Chris Fleming Has Zach LaVine Thinking About the Playoffs Already and Other Bulls Bullets

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Chris Fleming Has Zach LaVine Thinking About the Playoffs Already and Other Bulls Bullets

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I’m not sure if you saw this yesterday, but – in short –  Brett was challenged to pour a bunch of beer all over himself and then write an article.

And what do you think he did?

Never forget, when Bleacher Nation is challenged … Bleacher Nation responds.

  • The arrival of new assistant Chris Fleming has the Bulls thinking playoffs:

  • I know I’ve made the comparison to the Brooklyn Nets before, specifically from an organizational-blueprint perspective, but if Zach LaVine and/or Lauri Markkanen do in fact step up, this team could very much feel like last year’s Nets (but think 8-seed rather than 6-seed).
  • We haven’t heard too much about Fleming or fellow new Bulls assistant coach Roy Rogers since their initial hirings. Throughout the offseason, we’ve sprinkled our thoughts regarding Fleming’s emphasis on ball movement a fair amount, but news on Rogers has been relatively quiet. With that being said, it was good to see NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson weigh in on the new guys in his latest mailbag. Wendell Carter Jr. shared his excitement with Johnson regarding working with Rogers, whose work with quality center Clint Cappella is worth noting. And if you’re interested in reading Boylen’s comments on the two, and briefly learning a bit more about how they’re coming along, definitely open up the mailbag.
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  • Oh, yeah, that mailbag also shares more positive news on Kris Dunn. This string of positivity could very well be a bunch of hot-air to pull in trade offers, but if he actually looks great, I’ll certainly take the point guard depth. Right now, it feels like a win-win.
  • The Athletic’s John Greenberg wrote a great piece on Tomas Satoransky’s rise to fame in his home country of the Czech Republic. I think this line from Greenberg put Sato’s status into perspective “How important is he right now to Czech basketball? Let’s just say if Jiri Zidek Sr. is the Michael Jordan of Czech basketball, then Satoransky is LeBron James.” I definitely recommend you give a read when you catch some free time.
  • “Hey bro, next year: You, me … Chicago, and we’ll do it for free!”

  • Wait, excuse me, Jim Boylen is cracking jokes … and they’re funny!?

  • It’s all fun and games until, well, those games aren’t won.
  • Is Zach LaVine a winning player? I guess we’re going to find out. It’s good to know he’s motivated.

  • NBC Sports Chicago’s Mark Strotman digs into LaVine’s potential this season with a much better supporting cast around him. LaVine comments that this upcoming season he will not be tasked with keeping the team in games early-on, giving him more energy for the fourth quarter. Yup, I can get behind that.
  • Ballislife is celebrating Derrick Rose’s birthday with a BUNCH of awesome highlights. Stop doing work because work is boring and watch this instead.

  • Lauri Markkanen shoots his shot in every sport.

  • I’m not sure how many Community fans are among us, but does anyone remember that episode where Annie lost her pen? Yeah, well Troy tells everyone a ghost took the pen, and then at the end of the episode, Jeff revisits that idea after all other means of finding the pen have failed. This then provokes Troy to angrily say: “I’ve been saying that for hours!” Okay, well my reaction to the nickname jerseys has me feeling like Troy, but I’ve been pleading this case for years.
  • As a noted jersey aficionado, I think Bradley Beal is onto something:

  • Pictures from yesterday’s training camp:

  • Also, if you missed it, Carter Jr. hurt himself again and his currently day-to-day:

  • Eeeeek! Jim Boylen is already seeing the upside in Coby White. No, you’re getting too optimistic!

Author: Elias Schuster

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