From Hunger to Starvation: James Double-Double Deprives Bulls’ First Season Victory

LeBron James 34 points, 13 assists are just too much for the hungry Bulls to swallow.

Facing the Cavs with two losses, Chicago Bulls were drove by hunger for victory evidenced by their huge 1st quarter performance. The Bulls started sizzling hot and opened the game with a 7-0 run. Lauri Markkanen, playing for about 3 minutes already made two 3 pointers, stretching their lead 12-2 with only LeBron  scoring for the Cavs since the start.
Markkanen still on fire beyond the arc, hitting his 3rd triple whilst LeBron hits two three pointers for the Cavs, yet Cleveland is still way behind the Bulls at the end of the quarter, 38-28.
The Cavs started coming back slowly right after the 2nd quarter started, they got as close as 37-41. After a quiet minute, with neither teams able to score, LeBron drives through the defense triggered by Wade’s assist to draw and finish a 3-point play. The Cavs are only 2 points behind 47-49.
Bulls neutralized the comeback of the Cavs by another trey from Markkanen followed by another from Paul Zipser. Nevertheless, the Cavs didn’t let the Bulls breakaway once again as LeBron and kyle Korver made threes to equal Bulls main weapon – Markkanen. It was still the Bulls up at the half but only with one possession, 68-65.
Jae Crowder launches a trey to force a deadlock at 72 and finally taking the lead by a Tristan Thompson layup and another trey by JR Smith. It is now the Cavs who are pulling away from the Bulls. Crowder fires up another three pointer that brought the Cavs up to as much as 84 -75.

But neither team wants to give up the victory, the Bulls, led by Holiday took the lead back as they enter the 4th quarter 92-91.
Kevin Love opened the final quarter with a lead taking three pointer followed by a Jeff Green layup from James assist. It was a close game still but the Bulls only have the firepower to keep up but could not boost enough for another comeback. It was all just a series of exchange of baskets and the Bulls failed to close the final gap the Cavs had established. 
The game ended 119-112 for the Cavs.

Scores:

Cavaliers 119 – James 34, Love 20, Crowder 11, Thompson 5, Smith 3, bench – 46

Bulls 112 – Holiday 25, Markkanen 19, Grant 12, Lopez 11, Zipser 11, bench – 34

Cleveland Cavaliers VS Chicago Bulls Full Game Highlights | Oct 24 2017 | NBA Season 2017-18

False Sense of Certainty: Cleveland Unleashes True-Form for a Shameful Loss

The lineup was in a form of a relentless monster ready to crash any team standing on its way. Or so it seemed? 

Lebron taking a jump shot during Chicago Match

Cavs let their true starters play against Chicago Bulls. But it turned out to be a very unfortunate loss on their part, not just because they are now at 0-4, but LeBron and the new superstars in this ‘stronger Cavs’ failed to shake the whole world on their first full-throttle push. 

Despite the miserable-looking outcome, it isn’t that shocking for it also happened with OKC’s big three, Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony when they all had a bad performance with their match against Melbourne United.
Bulls were in control all throughout the 48 minutes, outscoring the Cavs in every quarter. To overthrow the said to be the east’s most immovable object, 108-94.
Kevin Love only delivered one of four of his three-point attempts, and that was his only field goal out of 12 attempts, playing 21 minutes with only 3 points in total.

It is very unlikely for Love to even miss the easy tip shots in the shaded area. Jae Crowder also in the zone of dormancy with 25 minutes of playing time, finishing with only 9 points: as well as Dwyane Wade with 27 minutes, contributing only 4 points with 2 coming from the free throws.

LeBron with 17 points and Rose with 13 points found themselves and their efforts in vain against Rose’ former team.
Chicago Bulls, knowing that Kevin Love frequently goes beyond the arc, and consequently failing to deliver took control of the inside in terms of points in the paint (38-28) and offensive boards (11-6)

Scores:

Bulls – 108 -, Holiday 28, Lopez 10, Grant 8, Zipser 5, Mirotic 5, Bench – 52

Cavs – 94 – James 17, Rose 13, Crowder 9, Wade 4, Love 3, Bench – 48

Watch the Bulls vs Cleveland full game highlights:

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After Dwyane Wade Buyout, Nikola Mirotic Signed a Hefty Money with the Bulls

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Nikola Mirotic has agreed to re-sign with the Bulls on a two-year $27 million dollar deal, according to The Vertical.
Mirotic is a step down from Dwyane Wade but a good addition anyway as it gives the Bulls a stretched forward.  At 26 years old, Mirotic has spent 3 years in the NBA and had averaged about 10 points in every season. This year will be different as the Bulls lineup has totally changed and the opportunity to take more shots will be available after losing two of their main scorer in Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade.
He will be jocking for minutes against  Bobby Portis and Lauri Markkanen.

Top 3 Aging NBA Players to Look Out

They may be old but they can still compete

In some cases, players who were able to play in the NBA for 10 years consider themselves lucky because like it or not, playing in the 82-game regular season is a huge sacrifice for anyone regardless of your height and age. There may be times when you’re feeling like you can score at any given time and there may also be times when things weren’t going your way. Health and fatigue will dictate one’s longveity in the NBA because mind you, aside from the fact that youi’ll get bumped. elbowed and sometimes, hit by the knee more than you can possibly count, you will also need worry about Father Time as well who can slow you down no matter how hard you try to avoid him. 
The 2017-2018 season is just around the corner and there are some players who will enter the season already in the final playable years. In this article, we’ll discuss the top 3 NBA players whom, despite their age, can still play at a high level given the opportunity:
Wade is still among the elite guards in the NBA 

First on the list is none other than 3-time NBA champion, Dwayne Wade. He spent his first 14 seasons in the NBA with the Miami Heat before playing alongside Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo for the Chicago Bulls. At the age of 35, Wade can still compete alongside the elite slashers and despite the fact that his numbers have went down, just averaging 18 points per game and logging in 29 minutes per game, he will still be a valuable asset to any team that he will be playing because as of the moment, Wade is still waiting for the buyout offer from the Bulls which will enable him to either return to the Heat or sign elsewhere.
Who doesn’t like watching this guy dunk?
Vince Carter is probably one of the few NBA veterans who deserves a shot at an NBA title before hanging his jersey for good. Even as he is about to enter his 20th season with the Sacramento Kings, he remains a fan favourite because of his terrorizing dunks and acrobatic moves which leave defenders in awe. His 3 seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies saw his numbers drop dramatically. During the 2016-2017 season, Vince Carter only manage to average score 8 points per game, his highest with the Grizzlies. He’s now looking to provide the leadership and the much-needed spark with the Kings, a team which too, underwent massive makeover moves over the last few years. If anything, not having won an NBA title doesn’t take anything from Vince. He has proven himself to be  one of the best and most creative dunkers that the league has ever seen. But again, he is more than just about his monstrous dunks and his fellow players know that.
Kyle Korver will remain a threat especially from the 3-point line
While it’s unfortunately true that Kyle Korver has never won the 3-point shootout, it doesn’t mean that he can’t score threes because HE CAN shoot and score 3-pointers like there’s no more tomorrow. In fact, in the 35 regular season games that he played with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season, he made 48% of his three-pointers and in he NBA, that’s already a high percentage for a player like Korve despite his age of 36. His 10 points per game average may be a small thing but he will remain a valuable asset to the Cavs come the new season. And when the game is on the line, Kyle Korver can come through. We’ve seen him take clutch shots and we’ve seen him make many of those.

Dwyane Wade Conflict with Young Bulls Players

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The young players on the Bulls really can’t stand Dwyane, and it’s like a little secret in Chicago.
The Chicago Bulls brought Dwyane Wade to provide veteran leadership to young Chicago Bulls players, but it seems everything have backfired.
“He didn’t practice. But they really got upset because he called them all out in the media. And he said, ‘You guys aren’t working hard enough.’ And then they had a big team meeting the next day, and they said, ‘Who are you to say we’re not working hard? Because we’re out there every day busting our butt.’ So there’s a lot of friction there, a lot of tension.” told by Nick Friedell on his appearance on ESPNs The Jump.
Wade did indeed make some very harsh comments about his younger teammates in January and it’s easy to see how they’d come off badly with the knowledge that Wade wasn’t even practicing.
Bulls are reportedly in buy-out talks with Wade’s contract. Making noise as possible destination after buy-out would be Cleveland Cavaliers to team-up with good friend Lebron James. Miami Heat also showed interest to have Wade back at Miami.

Dwyane Wade is Available, How About a Reunion with LeBron in Cavs?

Dwyane Wade will have a new team?

Averaging 18 points, shooting 43.4% from the field with 4 rebounds, 3 assists in 60 games, Dwyane Wade had his worst season in the NBA since his rookie year. This is real. 
While for most, these stat line is already good, for Wade it is not. Wade at 35 is still an effective player and while he is already past his prime, he can still put up numbers and takeover games like the superstars in their finest right now. 
Recently, ESPN reported that the Bulls are “expected to reach a buyout agreement” with Wade in the coming months.
We know that this move is not because of performance but merely a business decision as the Bulls are looking to start fresh and rebuild.
Way of the Wade, where to go?
Now here is the most interesting part, Dwyane Wade will be available and this would mean a great opportunity for other teams to grab the service of the veteran player who, not only can provide big stats, but also a leadership and championship experience. Two teams, I am seeing that would be a good potential landing place for Wade. Cavs and the Heat. 
The Miami Heat could be the best choice as he has played most of his career there and players want him back. It will be great seeing him back and teaming up with Hassan Whiteside. 
The Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron James is always going to be a discussion as the two players previously teamed up together in Miami, there is a big chance that they could team up again in Cleveland to (probably) get more rings. 
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Kris Dunn Will be the MIP of the Year 2018! #BullsFuturePointGoD!

Yes! The guy in the middle is about to give Bulls fans something to cheer about. I know I am going on out on a limb stating this, but due to the release of Rondo, the focal point of offense is Dunn.
Dunn has been through adversity all throughout his life. He had a life almost like Jimmy Butler and he was just a bit lucky to have a brother and a mother who was often in jail. That is a tough situation to be in but Dunn persevered and work his tail off despite all the trials.
Relating that situation to his NBA career, Dunn has been given the keys to drive this team even though he had a lackluster rookie year. I believe that Dunn is on his way to stardom, in my eyes he can be a better version of Jeff Teague because he plays better defensively and in offense he can create for his team mates as well. 
I wont be surprised if Dunn will average 15pts 5 reb 6 assist and a steal or a block. 
If you are not convinced, check this highlights 🙂





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Highlights: 24 Points from Bradley and Thomas to Lead the Series 3-2, Celtics 108 – Bulls 97

Boston Celtics now leads with 3-2 in the first-round series against Chicago Bulls with today’s Game 5 victory at TD Garden.
Points from lay-up shots, free throws, three-pointers, and a dunk from Avery Bradley secured Celtics first quarter with 3 point disadvantage to Bulls, 23-20. Although Bulls made good field goals and three-point shot attempts, Celtics held on to free throws, assists and offensive rebounds.
Bulls dominated the second quarter mostly by free throws, power shots and three pointers from Bobby Portis, Dwayne Wade, Anthony Morrow, Isaiah Canaan, Robin Lopez, Paul Zipser and Jimmy Butler ending the second quarter with 1-point advantage to Celtics, 50-52. Bulls dominated the third quarter again with help from Jimmy Butler, Paul Zipser, Nikola Mirotic, Robin Lopez, Dwayne Wade and Isaiah Canaan finishing the quarter, 81-79.
Jonas Jerebko, Isaiah Thomas, Kelly Olynyk, Al Horforf, and Jae Crowder chipped in to the fourth quarter points of Celtics dominating the last quarter with final score 108-97. Boston leads with Game 6 happening on Saturday April 29th in Chicago.

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Grieving Isaiah Thomas Performed Well But Boston Celtics Still Fell to the Chicago Bulls

An athlete’s performance in a game is mostly credited because of preparation and training.
For the 28 year old and 60th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft Isaiah Thomas, no one could have prepared him for a horrific incident that happened a day before one of the important games in the NBA season.

22 year old Chyna Thomas sister of MVP candidate Isaiah Thomas was reported to have died in a car accident in Washington.  

Isaiah opts to play the very first game against the Bulls and was obviously still shaken by the unexpected incident.  With a heavy heart, Thomas was able to play his usual self, scoring  33 points with a decent 10 -18 field goal. Boston Celtics as a team played well with the support of Al Hartford and Avery Bradley who had a combined 33 points.
Thomas is an epitome of a strongman, he played his bleeding heart out in game 1.
Although the results did not go their favor with the Bulls edging the Celtics 106 -102, led by Jimmy Butler who scored a team high of 30 points.  Thomas got the sympathy and the respect of other players including Butler who talked about how tough Thomas is after the game.
Tonight is just the first game of the best of seven series between the Bulls and the Celtics.

Dwyane Wade Reacts After Teammate Ruins His Triple-Double!

Dwyane Wade was one rebound away from a triple double as the Bulls-Cavaliers came to an end. He was in perfect position to grab the rebound until Cristiano Felicio literally took it from him. The rebound was perfectly set up for him but his own teammate stopped him from getting a triple double!

 
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Veterans Wade and Rondo will lead the way in Chicago

Dwyane Wade has known what it takes to win an NBA championship since his third season in the league. He was the franchise guard of the Miami Heat team that won an NBA title in 2006. The Chicago Bulls have been a team looking from the outside in  for nearly twenty years. The Bulls came close one time during that stretch, losing to the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011 in five games.
The fifth game of that series began a pattern for the young, yet talented Chicago Bulls. The Bulls failed to close the game, as they squandered a 15-point lead in the final minutes of game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. That series, in turn closed the deal for the Bulls on their home floor of the United Center, Bulls Tickets could be sold no more. Then there was Game 4 of the 2015 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. A game where the Bulls squandered a 10-point third quarter lead, with the Cavs going on to win 86-84 to tie the series 2-2, instead of the Bulls taking a commanding 3-1 lead. The question of leadership is at the forefront of the Bulls failures and if there was a stable of mentally tough players, the outcomes would be vastly different.
With the level of talent that the Bulls have had in the past decade, there is no question that this team was talented enough to win an NBA title. Derrick Rose was the youngest player to win an MVP (2011) and was an All Star as well. Injuries curtailed him at the end of the year and the Bulls could not recover. Joakim Noah became an NBA All-Star, former 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year and could not help take the Bulls to the Finals.  In reality, losing in the NBA Finals is different from losing in the Eastern Conference Finals, in which there is more of a learning curve, with the longevity of each playoff run.
With the arrival of Dwyane Wade, the Bulls have a player that will have tremendous influence on the young players in the locker room.  Wade has the experience of what it takes to win it all.  Far too long the Bulls lack of experience winning down the stretch to capture a NBA title was their Achilles’ heel.  With Wade’s resume, how could the Bulls turn the consummate professional NBA star away?
With Dwyane Wade and the addition of Rajon Rondo, there is a tremendous opportunity for the Bulls to learn how to compete and develop the mental toughness and tenacity that will bode well for the young nucleus emerging in the Windy City.  There is no doubt that change needed to be made, and a fresh perspective will be paved by winners like Wade and Rondo who demonstrated leadership skills during their careers.
Head Coach Fred Hoiberg appears to have upgrades in Wade and Rondo over former players Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.  Rajon Rondo’s game has always been to distribute the basketball to make the players around him better, and Dwyane Wade has demonstrated that he is willing to defer to another star, to do whatever it takes to win. Wade is also a great teacher of the game, and is willing to help younger players. In the end, Wade and Rondo may not be the players they used to be, but now players like Bobby Portis, Doug McDermott, and should seize the opportunity to play alongside them and elevate their game.
For Bulls fans, let’s hope the offseason maneuvers will bring leadership and stability to teach the young players how to win in the NBA.

Denzel Valentine hits a CLUTCH Shot to lead the Bulls to an NBA Summer League Championship

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The Chicago Bulls Rookie shooting guard Denzel Valentine was just clutch throughout the end of the game. First he hit a 3-pointer to tie the game and extend it to an OT, after answering Tyus Jones’ 3-point shot with less than ten seconds remaining. 
But at the end, it was Valentine who prevailed with a nasty turnaround jumper that concluded the game, 84-82. The Chicago Bulls are the 2016 NBA Summer League Champions.
See Valentine’s heroics below, that led Chicago Bulls to their Summer League victory:

BREAKING: Dwyane Wade Out of Miami, Joins the Bulls

NBA fans, this is schocking, probably the most shocking move in the NBA free agency, we didn’t see this coming.

Dwyane Wade is out of the Miami. Yes, you heard it right, he is out of the Miami Heat. After playing for 12 years in the south beach and won three NBA championships, Dwyane Wade is now leaving the Heat.

The Heat were reportedly offered Dwyane Wade a two-year, $40 million deal but the 2006 NBA finals MVP turned it down as he is searching for more money.

Dwyane Wade cited that his decision is more of a decision for his family’s financial stability as he got $7 more in his contract with the Bulls compare to the contract offered by the Heat.

Wade averaged 23.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.7 steals and .9 block per game in his entire career with the Miami Heat.

The Bulls are thought to be in rebuilding process this season after trading Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks and losing Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol to free agency but days later, they did sign Rajon Rondo to a two-year, $30 million deal and now grabbing Dwyane Wade out of Miami.

They will form a new big three of Rondo, Wade and Butler which will move Butler to Small Forward position and have a great young supporting casts in Bobby Portis, Denzel Valentine, and Jerian Grant

The Bulls are now shopping Jose Calderon and Mike Dunleavy to clear cap space and sign Wade. Chicago is the hometown of Dwyane Wade.

NBA Free Agency: Rajon Rondo is Now Part of the Chicago Bulls!

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After just meeting with the Bulls in Chicago last Friday, the unrestricted free agent point guard is now officially a Chicago Bull. Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated released the news via Twitter:

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The Bulls agreed to sign Rondo in a $28 million worth of a two-year deal, according to ESPN.com and NBA.com. Rondo has been doing great lately for the past season with the Sacramento Kings, after leading the NBA in assists with 11.7, in addition to that, he also averaged 11.7 points and six rebounds. As a point guard, he was a stat-sheet stuffer. He made 37 double-doubles and six triple-doubles.

Although, there have been also problems with Rondo’s attitude. Last season, Rondo was suspended after he targeted a referee by using a homophobic slur. He also clashed with different coaches, Rick Carlisle of Dallas Mavericks and Doc Rivers, who was still coaching with the Celtics at that time.

Chicago did a right move in trading Rose, but we can’t still conclude if Rondo will be able to mesh with Chicago Bulls’ coach Fred Hoiberg, who has an easy-going personality.

After all, Rondo said that he is excited to work with the Bulls. Let’s just wait on the things he will bring to the table for the upcoming NBA season.

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Rajon Rondo Is Back To The East


​The Chicago Bulls have agreed to a two-year, $30 million deal with Sacramento Kings’ point guard Rajon Rondo. The second year of his contract will be partially guaranteed

“I’m excited. Great organization with pieces around me that I’m excited about.” Rajon Rondo told Marc Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated web site, who first reported the news.

Rondo was averaging 11.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 11.7 assists and almost 2 steals per game, on 45.4% shooting for the Sacramento Kings last season.

Rondo Heads to Chicago on a Two-Year Deal

A couple of weeks after trading Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks, the Chicago Bulls finally found a starting point guard after agreeing to terms with Rajon Rondo.

The deal are reported to be a two-year, $30 million deal which is a good pick up for a caliber of point guard like Rondo considering the amount of money thrown up by the teams to the othe FA players due to the rise of the cap space.

Rondo had a good one season with the Sacramento Kings averaging 11.9 points, 6 rebounds, 11.7 assists and 2 steals per game last year but the Kings failed to make the playoffs.

Rondo will provide the much needed leadership to the Chicago Bulls who find themselves missing a leader after trading Rose and letting Noah sign with the Knicks. Rondo will also help develop the second year guard Jerian Grant which the Bulls acquired from the Knicks in the Rose centered trade.

Bulls in for a new point guard, Sees Rajon Rondo as a possible starter for their new line-up

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After the departure of Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls’ roster has opened up a huge hole for the starting point guard spot. That’s why they are on the move to scout elite point guards in the league. One of the Bulls’ main target right now is Rajon Rondo.
Rondo has already met with the Bulls in a free-agent meeting Friday in Chicago, sources told ESPN’s Marc Stein and Marc J. Spears.
The Sacramento Kings point guard averaged 11.7 per game last season. He also led the NBA in assists total, making him a double-double guy. 
If this trade happens, it would be nice for us to see a new back court duo emerge in Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler.
This would definitely be a great move for the Bulls. The best is yet to come in Windy city. 

There’s a new Big 3 in the Big Apple!

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Derrick Rose has been traded to New York. The Knicks now have a Big 3!
The New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls has finally reached an agreement. The New York Knicks acquired Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday, and a 2017 2nd round pick from the Chicago bulls by sending Robin Lopez, José Calderón, and Jerian Grant to the Chicago Bulls.

No One in the World Could Ever Beat this Guy in Basketball – "The White Mamba"

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The “White Mamba” was the total opposite of Kobe Bryant being called the “Black Mamba.” Not just because of the color, it has also something to do with the way they play differently.

Brian Scalabrine is an NBA player that ‘plays’ the forward position. He was selected during the second round of the 2001 NBA draft. He had horrible stats and was a non-factor in any game or team he sets foot in. 

As a joke, NBA fans will typically proclaim how great and amazing his basketball talents are, call him the ‘White Mamba,’ or propose ridiculous scenarios or trades that could involve Scalabrine.

Below are some Memes that circulated throughout the web:

The jokes have started since the 2008 NBA finals, being spread on mediums such as the comments section on NBA.com as well as YouTube. Fans have even called him the G.O.A.T. – that holds the meaning “Greatest Of All Time.”

Brian Scalabrine was also called “The Man, The Myth, The Legend.”

Over the years, his performance fueled this fire and it spread onto nearly every medium.


See The Epic Fails in his career and the Best Highlight Plays below:

The Breakout Superstar from the Chicago Bulls: Jimmy Butler and The Story Behind his Success

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Jimmy Butler had a tough and rough journey before reaching his NBA dream. The odds have always been against him. He did all the things he could to reach the pinnacle of success. Now that he made it to the NBA, let’s look back from where he started.
Butler grew up without a father from an early age, Jimmy was kicked out of home by his own mother at the age of 13.  Her mother’s last words to him were, “I don’t like the look of you.  You gotta go.”
After moving from house to house, with no money, no parents and no support from anyone, he was eventually taken in by the Leslie family who already had 7 children of their own, but generously
opened their home and hearts to Jimmy in his senior year of high school.
Jimmy then had to contend with a high school coach and principal who didn’t believe in his abilities.   This lack of faith in him, when coupled with the low profile of a small town school in Tomball, Texas, led to no college scholarships coming his way. However, he didn’t give up on his dream and enrolled at a local junior college, dominating the competition and leading to a long queue of high profile 
colleges offering him scholarships the following year.  He eventually chose Marquette, not for its basketball program, but its academic record.  Taking the advice of his new mom, Michelle Lambert, 
to make sure that he has a degree behind him in case things don’t work out.
Things worked out just fine.
Jimmy says it best, “It’s taught me that anything is possible. My whole life, people have doubted me. My mom did. People told me in high school I’m too short and not fast enough to play basketball.  
They didn’t know my story. Because if they did, they’d know that anything is possible.  Who would’ve 
thought that a smalltown kid would become a halfway decent player in college and now has a chance to be drafted in the NBA? That’s my chip. That’s what motivates me. I know I can overcome anything if I just take everything one day at a time.”
If you have a dream, chances are there are obstacles that can stop you from achieving it. If you let them.

Don’t feel sorry for Jimmy Butler, he wouldn’t want you to.

Be inspired by his toughness and perseverance to overcome all the obstacles he has been through to develop into the player and most importantly, the man, that he has become.

At the end, Butler’s determination led him to the 2011 NBA Draft, where he was selected with pick 30 by the Chicago Bulls.

Today. Jimmy Butler has made an impact in the NBA and is already considered as one of the top athletic swingmen in the league.
Watch his career highlights from the 2015-2016 season below:

23 Years Ago Today – Michael Jordan was named the NBA Finals MVP for the third straight year

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June 20, 1993 at Phoenix  – John Paxson hit a clutch 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left and Horace Grant blocked Kevin Johnson’s shot in the final second that lifted Chicago to a 99-98 win at Phoenix in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, clinching the Bulls’ third consecutive NBA Championship. 

Chicago became only the third NBA franchise (along with Boston, 1959-66, and Minneapolis, 1952-54) to win three straight titles. Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls was named the NBA Finals MVP for the third straight year after averaging a Finals record 41.0 points per game, along with 8.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists. Magic Johnson is the only other player in NBA history to win at least three NBA Finals MVP awards.
See the Bulls vs. Suns Game 6 Highlights below:

Timberwolves Willing to Trade 5th Pick for Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler tries to score against Andrew Wiggins

The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly interested in trading for Bull’s guard Jimmy Butler. Butler is a former player of now head coach and president of basketball operations of the Timberwolves, Tom Thibodeau.

Thibodeau made it clear to the Chicago Bulls front office that the he and the Timberwolves are interested on trading for Butler and is willing to part with their prized 5th overall pick in this year’s NBA draft.

Butler is considered one of the best two way player in the league today along with Lebron James, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson and Paul George, He led the Bulls this season averaging 20.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 36.9 minutes per game.

Thibodeau are looking to add some veteran experience and a player with an immediate impact for the Timberwolves young team and Butler fits the bill. Butler could led this team to a playoff birth in the very deep western conference. Chances are very high that the Timberwolves will dominate the west in the coming years with core of  Andrew Wiggins, Karl Anthony-Towns, Ricky Rubio and Jimmy Butler.

But in order for the Timberwolves to get Butler, they need to give up more than their 5th overall pick. They should package one of their young guns, either Andrew Wiggins or Zach Lavine and Shabazz Muhammad along with the 5th pick. The Timberwolves will be dumb if they trade their future star Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins is much younger and has a higher ceiling than Butler. There is a big chance that Wiggins will be a better player than Butler.

The Bulls are considering a reconstruction to the team as they failed to enter the playoffs this season. A couple of weeks ago, reports said that they were shopping Derrick Rose to the Sixers for Nerlens Noel and will not going to resign Joakim Noah.

Timberwolves to Pursue Noah in Free Agency

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The Minnesota Timberwolves had made their biggest move this season by hiring Tom Thibodeau as their head coach and president of basketball. Thibodeau and the team is now looking to sign Joakim Noah in free agency.

According to reports, the 2014 defensive player of the year told his teammates in Chicago that he isn’t going to resign with the team. Noah was fallen out of coach Fred Hoiberg’s front court rotation for the Bulls due to injury and with the resurgence of rookie Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic.

After averaging 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5,4 assists, 1,2 steals and 1.5 blocks in the 2013-2014 season, his best season in the NBA, Noah just averaged 4.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, .6 steals and a block in just 21.9 minutes per game this season with Hoiberg as their coach. This season marks his lowest minutes logged in per game since his rookie season.

The two -time NBA all star and two-time NBA all defensive first team is expected to provide the leadership for the young team of Minnesota. With the front court of  Nemanja Bejelica, Gorgui Dieng, Karl Anthony Towns and Joakim Noah, the Timberwolves will be having a towering presence in the coming years. Noah hopes to be back in his all star form with new team this coming season.