How Jordan Made His Money, Markkanen v. Simmons, LaVine Putting in Work, and Other Bullets

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How Jordan Made His Money, Markkanen v. Simmons, LaVine Putting in Work, and Other Bullets

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I’ve been thinking lately, if Andrew Luck retired at age 29, why can’t I?

He made around $100 million over the course of his career, and I can probably hit in that ballpark by then. How hard can it be? I’ll just invent some App where you can order customizable tacos to your house or something. Don’t steal that.

(In all seriousness, good for Luck).

  • In case you’ve ever been curious why NBA youngsters try to hop on that shoe deal ASAP, just take a look at this:

  • Talk about bringing in the bag; Jordan’s making more money by owning the shoe-game then the actual game. Basketball is finite, but if you play your cards right, a good endorsement can provide endless income. With a proven success record (in almost anything other than owning the Charlotte Hornets), it’s not shocking to see Jordan pull-in the most anticipated rookie since LeBron James this offseason, Zion Williamson. However, the shoe-market plays just as competitive of a game as the NBA, and new Bulls point guard Coby White opted to join Adidas after Jordan was apparently in the conversation. Nonetheless, props to Jordan for creating one of the most iconic shoe brands in the world … just the GOAT doing GOAT things.
  • On the topic of legacy, former 15-year NBA vet and current NBC Chicago Sports analyst Kendell Gill has been building one of his own in Champaign, Illinois. Forget his successful college career where he led the Fighting Illini into the 1989 Final Four, Gill has been serving the community for 30-years thanks to his donations to the Cunningham Children’s Home. For more on this feel good story, I recommend checking out NBA Chicago Sports’ awesome video.
  • Here’s a thing:

  • Don’t get me wrong, I’m all aboard the Lauri Markkanen train, but comparisons like this can sometimes ruffle my feathers (yes, I have feathers. You don’t?). Markkanen and Ben Simmons are two completely different players, and while Simmons had a “rough” year in several ways last season, he was still an All-Star … meaning one of the best point guards in the league. I’ve done my fair share of bashing on the guy for not being able to hit a jumper, but he dominates in the paint, plays strong defense and can dish out the basketball. With that being said, Markkanen is a lights-out shooter with peak-NBA size and has the potential to be an All-Star at his position as well. I can go more into this, but the main point is it’s always hard to compare players across positions like this. Anyway, *takes reasonable NBA-analysis hat off,* I TAKE MARKKANEN, LET’S GOOOO!
  • Ah, you want more LaVine putting in work content? Great choice.

  • Chad Smith with Basketball Insiders gave his thoughts on the upcoming Bulls season, and to say he’s high on the team would be an understatement. He starts the post off by saying: “When examining the rosters around the league, it is difficult to imagine a team having a greater improvement on last season than the Chicago Bulls.” BOLD. If you want a solid optimistic feeling about where the Bulls are at, I recommend giving it a read.
  • Luke Kornet is out here asking the real questions (someone please make the season start already).

  • As long as the Bulls keep sharing these, I will continue to throw them in bullets. Mesmerizing.

  • Do you agree with these top-10 plays the Bulls chose? Part of me is a bit surprised nothing from the 4OT game against the Atlanta Hawks made it in, but everything else feels right.

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.