Chicago Bulls gain playoff spot with Charlotte Bobcats loss

Apr 10, 2009 Read more: Chicago Tribune 95
For the second straight day, Tyrus Thomas made a bold statement about the Bulls ' playoff chances, which are official now that they have clinched at least an eighth seed in the Eastern Conference Friday night after Charlotte lost. Read more
Stratmaster

Memphis, TN

#21 Apr 11, 2009
Frank_S wrote:
My question is: What do the Bulls do with Luol Deng next year?
If everyone feels that Tyrus is finally starting to reach his potential, it would make little sense to put him on the bench behind Deng. I suppose the Bulls could let Gordon walk and then play Salmons at the shooting guard and have Deng play small forward.
Personally, I'd rather keep Gordon and have Deng traded.
You suppose correctly
boss tweed mummert

Forest Park, IL

#22 Apr 11, 2009
Well i predicted 3 months ago when everyone( with the possible exception of Nada) wanted Pax's head that the Bulls would make the playoffs. Tiffany's been wrong on everything. Go back to the Knickerbockers boards. Maybe Bill Bradley can go in and head up a team to buy that sorry a.. franchise and restore some sense into the Knicks. 1973 and Counting. the Knicks are becoming the Cubs of the NBA.
jmk

Boulder, CO

#23 Apr 11, 2009
Congrats on the playoff berth! They definitely deserve it. As for Boston as a possible first round match up, a huge factor is going to be Paul Pierce. Can we stop his bull-rushes to the basket, get him in foul trouble, and don't fall for that pump-fake. Offensively, we need to shoot lights out. A lot has to go right but they are beatable.
jhill

Tallassee, AL

#24 Apr 11, 2009
the problem with the bulls play of late is that it will not be allowed to continue in the playoffs. the nba referees will do the bulls no favors with foul calls and when the games get tight in crunch time, the bulls will be at a decided disadvantage. i have always thought that part of the genius of phil jackson during his coaching career is that he constantly is working the refs for his team, both during games and in post-game
news conferences. i have yet to see vinny del negro go to bat for derek rose. joakim noah, tyrus thomas, kirk hinrich or any of his other players that constantly get overlooked when they should get fouls called for them or unfairly called for fouls while playing good defense.
Stratmaster

Memphis, TN

#25 Apr 11, 2009
jhill wrote:
the problem with the bulls play of late is that it will not be allowed to continue in the playoffs. the nba referees will do the bulls no favors with foul calls and when the games get tight in crunch time, the bulls will be at a decided disadvantage. i have always thought that part of the genius of phil jackson during his coaching career is that he constantly is working the refs for his team, both during games and in post-game
news conferences. i have yet to see vinny del negro go to bat for derek rose. joakim noah, tyrus thomas, kirk hinrich or any of his other players that constantly get overlooked when they should get fouls called for them or unfairly called for fouls while playing good defense.
Good points, although I do think that Vinny is doing the right thing in treading lightly with Refs as a rookie coach. It isn't right, but just like players, you have to "earn" calls from the Refs and when rookies throw fits Refs don;t like it much. It took Hinrich a long time to learn to tone it down. noce never realized that he had screwed himself by constantly complaining in his first year in the league. Now that VDN has "playoffs appearance", however weak of one, in his resume' he hopefully will get more respect and be able to be more aggressive.
bullsfanatic

United States

#26 Apr 11, 2009
Whatever happens in the playoffs is a different story. Right now we are happy with the way our Bulls are playing and excited too. Barkley (round mound of the compound) and Kenny Smith (drunk/loser) will be sulking for their comments, TNT should get rid of these two LOOSERS!!!
bobbyw- albuquerque

United States

#27 Apr 11, 2009
I would like to see the Bulls to the 6th slot so they don't have to take on the top 2 teams. With their awesome confidence now and ability to defend gettng better I think they can benefit from this payoff season.
Darrell Griffith

Crystal Lake, IL

#28 Apr 11, 2009
Jean wrote:
Congratulations to all of us fans who support this team day and day out.
We will make some noise.
As has been noted previously on repeated occasions, it is fans that are content with mediocrity and support this team and invest in its products that institutionalize that mediocrity. Everyone is so blown away by the Kings trade; any one take the time to look and realize that this team has still lost more games than it has won? It has a long, long way to go, and it needs to add at least several more pieces and more bench strength. The better teams are way deeper, taller, and stronger.
bobbyw- albuquerque

United States

#29 Apr 11, 2009
jhill wrote:
the problem with the bulls play of late is that it will not be allowed to continue in the playoffs. the nba referees will do the bulls no favors with foul calls and when the games get tight in crunch time, the bulls will be at a decided disadvantage. i have always thought that part of the genius of phil jackson during his coaching career is that he constantly is working the refs for his team, both during games and in post-game
news conferences. i have yet to see vinny del negro go to bat for derek rose. joakim noah, tyrus thomas, kirk hinrich or any of his other players that constantly get overlooked when they should get fouls called for them or unfairly called for fouls while playing good defense.
Phil Jackson also had M.J., Scottie and a bunch of team players that used the triangle to awesome benefit. He was a major whiner when it came to officiating and Del Negro is less so. The bottom line is sitting at 6, 7 or 8 in the East is not reassuring to the Chicago fan base. Getting there is one thing, winning is totally different.
Dee

Las Vegas, NV

#30 Apr 11, 2009
Darrell Griffith wrote:
<quoted text>As has been noted previously on repeated occasions, it is fans that are content with mediocrity and support this team and invest in its products that institutionalize that mediocrity. Everyone is so blown away by the Kings trade; any one take the time to look and realize that this team has still lost more games than it has won? It has a long, long way to go, and it needs to add at least several more pieces and more bench strength. The better teams are way deeper, taller, and stronger.
I'll rather take the mediocrity with a playoff berth than last years mess.I hate pessimist. Don't post if you're not going to say anything positive.ANYWAY, good job to the Bulls on making the playoffs,I honestly knew they would since the end of last year. Any team we play will have a hard time i promise. As for the softest play in the NBA(Luol Deng) trade him in the summer to Portland for Travis Outlaw and Joel Prizhoweveryouspellit and a 1st rd pick.Done.Trade Kirk too,I like him but we need cap.Oh,and release Aaron Slow.
cwoulds

Lansing, IL

#31 Apr 11, 2009
...they will lose in the first round
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#32 Apr 11, 2009
ProfessorGAC wrote:
<quoted text>
Nada, don't encourage Tif. It just means he hangs around longer.
GAC
She's got nowhere to go.
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#33 Apr 11, 2009
neil wrote:
<quoted text> i'd trade deng he's useless and fragile alwasys on the DL
Always?
I think you'd better go look again.
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#34 Apr 11, 2009
Tiffany wrote:
Tyrus dont have a body,and he lets people dunk on him,and the celtics are gonna beat the bulls a$$es
The Knicks will be watching that series on TV.
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#35 Apr 11, 2009
Tiffany wrote:
Tyrus needs to get in the gym
As do you.
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#36 Apr 11, 2009
Tiffany wrote:
Im so sorry,but the bulls really dont have a chance at the celtics,sorry sweeties
The Knicks didn't have much of a chance at the playoffs this year, especially after they picked up that totally useless Larry Hughes-less.
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#37 Apr 11, 2009
Look what this idiot Tiffany posted on the Knicks board the other day...
"I wished they were in the playoff,i love my knicks,and im gonna stand behind them,maybe next year they will have a chance,mike did good by coaching the knicks and im sure he will do a even better job next year,he got the suns to the playoffs,he will do the same wit the knicks"

D'Antoni will be fired next year.
Carl

Salt Lake City, UT

#38 Apr 11, 2009
Frank_S wrote:
My question is: What do the Bulls do with Luol Deng next year?
If everyone feels that Tyrus is finally starting to reach his potential, it would make little sense to put him on the bench behind Deng. I suppose the Bulls could let Gordon walk and then play Salmons at the shooting guard and have Deng play small forward.
Personally, I'd rather keep Gordon and have Deng traded.
Yes--Gordon is a great scorer, a fearless driver to the rim. Deng plays a soft game and still gets injured WAY too much.
Nada Surf

B M Goldwater A F Range, AZ

#39 Apr 11, 2009
Carl wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes--Gordon is a great scorer, a fearless driver to the rim. Deng plays a soft game and still gets injured WAY too much.
What Gordon are you talking about?
We're talking about Chicago's Ben.
Bennie Bricks.

Since: Mar 09

Fort Wayne, IN

#40 Apr 11, 2009
I'll never understand why fans are so quick to jump on Deng. Yes, he has been hurt this year, but he's averaged under 9 games missed/year before now, and he's got an 82-start season under his belt already.
Yes, he's been slow to adjust to Derrick's game (and his new contract), but if this guy has proven anything, it's that he's a proud professional. He knows what he has to do this summer, and I have no doubt he'll be back next year. Look at his January numbers this year, until his leg started to bother him again (look at his February numbers and try to tell me he hasn't been playing through pain).
Bottom line is, I've been as disappointed with Lu as anyone, but I feel like you're writing him off waaayy to quickly. The same exact jerks who never actually watch Bulls games were calling for Ben's head as recently as two months ago, and now you're on here saying we should keep him and dump Lu. Simply stated, Lu at his best is worth his contract, while Ben at his best is not worth what he's asking for.

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