Denzel Valentine on Wearing Michael Jordan’s Number

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Denzel Valentine wasted no time beginning his transition to “the league.” The Chicago Bulls selected him with the 14th and final pick of the  NBA Draft Thursday night. By Monday he was at Bulls headquarters to meet the media and display his #45 jersey, the number both he and his Dad wore with the Michigan State Spartans, and briefly worn by Michael Jordan himself during his 1994 Bulls comeback. 

In the media session, Bulls GM Gar Forman said that Zel showed up with four or five large duffel bags, indicating that he’s moved in now and ready to hit the ground running.

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E’Twaun Moore Might Be Highlight of Bulls Free Agency

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You can count down the hours now until the NBA free agency signing period opens, so an early Happy Canada Day to all! Yes, free agency and Canadian Independence Day always intersect each year, and perhaps the Toronto Raptors will be a more interesting to team to watch this free agency season than the Chicago Bulls.

No offense to combo guard E’Twaun Moore, as you know how much we love the former Purdue Boilermakers star over here at The Sports Bank, but his story might be the most interesting Bulls narrative this silly season. Seriously, you should expect a very quiet FA summer in Chicago this year.

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NBA Free Agency: 8 Teams Needing a Point Guard

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The NBA Free Agency period official kicks off on July 1st when teams are able to start negotiating with available players. A weak class of free agent point guards is led by Mike Conley and Rajon Rondo. From there, the level of talent dips which is why we have already seen guys like Derrick Rose, Jeff Teague, and George Hill get dealt prior to the NBA Draft.

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Who’s Paul Zipser? What Bulls can Expect from Bayern Munich SF

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As the 2016 NBA Draft progressed, more obscure and strange sounding names were called. Sir Winston Churchill once famously said:  ‘Everybody has a right to pronounce foreign names as he chooses’. Although Churchill’s quip wouldn’t fly in today’s ultra-pc culture, you could see many NBA fans embodying that zeitgeist in the advanced stages of the draft.

In every draft, most NBA fans have the “who?!” reaction to many of the picks in the 40s and 50s. This draft was so weak that the reflex started happening in the 20s and 30s.

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Bulls GM Gar Forman Shoots Down Jimmy Butler Trade Rumors

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NBA Draft night saw incessant Jimmy Butler trade rumors, including some narratives that would potentially reunite the superstar swingman with his former coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota. Obviously, it didn’t happen as Butler stayed put, but the Chicago Bulls also took a natural shooting guard, how can also play small forward and point guard with their lottery pick at #14.

Yes, the selection of Denzel Valentine (here’s more on him), plus the Bulls selecting a small forward in the second round in Paul Zipster from Germany, again called into question the team’s future on the wings, as well as wonderment about the future of Jimmy Butler with the team.

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How Denzel Valentine Fits in with the Chicago Bulls

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Denzel Valentine is the first NBA Draft lottery pick to come out of Michigan State since 2001 (Jason Richardson).

The Chicago Bulls selected the AP National Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year with the 14th pick in tonight’s NBA Draft. Bulls GM Gar Forman said at the Bulls practice facility Thursday night that he thought Denzel “was a fit on so many levels, a big time winner.”

Forman also said that Zel fit into the direction that the Bulls wanted to go, indicating that the team is “wanting to get younger and more athletic, and play with pace.”

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2016 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (6/23/16)

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The 2016 NBA Draft Lottery takes place Tuesday evening so the draft order will be official then.  Here is a look at the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2016 NBA Mock Draft. [Read more…]

Derrick Rose Traded For Lopez, Calderon and Grant: Stats and Statements

Critiquing the Derrick Rose as Jesus Public Art Project

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Editor’s note: In the wake of today’s HUGE news, the Derrick Rose trade, we felt in necessary to republish this essay from April 2015. Enjoy-

We can safely assume that whoever created the Derrick Rose as Jesus Christ mural in Chicago was doing it ironically. The public wall painting, complete with tears of pain and a crown of thorns…”can’t be serious.”

We know that creepy, dysfunctional obsession with sports figures runs rampant in America; especially so in Chicago. Therefore this public art project analogizing the Chicago Bulls point guard to a popular Messianic figure is probably tongue-in-cheek.

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Derrick Rose TRADED to the New York Knicks: Instant Analysis

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If they could help it, you knew the Chicago Bulls wouldn’t head into 2016-17 with both Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler on the roster. Whether Rose and Butler get along or not, how believable those rumors are, or what you define “getting along” to be, they no longer co-exist that well on the court together. 

Both are a quasi-alpha dog, and you just can’t have two alpha dogs in the same backcourt. Butler may have more trade value, but Derrick Rose is the one who’s moving on, as Chicago has sent him to the New York Knicks.

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Chicago Bulls 2016 NBA Draft Mocksourcing

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The 2016 NBA Draft is just days away! Huzzah! Here’s the link to our latest NBA mock draft.

ESPN will televise the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m. ET. In advance of what is annually always one of our favorite days on the sports calendar, we crowdsourced the Chicago Bulls selections from our most favorite and most trusted NBA mock drafts on the internet. In other words, we did some mocksourcing.

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Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons Swap Cameron Bairstow and Spencer Dinwiddie

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This is the kind of trade that pundits and sports talk radio guys would call…well, that’s just mean, the phrase that’s commonly used for these types of deals. You already know it, so I’m not going to bother repeating it. The point is, as Kent Brockman would say on The Simpsons, “this barely qualifies as news.”

Hey, it’s a trade between two big NBA brand name franchises and it’s official- so that’s something.

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