A Uniquely Taxing Season, Confidence in Carter's Return, White Moving Up the Rookie Ladder, and Other Bulls Bullets

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A Uniquely Taxing Season, Confidence in Carter’s Return, White Moving Up the Rookie Ladder, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Time to hit the road for about five hours.

How many bottles of beer should I start with on the wall?

  • I’m not sure if this will make any of you feel better, but it sure helped me! On the latest Bulls Talk Podcast, a group of folks on the Bulls beat joined the show to talk about how taxing it has become to cover this team. While I’m not in the locker room every day, it’s refreshing to know many of the reporters share in the struggle to watch/talk about this squad on the daily. Not to mention, when the media has to start voicing their frustration with not only the team but covering the team, you know things have really hit a low point. At the end of the day, anyone is fortunate and happy to call this their job, but covering the Bulls right now certainly feels like a toxic work environment.

  • In other news, K.C. Johnson said on the podcast that he’s feeling pretty confident Wendell Carter Jr. will return to the floor on Saturday against the New York Knicks. But meanwhile, we’re still waiting for any update on Coby White’s back injury. I’m knocking on all the wood in my house that it’s nothing serious. Feel free to join in.

  • Until Kris Dunn got injured, he was one of the most entertaining storylines to follow this season. With restricted free agency in his future, it’s going to be really interesting to follow what his market looks like. I know many are skeptical about a team going out of their way to sign a defensive anchor, but the precedent was set last offseason with the signing of Patrick Beverley and Marcus Smart. SBNation’s Michael Pina wrote a great piece breaking down Dunn’s defensive emergence, so if you get a chance, give it a read.
  • ESPN’s Zach Lowe briefly talked about LaVine’s not-so-stellar playmaking.

  • While he praised the Bulls star for his shot-making prowess, he made sure to remind everyone reading he isn’t built to the No. 1 guy (which, at this point, duh). I do want to say though, I think the Bulls know LaVine isn’t going to be the top playmaker. He’s a bucket-getter – and part of the reason the Bulls acquired two point guards this offseason was to allow him to focus on that aspect of his game. In the right situation, I think LaVine can be a better playmaker than some want to give him credit it for, but it’s never going to be his bread-and-butter.
  • If we get some behind-the-scene Coby White action, I’m in.


  • Until then though, I’ll just watch him drop 101 points!

  • Drew Packham with NBA.com moved Coby White well up the rookie ladder after his last three performances. White is currently ranked fourth behind Ja Morant, Zion Williamson, and Kendrick Nunn. It’ll be interesting to see where he ends up by season’s end.
  • If you haven’t started to familiarize yourself with this upcoming draft class, it wouldn’t hurt to start:

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Author: Elias Schuster

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