I had my girlfriend’s stylist come to the apartment yesterday to cut my unruly locks.
I got to tell you, an in-home haircut can make you feel real bougie and important – well, that is until you remember you did it because you’re too scared to go elsewhere due to an ongoing pandemic.
• The more I look into Lauri Markkanen’s downfall, the more my eye twitches. Statmuse offers another way to look at The Finnisher’s shot profile over his first three seasons in the NBA, and it just hammers home how the Bulls have continued to limit his versatile skill set. Rather than spit a bunch of numbers at you, I’ll simply encourage you to go to the site and check it out for yourself. And if you’re interested in learning more about how limited he’s become on the offensive end, feel free to check out my post from a couple of weeks back where I did a pretty big deep dive (#ShamelessPlug). At the end of the day, it’s just kind of absurd that we (arguably) saw the most of Markkanen’s wide-ranging skillset in his first season. That’s not (usually) how it works.
• The basket that welcomed in “The Shot” on May 7th, 1989 sold for $18,000, according to The Athletic. Now, I’m not saying that’s not a cool piece of sports memorabilia to have … but is it worth that chunk of change? I understand grabbing things like a jersey or pair of shoes, but an entire basket feels a bit – I don’t know – underwhelming? The story even says the guy who owned it had simply used it to shoot hoops in his driveway for the last handful of years. Whatever – not my money.
• NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson ranked the Bulls all-time point guards.
Bulls’ Top 10 Point Guards in franchise history | NBC Sports Chicago
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) July 13, 2020
• Who are the Top-10 WORST point guards to put on a Bulls uniform? And how high are Cameron Payne and Michael Carter-Williams on that list?
• Robin Lopez certainly didn’t play in Chicago during a great time in Bulls history, but I sure do miss having him around. In a conversation with reporters recently, Lopez opened up about the mascot hierarchy, placing the Disney World characters far above the low-life NBA mascots: “I don’t want to use the word alternatives. That takes a group of characters, a cadre of characters, that are the cream-of-the-crop at what they do. And that sullies their names by suggesting they’re merely playing in the same ballpark as NBA mascots. There’s a pyramid to this, you know with the NBA mascots, MLB mascots, NFL mascots are all the way down (low). It would be a blessing to have the Disney characters around our game, around our sporting events. Whatever the children do these days, please tag the mascots in that statement.” Every team is a little more fun when they have someone as quirky as Lopez. Also, GET DISNEY CHARACTERS IN THE STANDS. I don’t even need real people in the Mickey outfit, just prop the limp outfit upright, and I’ll be happy.
• If the Bulls don’t get playoff Rondo, neither do you.
Lakers guard Rajon Rondo has suffered a fractured right thumb, will undergo surgery and is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 13, 2020
• Brett wrote a post about how things are going over here at BN, and I encourage you to give it a read. While I think we all knew we’d be stuck in a rut for an extended period, we certainly hoped things would be a tad better by now. Don’t worry, BN isn’t going anywhere any time soon, but to keep it that way, please continue to visit our site whenever you get some free time. While Bulls basketball may not be back in our lives for another five months, I’ll still be here ready to have a conversation with y’all every day (I’m always checking the comment if you want to talk). Thanks to all you folks who continue to check-in! When life gives you lemons … come to BN and have some fun.
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) July 13, 2020