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Gasol Says He Will Play in Game 6

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, who missed the past two games with a strained left hamstring, says he will be on the court for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.

"I made some good progress today," Gasol said after the Bulls' workout on Wednesday. "No residual pain from (Tuesday) also works. We're making progress. At the end of the day, (Thursday) is the game and I'll do everything I can to help the team. ...I'll be out there. Whichever way I can be, I will be."

The 34-year-old Gasol should provide a huge boost to the Bulls offense -- he played in 78 regular season games this season, averaging 18.5 points per game on 49 percent shooting from the field.

The Bulls currently trail the Cavaliers 3-2 in the series.

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Gasol's Status for Game 4 Unknown 

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(CHICAGO) -- Bulls forward Pau Gasol has a strained left hamstring and his status for Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers is unknown.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said the MRI on Gasol's hamstring revealed the strain.

"[He's] day to day," Thibodeau said. "He didn't do anything today. We just did some walkthrough stuff."

Thibodeau wasn't committed to whether Gasol would play on Sunday or not.

"We'll see how he feels [Sunday]," Thibodeau said.

Gasol said after Game 3 that he hurt the hamstring in Game 2 and was hoping he would be able to play through the injury, but he wasn't able to do so. Gasol scored six points in 22 minutes and had to leave the game in the second half.

"We don't know the [extent] of his injury yet," Bulls forward Taj Gibson said. "I hope he'll play, I hope he'll be OK, but if not it's up to us to come together as a team. Like we've said, it's going to take everybody on our roster to get the job done. You never know when your number is going to be called. Just got to be ready."

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Rose has Knee Surgery, Should Miss 4-6 Weeks

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose had successful knee surgery and should be able to return to the team in four to six weeks, Bulls general manager Gar Forman said Friday.

The 24-year-old Rose has had surgeries on both of his knees in the past couple years. Those surgeries caused Rose to miss most of the past two seasons, but this one shouldn't keep the former MVP off the court as long.

"There's the old saying that surgery's minor as long as it's on somebody else," Forman said. "But in this case, in comparison to what Derrick's had to go through the last several years, this surgery really was minor."

Rose tore his medial meniscus in his right knee for the second time in 15 months. The previous time Rose had surgery he missed most of the 2013-14 season. This time should prove to be less serious as Rose was able to walk out of the hospital after the surgery.

Rose could also begin working out at the team's practice facility as soon as Saturday, according to Forman.

Rose has played in 46 games this season and is averaging 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and five assists per game.

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Gasol Leads Bulls Past Bucks, 95-87

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Bulls power forward Pau Gasol scored 46 points and pulled down 18 rebounds as Chicago (26-12) defeated the Milwaukee Bucks (20-19) on Saturday night, 95-87.

The 34-year-old Gasol was 17 for 30 from the field and 12 for 13 from the charity stripe. Shooting guard Kirk Hinrich contributed 16 points while guard Jimmy Butler had nine points, eight rebounds and 10 assists.

Gasol opened the game with seven straight points as Chicago outscored Milwaukee in the first quarter 29-19. He would seal the victory for the Bulls in the fourth quarter, scoring six of their final 10 points.

Point guard Brandon Knight led the way for Milwaukee with 20 points while shooting guard Jared Dudley had 15 points.

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ESPN: Bulls to Sign G Aaron Brooks 

Sacramento Kings/NBA(NEW YORK) --  The Chicago Bulls are finalizing a contract with free agent guard Aaron Brooks, according to ESPN.

The addition of Brooks gives the Bulls another scoring option off the bench.  Chicago has retooled its roster during the offseason with the additions of former All-Star Pau Gasol, European forward Nikola Mirotic, and rookie guard Doug McDermott in hopes of competing for the Eastern Conference crown.

The 29-year-old Brooks was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 26th overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft out of the University of Oregon.

Brooks averaged 9.0 points and 3.2 assists per game last season while playing for the Rockets and Denver Nuggets.

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Pau Gasol Announces He's Signing with the Bulls

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- The free agent dominos have begun to fall in the NBA. Free agent forward/center Pau Gasol has announced via Twitter that he will sign with the Chicago Bulls.

"It hasn't been easy. After meditating it a lot I've chosen to play with the Chicago Bulls. Looking forward to this new chapter of my career," Gasol Tweeted on Saturday.

The 34-year-old Gasol spent over six seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, and helped lead them to two NBA championships.

Aside from top-tier guys like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, Gasol was one of the top names out there on the free agent market.

While he's struggled with durability issues the past couple pf seasons, he remains one of the better all-around big men and should mesh nicely with All-Star center Joakim Noah.

In 60 games for the Lakers this past season, Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.4 blocks per game.

The Bulls have to decide by Wednesday whether or not they will amnesty forward Carlos Boozer or find a trade destination for him so that they can fit Gasol's contract under the salary cap.

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Jason Collins Makes History as Nets Top Lakers 

Jeff Gross/Getty Images Sport (LOS ANGELES) --  History was made in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Jason Collins signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the day, and he became the first openly gay athlete to serve as an active player in one of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues.

Nearly 10 months after he revealed his sexuality in a Sports Illustrated article, Collins played 11 minutes as the Nets defeated the Lakers 108-102. He had two rebounds and five fouls, but did not score any points.

"I know that I can play in the NBA and it felt good to be out there tonight," Collins said. "Conditioning-wise, I felt good. I don't think I got tired. It was a lot of fun to get back out on the court and set screens, hard fouls. Didn't take any charges tonight -- that'll change. I'll get in position next time. As far as basketball timing, it's going to take at least a couple of practices."

Deron Williams led the Nets (26-28) with a season-high 30 points and seven assists. Brooklyn snapped an 11-game losing streak against the Lakers.

"In the society we live in, you know this was going to happen eventually," Nets forward Paul Pierce said of Collins' first game. "He is a guy who's going to be able to open the door for so many athletes -- not only in America but around the world -- to feel comfortable to come out and not feel embarrassed and feel like they're welcomed in the sports world. It isn't about race, gender or sexuality. It's about being a part of a team and caring for one another. That's all that matters at the end of the day."

Collins is a 12-year NBA veteran who spent his first six-plus season with the Nets, helping them reach the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.  This was his first appearance in an NBA game since April 17, 2013, with the Washington Wizards.

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Kobe Bryant Practices for First Time Since Tearing Achilles

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the first time since tearing his left Achilles last April, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant returned to practice.

Bryant participated in on-court drills with teammates Saturday.

"He looked good and did a few moves I didn't expect him to do right away," forward Pau Gasol said. "I'm very happy for him and for us, and definitely looking forward to when he'll play in a game."

The normal recovery process for a torn Achilles is 12 months, but normal isn't a word often used to describe Bryant.

"I feel like I'm ahead of schedule," Bryant said to NBA TV Friday. "If there was a playoff game tonight, I'd play. I'd play. I don't know how effective I'd be, but I would play."

The Lakers (4-7) are currently three games out of first place in the Pacific Division.

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“He looked good and did a few moves I didn’t expect him to do right away,” said Pau Gasol. “I’m very happy for him and for us, and definitely looking forward to when he’ll play in a game.” - See more at:
“He looked good and did a few moves I didn’t expect him to do right away,” said Pau Gasol. “I’m very happy for him and for us, and definitely looking forward to when he’ll play in a game.” - See more at:
“He looked good and did a few moves I didn’t expect him to do right away,” said Pau Gasol. “I’m very happy for him and for us, and definitely looking forward to when he’ll play in a game.” - See more at:
“He looked good and did a few moves I didn’t expect him to do right away,” said Pau Gasol. “I’m very happy for him and for us, and definitely looking forward to when he’ll play in a game.” - See more at:

D'Antoni Having Open Competition for Jobs

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(BEIJING) -- After getting knocked out of the playoffs in the first round last season, Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni is lighting a fire under his players this preseason.

The team will have to start the regular season without 15-time All-Star and five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant, who is still recovering from a torn Achilles tendon and an ailing right knee.

"We have guys competing for jobs," D'Antoni said at practice Monday as the team gets ready for games in China. "They're trying to earn jobs. So it's a hard time for these players but they're doing well."

With Dwight Howard signing with the Rockets in the offseason, a lot of the Lakers production will come from center Pau Gasol and guard Steve Nash.

"It's just a matter of having everybody else healthy so we have as many guys as possible to be able to make up for Kobe's absence," Gasol said.

Bryant is expected to miss much of the season, but still hopes to be back.

"I think it was an unfortunate year," the popular Bryant told the Chinese media on Monday. "We got so many injuries, decimated with injuries. But...we're looking forward to getting back out there this year and making up for lost time."

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Spurs Bash Lakers 103-82 to Complete Series Sweep 

Jeff Gross/Getty Image(LOS ANGELES) --  Just like that, it was the end of a tumultuous season for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Tony Parker scored 23 points as the San Antonio Spurs completed its first-round sweep of the injury-plagued Lakers with a 103-82 victory in Game 4.

The Spurs led by as many as 25 points in the win and never trailed.

"Obviously, it wasn't a fair fight," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "When you're a competitor, you want to compete on an even basis, and the Lakers weren't able to do that...Even though it wasn't a fair fight, we still want to win the series, and I'm glad we did. Our focus was great."

Dwight Howard had seven points and eight rebounds for the Lakers before getting ejected in the third quarter after picking up his second technical foul.  Pau Gasol paced the team with 16 points.

Howard said after the game that the season was "like a nightmare. It's like a bad dream, and we just couldn't wake up from it. That's what it felt like."

Tim Duncan added 11 points for the Spurs, who will face the winner of Golden State's series with Denver in the Western Conference semifinals.

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