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Go Behind the Scenes at Media Day (VIDEO) and Other Bulls Bullets

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  • BASKETBALL NEWS GALORE! With the majority of teams holding their Media Day on Monday, the NBA season is officially back! Considering all the changes the Bulls experienced this offseason, there were a number of different topics for players to get into, but by the end of the day, every conversation felt the same. The “winning mentality” flowed through the Advocate Center in Chicago, offering a much different vibe than years past.
  • NBC Sports Chicago’s Mark Strotman does a good job outlining the change in the team’s mentality.

  • It’s hard to put your finger on exactly what the difference is for this team, but roster turnover can’t hurt. With the additions of guys like Otto Porter and Thaddeus Young, the team now has some true “professionals” on the roster. However, the new level of ownership expressed by Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen might serve as it’s on boost in morale. Both players shared their longing to play all 82 games this season and bid for an All-Star nod.
  • Even the youngest players on the team brought a “we mean business” attitude to their press conference yesterday, both referencing the additional work that the entire team has put in over the course of this previous month.

  • I’ve expressed concern for this team’s chemistry before, but hearing that the whole team was participating in unofficial workouts throughout September is certainly reassuring. The extra month of work put towards conditioning and growing relationships could go a long way when it comes to this team’s immediate success. If this Bulls team is going to put together a convincing run toward the playoffs, they need to take care of business during one of the easiest starts to the season for any NBA team. Connecting now and winning right away could provide some serious momentum as they head into a tough November (The Pacers, Bucks, Lakers, Rockets, Nets, Trailblazers, Warriors, and Pistons are all on the calendar).
  • Speaking of chemistry, these guys sure do look like they’re having fun together.

  • If you weren’t able to listen to any of the press conferences yesterday, Bulls.com Beat Reporter Sam Smith shared some of the team’s best quotes right here.
  • The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry offered another solid overview of yesterday’s festivities by writing down the top-10 things we learned. Check it out.
  • I’m not sure if this is something to be excited about … or something to be greatly concerned about. I’ll just try to enjoy it!

  • Archie decided to be the team’s “Kicks” reporter throughout the afternoon. If you go to his Twitter profile you can see what shoes several of his teammates were sporting.

  • Meanwhile, I would like to be sporting these…

  • As Jim Boylen wisely said: “He’s getting his man body.”

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DANIEL!

  • HAVE FUN WITH YOUR DUCK FRIEND!



Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is a writer for Bleacher Nation and a human being. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.