I hopped on a little show called Sportsfeed last night to talk the Bulls home opener. If you want to see a stubbly-faced, shaggy-haired me (they called me last minute, okay!?) talk some basketball, you can check it out here.
Otherwise, bullets …
- Coby White vs. Ja Morant in the Bulls second regular-season game of the season? Yes, please.
- Coby White’s first game went just about as good as it could have. He posted an impressive 17 points with 7 assists off the bench, and while his competition will only get harder, he continues to prove he can compete immediately with NBA-level talent. The young man oozes confidence and fearlessness, something K.C. Johnson highlights well in one of his recent pieces at NBC Sports Chicago. When White took the floor in Charlotte, he wasn’t only playing in front family and friends, he was playing in front of the GOAT himself. You know, the one whose scoring record he broke in college? Also, White was the first Bulls player since Michael Jordan to post a 15-point, 5-rebound performance in his NBA debut.
- Shockingly, White has only met or spoke with Jordan once in his life, which you can read more about in Johnson’s piece. If you ask me, that’s kind of bogus. I know White says he didn’t want to “fanboy” and go out of his way to see the guy in Charlotte, but MJ should be hitting White’s phone up! A UNC alum, now a Chicago Bull … just give the guy a hello. I’m sure they’ll cross paths soon enough.
- Eh, maybe he’s salty White picked Adidas over Jordan Brand.
"The stats are a thing I don't care about. Even if you have 35 and 17 and you lose the game, it doesn't matter. I need to do what the team needs me to do to help the team win." – @MarkkanenLauri
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) October 25, 2019
- More #GoodContent. Bull dot com beat reporter Sam Smith spoke with Lauri Markkanen about his big season-opener. It’s worth checking out some of The Finnisher’s quotes in there: “The main thing was to be aggressive and attack (against the Hornets),” Markkanen said. “Not just shoot jump shots; get to the rim. That was the main goal. There are a lot of things I can do better. I missed a lot of easy shots, too. Definitely, I can improve. That’s been my thing (threes), but I am trying to expand my game a little bit. It makes me and the team harder to guard, keeps the defenses honest.” Has Markkanen been reading BN Bulls?
- The Athletic’s Darnell Mayberry recently shared a detailed account of Boylen’s starting months as head coach, and one part of the story caught people’s eye. In typical corny Boylen fashion, he supplied each player with a time card to punch into work … and those on The Jump had a few words.
- Rachel Nichols and Tracy McGrady need to chill. I think Brian Windhorst is the only one who understands this is more of a culture-building gimmick then it is to actually hold players accountable. It’s like putting a heart in a Build-A-Bear … it’s all part of the show. McGrady can complain all he wants about how this is a “grown man league,” but the Bulls are young and sometimes silly antics work. Again, I highly doubt Boylen is checking these things every day. And Mayberry even wrote in his story the players are responding well to his quirky changes
- I typically steer away from First Take, but if I see this headline, I have to tune in. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
- FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!
And 3-point FG% defense is luck more than anything, but it certainly helps to limit the actual number of attempts, and try to make opponents uncomfortable on them. Really slow rotations and few adjustments throughout.
— Mark Strotman (@markstrot) October 24, 2019
- “Unlucky.” “Bad defense.” Call it whatever you want … it can’t happen again.
- I giggled, so maybe you will too.
- *ORDERS EVERYTHING*