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Build Your Own All-Chicago Bulls News Network: A Fan’s View

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Yippee! After a dismal offseason for Chicago Bulls fans then two months of little to read (or write) about, training camp is finally here (it starts tomorrow) . That means it's time to time to start following the news, which is easier than ever thanks to Twitter, Facebook and the web.

Here's how to keep up with all the need-to-knows by building your very own all-Bulls all-the-time news network.

Your first three cyber-resources should include the team's official web site, Twitter feed and Facebook page. All three are good sources of general info, including details on upcoming games, tickets and more. The web site also features live pregame shows and plenty of great video interviews throughout the season.

Next up are your favorite players. Several Bulls have Twitter accounts, including all five starters: Derrick Rose, Rip Hamilton, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah. Pretty much everyone else one too: Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, Marco Belinelli, Nazr Mohammed, Nate Robertson and Marquis Teague.

I'm disappointed to report that Vladimir Radmanovic is Twitter-less, as is Kirk Hinrich. Nikola Mirotic tweets, but you'll need an interpreter.

A few players also have Facebook pages, but outside of Rose (six million likes), none are active.

Another great way to track the Bulls is by following beat reporters on Twitter. My favorites are K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, ESPN's Nick Friedell, Aggrey Sam of CSN-Chicago, and Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald. Friedell frequently holds great impromptu Q-and-A sessions with fans when he has a free hour here or there, or when he gets stuck in airports.

Hall of Famer Sam Smith, who wins the prize for most distracting Twitter background (it makes my eyes hurt), is a must-follow, as is Bulls radio producer Jeff Mangurten, who's a wealth of great statistical info. Others include Bulls TV color commentator Stacey King, and the radio broadcast team of Chuck Swirsky and Bill Wennington.

My favorite Bulls blogger, Doug Thonus of Chicago Bulls Confidential, tweets all of his new entries and also frequently interacts with fans.

Web sites to bookmark include the Yahoo! Sports Chicago Bulls home page, where you can follow the 2012-13 season with your truly, and ESPN's clubhouse.

Google alerts are another good resource. By signing up for, you guessed it, "Chicago Bulls," you'll receive a daily email complete with links to all of the day's stories, blogs and other media coverage. It's one-stop shopping for all your Bulls news without any work.

YCN featured sports contributor Steve Merritt is - for better or worse - a lifelong Chicago Bulls, Bears and Cubs fan. He's followed the Bulls since 1969, when he began tuning in after bedtime on a cheap dime store radio tucked under his pillow. Follow the 2012-13 Chicago Bulls season from A Fan's View on Facebook.

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