DeMar Claps Back, Ayo and Dalen Pump Up the Crowd, What MJ Told JR, and Other Bulls Bullets

IT’S OFFICIAL: DEMAR DEROZAN MVP SEASON CONFIRMED.

  • For those who may have missed it, Bleacher Report disrespecting DeMar DeRozan has seemingly become an annual tradition. One season after calling DeRozan’s contract the worst free-agent deal in the NBA, the website has now included the five-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA Team member on their list of the most overrated players from the last 10 years. I think it’s safe to say that article finally found itself in DeRozan’s inbox.
  • If DeRozan follows up Bleacher Report’s first bashing by scoring the second-most points in the league and cracking the All-NBA Second Team … I can’t wait to see what he does now. No, I don’t expect the 33-year-old to put together the same explosive season we saw in 2021-22 (mainly because he shouldn’t have to with a healthier roster), but is it crazy to believe he will put together another All-Star-caliber season? Not in my opinion.
  • I think some have worried too much about a potential DeRozan drop-off. He’s averaged at least 20.0 points per game in the past nine-straight seasons. We’re talking about a player who has proven to be one of the NBA’s most consistently reliable scorers. Add in the fact that he continues to get to the free-throw line at a high rate and has gradually improved his distributing skills, and there is really no reason to believe he’ll be someone to experience a rapid decline. DeRozan plays one of the most methodical games in the league. He’s a master of footwork and contested shotmaking. Again, no one is saying we should expect him to make an All-NBA Team every year, but I think we can still anticipate pretty excellent play on the offensive end.
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  • I talked about this the other day, but Goran Dragic’s recent play overseas has only given us more reasons to believe he can contribute this season. While the competition may not be the same, Dragic has played like the calming veteran this front office wanted to add around the margins. Especially when we factor in the recent Lonzo Ball news, it feels good to see Dragic show signs of his former self with Slovenia.
  • Speaking of which, Dragic and his home country saw their 11-game winning streak in EuroBasket come to an end last night. Bosnian and Herzegovina – led by Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic – pulled off the surprising upset over Dragic and Luka Doncic. More on all that here.
  • I don’t share this to ruffle any feathers, but Franz Wagner could be ready for a breakout Year 2. His ascent will be one worth watching for Bulls fans, as Orlando ended up grabbing the versatile forward with the first of their two first-rounders acquired in the Vucevic trade.
  • See, this is why things like the Cavs adding Mitchell and the Bulls not having Lonzo feel incredibly important:
  • J.R. Smith is on a new sports journey. The former NBA sparkplug scorer enrolled at North Carolina A&T and joined the golf team as a student-athlete. While honing his craft, he had an opportunity to play alongside Michael Jordan, and he told Complex that the GOAT’s competitiveness was on full display:
  • “He smoked me,” Smith said. “He threw this jab at me low-key. So we were betting right and I doubled down on one of my bets. He said, ‘Alright, what’s the game?’ I’m like, ‘We gon’ play a Nassau.’ I said, ‘Whoa, $100, not $1000.’ He said, ‘I know what you meant… You had a good career, not a great career. What do you want me to say?’ It was great for me.”

  • I love that stories about both young and old MJ always include him roasting someone. He has never lost a step in the insult game.
  • How do I get Ayo Dosunmu and Dalen Terry to be hype men at my wedding? The two Bulls youngsters took the stage before GHerbo’s closing concert at Bulls Fest to pump up the crowd.
  • IT’S FOOTBALL WEEK!
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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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