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Ron Adams becomes an assistant with Thunder

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The Chicago Bulls announced today that Special Assignments Scout Ron Adams will return to coaching as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder's coaching staff.

"Ron has a great understanding and knowledge of the NBA, and is a tremendous teacher of the game. While we are going to miss him here in Chicago, he will fit in well in Oklahoma City," said Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson. "He played a key role working with our players over the past five-plus years and I expect him to do the same in his new role with the Thunder."

In his 18th year in the NBA, Adams joined the Bulls prior to the 2003-04 campaign, as a member of Bill Cartwright's staff. Over the next five seasons he worked alongside Cartwright, Scott Skiles and Jim Boylan. During his five years as an assistant coach on the Bulls' bench, Chicago went 193-217 and advanced to the NBA Playoffs three times.

Hinrich could return in two weeks

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Kirk Hinrich said he is well ahead of schedule with his rehabilitation following right thumb surgery (Nov. 11). Hinrich, who was expected back in February, has been dribbling and shooting at the Berto Center.
``It's getting stronger and I've been able to handle the ball,'' he said. ``In two weeks I'm hoping to be 100 percent.''

A rare New Jersey road win

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The Bulls snapped a 13-game losing streak on the road against the New Jersey Nets with their 100-87 victory Monday night, but none of the players were aware of the dismal streak.

The last time the Bulls had won in New Jersey was Apr. 17, 2001 -- when Elton Brand and Ron Artest were on the team.

"Two thousand and one?" Derrick Rose said when asked what he was doing then. "I think I was in grammar school. I wasn't even thinking about the NBA."

Gooden out vs. Nets tonight

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Drew Gooden is improving from his sprained right ankle on a daily basis, but the 6-10 power forward isn't yet ready to return to action and won't play tonight when the Bulls wrap up a four-game road stretch against the New Jersey Nets.

Small forward Luol Deng (sprained left ankle) also is out.

Andres Nocioni participated in the Bulls' morning shootaround and will play tonight despite continuing issues with his neck.

Deng sprains ankle, could be out a while

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The last thing the Bulls need right now is another serious injury, but it appears that's precisely what happened Friday night during a 90-77 loss to the Miami Heat.

Luol Deng suffered a sprained left ankle early in the third quarter and did not return. He left American Airlines Arena on crutches and definitely won't play Saturday night in Atlanta. He said afterward the injury was severe and he could be sidelined for two weeks.

Drew Gooden is already out with a sprained right ankle and Kirk Hinrich, of course, has been sidelined since November with a torn thumb ligament.

Nocioni to undergo MRI Friday

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Andres Nocioni was accidentally hit in the head by Aaron Gray's elbow during practice Thursday. Nocioni complained of tingling in his arms and hands. He will undergo a precautionary MRI Friday in Miami, where the Bulls play the Heat in a nationally-televised game.
Drew Gooden (sprained ankle) will not play at Miami or at Atlanta Saturday.

Rose seventh among conference guards in all-star votes

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Bulls rookie Derrick Rose trails six guards in all-star voting results, the second round, released by the league Thursday:
Dwyane Wade (Mia) 1,229,858; Allen Iverson (Det) 858,469; Vince Carter (NJ) 600,087; Ray Allen (Bos) 354,642; Devin Harris (NJ) 267,504; Gilbert Arenas (Wash) 205,223; Derrick Rose (Chi) 203,687; Luke Ridnour (Mil) 197,933; Jose Calderon (Tor) 193,715; Jameer Nelson (Orl) 174,081; Joe Johnson (Atl) 162,772.
Paper ballots can be cast through Jan. 11. Votes at can be cast through Jan. 19.

Landing Ociepka, no plane old deal

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A Bulls source confirmed to me a yahoo report that the Minnesota Timberwolves asked the Bulls up for five airline tickets in order to let Bob Ociepka become an assistant coach on Vinny Del Negro's staff.
``Everyone expected the Wolves to give the blessing and let Ociepka go,'' a league source told yahoo. ``It was common courtesy.''
The Wolves wanted the tickets in order so they could fly in candidates to replace Ociepka. The demand is believed to be an NBA first. My Bulls source didn't know if the team actually agreed to paying for the tickets.
Imagine the Bulls would have had to throw in a 777 if the much talked-about Bulls-Minnesota trade for Kevin Garnett had become a reality before he was dealt to Boston.

Gooden out, Thomas likely to miss game at Detroit

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Drew Gooden and Tyrus Thomas sat out practice Monday. Thomas did some shooting but was still suffering some symptoms from his concussion. A decision to play Thomas Tuesday against the Pistons will be made after the team's morning shootaround at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Gooden stll has swelling in his sprained right and is not expected to be back for at least another week.

Gooden, Thomas out for Jazz game

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Drew Gooden (sprained right ankle) and Tyrus Thomas (concussion) are out for tonight's game against the Utah Jazz in the United Center. Andres Nocioni will start at power forward.

At this point, it's not known how long Gooden -- who was injured in the first quarter of Friday night's game at Boston -- will be sidelined by the ankle. As for Thomas, the hope is that he will be able to resume working out in the next day or two.

Derrick Rose, who suffered a knee contusion in Boston, is fine and was in the starting lineup.

Sickness spreading in locker room

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Add Andres Nocioni and Joakim Noah to the list of Bulls players battling illness, along with Larry Hughes and Luol Deng.

Nocioni didn't take part in the team's shootaround around Tuesday morning, but is expected to play tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats. In fact, all four will be in uniform and available.

"We've got some sickness, like everybody else - it's that time of year, I guess - but we have to fight through it," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "The guys that are out there playing well and hard will be the guys that will be out there."

No Mutombo moments for Gordon

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Ben Gordon didn't do the Dikembe Mutombo finger wag after either of his two shot blocks Saturday in a win over the New Jersey Nets.
``Just because they were on jump shots,'' said Gordon, who did do Mutombo's signature signal after a block of a lay up last week. ``I'm only going to do the Dikembe if I really send it out of there. Jump shots, that's nothing to brag about.''

Rose return a big deal

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Anybody who's ever attended an NBA game in FedEx Forum in Memphis knows it takes a lot to get the locals excited about a Grizzlies game, but the arena was abuzz long before the start of the Bulls-Grizzlies matchup Friday night because of the return of Derrick Rose.

Although Rose only spent one season at the University of Memphis, he made a lasting impression in leading the Tigers to the championship game of the NCAA tournament. To honor his return -- and take advantage of a rare marketing opportunity -- the Grizzlies sold lower level seats behind each basket for just $23, Rose's college number.

"Wow, that's really nice of them to do that," Rose said. "Yeah, it sort of feels like I'm in college again."

Gray out with sore knee

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Bulls center Aaron Gray, who started the last two games, is not practicing today due to right knee bursitis.

Rose will play tonight

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As expected, Derrick Rose will play tonight despite the 10-stitch wound he opened wound on his arm.

Rose reportedly gets 10 stitches for arm wound

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Derrick Rose reportedly needed 10 stitches to close an arm wound but is expected to play Tuesday against the New York Knicks. WSCR first reported that Rose rolled over onto a knife he was using to carve an apple while in bed. No further details are available until after the Bulls conclude practice.

Same starting lineup for Bucks game

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The Bulls will go with the same starting lineup for tonight's game with the Milwaukee Bucks. Derrick Rose and Ben Gordon in the backcourt, Luol Deng and Drew Gooden at forward and Joakim Noah at center.

For the Bucks, center Andrew Bogut was back after missing three games with a bone bruise of the left knee.

Derrick Rose should have won rookie of the month for November just for the move in this You Tube video.

Time to bring the donuts

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After he spent a few minutes following Monday's practice session raving about Derrick Rose, Ben Gordon was asked if the rookie had been performing any of the hazing tasks that veterans demand of newcomers.

"Just donuts," Gordon said. "He brings the donuts every morning."

At that point, someone asked if Rose brought Dunkin' Donuts to the team.

"I have no comment on that," Gordon said.

The questioner didn't realize it, but the Dunkin' Donuts comment brought back all sorts of bad memories for Gordon. Last year, then-rookie Joakim Noah brought in Dunkin' Donuts one morning instead of the preferred Krispy Kreme donuts and was given all sorts of grief by the veterans.

At one point, Gordon said in front of reporters, "We don't do Dunkin' around here."

One problem: Dunkin' Donuts is a major Bulls sponsor. Not surprisingly, two weeks later Gordon was serving donuts and coffee at a Dunkin' Donuts franchise near the team's training facility to make amends.

He wasn't going to make the same mistake again this year, so there were no specifics on the brand of donuts Rose buys.

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