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An assertive Tomas Satoransky is finding his sweet spot with the Bulls

An assertive Tomas Satoransky is finding his sweet spot with the Bulls

Like the ball, numbers don’t lie.

And Tomas Satoransky’s numbers — 15.5 points on 48.1 percent 3-point shooting to go with 8.5 assists — are sublime.

Mind you, those aren’t his Bulls statistics. They’re from his eight-game run at this offseason’s FIBA World Cup in China for Czech Republic.

For that team, Satoransky is tasked to be The Man with a capital 'M' and do pretty much everything but drive the team bus to the arena. That’s not Satoransky’s role with the Bulls.

But following an 11-point, eight-rebound, six-assist night in which he helped set the tone for a 116-81 blowout victory over the Hawks, it’s clear the first-year Bull is getting more comfortable and more assertive with each game. He’s now up to 10.1 points, 5.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds and shooting 39.6 percent from 3-point range on the season.

“I’m used to not having that role anywhere else than my national team, so the transition usually isn’t that tough,” Satoransky said of moving from his national team to the NBA. “I did a little of everything in D.C. [with the Wizards]. And with a new team, I was kind of trying to find my role early.

“I mean, I knew my position would be much bigger than in D.C. But you still need some time.”

Saturday marked the fourth time in five games that Satoransky has posted at least 10 points, five assists and five rebounds. His eight such games are tied with Zach LaVine for the team lead.

Satoransky’s poise and pace helped the Bulls step on a wounded Hawks team with a 35-point first quarter. For the night, the Bulls held a 25-8 edge in fast-break points.

“I think I’ve had a lot of ups and downs this season. Lately, I’ve been playing better on the road. So this stretch of home games is super important to me,” Satoransky said of the four-game homestand. “I feel great. I’m more consistent.

“I can usually adapt my game pretty quickly. But when you have a lot of young guys and there are lineup changes, it affects you. I feel we’re getting established. And I feel I have good chemistry with KD [Kris Dunn] and Zach. We’re starting to establish something. Now, we need to build on it.”

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Bulls Talk Podcast: First weekend of the NBA Bubble review

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Bulls Talk Podcast: First weekend of the NBA Bubble review

The NBA has restarted its season officially as the 22 remaining teams play eight more regular season games and then the playoffs. Jason Goff is joined by K.C. Johnson and Rob Schaefer to discuss their thoughts about the opening round of regular season games. They also discuss: Have the Bucks been exposed? What's up with Zion Williamson not playing? And they debate who should win Coach of the Year.

(1:40) - The "Delete Eight" teams are missing valuable time not being in the Bubble

(10:00) - The impact playing in the Bubble has on the players and their play

(20:00) - Zion Williamson's minutes restrictions

(33:15) - How will the NBA operate next season

(37:25) - Concerns for the Bucks and Lakers

(43:15) - Who should have won coach of the year

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Detroit Pistons invite rapper J. Cole to try out for NBA team

Detroit Pistons invite rapper J. Cole to try out for NBA team

We could be on the verge of an incredible NBA x hip-hop crossover event. The Detroit Pistons have reached out on Twitter inviting rapper J.Cole to try out for the team.

You might be thinking to yourself, “How did we get here?” Fair question. Let’s summarize.

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J. Cole fans have been speculating that the rapper has been angling for a shot at the NBA since he released a commercial for a new Puma shoe called “The Dreamer,” where he goes through an intense basketball workout.

“You can’t be serious,” says the voiceover track over the commercial. “I know you ain’t about to try to do what I think you’re trying to do. ‘Cause that would be crazy.

“I mean, what’s the odds? I know you’ve got more sense than that young blood.”

The rumors picked up steam when Master P told TMZ on Saturday that Cole was, in fact, serious.

Master P signed two NBA contracts, one with the Hornets and another with the Raptors in 1998 and 1999. He played in the preseason for each team, but never in the regular season. So, Master P told TMZ that Cole called him up to ask his advice on how to make it on an NBA roster. To his credit, Master P says he told Cole he has a long road ahead of him, and that he’ll have to prove his dedication and consistency.

If you go back to 2019, videos surfaced on the web purportedly showing Cole holding his own in pickup games with NBA players.

Which brings us back to today. Apparently the Pistons have seen enough to warrant a closer look at Cole. It remains to be seen whether or not his dream will become a reality.

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