Pau Gasol says his childhood role model was Nelson Mandela

Pau Gasol is one of the more cerebral basketball players around, and definitely one of the more unique in terms of his off-the-court interests.Gasol was part of the contingent that visited Africa last month to play in the continent's first-ever NBA game, and in a piece he penned for The Players Tribune, he said that Nelson Mandela was one of his childhood idols."When you’re young...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nerlens Noel hopes to become an All-Star next season

Nerlens Noel has been spending some time working on his offensive game this summer, specifically by trying to rebuild his jump shot while being somewhat isolated in Rhode Island to focus on the process.Noel is already viewed by most as an above-average defender, so if he can become even serviceable as a shooter from more than three feet from the basket, he will become exponentially...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls: Where Is The Respect People?

(Source: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America) By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff.. There is a lack of national respect for the Chicago Bulls this offseason. People seem to forget just how talented they are. There is talk about age, health, decline, chemistry, a rookie coach, but you cannot possibly make an argument that they aren’t at least the second best...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Brothers Marc and Pau Gasol to star on Spanish cover of NBA 2K16

The NBA 2K franchise has become easily the most popular basketball video game in the digital world. Donning the cover is an honor for whomever gets to do it. Apparently, two brothers are sharing the cover for this year's Spanish version:So, is this Marc Gasol dunking on Pau? Is Pau blocking Marc? Is Marc pulling one of those crafty layup moves he does?Someone is getting schooled...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls: What Should Be Their Rotation?

Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… I recently wrote on what should be the Chicago Bulls’ starting five. I picked Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah. Four of them are no brainers, but I picked Gibson and not Pau Gasol because of the defensive potential of that frontcourt...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Pau Gasol on ending career with Kobe Bryant in Spain: 'It's a funny idea'

When Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant joked last month that he might finish his career alongside Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol in Spain playing for the basketball side of FC Barcelona, you can bet that heads around the world snapped to attention. But Gasol doesn't seem to give the thought a ton of credence, naturally. At the Bulls' introductory press conference for new...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Lithuania Ranked 4th Heading Into Eurobasket 2015

The very early power rankings for the top National teams heading into Eurobasket 2015 has the historically very competitive Lithuania ranked 4th behind Spain, Serbia and France. Pau Gasol will be leading Spain once again. France will be led by Tony Parker. The Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas has yet to arrive in camp for Lithuania.
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls: What Should Be Their Starting 5?

(May 3, 2015 – Source: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America) By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… Who should be the starting 5 for the Chicago Bulls next season? Here is my take… PG: Derrick Rose –  Um, duh. I’m sorry for that, but come on, Rose is still the Bulls’ best offensive player, 26 and should be healthy starting to season. As long as he is healthy...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Pau Gasol: Bulls 'gave away' too many games last season

The Bulls were one of the more talented teams in the league last year, and despite the fact that they won 50 games during the regular season and finished third in the Eastern Conference, they arguably could have been much better than that.Chicago parted ways with head coach Tom Thibodeau this summer, after the Bulls were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs at the hands...
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Adam Silver mentions possibility of playing NBA regular season game in Africa

The NBA is in the process of extending its global presence into Africa, and commissioner Adam Silver said to “stay tuned” about the league playing a regular season game in the country. According to the Associated Press via ESPN: “Silver didn’t give an exact time frame but said Thursday in South Africa that a preseason and, ultimately, a league game was the aim, with the...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Kobe attends FC Barcelona practice, jokes he'll finish career in Spain

There are all kinds of rumblings that this will be Kobe Bryant's last season with the Los Angeles Lakers. And if that ends up being true, could the future Hall of Famer end up in Spain -- alongside Pau Gasol? Probably not. But FC Barcelona is in Los Angeles to take on the Galaxy on Wednesday, and Bryant stopped in at Barcelona's training session on Monday to take in his favorite...
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July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Clippers are trying to follow the other LA team of 2010

The Golden State Warriors weren’t always elegant in their run to the 2015 NBA title, and goodness knows, Draymond Green frequently approached the line between “aggressive and dirty” on the court. He can be reckless at times. Yet, one would ultimately have to conclude that the Warriors had no knuckleheads on their roster. Championship teams generally don’t have knuckleheads...
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July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Lineup announced for NBA Showcase in Africa

Before the Boston Celtics visit Italy, Spain and Mexico later this year, three members of the C’s organization also will be making a trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, to participate in the NBA Africa Game 2015. Celtics guard Marcus Smart and swingman Evan Turner will play in the showcase as members of Team World, and coach Brad Stevens will serve as an assistant on the squad under...
July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls Keep Another Key Piece of Lineup After They Officially Re-Sign Mike Dunleavy

Mike Dunleavy #34 of the CHicago Bulls handles the ball against the Indiana Pacers on November 15, 2014 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Mandatory Credit: Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images) The Chicago Bulls locked in another piece of their roster for the 2015-2016 season, signing forward/guard Mike Dunleavy to a three-year, $14 million contract on Tuesday. It was a deal...
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July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

LeBron, Kyrie among nominees for first-ever NBPA Players Awards

This is the rare awards show from which LeBron James has yet to take any hardware home. That could soon change. The NBA announced in late April that the National Basketball Players Assocation (NBPA) would launch its own season-end awards show, the Players Awards The awards will be held Sunday, July 19 at the Rio in Las Vegas, and broadcast on Tuesday, July 21 on BET. All awards...
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July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Marc Gasol confirms new 5-year contract with Memphis

GIRONA, Spain (AP) NBA center Marc Gasol has confirmed that he will sign a new five-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. The 30-year-old free agent tells Spanish media he will stay at Memphis, as The Associated Press reported on Monday. The deal is expected to be worth more than 100 million dollars. Marc Gasol adds that he won't play for Spain alongside brother Pau Gasol in...
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July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Marc Gasol Agrees to 5-Year $100M+ Deal

After a longer wait than expected, Marc Gasol came to terms with the Memphis Grizzlies on a deal that will pay him more than $100 million over 5 years. Big payday for Big Spain. After promising that his free agency wouldn’t take long or be a circus, then going conspicuously quiet while big deals rippled across the NBA, Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies finally agreed to a five...
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July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Marc Gasol has ‘no interest’ in joining Lakers

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY SportsThe Los Angeles Lakers are in the market for some All-Star frontcourt talent, especially after passing up on Jahlil Okafor to select D’Angelo Russell with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft. While the Lakers are in the market for a big man, they might as well pass on going after Memphis Grizzlies free agent center Marc Gasol. From Mike Bresnahan...
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June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Portis once blasted Bulls, begs forgiveness after draft

Bobby Portis joined fellow NBA draftee Larry Nance Jr. in learning an important lesson Thursday night. Tweets don’t go away. Ever. You see, Nance tweeted a tasteless Kobe Bryant rape joke three years ago — and then had some explaining (and deleting) to do when the Mamba’s team drafted him. Four years ago, Portis also threw some Twitter heat toward Pau Gasol, Derrick Rose...
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Knicks’ Phil Jackson compares Kristaps Porzingis to Pau Gasol

Brad Penner-USA TODAY SportsThe New York Knicks ended up selecting Kristaps Porzingis with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, and it came at the disappointment of fans everywhere. He is an intriguing prospect to say the least, but Phil Jackson has received quite a bit of heat because he isn’t as NBA ready as some other prospects that were available. Despite all of the...
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June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

The New York Knicks and Kristaps Porzingis

Kristaps Porzingis As a result of receiving the number-four pick in this year’s draft, the New York Knicks realized that their chances of selecting Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor were slim. This was validated when these two top prospects went number-one and number-three respectively. To further add insult to injury, the Knicks’ other top option, D’Angelo Russell, also...
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Final NBA Mock Draft: Who Should the Bulls Select?

Today is a huge day for the NBA.  The NBA Draft is today and the draft is something that can make or break teams’ futures.  In honor of today’s huge event, TopSportsReport has released the last of a series of NBA mock draft articles. To see who Adam Horvath projects the Chicago Bulls will select in the draft to team up with Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol, click the link below:...
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June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Big Man Could be Answer the Chicago Bulls Need in Draft

CHICAGO, IL – MARCH 18: Pau Gasol #16 of the Chicago Bulls grabs a rebound against the Indiana Pacers on March 18, 2015 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice...
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June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Pau Gasol to play for Spanish national team in September

Pau Gasol is getting pretty old. The Chicago Bulls center will be 35 years old this summer.But his age hasn't stopped him from balling. In fact, he's still signing up for extra duties on the hardwood. This week saw him enlisting, yet again, for play with his Spanish national team.Gasol is set to compete for his country in September's Eurobasket tournament, which helps determine qualifications...
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June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Bulls fire Tom Thibodeau

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports The Chicago Bulls announced Thursday that they have fired head coach Tom Thibodeau. “The Chicago Bulls have a history of achieving great success on and off the court,” Chicago Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. “These accomplishments have been possible because of an organizational culture where input from all parts of the organization has been...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss
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