Dirk Nowitzki


Compared to the Eastern Conference, in which there’s a clear hierarchy — the upper-echelon teams (Indiana and Miami), the middle-class clubs (Chicago, Toronto and Washington) and a jumble of squad


Four players will start this year’s All-Star Game for the first time, and four more will make their first appearances in the annual exhibition set for Feb. 16 in New Orleans.


By Mark Maxwell

Just three days removed from Christmas, it was a silent night in the Bulls locker room following a 105-83 loss at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks.


A sign above the Bulls locker room reads: Energy – Focus – No Excuses.