Love for the Bulls Young Core, Thoughts on a More “Complete” Roster, Schedule Release, and Other Bullets

Hey, y’all. I’m going to start today’s bullets off with a big ole THANK YOU! Last week, I received several nice comments from you guys on a few different posts here at BN Bulls and it really stuck with me. 

With this site still in its infancy and the season still a couple of months away, it means a lot to see folks enjoying the stuff I’ve typed. And, I promise, things are only going to get better (both here *and* for the Bulls)!

Okay. Let’s get the day going.

  • The 2019-20 NBA regular season schedule is released today! At 2:00 p.m. CT we will finally know who stands in the way of the Chicago Bulls and the Larry O’Brien Trophy! *Hears something through earpiece* What’s that? Oh, the Bulls stand in their own way? And we’re just focused on whether they can make the playoffs? Gotcha.
  • Anyway, the release of the schedule just means we’re that much closer to the new season tipping off. With a pretty wide-open Eastern Conference, a solid strength of schedule could make all of us feel a bit more comfortable about the Bulls grabbing a playoff spot. We’ll make sure to take a closer look later today, so check back this afternoon!
  • Coby White and many of his fellow rookies hit up the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot this weekend. The inter-webs were loaded with good #CobyContent, so we’re going to group that all together in a separate post. Most importantly though, White could be seen right by Zion Williamson’s side a couple of times throughout the day, so, clearly, these two are teaming up to save the franchise (I can dream, can’t I!?)
  • With the addition of White in the draft, Chicago landed on Sports Illustrated’s list of “Five Young NBA Cores to Keep an Eye out for This Season.” Considering the team as a whole is one of the youngest in the NBA, it’s only fitting that they accompany teams like the Pelicans and Hawks on this list. The short blurb written about the Bulls emphasizes the players’ defensive development as the real key to reaching the next step… and I’d have to agree.
  • Yes, I’m excited to see both Lauri Markkanen and Otto Porter on the court again, but I’m more excited to see this whole starting rotation on the court for the first time. Adding a healthy Wendell Carter Jr. into the mix here with legitimate point guard play from Tomas Satoransky or White should hopefully make this start to feel like a complete basketball team. With that being said, complete doesn’t mean perfect. I expect plenty of obstacles to stand in the way of this team, but for the first time in several years, we should feel comfortable with the starting rotation.
  • Porter could play a much bigger role on this team than people realize. After coming to Chicago late last season, he played his best NBA basketball. A lot of the focus turns to the young talent and fresh faces, but Porter could very well be this team’s X-factor.
  • Zach LaVine hit up former teammate Bobby Portis’ celebrity game this weekend. As he sat on the sideline taking in the game, he was asked about why he chose not to participate. His answer was simple: “I can’t risk getting hurt man.” Fair enough.
  • I’m not exactly sure what this is, but I’m totally here for it. Also, yes, that is an Adam Silver wax figure.
  • Thaddeus Young’s stint with Team USA is over. After playing 11 minutes in a scrimmage with the team this weekend, Young was cut alongside the Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo. At the end of the day, Young chances of actually making the official 12-man roster were very slim, so might as well walk away sooner rather than later.
  • This dude put on a Zach LaVine jersey and started jumping out of the gym. If all it takes to reach the athletic ceiling of LaVine is wearing the same uniform, then expect this same video of me to be coming out on Twitter shortly. Maybe now I can stop going to little-league games and dunking over 9-year-olds (I’m kidding… maybe).
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    Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

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