Anthony Davis: Heartbreaker, Gafford Won't Be Bullied, Kornet's Big Game, 2020 Prospects, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Anthony Davis: Heartbreaker, Gafford Won’t Be Bullied, Kornet’s Big Game, 2020 Prospects, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Actually, this is a good question. What’s your pick?

I think if we’re sticking with the original flavors, I’d have to go with lemon-lime. However, if I’m out and about buying one now, I’ll normally go with a Glacier Freeze (Michael: Orange, for me).

  • Do my eyes deceive me?

  • NOPE. Anthony Davis showed up at Lambeau Field last night decked out in his finest Green Bay Packers gear. You’re telling me the man ranting about how Chicago is the best basketball city in the world then cheers for the greatest rival in Chicago sports history when it comes to football? I know we’re talking about two different sports here, but this is still a tough pill to swallow. Shame on you, Anthony. SHAME. ON. YOU. *Whispers:* But, if you want to play for the Bulls, that’d still be cool.
  • At a record of 14-26, the Bulls have somehow mustered up three series sweeps. The good news, that kind of means the team hasn’t hit rock bottom yet this season. The bad news, that means A LOT of their wins come against the same bad teams.

  • The Bulls will no longer have the benefit of playing the Hawks, Pistons, and Grizzlies through the rest of the season, which isn’t exactly what this team wants to hear when 64 percent of their victories come thanks to the three teams. Not to mention, only one win has come against an above .500 opponent (a shorthanded Clippers team), meaning they are 1-15 in those matchups.
  • Three of the next five games will be against winning teams (Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Milwaukee). While it’s hard to imagine the Bulls can topple the Celtics, 76ers, or Bucks – crazier things have happened this season. But if Chicago even wants to think about a potential upset victory, it all has to start with what’s going on underneath the basket. With Wendell Carter Jr sidelined through the rest of the month, rookie Daniel Gafford will be thrown into the spotlight. And on Saturday, he danced. The big man went right after the NBA’s leading rebounder, Andre Drummond. He helped anchor the Bulls on both ends of the floor, posting 14 points, 7 rebounds, and a block. Although, his most important contribution of the night – getting Drummond ejected.
  • The quote I absolutely, positively, 100 percent love: “I mean, you know I’m not just going to come out and have a guy bigger than me bully me. I understand you have the size on you. But I’m not going to back down from a challenge,” Daniel Gafford told NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson. “I like challenges whether I succeed or fail. Tonight, I succeeded. And I’m pretty sure he knows that.”
  • Weirdly enough, out-of-the-rotation big man Luke Kornet had an even better game than Gafford this weekend. He had a season-high 25 minutes of the bench and scored 15 points with 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 2 steals. I’ll admit, it’s hard to believe he can keep this up considering how much of a liability he was at the beginning of the season, but if he can, the loss of Carter Jr.’s could be mitigated in the near-term (of course, even still, the Bulls depth is taking a hit).

  • If you haven’t seen the latest mock drafts, you may want to take a look. Considering the Bulls are only a couple of losses away from this season falling off the deep end (yes, surprisingly we aren’t fully there yet), it may be worth familiarizing yourself with some 2020 NBA Draft prospects.

  • That’s it, I’m buying a Daniel Gafford jersey.

https://twitter.com/Dan_G33/status/1216235566678859776?s=20

  • Accurate.

  • Derrick Rose talks about 10 years of signature sneakers and the stories that come with them.

  • Speaking of which, NBC Sports Chicago did another 1-on-1 interview with Rose to talk about possibly returning to Chicago for the All-Star game, so check it out.


Author: Elias Schuster

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