At the end of last week, I headed out west for a good-ole father-son baseball trip.
Not only did I cross a couple of new ballparks off my list, but I was also reminded that things could be worse for the Bulls. I visited with several family members while in Phoenix and Los Angeles, and they assured me that being a Suns or Lakers fan – at the moment – definitely feels worse than rooting for the Bulls.
And, hey, I’d rather be third-most frustrated among my family than the first… so it’s something.
Anyway, thank you to Michael and Luis for covering that BN Bulls content over the last couple days. Now, for me, it’s back on that offseason #grind.
- As fun as trying to predict whom the Bulls will scoop up in the future (draft, free agency, trade) can be, at some point, we have to talk about players on the current team’s roster. After all, the Bulls will not be able to satisfy every need they have this offseason – that’s just a fact. Obviously, the point guard position remains up for grabs, but bench depth will also remain a pretty high priority for the Bulls organization. Previously, when discussing the addition of a point guard – either via the draft or in free agency – we’ve mentioned how the Bulls would potentially look to bring back either Shaquille Harrison or Ryan Arcidiacono.
- However, Walt Lemon Jr. would like a word.
Earlier today, Walt Lemon Jr. (@WaltLemon) received his award for being named to the All-NBA G League Second Team. Walt started 30 games with Windy City, averaging 20.1 points, 8.9 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals before being called up to the Chicago Bulls. 🔴⚫️ pic.twitter.com/9dMmgMtrI5
— Windy City Bulls (@windycitybulls) June 4, 2019
- For a six-foot-three, 180-pound player who wasn’t a point guard until his sophomore year at Bradley University, that stat line is worthy of an All-NBA accolade. Considering the Bulls desperate need for a facilitator, those 8.9 assists per game stand out the most. And if you include the games he played with the Pacers organization before being traded to the Bulls, he averaged the second-most assists per game this season (8.4).
- Once he was called up to the Bulls roster at the end of the season, he continued to show some promise. I know he only played six games, but the guy dropped 19 points with four steals in his opening game against the current Eastern Conference Champion Raptors. Overall, he averaged 14 points and five assists in his first games in a Chicago Bulls uniform. I’m just saying, I wouldn’t mind seeing some more Lemon Jr. time on the court. He has a non-guaranteed contract worth only $1,588,231 this upcoming season, so picking that up and allowing him some minutes off the bench could be worth it down the road. Also, if you don’t want to root for this guy after reading Sam Smith’s piece on him from earlier this year… then we just can’t be friends.
- At least the 2019 Bulls Media day will not be this sad! *knocks on wood repeatedly*
The Bulls media day back in 2017 is still one of the funniest things of all-time. pic.twitter.com/ZJnlNj5bh5
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) June 5, 2019
- The Bulls are reportedly interested in Celtics free agent Marcus Morris. I don’t want to toot my own horn here, but I called this while watching the Celtics-Bucks series a couple of weeks ago (Michael: Sure, you did …). I would be watching Morris play and then suddenly get flashes of Jim Boylen drooling on his couch. Morris is an aggressive playmaker who takes the court with a chip on his shoulder. As a veteran forward with experience performing in the playoffs, several teams on the brink of a playoff berth will likely be running after him. We’ll have more on this later.
- Your daily Michael Jordan appreciation bullet… THE MOVE.
"Floated, switched hands & then kissed it with the English."
Classic Magic Johnson talking about Michael Jordan's "spectacular move" vs the Lakers. pic.twitter.com/y7UzIF6SOW
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) June 5, 2019
- NBC Chicago Sports’ Mark Strotman wrote an interesting piece about the philosophy changes that the Bulls new assistant coaches could bring to the offense. With both coaches coming from teams that have recently seen offensive success, Bolyen would be wise to pick their brain for anything they’ve learned along the way.
- Don’t get me wrong, I’m still on the Coby White train, but my next stop would be to board the Jarrett Culver Express.
— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) June 5, 2019
- Excuse me, why weren’t we invited to this? I’m ready to take Steph-range three-pointers and go 4-15 any time of day.
🚨: Tonight’s media basketball tournament will be on Metro by T-Mobile’s Court. Follow the hashtag #MetroMediaJam! You can check out the games at 7:15 pm PT via the livestream at @MetroByTMobile. #sponsored
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 4, 2019