Dirk Nowitzki


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.


Whatever the Bulls gained by two straight wins over the Cavaliers and Nets, most of it likely was lost in a disappointing 105-83 loss to the Mavericks Saturday night at the United Center.


Rick Carlisle knows that whoever the Bulls play with tonight at the United Center -- Luol Deng is still listed as a game-time decision -- it'll be a scrappy fight against one of the league's best