The Jimmy Butler era is over for the Bulls and there are a lot of new faces on the Bulls roster this season, but what will the team look like on the floor?
Former Bulls center Will Perdue took a crack at what starting five coach Fred Hoiberg may send out for the opening game at the Raptors on Oct. 19. Watch the video above to see Perdue explain each of his starting five picks.
Point guard: Kris Dunn
Perdue: "He was an important piece of that big trade on draft night. I love his aggressive nature, but he's got to learn to play a little more defense with his feet, not so much with his hands so he can stay out of foul trouble."
Shooting guard: Justin Holiday
Perdue: "This is a little bit of a question on the two-spot, but I'm going to go with Holiday. The reason why is because he's a much better defender than Denzel Valentine and one thing you have to worry about is what's going on with DeMar DeRozan in game one.
Small forward: Paul Zipser
Perdue: "Has he worked on his game to the point where he can prove that he can hit that midrange jump shot off the dribble and can he attack the basket and finish over and through defenders?"
Power forward: Nikolic Mirotic
Perdue: "He put on 23 pounds of muscle, according to Niko. He said he got tired of getting beat up last year. So because of these younger guys I think Niko feels like his best ability to play is at the four spot so he's going to get that opportunity early."
Center: Robin Lopez
Perdue: "Right now the only guarantee is this guy, according to Fred Hoiberg, Robin Lopez."
On an emergency edition of our Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, Will Perdue and Vincent Goodwill react to the Bobby Portis-Nikola Mirotic fight in practice.
Hear what Vincent’s sources are telling him what happened, plus the group discusses how the fight will likely impact the team now — and in the long-term. Will also shares his story on why Michael Jordan punched him during a practice.
Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:
Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic were involved in an altercation that resulted in Mirotic suffering two broken bones in his face after Portis punched him, according to sources.
Mirotic, who’s out indefinitely, was evaluated for a concussion and taken to a hospital, where he was released but was apparently a bit out of it, according to a source. The altercation began with pushing and shoving between the two before Mirotic lunged forward at Portis and Portis hit Mirotic, sending him to the floor.
“I’ve seen worse,” a witness said.
Mirotic was taken to the training room and Portis went to the other side of the floor.
Apparently the two have had testy moments since Portis entered the league in 2015. The two play the same position and have battled for minutes, with Portis often getting the short end in the rotation.
Where this leaves Portis with the Bulls for the immediate future as far as a suspension is unknown.
But what was supposed to be a so-called nondescript season has suddenly put the spotlight on the players and the coaching staff, who’ll have to navigate the relationship between the two teammates.