The vibes just get better and better!
Two days after learning that second-year forward ran 5-on-5 for the first time since Training Camp began, Williams has told reporters he practiced in full on Wednesday and his ankle is in good shape.
Williams says “it’s killing me” to miss preseason games.
— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) October 13, 2021
Donovan told reporters on Monday that the coaching and medical staff would evaluate how Williams’ ankle held up in practice before making any final decisions on his availability for Friday’s final preseason battle with the Memphis Grizzlies. To be clear, we have yet to hear from Donovan on the matter, but Williams made a point to tell the media he is ready to get his reps in.
Asked how hopeful he is to play in Friday’s preseason finale, Bulls forward Patrick Williams said, “I’m very hopeful. I’m very confident as well.”
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) October 13, 2021
Considering Williams projects to be a much-needed defensive anchor to the Bulls starting unit, the sooner he can get on the floor the better. Not to mention, the team has put together a promising preseason, so ensuring he sees some minutes before the start of the regular season could help diminish any chemistry hiccups that come with implementing a new starter.
In other important injury news, backup center Tony Bradley also practiced in full. The big man has yet to appear in a preseason game due to a back strain, but I think it’s fair to assume he too could join Williams on the court this Friday.
Tony Bradley also said he practiced. Has yet to play in preseason with sore back.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 13, 2021
Bradley is one of only three players who stand 6’10” or taller on the roster, and one of those players isn’t ready to clock minutes at the NBA level (Marko Simonovic). His rim-protecting and rim-running capabilities could greatly bolster this second unit, eliminating the need for Chicago to turn to a small-ball lineup when Vucevic is off the floor.
One week out from the season, the Chicago Bulls’ injury report is trending in the right direction!