I Can’t Breathe shirts
James, Garnett, Irving, and Williams wear the black shirts with white text during the pre-game warmups for the Nets-Cavs clash, after Bulls guard Derrick Rose wore the same shirt in a Saturday pre-game warmup in solidarity for Garner. Nets guard Jarrett Jack, who played for the Cavs last season and says he supplied the Cavs players with the shirts after he heard James was looking for them:
I just heard people’s opinion on the topic, and I know [the Cavaliers] are on the road, this is the place where it happened, so if they wanted to be a part of the cause or make a statement without actually necessarily saying any words, I definitely extended the invitation…I know us as a team we’re gonna go out and try to make a stance and show that we’re a team that’s not with prejudice. We want to have tolerance for everybody.
Needs knee surgery
Rose has a torn meniscus in his right knee that requires surgery. Rose remains under contract through the 2016-17 NBA season. A surgery date and a recovery timeline have not yet been set.
Magic 105-103 Bulls
The Magic win 105-103. Oladipo scores 23 points, Vucecic scores 22 points. For the Bulls, Butler scores 19 points and Gasol scores 16. Rose:
I felt all right, think it was about right. It’ll get better the more I play, but I’m getting better every week. It’ll take some time, but I’ll get there.
On watching the game from the bench:
Very hard. At the same time, it’s all about patience. I’m going to have my turn. Right now while I’m not playing, I’m just trying to learning a little more and seeing how they’re playing. The only thing I can do is just sit back and watch and learn.
There’s no playoff but we’re trying to treat every game like a playoff game. There’s teams that we’re playing that are playoff seeds, but we’re trying to get better too.
Bulls 89-78 Heat
The Bulls win 89-78. Gasol scores a double-double (16 points and 15 rebounds), Aaron Brooks scores 14 points and Rose scores 12 points. For the Heat, Whiteside scores a double-double (19 points and 16 rebounds), Dragic scores 15 points and Beasley scores 13 points. Gasol:
Once we started getting into them, getting rebounds, containing them to one shot, things turned around.
Noah on Chicago’s first half:
It was embarrassing.
We’re all frustrated. We’re all embarrassed when you’re in those situations and you can’t stop an avalanche like that.
You just keep coming back until they tell you your season is over. This team has been through a lot. A loss, a bad 24 minutes, that’s not going to deter us from coming back and doing our job.
Bulls 113-106 Bucks Game 3
The Bulls win 113-106. Rose scores 34 points, Butler scores 24 points. Antetokounmpo scores 25 points and Khris Middleton scores 18 points for the Bucks. Chicago leads 3-0 the East First Round Series. Coach Thibodeau on Butler’s performance:
Jimmy set the tone for that.
Butler on Rose:
Playing with Derrick, he makes everything easier for everybody.
Middleton on Bucks loss:
We just got sloppy and stagnant.
It’s playoff basketball. I’m still trying to catch a rhythm. Sometimes I get winded. I catch a second wind and I come back good. But I can’t think about that.
Bucks 92-90 Bulls Game 3
Bucks win 92-90. Mayo scores 18 points, Dudley scores 13 points and five assists and Antetokounmpo scores ten points and eight rebounds. Butler scores 33 points, Gasol scores a double-double (16 points, ten rebounds) and Rose scores 14 points, six assists for the Bulls. Chicago leads East First Round Series 3-1.
Coach Kidd on Game 3 victory:
We thought we got better tonight. We found ourselves with a `W.
Bayless on Dudley:
I was curious. I just wanted to know, Are you going to look for this?.
Coach Thibodeau on Game 3 loss:
I’m not going to put it on that last play. There were a lot of other plays throughout the course of the game. When you turn the ball over like that you’re not going to have success.
Gasol on Bulls turnovers:
But that definitely didn’t lose us the game. Mistakes will happen – we just made too many of them throughout the game.
Bucks 94-88 Bulls Game 5
The Bucks win 94-88. Carter-Williams scores 22 points and nine assists, Middleton scores 21 points. Gasol scores 25 points and ten rebounds, Butler scores 20 points and Rose scores 13 points for the Bulls. Chicago leads series 3-2.
Coach Kidd on Game 5 victory:
A lot of people look at it as house money. You can always talk about the future, but we don’t. We don’t really understand what the future holds for us. We’ve got to stay in the present. This is what this team has done all year. They haven’t looked at the future. They’ve just stayed in the present.
We believe that we can beat this team, and we felt that we shouldn’t be going home right now.
Gibson on Bulls loss:
They came into us, put us on our heels early, and we’ve got to battle back. very team is talented in this league. It comes down to execution and will. We just didn’t have it tonight.
Bulls 99-92 Cavaliers Game 1
The Bulls win 99-92. Rose scores 25 points, Gasol scores 21 points and Butler scores 20 points. Irving scores 30 points and James scores 19 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Chicago leads East Semifinals 1-0.
Rose on comeback:
I just appreciate everything. getting back on the floor, my fans, every aspect of basketball. It’s allowed me to change my life and my family’s life. I owe so much to this sport. I’m just trying to roll with it.
James on Game 1 loss:
We all just have to play better. I wasn’t that good tonight.
Butler on Rose:
Derrick was making the right plays every time.
You can’t get wrapped up in it. We’re going to have to play a lot better in the next game.
Cavaliers 106-91 Bulls Game 2
The Cavaliers win 106-91. James scores 33 points and Irving scores 21 points. Butler scores 18 points, Rose scores 14 points and ten assists and Gasol scores 11 points for the Bulls. The East Semifinals Series ties 1-1.
James on Game 2 comeback:
It was in my locker and I decided to give it a go. It was time for it to make a comeback.
On Cavaliers injuries:
We’re a little banged up, we’re short-handed, so I have to be aggressive. Even more aggressive than my usual self, and I was happy I was able to make a couple of plays to help our team win tonight.
Irving on James:
There wasn’t one possession where he wasn’t dominant. When he has that mindset, he’s the greatest player playing our game right now.
Bulls 99-96 Cavaliers Game 3
The Bulls win 99-96. Rose scores 30 points, Butler scores 20 points. James scores 27 points and 14 assists for the Cavaliers. Chicago leads East Semifinals 2-1. Rose on Game 3 performance:
I’m just thankful and grateful that my teammates gave me the ball. They believed in me down the stretch. They kept getting me the ball, kept encouraging me to play the way that I usually play. And no, I did not call glass.
Butler on Game 3 win:
It was huge. We needed that. That’s what he does.
James on Game 3:
You follow the game plan, they make a shot – you live with it. It’s when you make mistakes during the game plan, those would be the ones that are hard to live with. I know it’s easy for me to say that. The shot was not made on me. The guy took a tough shot. Tip your hat to him.
On Noah hard foul:
I’m a father with three kids. It got very disrespectful. I’m OK with competing against Jo. I love the competitive nature, but we should leave it there. The disrespectful words that he said to me were uncalled for.
Cavaliers 86-84 Bulls Game 4
Cavaliers win 86-84. James scores 25 points,Mozgov scores 15 points and Smith scores 13 points. Rose scores 31 points, Butler scores 19 points for the Bulls, The East Semifinals Series is tied 1-1. James on win shot:
I was supposed to take the ball out. I told Coach there was no way I’m taking the ball out unless I could shoot it over the backboard and go in. So I told him, Have somebody else take the ball out.’ The play that was drawn up, I scratched it. I just told Coach, Just give me the ball. We’re either going to go into overtime or I’m going to win it for us.
Rose on James:
There’s nothing you can do about it. He hit a great shot. He’s a hell of a player. We just have to make sure that if we’re in that position again, just make sure that we force him out a little bit more or make someone else get the ball.
I thought the last two (games) could have gone either way. They’re hard fought. They’re a great team.
Cavaliers 94-73 Bulls Game 6
The Cavaliers win 94-73. Dellavedova scores 19 points, James scores 15 points and Thompson scoress 13 points, 17 rebounds. Butler scores 20 points and Rose scores 14 points for the Bulls. Cleveland wins East Semifinals Series 4-2. James on Cavaliers:
These guys work their tails off every single day when you guys are not around. Yes, I’m a little bit surprised because of how we’ve handled the postseason so far. These are first-timers right here (Dellavedova and Thompson) as well as Kyrie and Kev before the injury. They want to be good, they want to be great, and every single day they prepare the right way.
I do everything for my team, do everything for my teammates. I want these guys to be able to feel this moment. That’s what I came back here for. I’ve got four guys that never made the postseason that played a huge role on this team.
Coach Thibodeau on Bulls:
Yeah. Until they tell me I’m not, I expect to be here. That’s the way I’m going to approach it.
Rape, drugging suit filed
A woman sues Rose, accusing him of criminal activities including rape and drugging. The woman, identified only as “Jane Doe” in the lawsuit, claims that she dated Rose from 2011 to 2013. During that time, Rose allegedly tried to pressure her to masturbate in front of him, allow him to have sex with her friends and engage in group sex with strangers, all of which she says she refused. She says the two continued to date until August 2013, when Rose and two friends, Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton (who is Rose’s personal manager), invited her to Rose’s Beverly Hills house, where, she says, they slipped a drug into her drink with the aim of raping her. She escaped the house with a friend, but later that night, Rose and his friends broke into her apartment and gang raped her while she was incapacitated. She says she remembers only “flashes” of the incident, but can remember the defendants forcibly raping her. Rose’s spokesperson:
The plaintiff’s allegations are completely false and without any factual basis. This is nothing more than a desperate attempt to shake down a highly respected and successful athlete. Mr. Rose was in a non-exclusive, consensual sexual relationship with the plaintiff for over two years. The plaintiff expressed no complaints about Mr. Rose until various lawyers began to surface and demand that the plaintiff be paid millions of dollars
Bulls trade Rose
In a multiplayer deal, the Bulls trade point guard Rose, to the Knicks. Bulls chairman Reinsdorf:
Knowing Derrick as I do makes this trade a hard one. Everyone knows him as the local kid who became MVP for his hometown team, but not everyone got to know him like I did. While he is a terrific basketball player, he is an even better person with a tremendous heart. I wish him the best of health for the remainder of his career, and I want to personally thank him for everything that he did on the court and in the community during his time with the Chicago Bulls.