The Bulls haven’t played a game since March, and it’s unclear when their next game will be. The NBA calendar is already being shifted even more, with the 2020 NBA Draft now set to take place in mid-November and next season starting no earlier than Christmas Day. There’s a good chance that start date is pushed back even further.
However, the Bulls finally got to take part in some league-sanctioned action at the Advocate Center on Monday, with voluntary in-market workouts for the so-called “Delete Eight” teams starting up. The NBA and NBPA came to an agreement in August on three weeks of activities for the Bulls and the other seven teams not invited to Disney World.
There will still only be individual workouts this week, and it’s worth noting that a number of players have already been taking part in individual offseason workouts at the Advocate Center this summer. That includes Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Coby White and Otto Porter Jr., among others, according to K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago.
But group activities will finally start up next Monday, giving this young Bulls team a chance to get in some reps. Johnson says “attendance is expected to be strong.” The Bulls can take part in “practices, skill or conditioning sessions and intra-squad scrimmages.” Daily COVID-19 testing will continue throughout these three weeks, and there will be transportation available to a downtown hotel to help create a mini-bubble of sorts.
With no new coach in place yet, Chris Fleming and other assistants have been running the show. It would be nice to pick a coach soon and have the new hire in place for the group workouts next week. (Fleming is a candidate, but I’d be surprised if he gets the job.) But we’ve also been told by the new Bulls front office, repeatedly, that there is no timetable for a coaching hire, presumably including these scheduled workouts. It’s almost like any non-playoff activity wasn’t ever going to be important and the idea that Jim Boylen was required for them was ludicrous.
While you can only get so much out of these unique workout sessions, it should be helpful for the Bulls to get at least some meaningful work in ahead of next training camp or any other future works following the draft/free agency, whenever that may be.
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