Basketball Arrives This Month(!), Lonzo Ball Stuff, Candace Parker Dominates, and Other Bulls Bullets

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Basketball Arrives This Month(!), Lonzo Ball Stuff, Candace Parker Dominates, and Other Bulls Bullets

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I have some extremely big news!

I won the lottery?

No. Not quite.

Humans can now take a special potion and fly?


A D V E R T I S E M E N T

Uh … no.

We’ve figured out multi-dimensional travel and can journey to a universe where everything is made of cotton candy and rainbows?

Wow, you really dream big, huh?

I was just going to tell you that NBA basketball finally returns this month. But that doesn’t feel so exciting now, does it?

  • While it still might be a few weeks away, the end of September will mark the beginning of training camp around the league. The Bulls have yet to announce the official date that players will take the Advocate Center court, but I would expect it to be somewhere around the 27th-28th. The always highly-anticipated Media Day should also come the day before training camp officially tips off.
  • The Bulls will not play their first preseason contest until October 4 against the New Orleans Pelicans. But, fortunately, NBA fans will not have to wait that long to take in their first game of the season! The Golden State Warriors will battle the Washington Wizards overseas in Japan on September 30. Meanwhile, the LA Clippers will take on the Maccabi Ra’anana of the Israeli National Basketball League in Seattle on that same day.
  • NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson spoke about Lonzo Ball on a recent episode of the Bulls Talk Podcast, and I guess he kinda-sorta gave us an update. The long-time beat reporter said that – while Ball’s situation remains fluid – he’s heard more positive than negative things about his recovery process. The quotes are shared below:
  • I got to be honest, until we get a detailed report with a timeline or a direct statement from the Chicago Bulls, I can’t put much weight into anything said about Ball’s health. This whole thing has been an annoying mystery, and these words from Johnson don’t make me any more or less optimistic about his opening night availability. All we can do is wait until the preseason to see what Arturas Karnisovas has to say and whether or not Ball takes the practice court.
  • The Chicago Sky evened up their semi-final series against the Connecticut Sun with an 85-77 Game 2 victory last night. The score doesn’t reflect just how dominant of a performance it was by the entire Sky team. Much like how they did in Round 1 after a shocking Game 1 loss, they impressively shared the ball and ended the game with all five starters in double figures. To no surprise, Candace Parker led the way with another well-rounded performance, shooting 8-13 for 22 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
  • I mean, look at this stat …
  • Stacey King had former Bulls employee Shaun Hickombottom on his latest episode of the Gimme the Hot Sauce Podcast. As someone whose been with the organization over the past decade and a half, Hickombottom had plenty of interesting stories and insight about the past few eras of Bulls basketball. I thought it was an enjoyable list.
  • We talkin’ about practice!? Not a game! PRACTICE!?
  • This Cubs farm system is so fun.

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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.