Player News - Bulls

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Derrick Rose denied allegations that he sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend in 2013.

"I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season," Rose said in a statement to USA Today. "I am not going to comment other than to say – I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent."
Source: USA Today
Aug 27 - 8:27 PM

A spokesperson for Derrick Rose denied recent allegations that Rose drugged and sexually assaulted a woman in 2013.

With very serious allegations being thrown at Rose, a spokesperson for the Bulls guard released a statement on Thursday morning. "The plaintiff's allegations are completely false and without any factual basis," the statement read. "This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete. The plaintiff expressed no complaints about Mr. Rose until various lawyers demanded that plaintiff be paid millions of dollars. We have complete confidence that the case will be dismissed and Mr. Rose will be vindicated. This lawsuit is outrageous." We'll keep an eye on this situation as it develops, but it sounds like Rose is vehemently denying allegations.
Aug 27 - 11:47 AM

The Bulls have released a statement saying they are waiting on the facts surrounding allegations that Derrick Rose drugged and sexually assaulted a woman in 2013.

While Rose's representatives have denied any wrongdoing, the Bulls are waiting for more information before they comment. "We just learned about this matter and do not know all the facts," the Bulls statement read. "It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time." We'll keep a close eye on this situation as there should be some more clarity over the next few days.
Aug 27 - 10:48 AM

Derrick Rose is reportedly being sued by a woman who alleges that he and his friends drugged and sexually assaulted her in August 2013.

The plaintiff claims that she was drugged at Rose's house but left before any sexual encounter, but that once she was home Rose and two friends broke into her apartment and sexually assaulted her. Rose is innocent until proven guilty of these incredibly serious charges.
Source: TMZ.com
Aug 26 - 10:41 PM

Nikola Mirotic laughed when asked if there was tension between Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler.

In what has become the biggest non-story of the offseason to date, Mirotic offered the following, " Actually, I’m surprised that people write about it. Their relationship is very, very good. They are the leaders of our team and get along real, real well. You can see there’s very good communication between them in games and practices."
Source: Hoops Hype
Aug 24 - 9:19 AM

Nikola Mirotic had high praise for Joakim Noah in a recent interview, calling him "a very important person in the locker room."

"He’s somebody you can learn a lot from," Mirotic said. "He comes in to work every day and puts his heart out on the court. He’s a very positive person and when you see how hard he works, you want to emulate that. He’s a motivator and a very important person in the locker room." There is a decent chance that Mirotic replaces Noah in Chicago's starting lineup in Fred Hoiberg's inaugural season, but Mirotic, Noah and Pau Gasol will all play a sizable role if the Bulls are going to reach their ceiling.
Source: Hoops Hype
Aug 24 - 9:17 AM

Nikola Mirotic admitted that he dealt with fatigue down the stretch of his first NBA season.

You wouldn't tell by his play. In 28 games after the All-Star break last season, Mirotic averaged 16.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks and and 1.7 triples over 26 minutes per game. Poised to enjoy a larger role under Fred Hoiberg, Mirotic is a name to think long and hard about rostering for 2015-16.
Source: Hoops Hype
Aug 24 - 9:13 AM

Nikola Mirotic and Knicks center Guillermo Hernangomez have made Spain's Eurobasket roster.

This will be Mirotic's first time playing for the senior team due to Serge Ibaka's absence, so he is going to be a lot of fun to watch. There has been a lot of talk of Mirotic stepping into the starting lineup in place of Joakim Noah for the Bulls this season, so he could potentially be a steal in fantasy drafts. As for Hernangomez, he is expected to stay overseas for at least one season, but this will be a great opportunity for Knicks fan to get a good look at him.
Aug 22 - 9:56 AM

Nikola Mirotic stated during a recent interview that he'll have a larger role with the Bulls next season.

"Next year I guess I’m going to have more of a featured role with the team," said Mirotic, "and that’s just another motivation to work extra hard so when the team needs me I’m ready to deliver." There have been rumblings that Mirotic will replace Joakim Noah in the starting lineup for the 2015-16 season, and this little kernel of information would go along with that narrative. Mirotic offers plenty of upside, and with head coach Fred Hoiberg set to turn up the tempo in Chicago, Mirotic's arrow is pointing up.
Source: Hoops Hype
Aug 20 - 6:48 PM

Joakim Noah said he's feeling healthy for the first time in a long time.

After dealing with injuries much of last season, Noah said he's finally feeling healthy again. "I feel healthier than I have been in a long time," Noah said. "There's going to be a lot of ball movement. I'm just really excited to come in because I feel like I have to prove myself again." Health aside, he's going to have increased competition for minutes and he's bound to take some sort of a hit in fantasy leagues.
Source: SB Nation
Aug 20 - 10:09 AM

Joakim Noah hinted during a recent interview that he's uncertain if he will be starting under newly appointed head coach Fred Hoiberg.

"I think that last year I wasn’t healthy, and I think that I feel like I want to go in healthy, and Fred will do what he wants to do," Noah said. "Those aren’t things I can control. I just want to go in camp and be as ready as possible and go from there." Noah struggled to stay healthy last season as he recovered from offseason knee surgery, but reports thus far indicate that he'll be 100 percent for camp. Hoiberg hasn't come out saying what his starting lineup will be, but there have been rumors that Noah is destined for the bench. If that is the case, his fantasy value will take a sizable hit, and we'll be watching Hoiberg's rotations closely leading up to the regular-season.
Source: ESPN
Aug 18 - 2:46 PM

Joakim Noah said he doesn't expect a minutes limit this season.

Well, he might not have a minute limit because he has so much competition. There is a lot of buzz surrounding the Bulls making a change to their starting unit, which would likely be Noah moving to the bench in favor of Nikola Mirotic. Fantasy owners should target Mirotic over Noah.
Aug 17 - 8:41 PM

The Bulls have named Toni Kukoc special advisor to President and COO Michael Reinsdorf.

Kukoc has spent time around the Bulls since retirement in and off-and-on capacity, but we'll see a lot more of the lefty now that he's in a full-time role. We might even get some sweet Kukoc vs. Joakim Noah 3-point battles in practice, too. Do it for the Vine, Chicago.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 17 - 12:00 PM

Cameron Bairstow is working on stretching the floor in order to get more playing time for the Bulls.

With Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson all ahead of him on the depth chart, it's going to be hard for Bairstow to earn meaningful minutes. "For me to be able to stretch the floor, I think, will really increase my value in the league," he said.
Source: Sportal.com
Aug 17 - 9:31 AM

USA Basketball Director Jerry Colangelo won't rule out the possibility of Derrick Rose playing for Team USA again.

"I always said you never shut the door entirely on anyone," Colangelo said. "I mean, why? To prove what? Was I disappointed Derrick [Rose] wasn't here? Sure. Because, we want the best for him. We want the best for him. We want him to get back to the level that he once was. So let's just see how things go in the future." It was probably a smart decision for Rose to focus completely on the upcoming season with the Bulls, as his health will be a key factor for their title aspirations.
Source: ESPN
Aug 14 - 10:54 AM


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