The Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson has indicated that he is not interested in returning to the sideline.
General Manager Billy King said he did not want to rush the search process, which was expected to include top N.B.A. assistants and established head coaches.
Despite a heel injury, Joakim Noah delivered on his promise of a Game 7 victory over the Nets by scoring 24 points, pulling in 14 rebounds and blocking 6 shots.
In Game 7, the injury ravaged Bulls stopped a rally by the Nets, who fell behind by as many as 17 points in the first half but closed the gap to 4.
The question is not whether Chicago can come up with a new offensive or defensive scheme. It is whether the Bulls will have enough healthy players to overcome a flawed Nets team.
The Warriors eliminated the Nuggets in an exciting series on Thursday night. Making it through the Bulls-Nets series was harder work.
The series has morphed into a taut and tense prizefight between two like-minded opponents who never lost faith in their ability to beat each other up.
Chicago gave the Nets all they could handle, scrapping until the last second, but the Nets prevailed, forging back from a three-games-to-one series deficit to force a Game 7.
Entering Game 6 of their first-round playoff series, the Nets and the Bulls appeared to be surviving on athletic tape and willpower.
The applause after Jason Collins announced that he is gay signified that a new generation has moved in.
The Chicago Bulls were missing Kirk Hinrich with a bruised calf and Luol Deng to a virus. Two other players suited up despite battling their own illnesses.
In Game 5, a must-win, the Nets found a way to outlast the Bulls, sending the series back to Chicago for Game 6 on Thursday.
The Bulls’ Nate Robinson had 20 points and 8 assists, but he did not display the electrifying form that he showed in Game 4. Robinson called his effort “not good enough.”
Dwight Howard is ejected, the N.H.L playoffs promise trademark unpredictability and Tim Tebow is a Jet no more.
Carlos Boozer, a former free-agent consolation prize who has drawn heavy criticism, has emerged as the Bulls’ top offensive threat in the playoffs against the Nets.
The Nets blew a 14-point lead in regulation but fought through two overtimes before succumbing to Chicago in the third. The Bulls lead, 3-1, in the first-round playoff series.
The 5-foot-9 Nate Robinson, a backup point guard to the injured Derrick Rose, became an unlikely hero in amemorable game against the Nets.
Billy King traded for guard Joe Johnson and, after the season began, fired Coach Avery Johnson. Most important, the Nets went 49-33 and are in the playoffs.
The Bulls have all but ignored the Nets’ Reggie Evans and Gerald Wallace to focus on stopping Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson.
The Nets got 10 points from Brook Lopez in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to come back against the Bulls, who took a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.
General Manager Billy King, who oversaw the team’s move to Brooklyn and its overhauled roster, is close to reaching a multiyear extension that would keep him in the job.
The Nets, with Coach P. J. Carlesimo, have revamped their lineup and rotation throughout the season, and that strategy is continuing against the Bulls in the playoffs.
Joe Johnson was listed as questionable for Game 3 of the Nets-Bulls series with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.
Swarming and tenacious, the Bulls used better choreographed defense in Game 2 to tie their series with the Nets.
Manchester United won the Premier League; the Chicago Bulls fought back to even their series with the Nets.
New York basketball has been down for a while, and it certainly has never had two N.B.A. title contenders. A hoops version of a subway series would be a great remedy.
With the regular season coming to an end, The Times paid its final visit to Section 15 and talked with Jerome Dixon, the section’s usher.
Brook Lopez repeatedly sneaked undetected into the heart of the Bulls’ defense, but Coach Tom Thibodeau is expected to make adjustments to limit Lopez in Game 2 on Monday night.
With one reverse dunk in Game 1 against the Chicago Bulls, the Nets point guard showed that his ankles are no longer keeping him earthbound.
The author fell in love with the team, and the player Wendell Ladner in particular, when they were in the old A.B.A. The pain that would bring was not confined to basketball.