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Bogans' release from Bulls was 'a slap in the face'

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Bogans' release from Bulls was 'a slap in the face'

Much maligned by critics during his lone season with the Bulls, Keith Bogans was respected and loved by his teammates and coaches.

Bogans started all 82 games for Chicago last season and all 16 postseason games.
Despite the uncertainty of the team holding the option to pick up the 1.73 million owed to him this season, he was one of the first players to arrive to the Berto Center when informal workouts begin after the league opened league training facilities on Dec. 1.

Before the start of the first official training camp on Dec. 9, Bogans would be pulled off the floor by team management and would be subsequently released on Dec. 16 to make room for Richard Hamilton.

In an interview with the Tribune, Bogans reveals that the way the situation was handled was a slap to the face and is still is upset every time the situation is brought up.

When I walked in the gym and they told me I wasnt practicing after they had seen me all week since Monday, that was kind of a slap in the face, Bogans said. But its cool. Ive been through a lot in this league but nothing like that. It definitely made me a better man, a better person and a better basketball person.

I put everything on the line each night. I played with a hurt knee 82 games. I took a pill 82 games to get that (release) in return. Every time I play them for the rest of my career, it will give me something added.

Losing both Bogans and veteran big man Kurt Thomas may not have hurt the Bulls, on paper, but not much value is given to how close last years team truly was.

Those 15 guys I was in the locker room with were all my brothers, Bogans said. I formed a bond with them that I probably havent formed with another team that Ive played on. That was like my family. All those guys reached out to me when I got released. They were genuinely hurt when I didnt come back.

After his release, Bogans spent time at his Orlando residence, working out, and recovering from an offseason scope on his knee.

The New Jersey Nets citing a need for toughness and experience signed the nine-year veteran last Wednesday.

Im obviously very happy for Keith, he did a good job for us last year, said Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau. Hes been a great pro for a long time and if you look at his entire career, he always finds his way onto a roster and he always plays extremely well. Im very happy for him and we wish him well.

Three Things to Watch: Bulls dance with Warriors

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls dance with Warriors

Is there any better way to break in your new Black Friday television than Bulls-Warriors tonight? We think not. Coverage starts at 9 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live, and the game is also available to stream via the NBC Sports app

Here are three things to keep your eye on: 

1. Not the score. Let's be honest: the Bulls probably won't sneak out a win at the Oracle. In fact, ESPN's matchup predictor only gives Fred Hoiberg's young squad a 2.9 percent chance to come up victorious. UIC has three times better odds against juggernaut Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Sunday, in case you needed some context.  

With the talent gap in mind, though, it will be important for the Bulls to come out with high energy. The Warriors will likely take the contest lightly in the first half, so starting off strong reflects well on the coaching staff and starters. Stay within 10 points by the half, and that's considered a massive triumph. 

2. Lauri Markkanen vs. Draymond Green? Assuming the Dubs start out with Green on Markkanen, this will be rookie's biggest test of the season. Green is an elite defender, capable of wrecking gameplans from the tip. He's physical, quick and athletic. 

Markkanen is coming off two duds on the West Coast trip, but his aggressiveness hasn't wavered. It'll be important for him to continue to attack even with the reigning Defensive Player of the Year hounding him. 

3. Steph, KD and Klay doin' work. The Bulls offense hasn't exactly been a thing of beauty through the first 16 games. Their offensive rating is a brutal 94.4, ranked last in the NBA. Golden State, on the other hand, sits at the top with a rating of 113.1. 

Take some time to admire the skills of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson because when it comes to working cohesively on offense, they've set the gold standard. 

Bring your own stuffing: Jazz swat Bulls on Thanksgiving Eve

Bring your own stuffing: Jazz swat Bulls on Thanksgiving Eve

On the second (turkey) leg of a back-to-back, the Bulls didn't bring much energy in a 110-80 loss to the Utah Jazz. 

Instead of diving into the nitty-gritty of the uninspiring effort, though, we decided to just serve you up a Thanksgiving meal of highlights. Here are the top blocks from Wednesday's game: 

5. Derrick Favors is no Rudy Gobert -- that we know -- but imitation is the highest form of flattery. 

4. Are Bobby Portis chase down blocks the new LeBron James chase down blocks? Let's not get carried away... yet. We'll chalk it up to just a real nice hustle play by Bobby. 

3 and 2. Speaking of hustle plays... Jonas Jerebko isn't exactly known as a dominant defender. He sure made it hard for the Bulls on what should of been an easy fast-break bucket in the third quarter, though. First, he silenced Kris Dunn's reverse. Then, he met Lauri Markkanen at the rim and sent the rookie packing. The Baby Bulls 2.0 can blame it on fatigue, but they just handed Jerebko a highlight tape for years to come.   

1. In fairness, Jerian Grant had to get up a shot as the quarter was coming to a close. It is as vicious as it looks, though.