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Wendell Carter Jr. is still out from a training camp injury, as is Shaq Harrison. Luke Kornet and Chandler Hutchison have yet to participate.
That means your starters tonight include the expected of Zach LaVine, Otto Porter, and Lauri Markkanen. But Cristiano Felicio is the starting center, and Kris Dunn gets the first crack at what should be a rotating group of PGs this preseason.
If you’re looking for a great list of things to look for from the Bulls this preseason, check out Darnell Mayberry’s latest piece for The Athletic.
Per NBC Sports Chicago Bulls insider K.C. Johnson (that’s going to get some getting used to), it looks like the Bulls will be half trying in their preseason debut after going through a practice Monday morning. This quote is from Jim Boylen.
“We’re going to tape (ankles) and practice. Nobody’s going to be extended on Monday night.”
The sense is that rotations will be wonky, the stars aren’t going to play a ton, etc. as should be the case in a preseason prelude to an 82-game season. But perhaps what the Bulls players miss in quantity of minutes they’ll make up for in quality of minutes.
All offseason, Kris Dunn has heard people say that Coby White and Tomas Satoransky are his replacements. You know Dunn will be going hard in preseason game No. 1. Daniel Gafford and Coby White are rookies, probably don’t know any better, and probably feel like they have something to prove since they are rookies and therefore will probably play hard as well.
I’m 100 percent here for Robin and Brook Lopez being on the same team.
This game might be boring, but put a microphone in either of the Lopez’s faces and any amount of bore immediately disappears. I wonder if the all-in-good-fun trash talking dynamic changes now that they are on the same team? I’d be extremely disappointed if it does and they don’t talk crap about each other anymore.
The crazy thing about all this is the Lopez bros aren’t the only brother duo on the Bucks right now. That Giannis guy—you may have heard of him if you watch basket hoops at all—has a brother who is currently on the Bucks roster.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo is Giannis’s older brother with a harder to spell first name. The former isn’t that good, but it’s still crazy that the Bucks have a pair of brothers on the same team.
I’ll stop geeking out over Bucks brothers for a second though to talk some Chicago Bulls because this is BlogaBull.com not BlogaBuck.com.
At 38 years and 204 days old, former Chicago Bull Kyle Korver enters the 2019-2020 season as the fifth oldest player in the NBA.
Quick asterick on this is that Jamal Crawford, who is older than Korver, remains unsigned right now. My gut feeling though is that he has something left in the tank and will latch on with somebody this season.
Another note: three of the five oldest players in the NBA for this upcoming season played with the Chicago Bulls at some point during their careers (Korver, Crawford, and Pau Gasol).
The Bucks had four former Chicago Bulls on their roster last season (Tony Snell, Nikola Mirotic, Pau Gasol, and Isaiah Canaan). This season, they have dumped all those guys and have found two new former Bulls to put on their roster (Korver and Lopez).