SI's Lee Jenkins talks Bulls, Rose on CTL

SI's Lee Jenkins talks Bulls, Rose on CTL

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
8:40 PM

Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins called into Chicago Tribune Live Tuesday evening to discuss his recent feature on Derrick Rose.

On Derrick Rose's transformation into a superstar:

"I did an interview with him a couple years ago and it was 45 minutes and I spent 35 of them talking to myself. So this time around, you could tell he's really come out of his shell a lot. He's still very unassuming, especially by current NBA superstar's standards, but compared to where he was, he's a lot more confident and you can see some of those leadership qualities starting to surface. And that might be part of the next frontier for him."
On the perception of the Bulls around the NBA:

"I think people are starting to take them seriously as a contender. It's sort of been a slow build here. I don't think people really felt that way until just recently. That Rose is capable of doing for them what all the elite players--the Kobe Bryants, the LeBron James'--are capable of doing for their teams. And just being around them a little. They play so hard, and they play so well together. A couple of players were saying--veteran guys--that they've never been on a team or seen a team where everybody had a more defined role. Everybody knows exactly when they're going in...Tom Thibodeau's done just an incredible job with the defense for one, but also with letting these guys get comfortable and play their games. To me, I think they're a real sleeper. I still feel they might be a piece away, but they way they play, they really could make some noise.

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Five Things to Watch: Bulls visit Bucks in final regular season meeting on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls visit Bucks in final regular season meeting on CSN

Watch as the Bulls take on the Toronto Raptors tonight on CSN and streaming live on Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Can the Bulls get one on the Bucks? The Bulls are 0-3 against the Bucks so far this season and it hasn't been pretty. The Bucks have won the previous three meetings all by double digits and by an average of 19 points. The youth and athleticism of the Bucks has been a tough matchup for the Bulls so far.

2. Containing Giannis. There may be no stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo, but the Bulls can at least try to contain him. Antetokounmpo is averaging 23 points and nearly nine rebounds per game. In three games against the Bulls this year he has averaged 29 points, 10 rebounds and 7.3 assists per contest. If the Bulls are to stay in the game, they will need to keep him to numbers lower than that.

3. Playoff implications. The Bulls playoff hopes are still alive with nine games remaining, but things are looking a bit bleak. The Bulls are a game and a half out of the eighth playoff spot, but only 3.5 games behind two teams tied for the No. 5 seed, the Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks have won three in a row to improve their position.

4. Mirotic on a roll. Streaky play is nothing new to Nikola Mirotic, but he's on a good run currently. After scoring a season-high 28 points on Wednesday against the Pistons, Mirotic followed that up with 15 points against the 76ers. Since missing three straight games earlier this month, Mirotic has scored in double figures in five of the last seven games and is averaging 15.6 points during that stretch.

5. Beginning of a tough stretch. The Bulls' playoff hopes could be made or broken in the next three games. After taking on the Bucks, which occupy a playoff spot, the Bulls host two more Eastern Conference playoff teams in Cleveland and Atlanta. The Bulls need to string some wins together and this is not an easy stretch to do so against.

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Former Bulls center Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's anti-drug policy

Former Bulls center Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's anti-drug policy

The NBA announced Saturday that it has suspended former Bulls and current Knicks center Joakim Noah for 20 games without pay for violating the league's anti-drug policy.

He tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement called selective androgen receptor modulator LGD-4033, which is prohibited under the current collective bargaining agreement but would not have been under the new CBA starting next year, according to ESPN's Marc Spears.

It was announced in February that Noah would miss the remainder of the season with a left knee injury. His suspension will carry over into the 2017-18 campaign with only 10 games left this year.

Noah averaged 5.0 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per game in 46 games in his first of a four-year, $72 million contract with the Knicks.