7 p.m., NBC Chicago Sports
Timberwolves starting point guard Jeff Teague is out seven to 10 days retroactive to Dec. 21 with a left ankle injury.
Derrick Rose is expected to play tonight after there was some doubt about his status yesterday for today’s game because of an ankle injury.
The boys are back in town:
Anytime the Minnesota Timberwolves come to the United Center, circle the date on your calendar simply because Minnesota’s roster is still teeming with former Bulls and it’s great to reminisce on the good times.
Derrick Rose is a legitimate candidate for both Most Improved Player and the Sixth Man award. He’s averaging 18.5 points per game this season, his highest output since the 2011-2012 season and he’s doing it with a 48.5 percent field goal percentage to his name.
Taj Gibson is still doing Taj Gibson crap, you know being the consummate professional who plays hard every night and who will go to war for his teammates. This story won’t help those who are still sad that Gibson is no longer wearing the red and black.
Taj Gibson said a garbage truck driver recognized him last night, honked his horn and they had a conversation. “That’s Chicago,” Gibson said.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 26, 2018
Luol Deng sits on the bench, but he was on the legendary Jimmy Butler practice team when the former Bull threw his practice tirade so there’s that.
Tom Thibodeau still yells a lot and his voice still sounds like he smokes five packs of cigarettes per day.
John Paxson is still in town
While many of you were trying to enjoy your Christmas, Chicago Bulls Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson jumped on the radio for his annual state-of-the-Bulls address. Here’s a summary of what he said (all courtesy of Cody Westerlund from 670 The Score who was grinding on Christmas morning).
- Paxson thinks you have to rely on the draft to build a team unless Kevin Durant or LeBron James are calling to sign with your team in free agency. This almost seems like an excuse to not be aggressive in free agency.
- No long-term deals? How about Zach LaVine and Cristiano Felicio?
- Paxson said that if the rebuild doesn’t work he’ll probably get fired. But he also said that the Bulls are way too early in the process to be judged but he’s happy with where the team is at right now.
Khalil Mack to the Bulls?
Imagine trying to stop Khalil Mack on the fast break pic.twitter.com/5A5CnhdUiO— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 25, 2018
Tank correctly, get the first pick, draft Zion Williamson, sign Khalil Mack. Franchise saved. Who is stopping those two from creating a layup line on every possession?
God, I should stop giving out this elite, high-level advice for free.