Jimmy Butler wasn't looking to take a shot at what the make-up of his team was last year. He just couldn't help himself. Then again, when a group was as broken and dysfunctional as last year's Bulls were by the end, Butler wasn't taking a shot as much as just being dead honest.
The preseason, and even Thursday's regular-season opener against Boston, were just a small sample size. If this latest Bulls project is going to work the defense not only has to get better, but so does the communication.
Dwyane Wade insisted that he felt good about where he and new Bulls teammates are, as they tip-off the 2016-17 NBA regular season tonight in hosting Boston. Admittedly, he feels even better about his bet with friend, and former Miami Heat teammate, LeBron James.
Denzel Valentine is definitely pick-up game ready. The rookie showed that on Wednesday, hitting two game-winners in a four-on-four pick-up game late in practice, and oh yeah, hitting both over Jimmy Butler. But is the first-round pick NBA game ready when the Bulls tip off the season Thursday night against Boston at the United Center?
Former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was famous for constantly reminding his players to "block out the noise'' when it came to outside opinions. And while Thibodeau is long gone, that noise is still persistent this preseason - loud and clear for those that choose to listen for it.
The open competition between Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic was closed on Tuesday. About three weeks too late. According to coach Fred Hoiberg, Gibson will start at the No. 4 spot when the Bulls open the season hosting Boston on Thursday, while Mirotic will once again be considered a key reserve, adding outside shooting with the second group.
There is no timetable on chemistry. The veteran Bulls players have spent the last month of training camp reiterating that over and over again, led by Dwyane Wade, who has preached a certain amount of patience in allowing a team to come together. Wade would know.
The negotiation is still pending. After all, city pride doesn't come cheap. In one corner, the Chicago-born Dwyane Wade picking up the Cubs flag and waving it proudly. In the other? Wade's former teammate from their Miami days, turned icon now that he is back in his hometown of Cleveland in LeBron James.
Cuts have been made, the initial playbook has been installed, but admittedly there's still some left over business for Fred Hoiberg leading into the start of the regular season this week. Specifically, naming his starting four with the exhibition games now in the books.
There is just a certain amount of acceptance when it comes to nights like Thursday for the Bulls. In the 97-81 loss to Atlanta, a horrific 29-for-95 shooting display. Just a tick over the 30 percent mark from the field. And from three-point range? How about 4-for-22 (18.2 percent).
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