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Bulls display an edge in the season-opening win over the Celtics — Jimmy Butler wasn't looking to take a shot at what the make-up of his team was last year. He just couldn't help himself. Then again, when a group was as broken and dysfunctional as last year's Bulls were by the end, Butler wasn't taking a shot as much as just being dead honest.

Rajon Rondo has no problem getting defensive with his teammates — The preseason, and even Thursday's regular-season opener against Boston, were just a small sample size. If this latest Bulls project is going to work the defense not only has to get better, but so does the communication.

Dwyane Wade feeling good about season start and his LeBron bet — Dwyane Wade insisted that he felt good about where he and new Bulls teammates are, as they tip-off the 2016-17 NBA regular season tonight in hosting Boston. Admittedly, he feels even better about his bet with friend, and former Miami Heat teammate, LeBron James.

Denzel Valentine is ready to make his NBA debut against Boston — Denzel Valentine is definitely pick-up game ready. The rookie showed that on Wednesday, hitting two game-winners in a four-on-four pick-up game late in practice, and oh yeah, hitting both over Jimmy Butler. But is the first-round pick NBA game ready when the Bulls tip off the season Thursday night against Boston at the United Center?

Jimmy Butler is doing his best to ignore the outside pessimism — Former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was famous for constantly reminding his players to "block out the noise'' when it came to outside opinions. And while Thibodeau is long gone, that noise is still persistent this preseason - loud and clear for those that choose to listen for it.

Taj Gibson is named the starter at the four over Nikola Mirotic — The open competition between Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic was closed on Tuesday. About three weeks too late. According to coach Fred Hoiberg, Gibson will start at the No. 4 spot when the Bulls open the season hosting Boston on Thursday, while Mirotic will once again be considered a key reserve, adding outside shooting with the second group.

Dwyane Wade knows patience will be needed with new-look Bulls — There is no timetable on chemistry. The veteran Bulls players have spent the last month of training camp reiterating that over and over again, led by Dwyane Wade, who has preached a certain amount of patience in allowing a team to come together. Wade would know.

Dwyane Wade and LeBron James preparing for World Series wager — The negotiation is still pending. After all, city pride doesn't come cheap. In one corner, the Chicago-born Dwyane Wade picking up the Cubs flag and waving it proudly. In the other? Wade's former teammate from their Miami days, turned icon now that he is back in his hometown of Cleveland in LeBron James.

Fred Hoiberg is still weighing his options at the four-spot — Cuts have been made, the initial playbook has been installed, but admittedly there's still some left over business for Fred Hoiberg leading into the start of the regular season this week. Specifically, naming his starting four with the exhibition games now in the books.

The blueprint for beating the Bulls was on display in finale — There is just a certain amount of acceptance when it comes to nights like Thursday for the Bulls. In the 97-81 loss to Atlanta, a horrific 29-for-95 shooting display. Just a tick over the 30 percent mark from the field. And from three-point range? How about 4-for-22 (18.2 percent).
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Jan 26, 2015

RT @FisolaNYDN: Where was John Paxson's outage when some Chicago radio guy said that Tom Thibodeau suffers from Aspergers? Can't recall him saying anything.

Apr 29, 2012

RT @fran_the_man: @cst_Cowley Think some folks need another reminder of The Scorpion and The Frog: #becauseitscowl ...

Apr 29, 2012

Relax Chicago, the Bulls will get as far as they were going to get with Rose. Still a team that can get to the ECF.

Apr 29, 2012

Standing room only in the media closet at the Berto Center. So this is what a team's playoff funeral looks like.

Apr 29, 2012

RT @ATLchamp11: @cst_Cowley I always think its funny when ppl take twitter too serious,...lighten up ppl, its fucking twitter!!!

Apr 29, 2012

RT @bocephus731: BREAKING NEWS: @cst_cowley is still a smart ass. More unfollows to come.

Apr 29, 2012

Been a long time since I've used my medical background to sketch an injury ... might be time to dust off the notepad.

Apr 29, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Rose ACL is still torn. More to come.

Apr 29, 2012

Just read Deadspin. Very well done. A blog site built on satire doesn't get satire. Maybe I can e-mail a QB penis picture into them now.

Apr 29, 2012

RT @willbrinson: Creating a parody account for @cst_cowley would be amusing. Unfortunately it would also be redundant.

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