Don't get it twisted, Rondo says he's fired up about the Bulls' chances this year -- but says the guys really click when it comes to helping people.
Common I Still Love D-Rose ... It Was Time To Move On
6/27/2016 5:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Common was leaving Equinox -- where he practically LIVES -- and asked the huge Bulls fan how he felt about the blockbuster trade that sent Rose to the Knicks.
Check the clip -- Common seems to be pretty at peace with it ... telling our guy D-Rose will ALWAYS have his support ... because Chicago always supports its own.
Tracy McGrady If The '97 Bulls Had Me THEY WOULDN'T HAVE WON CRAP
6/26/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tracy McGrady thinks there was a way to stop Michael Jordan & the Bulls from winning the '97 NBA title ... just add a little T-Mac ... saying the team woulda never won had he been on the squad.
We got McGrady out at LAX and asked him about his claim that he was almost traded for Scottie Pippen during the 1997 NBA Draft.
The Bulls went on to win a ring that year so the question is ... would they have won that title with a young McGrady instead of an old(ish) Pip?
Check out the clip -- T-Mac keeps it real ... saying he was just too damn young (18 when he was drafted) to help the Bulls win a 'chip in '97.
Wow ... a humble athlete ... what the hell is the world coming to?
Klay Thompson's Dad Scottie Pippen Is WRONG Warriors Would Beat '96 Bulls
4/4/2016 7:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Thompson -- a former NBA #1 overall pick -- was out in L.A. when we asked him about Pip saying his record setting Bulls team would SWEEP the Warriors if the two were able to magically meet up.
The comments caught fire on social media with some accusing Pippen of old man "get off my yard" nostalgic bravado ... and some saying he was dead on.
Count Mychal among that first group ... 'cause he says Steph and the gang would take out MJ and Pippen's crew in a sizzling seven game series.
Check out the clip -- and let the barber shop arguments begin.
Jeremy Piven Message To Bulls Fans DON'T GIVE UP ON DERRICK ROSE!!!
3/12/2016 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Entourage" star Jeremy Piven has an answer to the biggest sports question currently dogging his native city of Chicago ...
Is it time to finally give up on former MVP Derrick Rose?
Rose hasn't been the same since he won the award a few years ago ... and after all the injuries, legal issues and subpar play, some are wondering if it's high time to move on.
We got Piven -- a die hard Chicago sports fan -- doing some shopping out in L.A. and laid the question out to him ... his answer is sure to make the entire Rose family breathe a sigh of relief.
Hey, they haven't given up on the Cubs yet ... why treat Derrick any different?
NBA's Doug McDermott Hey Kendall Jenner ... HOLLA AT ME!!!
2/2/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dear Kendall Jenner ...
Sick of sharing Justin Bieber with your sister?
Well, meet Chicago Bulls small forward Doug McDermott.
He's 6'8". He's rich. And he's down to hook up!
Check out this clip of Doug in Bev Hills -- raving about the Kardashian family ... and Kendall in particular.
In fact, the guy hit TMZ Sports with the task of "hooking it up" ... so, here ya go!!!
Ball's in her court now.
Rudy Tomjanovich On How to Beat Warriors: 'If I Knew, I'd Still Be Coaching'
1/27/2016 10:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Funny candid moment with Rudy Tomjanovich.
The former Rockets and Lakers head coach was at Staples Center Tuesday night for the game ... when asked a question everyone's trying to figure out -- how do you beat the Warriors?
His answer's pretty funny.
We also asked if he thinks the Warriors can win 73 games this season ... eclipsing the 95-96 Bulls.
Check out his answer.
Ron Harper '96 Bulls Would BEAT '15 Warriors ... Period.
11/18/2015 8:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Golden State Warriors are good ... but they're NOT the 1996 Chicago Bulls ... so says Ron Harper who says his squad is the greatest NBA team of all time.
The Warriors are 12-0 and dominating -- crushing opponents by an average of 15 points a game ... drawing comparisons to the legendary '96 Bulls ... the first team to ever win 70 regular season games.
We asked Ron if he thought the Warriors had a shot to break their record (72-10), he didn't hold back.
"Records are made to be broken but that Bulls team was built on defense and was a BETTER team than the Golden State Warriors."
Harper added, "and no one wins a championship in November and December."
FYI -- the Bulls started 10-2 through their first 12 games ... with superstars like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc and Dennis Rodman playing out of their minds on their way to an NBA title.
By the way, Steve Kerr was also on the '96 Bulls team ... and happens to be the current coach of Golden State.
Wonder if he feels the same way Harper does ...
Ron Harper Defends Michael Jordan Kareem's Got Him All Wrong
11/4/2015 9:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jordan's former Chicago Bulls teammate is coming to his defense ... with Ron Harper telling us Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's criticism of MJ is simply unfair ... he ABSOLUTELY cares about people over shoe sales.
Kareem went after MJ during an event in D.C. last week for an incident that went down back in '92 ... when Jordan reportedly refused to help black democrat Harvey Gantt in his campaign to unseat racist republican senator Jesse Helms because "Republicans buy sneakers, too."
Kareem said, "You can’t be afraid of losing shoe sales if you’re worried about your civil and human rights. [Jordan] took commerce over conscience. It’s unfortunate for him, but he’s gotta live with it."
But Ron isn't buying what Kareem is selling -- claiming MJ is a "very conscientious kind of guy."
"He may not come out and tell the world [what his values are] ... but he's one of the smartest guys I've ever been around."
"Some of the stuff he do may not get on TV on camera like some other athletes like to portray themselves as, conscientious Americans, but my boy MJ ... he knows what he's doing in life. Michael Jordan is caring."
'New Girl' Star Lamorne Morris Chicago Fans, Lay Off Derrick Rose He's The Best Bull Since Jordan
2/26/2015 10:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Morris was out at Warwick nightclub in L.A. Wednesday night when we asked the Chicago native and huge Bulls fan about the Windy City's reaction to D-Rose's latest injury setback.
It's been pretty bad for Derrick since it was announced he'd have to have ANOTHER knee surgery, with memes, tweets, and IG posts all slamming the injury prone superstar.
Check out the clip -- Morris goes off on anyone taking Rose to task, reminding Bulls fans just how much the team sucked after Jordan left, and saying the city is lucky to have him.
BONUS -- He gives a pretty dynamite Stephen A. Smith impression at the end of the video, you'll want to see it.
Olden Polynice MJ Woulda Had 3 More Rings Had Bulls Kept Me Over Pippen
10/24/2014 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The 49-year-old ex-NBA star was out in L.A. this week and talked about the blockbuster trade from the '87 NBA Draft ... when he was selected by the Bulls as the 8th overall pick -- but was then immediately traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Pippen.
"We were never SUPPOSED to be traded," Olden tells us ... "If I had played for Chicago, we woulda won more titles."
"And I didn't have migraines early on in my career ... I've never had migraines like Scottie ... so there were a couple of years they really could've beaten Detroit ... and they didn't."
BTW -- Scottie was ranked as one of the 50 greatest players in the history of the NBA ... but Olden says that stat doesn't matter -- he would have been the better man for the Bulls.
In fact, O.P. says had the Bulls kept him -- instead of Pippen -- they would've won at least 3 more titles (9 overall) ... and Michael Jordan "woulda been knockin' on Bill Russell's door."
Check out the clip.
Michael Jordan Could Still 'Embarrass' NBA Players ... Says Al Jefferson
3/12/2014 7:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
51-year-old Michael Jordan could still DESTROY some NBA players ... despite the fact he hasn't played in the league in more than a decade ... so says Charlotte Bobcats big man Al Jefferson.
Now that Al plays for MJ's team ... we had to ask if he's ever challenged his boss to a little 1-on-1 when no one was looking.
"Nah, he might beat me ... embarrass me man ... hurt my confidence!"
Al could have a point -- after all, MJ was seen DUNKING at a shoot-around session a couple of months ago.
ESPN Announcer Did He Drop an F-Bomb During NBA Broadcast?
3/8/2014 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
During last night's game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Chicago Bulls, ESPN's Jon Barry either dropped a very causal F-bomb or ... well, we really don't have another option.
As Grizzlies center Marc Gasol drained a midrange jumper, Barry remarked, "four f**king jumpers he's knocked down."
It's possible Barry said something else (one site postulated he was trying to say "flat-footed" jumpers), but it's clear he got a little tongue-tied.
[h/t the ironically named Fire Jon Barry]