It's been a frustrating watch through the season's first 50 games, but there's at least one overriding positive as the Bulls get ready for the stretch run: Derrick Rose's game is coming back.
The stars come out in Los Angeles and the Lakers have played easy fodder for visiting teams, even during Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour.
Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant spent seven seasons together in Los Angeles, where they helped the Lakers capture two NBA titles in 2009 and 2010.
Both of them haven't forgotten.
It's a rarity for Michael Jordan, perhaps sports' greatest competitor, to dole out compliments.
The NBA season is an 82-game grind, so one game usually doesn’t hold much more weight than the other.