| Jan 20, 2015
| 6:02 PM
Every now and then, a call comes in to a hotel in Indiana with an unusual request.
"Can I talk to Steve?"
The manager, April Barricks, wouldn't know what to say. Eventually, she asked the owner.
People keep asking for Steve Alford, Barricks told...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 11:40 PM
The Lakers' season already started sinking when Kobe Bryant was forced to acknowledge something.
The sad comparisons to the end of Michael Jordan's career were "reachable content," he said back in November, understanding the parallels between Jordan's...
| Feb 14, 2015
| 8:31 AM
NEW YORK --- Rod Thorn, who famously drafted Michael Jordan as Bulls general manager in 1984, earned the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement award from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday.
In other Chicago-area developments, Carver High...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 3:33 PM
Not to sound un-American, but too much emphasis is being placed on winning when picking the NBA All-Star Game rosters.
Take the Atlanta Hawks – everybody is.
Eastern Conference coaches selected three Hawks as All-Star reserves: Al Horford,...
| Jan 11, 2015
| 5:32 PM
Pau Gasol had just scored a career-high 46 points and added 18 rebounds.
He had become the first player 34 or older to post 44 or more points and 15 or more rebounds in the last 30 years.
Gasol's performance marked the first time an NBA player...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 12:24 PM
Here's a look at this year's planned events and commemorations of interest to Chicagoans, to be held here and elsewhere:
Jan. 1 — New Year's Day
Jan. 1 — Illinois' personal income tax rate drops from 5 percent to 3.75 percent.
Jan. 12 ...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 7:38 PM
Ethel Miles didn't think her son had a chance.
Even though 6-foot-8-inch Darius Miles is considered among the three best players in the nation, mom was convinced that Brett Melton of Mahomet-Seymour would win the Mr. Basketball of Illinois award.
| Feb 12, 2015
| 8:55 PM
It didn't quite carry the heft or hilarity of his "Cleveland really sucks" rant during the 2010 playoffs. It didn't even match his "Hollywood as Hell" assessment of the LeBron James-era Heat.
But Joakim Noah made clear how important the Bulls' 113-98...
| Feb 8, 2015
| 3:58 PM
A blue line, 10 inches wide, awaited North Carolina basketball players at the arena's entrance each day before practice.
They knew it as the spot where competition began. It was to be crossed only after both shoes were tied, practice jerseys were...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 8:46 PM
One of the few constants to this most disjointed of Bulls seasons has been injury.
So it seemed fitting on a Tuesday night that Mike Dunleavy returned from missing 19 games to his right ankle injury that Jimmy Butler succumbed to the right shoulder...
| Feb 11, 2015
| 7:40 AM
The Bulls improved to 33-20 with their home victory over the Kings. Here are three observations:
Derrick Rose played one of his most efficient games of the season.
Rose flashed the entire package---aggressive drives early, intelligent passes when...