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Korver an assist man away from the game

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Korver an assist man away from the game

Bulls sharpshooter Kyle Korvers annual winter coat drive, which took place at the United Center prior to Saturdays home win over the Bobcats, seems like a nice gesture, the type of thing people will remember. But while the initiative, which benefited Victor Herbert Elementary School and the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls fans who donated either a new childrens coat or at least 15 were entitled to meet Korver afterwards and get an autograph got more visibility because of its timing, charitable work is just the norm for the swingman.

In past his past NBA stops, Philadelphia and Utah, Korver put his stamp on the community through his organization, the Kyle Korver Foundation. While with the Sixers, Korver was known for his work with youth in impoverished sections of North Philadelphia, and when he played for the Jazz, the three-point specialist was active in work with the handicapped community of Salt Lake City.

In Chicago, however, Korver has taken a different approach. Instead of starting entirely new initiatives, his foundation has mostly partnered with local organizations and enhanced ongoing efforts.

Well, we havent started our own initiative or anything, like we did in the other cities, but we found some really great organizations and weve partnered with them. Theres this school called Brown Elementary and its right over by the United Center, and weve done several things with them, partnering with a local church Soul City in the West Loop and also just some other random people, he told CSNChicago.com recently. We helped put together a couple Christmas stores, where we got a whole bunch of things donated, bought a bunch of things and let the families from that school come and buy all their Christmas presents, but a really discounted rate. So, you could buy a pair of Chuck Taylors Korver is an endorser for Converse for like two bucks, stuff like that. So, they still come, they still buy their stuff, but then we took the money and donated it to the school, too, and started a little art program, built a parents lounge, trying to get the parents more involved in the school and weve got a couple other projects weve been helping out with, with them.

Theres an organization called Breakthrough, which is also on the West Side. Its a great organization. Weve done several things with them, partnered with them in this thing called The Hunt, in like a month or two. Its basically a big scavenger hunt, sending people all over the place, raising money for Breakthrough and awareness, and things like that. It ends up in Wrigley Field, Korver continued. Klayton Korvers younger brother is working on a bunch of stuff. Were helping put together some concerts and selling our clothing line Seer, so weve got a bunch of these things going on. We havent found that one thing that were really angling for, like we did in the other cities because Im kind of waiting for the right opportunity.

But whether in Chicago or elsewhere, the devoutly religious Korver, who got married over the summer, believes he can always give back to the less fortunate.

People have been great. I think playing all across the country, theres people everywhere that want to do good things. I think lots of times, they dont know how to get involved or what to do. I think one of the biggest things that we try to do is just find ways to get a lot of people involved and partnering with people who already have great things going, and try to help them, but overall, theres good people everywhere. Youve just got to find them, he said. I think its just a part of my faith. Its just a big part of who I want to be. I feel like Gods given me a great platform and a lot of gifts, a lot of opportunities and you just try to take advantage of them. Its justtry to live out the Golden Rule.

Bulls continue stockpiling young point guards

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Bulls continue stockpiling young point guards

Point Guard of the Future Part VIII? 

The Bulls added another guard to their already-claustrophobic backcourt on Monday, claiming Kay Felder off free agency waivers, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania. 

Felder, 22, was dealt alongside Richard Jefferson from the Cavaliers to the Hawks on Saturday before being immediately waived.

The Bulls then decided to take a flyer on the Oakland University product because why the heck not? Barring some type of NBA miracle, the Bulls are on a season-long march to the lottery, so adding another young player can't hurt. Even if Felder is now the fifth point guard, joining Cameron Payne, Kris Dunn, Ryan Arcidiacono and Jerian Grant, on the squad. 

In 42 games with the Cavs last season, Felder averaged four points and 1.4 assists in just over nine minutes. He was drafted with the hope that he could further his NCAA reputation as a scorer. However, he connected on just 39 percent from the field during his rookie season. He's also undersized -- like Nate Robinson-Isaiah Thomas Undersized -- lowering his ceiling as a defender. 

Whether he can find a niche as a second-unit heat check guy remains to be seen, but with Kris Dunn expected to miss a few weeks, it gives Fred Hoiberg another option at the very least. He's also former NBA All-Star Steve Smith's cousin, should you believe in the power of basketball families. 

In a corresponding move, the Bulls waived Diamond Stone and preseason hero, Jarell Eddie. 

Observations from the Bulls' preseason finale loss to the Raptors

Observations from the Bulls' preseason finale loss to the Raptors

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Justin Holiday shines again

It's pretty evident who the leader of the Bulls is through the preseason. Whether he wanted it or not - and it seems like he did - Justin Holiday is the go-to man in Chicago. He finished his impressive presason with a 17-point outing against the Raptors, including 6-for-12 shooting, four 3-pointers, a steal and a block in 28 minutes. He even added four assists, showing some playmaking to go along with his scoring. He finishes the preseason averaging 17.2 points on 44 percent shooting, 57 percent (!!) from deep and 1.6 steals. He and LaVine will be fun to watch together on the wing.

Lauri Markkanen's jumper stays confident

Lauri Markkanen's NBA career got off to a rough start. But he's more than righted the ship. Gone is the 1-for-9 performance in his first outing, and in is the 11-for-21 he shot in his final two games. That included 7-for-12 from deep, and he even added seven rebounds on Friday against Toronto. Markkanen has plenty of weight to put on before he can hang inside - Toronto's tough interior pushed him around quite a bit in his 29 minutes - but this was another step in the right direction for Markkanen, whose back issues seemed non-existent.

Jerian Grant flirts with a triple-double

Jerian Grant was likely to earn the starting point guard job out of training camp even if Kris Dunn didn't get injured, and tonight would have solidified it. Grant had 10 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in 27 efficient minutes. Though Kyle Lowry had his way (17 points in 26 minutes) that was more or less to be expected. But Grant was confident stepping into his shot, played aggressive on defense (two steals, two fouls) and found plenty of open shooters. The Bulls may struggle this season, but Fred Hoiberg has to be happy starting a backcourt of Grant and Holiday.

Bobby Portis: Some good, some really bad

Bobby Portis has had a not-so-great preseason, so it was nice to see him score 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting and grab four rebounds in his preseason finale. Then again, he played 18 minutes and somehow committed eight turnovers. Between losing balls in traffic, errant passes and some head-scratching decisions, it was tough to call Portis' night a success. He should find time on the second unit, but he needs to show improvement in all areas, not just scoring.

Antonio Blakeney gives it one (nine) last shot(s)

It'd be nice to see a great story like Antonio Blakeney stick on the Bulls' roster, and he made sure he was remembered in his final preseason game. In 20 minutes he took nine shots, hitting three for nine points. He didn't record any other stat but three fouls in his time on the floor, and was a -21 as the Raptors rode away with the win in the fourth quarter. But we're putting him here because there's a chance he can make the Bulls' roster, especially with LaVine out and Zipser potentially needing to miss time.