With the official start of the Bulls 2012-2013 season tonight, it’s time for a last minute Bulls-brush-up. You may think you know your Chicago Bulls inside and out, but after saying goodbye to key members of the “Bench Mob” this off-season they’ve got a completely new supporting cast in the reserves this year. Here are the names you’ll need to know in 2012:
It may only be preseason, but when Derrick Rose participates in shooting practice before game time, we can’t help but get excited about the upcoming season and the eventual return of our beloved point guard.
If you haven’t seen the new Adidas campaign surrounding Rose’s return to the game, get ready for some goosebumps! Adidas was right on the money with their latest TV commercial “Wake Up” which accurately depicts the emotions fans and teammates experienced the moment Rose hit the floor tearing his ACL.
NBA basketball is back! With a 92-88 Bull’s win in their preseason opener last night against the Memphis Grizzlies and less than 3 weeks until the regular season opener on Halloween, it’s officially time to talk Bulls basketball! After a post season of doom and gloom that included losing star point guard Derrick Rose in the opening series of the playoffs, the Bulls definitely have their challenges ahead in the upcoming season. But, don’t let the doubters sway you, this is definitely a team to be excited about.
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If you’ve turned on your TV in Chicago recently you’ve seen the impressive Adidas marketing campaign for #thereturn of Derrick Rose. The commercial gives me goosebumps! To continue their marketing efforts, Rose’s ever popular Adidas shoe line unveiled the D Rose 3 collection last week and introduced the latest colorway Tuesday morning.
The ever humble NBA superstar has always incorporated his personal life or Chicago into the designs of his shoes – connecting himself to fans on a more personal level. This time the former MVP dug deep and took his own direction exemplifying an unforgettable piece of Chicago history while simultaneously honoring local heroes.
The “Chicago Fire” line are brightly-colored shoes, inspired by the Chicago Fire Department and feature the universal cross symbol of firefighters with the D Rose logo positioned right in the middle.
A limited number of D Rose 3 “Chicago Fire” shoes will be made available on Oct. 10th. You can purchase them on adidas.com or in store at Foot Locker and Eastbay.
I’d like to send a birthday shout-out to my favorite Chicago Bull Mr. Derrick Rose. The former NBA MVP turns 24 today and I wish him nothing but happiness and success.
After a tragic season ending ACL injury things look to be on the up-and-up for Rose who made his way around the Berto Center for Media Day this past Monday. No noticeable limp, no grimaces or signs of discomfort, just smiles. He talked about how the injury has forced him to grow during his rehabilitation – specifically his patience – which may result in a better player overall. I like the sound of that!
(in my finest singing voice) Happy Birthday to you DRose, and many moooorre!
Some of our favorite local NBA players took a stance against gang violence by attending the Peace Tournament hosted by Father Michael Pfleger at his church’s gymnasium this past Saturday. Yes, you read that correctly, there was a tournament where rivaled gang members dunked it out on a basketball court. The ultimate goal was to have the gang members battle it out on the court and not the streets. The idea is rather genius – change the teens perspectives by putting them in a place where they can see common ground and a basketball court is the perfect environment.
A Bulls trio of Derrick Rose (DRose), Joakim Noah (messy-bun swagger) and Taj Gibson (dunk machine) volunteered to support the cause as well as NBA hall-of-famer Isaiah Thomas. Rose, who was born and raised in Chicago, experienced this violence first hand in schools or on the streets and knows just how important it is to believe in yourself and the difference you can make with hard work and perseverance. You’d be silly not to consider taking advice from an NBA MVP!
The Bulls players and other athletes attended the tournament not to seek attention, but rather to make an impact on the city streets of Chicago. ”It’s not about sending a message, it’s about listening to what they have to say,” Noah said. These gang members had the opportunity to see that people care and that there are other ways to live life than through violence.
Saturday was just the start according to Father Pfleger and definitely a step in the right direction for the city. His church is helping individuals get there GEDs and some of the sponsors offered others jobs. He also hopes to make this game an annual event, but they’re going to need a bigger gym!
Looks like Derrick Rose and I have something in common…we both love us some Giordano’s pizza! Thursday morning news broke that Rose had taken an equity stake in the Chicago pizza icon and will also serve as the spokesperson. There is nothing wrong with diversifying his business interests – especially when it comes to pizza.
Growing up in Chicago, Giordano’s was a staple for the Bulls point guard, ”I’ve grown up with my family eating Giordano’s pizza. I’ve always loved Giordano’s, so this was a uniquely personal opportunity for me.” DRose is even working on his own signature pizza claiming to be “pretty good in the kitchen” and not just on the court. We’ll be the judges Senor Rose.
Starting this month, Rose will appear in ads, promotions and attend charitable events on behalf of the chain. The only down fall, he’s not allowed to be “Bulls” branded as the Bulls already have their signature pizza – DiGiorno. It’s just #DRoseSwagger as a standalone – nonissue.
I bet Rose gets unlimited deep dish pizzas…and not I just got really jealous!
I think Chicago fans are done eating hot dogs and watching baseball games. With the quickly approaching fall months comes the NFL who’s shortly followed by the NBA (when they’re not in a lockout of course). This NBA season Bulls fans will need more patience than ever as their rock star Derrick Rose is rehabbing his season ending knee injury. The video above is rather creative and sets Rose’s road to recovery to the trailer of the The Dark Knight. Lebron James takes on the character of Bane – aka the villain and Chicago’s reckoning – but in the end Rose will rise again. I have to admit it got me a little pumped for the NBA again!
It may only be August, but it’s never too early to amp up your Bulls knowledge, particularly after a turbulent off-season like this. The theme of this year’s off-season has definitely been “out with the old, in with the new” – bench that is. After the Bulls brass changed up the roster quite a bit through a series of trades during NBA Free Agency, we’re going to have some new names and faces to get to know. Old faces like Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson are still around to provide us with some dunks, but the Bulls’ beloved bench mob is essentially gone. Check out who’s in and who’s out!
Rose alert! Chicago’s very own Derrick Rose hasn’t recovered enough to make his way back onto the basketball court, but seemed healthy enough to gimp his way into the Hollywood club scene Thursday night.