeau and Jerry Reinsdoft arrive. (AP / Phil Long)

~By Chris Hine

CLEVELAND — The Bulls got the last at-bats Saturday on the final day of the three-day LeBron-athon, with their contingent scheduled to meet with the free-agent superstar after the Cavaliers had their turn.

Cavs officials, including coach Byron Scott, arrived first at the IMG building shortly before 11 in a van and SUV. The crowd got excited and threw powder in the air when a white SUV arrived soon afterward, but James wasn’t inside. He arrived in a silver Mercedes and the crowd didn’t seem to realize he was in it. James entered the building dressed in a black T-shirt and shorts.

The Cavaliers’ meeting with James ran about two hours — a little longer than expected — and in brief remarks to the media, general manager Chris Grant said it went well and that he was glad LeBron chose Cleveland as the site of his meetings.

After the Cavs left, the Bulls arrived, including new coach Tom Thibodeau, GM Gar Forman, John Paxson and Jerry Reinsdorf. They donned jackets, but no ties. The Bulls didn’t park in the parking garage where the other teams parked; so they had to cross the road … ala the Beatles in Abbey Road.

The Bulls met with LeBron for about three hours (12:15 p.m. to 3:14 p.m. CT), before leaving in two SUVs to a chorus of boos from Cleveland fans who were waiting outside.

The Bulls left without saying a word, but Thibodeau left with a smile on his face. Unlike the other suitors, the Bulls did not cart any visual aids or equipment.

On Friday, the Knicks met with him for 2 hours and 50 minutes.

In what may be their last effort to show support for James, Cavaliers fans made their way downtown to greet James and Cavaliers executives as they prepared for their 11 a.m. (Eastern time) meeting.

A rough estimate put the crowd at a couple hundred fans — and they were indeed fans, not Cavaliers employees like the previous two days. There was even a couple of people dressed in Santa Claus outfits, for some reason.

The crowd was chanting “LBJ” and got one chant of “Noah sucks” going, in reference to the Bulls’ Joakim Noah, who was critical of Cleveland during last season’s playoffs.

“We’ve done some amazing things the last five years,” assistant GM Lance Blanks Grant said after the meeting. “We won a lot of games and went deep into the playoffs, but we’re not satisfied with anything we’re doing. We think it’s pretty incredible that LeBron chose to have these meetings in Cleveland, at his home.”

After James and the Cavs officials went inside, the fans were informed that they should return around 3 p.m., when James would be departing.

“Without him, we won’t be anything,” said 20-year-old Jordan Martin, who came downtown to support James with his father and three brothers. “If he leaves, the team and the city won’t be the same.”

Tribune News Services contributed

Jul 022010

FOX Chicago News

For a few hours, the NBA web site was selling a number 6 James Chicago Bulls jersey

Chicago – The NBA may know something about the LeBron James sweepstakes that we don’t. For a couple of hours Thursday, the NBA store was offering a Chicago Bulls road jersey with James and the number six on it.

None of the other teams involved in the bidding for James were offering similar jerseys. Though the site allows anyone to customize a jersey, the default normally appears as Player 00, not a specific name and number, according to Yahoo! Sports .

James filed papers with the league in March to change his number from 23 to six. He apparently likes the number six since it was his number on the U.S. Olympic team and the one he wears in practice every day.

Michael Jordan wore the number 23 on the Bulls; his jersey has been retired.

James is a free agent being courted by many teams, including the Chicago Bulls. He has said he will make a decision on where he will play next year by July 5.

NBA Sells LeBron Bulls Jersey, Briefly | Originally Reported by MyFoxChicago.com