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    Getty Patrick Williams #44 of the Chicago Bulls advances the ball as he looks to pass The Chicago Bulls need to put the ball in Patrick Williams’ hands more because “they’re probably going to see some more funky weird stuff”. That was CHGO_Bulls’ Will Gottlieb’s general assessment during the August 5 episode of the “CHGO Bulls Podcast” after breaking down the forward’s unique floater. But the sentiment is not uncommon as the former fourth-overall pick out of Florida State could be primed for a “huge third-year leap”, says Dime’s Jackson Frank. That will take some development from Williams in key areas, sure. There is also added pressure on the Bulls to unlock him, though, after they refused to include him in a trade for Rudy Gobert. They have also left some gaping holes with their offseason moves that make Williams arguably their most important starter.Banking on WilliamsThe Bulls’ offseason has not gone how some thought with the team following through on their mission of continuity. Whether it was the right decision or not may be up for debate....
    Getty Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams handles the ball during a game against the New York Knicks. After storming their way to the top of the Eastern Conference on the backs of All-Stars Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan early last season, the Chicago Bulls eventually found themselves in the middle of the playoff pack and getting dropped in Round 1 of postseason play. Due to untimely injuries, COVID-19 — plain ‘ol bad luck, really — the Bulls were simply in no position to make a legitimate run at the title. Nevertheless, Chicago’s success when its aces were in their proper places has given the Windy City faithful reason to hope in 2022-23. If everything comes together once again — and Lonzo Ball’s knee holds up — the Bulls have the look of a team with the potential to do some major damage in the East. On the other hand, the competition in their section of the conference table looks to have gotten stiffer this summer. As such, one Bleacher Report scribe envisions a scenario where the team considers...
    Getty DeMar DeRozan #11 and Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls speak The 2023 Chicago Bulls can only dream of reaching the same heights that the Golden State Warriors have over the last eight years. But that does not mean DeMar DeRozan would be eager to join them. Golden State has gone to eight NBA Finals in that span winning four times. An argument could be made that they are a suspension and a trio of freak injuries from having at least a couple more trophies on the mantle. Led by former Bulls great, Steve Kerr, the Warriors have become the new standard in the Association just as the Bulls once were. Still, when they came calling, one Bulls star was having none of it.DeChosen OneDeRozan was a guest on the July 28 episode of “The Draymond Green Show” hosted by the titular Dubs enforcer. Their conversation covered a wide range of topics including the 2022 All-NBA second-teamer feeling like he let the city of Chicago down early in the campaign. He would go on to rectify...
    Getty Lonzo Ball, Nikola Vucevic, and DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls. Last offseason, the Chicago Bulls completely reshaped their roster. They added DeMar DeRozan, who finished top-10 in MVP voting, Lonzo Ball, and Alex Caruso. They started off the season hot but ended up falling all the way down to the sixth seed in the East. They were swiftly eliminated in Round 1 by the Milwaukee Bucks, but so far this offseason, they have made some additions to their team in an attempt to bounce back next year. They signed Andre Drummond as the team’s backup center and added veteran Goran Dragic for guard depth. However, according to Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report, the Bulls won’t be able to accomplish any of their goals without Ball, who has missed significant time due to a knee injury. His timetable for a return is still unknown, and that’s close to the worst-case scenario for Chicago. “Yikes. Whatever Chicago’s goals are for the 2022-23 campaign—given the age and cost of its core, it better be contending for a title or...
    Getty Dalen Terry #25 of the Chicago Bulls poses We keep getting more signs that energetic Chicago Bulls rookie Dalen Terry simply “gets it”. First, the 18th-overall pick relayed just how personal coming to Chicago was for him. Then he showed it by selecting No. 25 as his jersey number in honor of late Chicago hoops legend Benji Wilson. Terry’s enthusiasm has also taken the form of wearing a Dennis Rodman shirt for his pre-game attire, another tenacious figure in Bulls history. But the rook isn’t just limiting himself to former Chicago or Bulls legends. He’s honoring current ones too while also showing love to another late basketball hero. All of these are signs of Terry’s energy and enthusiasm as the Bulls have made a point to target that type of player.Gotta Be the ShoesTerry took part in an official rookie photo shoot prior to the Bulls’ summer league finale against the Philadelphia 76ers on July 16. He donned the Bulls’ red “icon” jerseys for the shoot. But it was his footwear that caught most of the attention....
    Getty A brief altercation between Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls (L) and Bobby Portis #9 of the Milwaukee Bucks (R) is broken up The Chicago Bulls are putting a lot on the shoulders of forward Patrick Williams heading into the third year of his career. But star shooting guard Zach LaVine is pumping the breaks on some of the rhetoric surrounding his teammate. Williams’ development got interrupted last season after he suffered torn wrist ligaments on a hard foul. When healthy, he has flashed his potential often, but not consistently. Heading into next season, the Bulls’ lack of activity to this point in the offseason has some pointing to Williams’ ability to take the next step as the key for next season along with improved health overall.Working on his GameLast we saw, Williams was dropping back-to-back 20-point outings in the playoffs against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bulls were overmatched in the series. But the performances – which included a double-double – further validated his end to the regular season. Williams dropped 35 points and hit 3-of-4...
    Getty Head coach Billy Donovan of the Chicago Bulls looks on The Chicago Bulls might not be players in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes. But they can still benefit from whatever deal eventually comes. That’s if one does at all. Their role would have to be as an ancillary facilitator, though, says a rival general manager. Chicago’s offseason has been met with mixed reactions. The Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley writes the Bulls at least upgraded their bench. But they are still behind several teams in the Eastern Conference. A deal for Durant would change that math. But the Bulls not landing the 12-time All-Star and three-time champion does not mean that they couldn’t make a move that would help them significantly.Game Within A GameWhen news first broke of Durant’s request to be traded, the Bulls were among the favorites to land him. Their odds even seemed to potentially shift in their favor at one point. They went as far as making the obligatory call to the Brooklyn Nets to check the price tag. But Durant’s destination wishlist along with...
    Getty Patrick Williams #44 of the Chicago Bulls goes up for a shot As the Chicago Bulls prepare for Summer League play, forward Patrick Williams has put in the work to turn his aspirations into reality. Much of the Bulls’ success next season will hinge upon his development. Heading into his third season, Williams has said that it’s on him to take the next step in his development. He said as much during an appearance on the June 17 episode of the “Gimme the Hot Sauce” podcast with Bulls commentator Stacey King. But that has been a familiar refrain from the former fourth-overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, writes The Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley. Well, Williams’ ascension into the player the Bulls need could be coming soon.Patrick Williams BelongsWilliams has been very active this offseason. He flew out to California to train with DeMar DeRozan earlier this summer. And he has also been a regular in the gym on his own, per his Instagram stories. That training has paid off in the form of a new look...
    Getty Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls participates in warmups prior to a game The Chicago Bulls have been all about “continuity” this offseason. Bulls vice president of basketball operations, Arturas Karnisovas, has repeatedly said that he wants to see this group together healthy; a message echoed by players. As much as the Bulls would love to “run it back”, that is only possible if they can re-sign unrestricted free agent, Zach LaVine, this summer. They might be very close to that becoming a reality. LaVine’s decision has been hypothesized about since the Bulls were bounced from the postseason. But those close to the player might not be sweating this process as much as those on the outside may be.Those in the KnowThis update comes from the Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley who was reporting from the in-person introductory media availability for new Bulls rookie, Dalen Terry, the 18th-overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Terry had already wowed local media with his energy via Zoom on draft night. But LaVine, Cowley notes, was a clear alternate theme...
    Getty Lonzo Ball #2 of the Chicago Bulls participates in warmups News surrounding Chicago Bulls point guard, Lonzo Ball, has been less than upbeat through much of the offseason. But the latest update could go a long way to change the lingering public concern over his ailing knee. The worry is understandable. Ball appeared in just 35 games this past season. He suffered his second meniscus injury in his right knee requiring surgery and paused his rehab several times. There was a report from ESPN 1000’s David Kaplan that there was some internal concern over the ‘disturbing’ lack of progress he was experiencing. Ball’s father, LaVar Ball, downplayed that saying his son would be fine. Then, Bulls general manager Marc Eversley said that his “hope” is Ball will be ready by training camp which sent mixed signals. Bulls president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas’ message was more positive.On the MendEversley did say during his draft night media availability that the reports from the sports performance staff were positive. But his reluctance to say whether he expected Ball back...
    Getty Chicago Bulls guard Coby White handles the ball during a bout with the Charlotte Hornets. It’s objectively, undeniably good to be the Chicago Bulls right now, which is a weird thing to say about a team that is technically still in the midst of a five-year playoff drought. However, the East-leading club nonetheless has a tough question to answer with the NBA trade deadline looming. Can good be great and is now the time to push some chips to the center of the table in an effort to facilitate the jump? As it stands, the Bulls have a strong veteran core in Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Jokic, Lonzo Ball and on down the line. However, the roster also boasts some intriguing young assets from the team’s recent lottery days; players who could be used in deals to procure another big win-now piece. According to a new report, Chicago may be willing to make at least one of those youngsters — former No. 7 overall pick Coby White — available in trade discussions.Scotto on White’s Trade Deadline...
    Getty Chicago Bulls star DeMar DeRozan shoots a free throw during a game against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Chicago Bulls are still contending with seven players being stuck in health and safety protocols. However, the team has nonetheless made major strides in its efforts to overcome a COVID-19 outbreak in recent days. As reported by ESPN’s Jamal Collier, the Bulls received clearance from the NBA to return to practice on Saturday. It will be the first time they have practiced as a team since getting shut down on Tuesday. With as many as 10 players entering protocols in recent weeks — not to mention team staffers and even broadcasters contracting the coronavirus — the league office opted to postpone Chicago’s last two games. In recent days, though, Coby White, Javonte Green and DeMar Derozan have all exited protocols and are ramping up toward a return to the court. Now, the Bulls appear to be on-target for their Sunday home bout with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.Bulls Were Adamant That the Team Needed to Practice Play...
    Getty Chicago Bulls guard Coby White gets tangled up with TJ McConnell during a game against the Indiana Pacers. When the Chicago Bulls began their 2021-22 campaign by winning six of their first seven games, it was clear that something was different about this iteration of the team. After years of futility, Zach LaVine and a new-look crew had the look of a force to be reckoned with. The crazy thing about the hot start is that the team was still missing one of its key cogs. Coby White, the former No. 7 overall pick — who started 54 games at the point for Chicago last season — was still recovering from a June surgery to repair a torn labrum. Once he was back on the hardwood, things could potentially get even better for the NBA‘s unlikeliest powerhouse. White could bolster a middling bench brigade or he could rejoin the starting five — bumping DeMar DeRozan over to the four spot — and the Bulls would be primed to set a new small-ball standard. Well, White is back...
    Getty Zach LaVine Depending on who you speak to, expectations for the Chicago Bulls in 2021-22 range from contending for the Eastern Conference crown to potentially missing the playoffs. That’s a pretty wide gap. If you look to the team’s stars, especially Zach LaVine, you can almost feel his anticipation whenever he speaks. LaVine took to Twitter to respond to a tweet from the NBA highlighting his 10 best dunks from the past season.  LaVine needed just two words to serve as a response and prep for next year.  Next year…… — Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) August 25, 2021 The Bulls Are Seemingly Being Disrespected By Hoops PrognosticatorsWith the additions of DeMar DeRozan and Lonzo Ball, the Bulls now have one of the most talented starting fives in the NBA. It is weird to hear the Bulls’ collection of talent downplayed. Before we begin to discuss Ball, Nikola Vucevic or Patrick Williams, a closer look at the dynamic duo that LaVine and DeRozan can become is at the very least, an intriguing thought.  NBA.com’s Scott Raferty wrote this about...
    Getty Images Alex Caruso walks off the court with former Lakers teammates LeBron James and Montrezl Harrell. The Los Angeles Lakers said goodbye to fan-favorite guard Alex Carso this offseason but it wasn’t because they didn’t want him back. Caruso signed with the Chicago Bulls this offseason on a four-year, $37 million contract this offseason. The Lakers held Caruso’s full bird rights, meaning they could have signed him for any amount without worrying about the salary cap. It was reported by Sam Amick of The Athletic that the Lakers did not counter the Bulls offer, leading him to infer that LA was not interested in having him back. A source more recently told Amick that was not the case. In the wake of my report about the Lakers not countering Alex Caruso’s four-year, $37 million offer from Chicago in free agency, a source with knowledge of the negotiations strongly refuted the inference that he wasn’t wanted back. That doesn’t change the fact that Caruso’s side claimed to be confused about the communication element of the negotiation, but it...
    Getty Zach LaVine dribbles the ball up the court in a February 3 game against the New York Knicks. It’s been a career season for Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine. So it was little surprise to NBA fans when the 25-year old was named to the 2021 NBA All-Star roster on Tuesday night. But that wasn’t the real shock of the day for LaVine, no, the real surprise would come later on. Chicago’s top talent was told by the team that he had one last Zoom press conference for the day with some West Coast reporters before calling it a night. So LaVine sat down and prepared to answer the same questions he’d been answering for hours, and turned his camera on. You can watch what happened next: Zach LaVine Surprised by Family & Friends After Being Named NBA All-Star | Chicago BullsFor more exclusive videos, please subscribe to our channel or visit Bulls.com —ADD US ON: INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/chicagobulls/ FACEBOOK: facebook.com/chicagobulls TWITTER: twitter.com/chicagobulls SNAPCHAT: snapchat.com/add/chicagobulls LINKEDIN: linkedin.com/company/chicago-bulls2021-02-24T14:01:53Z LaVine clearly wasn’t expecting to hear from a number of family...
    Celebrity plastic surgery denials Income It Takes to Be Considered Middle Class in Every State Chuck Swirsky Had to Do It To Em This blog will be for a marginal segment of the national audience and surely garner precious few pageviews but, much like Chuck Swirksy had to do it to 'em, preserving this moment in time is essential work. The play-by-play radio voice of the Chicago Bulls put his dance moves on full display at the end of this preview of yesterday's game against the Dallas Mavericks, elevating pretty good content into great content. © Provided by The Big Lead @ctsbulls and @34billy42 with a @chicagobulls vs Mavericks preview, and a few laughs along the way. pic.twitter.com/yAeHUyigJj— 670 The Score (@670TheScore) January 17, 2021I wouldn't be mad if someone took these two seconds and put them on a loop. Bulls win on the road ⁦@chicagobulls⁩ ⁦@670TheScore⁩ pic.twitter.com/XNO1peihqO— chuck swirsky (@ctsbulls) January 17, 2021Assuming this was filmed somewhere in the United Center, it's the most enthralling performance from an unlikely source since this guy. Replay Video...
    Getty Zach LaVine The Chicago Bulls gave a much better effort on Sunday night in their loss to the Golden State Warriors, but they came up short. Zach LaVine scored 33 points, but he made an error on his last basket that he admitted during his post-game presser. With the game tied at 126 and 16.9 seconds remaining, the Bulls had the ball and the opportunity to take the final shot of regulation. Everyone knew LaVine would have the ball, and he tookt in the center of the floor a few steps inside the half-court line. Kelly Oubre was guarding him tightly and was playing aggressive defense. Wendell Carter Jr. came over to set a pick and with about 9 seconds remaining, LaVine made his move to the basket. LaVine sunk a short jump shot to give the Bulls a 128-126 lead. Sounds great, right? Well, the issue was LaVine made his move too quickly and it left the Warriors, who had a timeout, far too much time on the clock. As a result, this happened. Damion Lee...
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