DeRozan Takes the Stage, LaVine’s Next Step, Vooch’s New Place, and Other Bulls Bullets

Dropping 41 in a playoff game.

Hitting back-to-back game-winning buzzer-beaters.

Leading the NBA in 4th-quarter points.

Not totally embarrassing yourself while making a rap debut.

What can’t DeMar DeRozan do!?

  1. From what I gather across the Twitterverse, it appears DeRozan took the stage with rapper and fellow Compton-native Problem at a recent event. The Chicago Bulls’ All-Star has spoken about making music in the past, and he even rapped a verse alongside Problem in a song they released back in 2021. You can catch a brief look at DeRozan’s appearance in the video below:

  • Look, I’d be lying if I said I’m well-versed in the NBA rap scene. I know a handful of players around the league have released their own music or have been featured on other songs. But I have no clue where to rank DeRozan among that cast of characters, but I do know confidence is half the battle … and we all know he has plenty of that.
  • Jason Patt recently asked an important question about the 2022-23 season: Can DeRozan do it again?
  • Patt hits the right notes in his article for Forbes, particularly when addressing whether or not the team even needs the 33-year-old to replicate his career year. While it certainly would be entertaining to see DeRozan put together a similar campaign, I think the hope should be that he doesn’t. In an ideal world, fewer clutch shots from DeRozan would signal more offensive balance across this roster. The goal should be to share the wealth, with Zach LaVine and Nikola Vucevic, in particular, taking some of the pressure that landed on their teammate’s shoulders last season.
  • LaVine should be the player with the highest expectations heading into next year. Now healthy and paid like a superstar, there is no reason he shouldn’t reclaim the leading scorer role and assume an even bigger workload down the stretch of key games. None of this is to say DeRozan will not or should not have his moments under the spotlight, but the Bulls have invested in LaVine to be the face of their franchise. Hopefully, his continued rise will make life that much easier on all of his teammates, primarily DeRozan.
  • Nikola Vucevic is now the proud owner of a $4.75 million house in Lincoln Park, per The Chicago Tribune. The new place apparently includes five bedrooms, a private park, a roof deck, and a freakin’ elevator. No, I’m not jealous … you’re jealous.
  • ICYMI: Sports Illustrated released a massive profile on LeBron James and his two sons. Already expected to stay in the league for a chance to play with his eldest, Bronny, LeBron also hinted that he could aim to play with Bryce too. Hey, I guess anything is possible if Tom Brady is still playing football!
  • Are the Rockets moving to Seattle!?
  • Free agent center Montrezl Harrell has seen his felony charge reduced, which I’m guessing could open the door for a team to sign the big man soon.
  • You guys better not have screwed up!
  • The final roster is coming into shape.
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    Elias Schuster is the Lead Chicago Bulls writer at Bleacher Nation. He started with BN full-time in 2019 immediately after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a degree in Journalism (yes, he started with the Jim Boylen Era). Since joining, Elias has been the driving force behind Bulls and NBA content for both the site and social accounts. You can follow him on Twitter/X @Schuster_Elias.

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