While I will not be able to attend Day 2 of Bulls Fest 2022, I did make it to the United Center yesterday to experience the franchise’s new celebration.
All things considered, I think they definitely have a concept worth building around in the coming years. The 3-on-3 basketball tournament was extremely well-coordinated and well-attended. Combine that with the different stations and clinics available for all basketball lovers to try, and I was pleasantly surprised with how hands-on the entire festival was. Rarely do you come across something where that many people can feel a part of the action.
I mean, look, the Bulls even let me take a trophy home!
If the organization brings this event back in the coming years, I would surely recommend checking it out. And, no, Jerry Reinsdorf didn’t slip me a check right before I typed those words.
Whether it be signing up for some of the basketball-related activities or simply walking around for an hour or two to take in the atmosphere, it’s a place designed for Bulls fans to feel at home. I don’t care that this offseason (and the recent Lonzo Ball news) has left me a bit uneasy with the current state of the team. Bulls Fest offered a memorable space for the Chicago community to come together and show their love for a sport that means so much to the city.
I hope to see the Bulls continue to grow this event moving forward.
- Also in attendance for meet and greets, Javonte Green, Arturas Karnisovas, and Marc Eversley sat down to judge a dunk contest.
- Meanwhile, Ben Gordon and Randy Brown took the court to show a couple of youngsters the ropes.
- Brown, Dalen Terry, and Ayo Dosunmu are each scheduled to hold their own meet and greets later this afternoon. So, if you happen to be a local, there is still time to stop by! The event continues today until 9:00 p.m. CT.
- Speaking of guys like Terry, Dosunmu, and Green, this is a good reminder that the regular season ramp-up is about to begin. Players are finally making their way back to the Chicagoland area, and a handful of them are expected to return to the Advocate Center for voluntary workouts in the coming weeks, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley. The team’s official training camp will not begin until the final week of this month.
- With as many questions as I have about this current Bulls team, I’m not at all skeptical about the work they put in. Not only have we seen almost every member of this roster appear in Pro-Am runs or high-profile scrimmages this summer, but the whole team came together early this offseason for a first taste of voluntary group workouts. They prioritized similar practices before the start of last season, and many of the stars pointed toward that extra work as a reason for their hot start. I’m glad to see they continue to emphasize the importance of this, and I can only hope it has a similar impact on their success this year.
- I still can’t believe how badly the Knicks messed up the Donovan Mitchell situation. The Jazz reportedly chose not to allow them to present a counteroffer to Cleveland’s proposal. The New York Daily News wrote a little bit more about why that may have been.
- The Sky try to take the series lead …
- BEAT THE CARDS.
- You got to love seeing Seabrook teach the next generation!