Which Young Bull Has the Most Ahead of Him? And Other Bulls Bullets

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Which Young Bull Has the Most Ahead of Him? And Other Bulls Bullets

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I had a dream last night I was on the Oregon Ducks football team (of which I’m not already a fan – or anything) and scored the game-winning touchdown. Not saying I’m kind of a big deal in the dream world right now … but I’m also not NOT saying that.

•   Trust me, I know it can be overwhelming to try and follow all of these COVID-19 sports updates. Not only are they generally pretty depressing, but there has also been a number of conflicting reports. One day, we hear the NBA is closer to shutting things down completely, and the next, we hear Disney World is ready to host the rest of the regular season. At the end of the day, we can’t blame anyone for this – indeed, I sense that these reports are often “true” at the time – but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating. If you want a great and comprehensive review of where the NBA actually stands right now (based on info from league sources), check out The Ringer’s post that we shared earlier this morning:

•   Now, let’s talk about something way more fun. Happy “Derrick Rose Hits Savage Buzzer Beater on Cavs” Day!

•  After two severe knee injures, Rose still carried this team on his back as best he could. He dropped 30 points this game, with 7 rebounds and 7 assists in arguably his last great “THIS IS MY CITY” moment. While Rose played one more full year in Chicago before the Bulls sent him off to New York, I think this will always be Chicago’s lasting image of him.

•  However, I must to admit … it’s kind of funny how heroic this feels. After all, the Bulls went on to lose the next three consecutive games and in pretty gut-wrenching fashion, too. LeBron James hit a buzzer-beater of his own two nights later, and then after a 106-101 loss in Game 5, the Bulls managed to score only 73 points in Game 6. Even worse, there were – absolutely – some pro-LeBron refs on the court throughout this series. Anyway, I don’t want to be the one blamed for ruining your day, so here’s Bleacher Report’s post on how Game 3 and 4 served as the breaking point in the D-Rose era.

• Sam Smith with on the HoopsHype podcast to share a bunch of behind-the-scenes stories about the GOAT. If you want to start pre-gaming The Last Dance two days early, you might as well start with this!



•   Last night, I found myself pondering this thought: Out of Wendell Carter Jr., Lauri Markkanen, and Coby White, who’s bound to have the best career? It’s a pretty tough question to answer. All are young players who haven’t yet been put in a real position to succeed. Instinctually, I think most might lean towards White, but don’t let that pesky recency bias get the best of you. I loved White’s most recent nine games as much as the next guy, but there are still a ton of question marks around exactly what kind of player he can be. Markkanen, meanwhile, is still only 22-years-old and possesses such a perfect natural skill set for today’s NBA. And a similar sentiment can be said for Carter Jr., who is only 20-years-old and already an incredibly solid defender.

•   Ugh, I don’t know, I feel like my answer to my own question might differ depending on the day. Right now, (and this might be a hot take), I kind of want to say Carter Jr. Injuries troubles have held him back, but none of those previous injuries should impact him in the long run. He also has so many tools on the offensive side of the ball that we have yet to see. Most players on this team have been used horribly this season, but he’s right there at the top of the list. If the Bulls can find the right coach with the right system, I could easily see Carter Jr. as a focal point of this team for years to come.

•   Would prime Jordan average 45 points per game in today’s NBA? Closer to the correct answer than 60, that’s for sure.

•   David Robinson with the HEAT.

•   What are some things that you like?

•   DOPE.


Author: Elias Schuster

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