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The biggest fan of Zach LaVine's dunks just might be Coby White

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The biggest fan of Zach LaVine's dunks just might be Coby White

Zach LaVine is easily one of the best dunkers we have seen in NBA history and with his impressive hops, it doesn't even necessarily take a particularly wild dunk to get the crowd going.

But when LaVine threw down a nice two-handed jam off a feed from Tomas Satoranasky and slapped the backboard in Thursday's win over the Hawks, it was actually someone on the court who had the best reaction to LaVine's high-flying efforts.

Bulls 2019 No. 7 overall pick Coby White leaned back, made a great expression, and even added a little hop as well as he watched LaVine's high-flying skills. 

White was impressed by LaVine's big-time hops, just as LaVine was impressed by White's skills at such a young stage of his career, calling him "special."

Bulls fans will get used to seeing White's extensive shooting range and explosive forays to the rim but they also need to prepare to sit back and enjoy the genuine enthusiasm with which he plays the game, oftentimes celebrating the successes of his teammates more than his own. 

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How to watch Bulls vs. Heat: Time, TV schedule and streaming info

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How to watch Bulls vs. Heat: Time, TV schedule and streaming info

An old familiar face comes to town when Jimmy Butler leads the Miami Heat into the United Center. The Bulls traded Butler for their core of Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen, and while LaVine has shown flashes of incredible scoring Markkanen is struggling to start the season.

This game will be judged perhaps through the lense of that trade, but the Bulls are also looking for a win against one of the league's hottest teams.

Can the Bulls keep Butler and the Heat in check?

Here's how you can watch, listen and stream the game:

Date: Friday, November 22
Time: 7:00 p.m. CST
Location: United Center| Chicago, Ill.
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Stream: MyTeams
Radio: 670 The Score/Univision Chicago 1200AM

NBC Sports Chicago Coverage

SportsTalk Live: 6:00 p.m. CST
Bulls Pregame: 6:30 p.m. CST
Bulls Postgame Live: 9:30 p.m. CST*
Bulls Outsiders: 10:00 p.m. CST**

* - Immediately following conclusion of the game
** - Immediately following conclusion of PostGame Live

Bulls Outsiders can also be streamed on Twitter and YouTube.

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Daniel Gafford won't rest on laurels stemming from breakout performance

Daniel Gafford won't rest on laurels stemming from breakout performance

Daniel Gafford’s phone blew up Monday night with congratulatory well wishes following his 21-point performance in his first game of meaningful NBA minutes.

But the Bulls’ rookie acted more like somebody focused on his next opportunity than addicted to social media or electronic devices.

“I put it on ‘Do Not Disturb’ because I was trying to get sleep at the same time,” Gafford said following Tuesday’s practice at Advocate Center. “I was real sore from the game because I’ve been traveling a lot. I wanted to make sure I got the rest I needed for practice today.”

Gafford’s travel has been of the G League variety — bus rides, not five-star accommodations. More performances like his outing against the Bucks, though, and Gafford’s G League assignments may be over.

“What would help me is just try to remain consistent. I did that game, but I’ve got to be ready for the next,” Gafford said. “Enjoy it until midnight and then get ready for the next game the next day.”

The longer Gafford talked, the more his basketball IQ and willingness to learn and be coached came out.

On setting good screens: “Fighting through that fatigue, it was just a mental thing. Just making sure I got contact on the screens because the coaches were telling me they were trying to slip up under my screen because I wasn’t really setting them. So I had to make sure I hit guys when I was coming up to set screens to get bottom hip so I could make sure I was getting guys open because that can help them. But at the same time it can help me as well.

On feedback from coaches: “Mostly it was just on the pick-and-roll with opposing teams. Just making sure I be up at the level to where guards don’t get downhill as much. Just make sure I’m up to where I can help our guards get back from where they’re setting screens. And be better on defensive rebounding.”

On feedback from teammates: “They were just talking about my dunks, really, pretty much. They were patting me on the back, telling me, ‘Good job' and telling me whenever I get my chance again, come out and do the same thing.’”

Ah, yes, those dunks. What did the United Center rims do to Gafford anyway? The six rim-rattling slams he threw down on the night were enough for him to field a question as to his favorite.

“Oh, the one-hand lob that I caught,” Gafford said. “I didn’t think I was going to catch that. I thought it was going to get some of the rim and come out. But it went down for me and I appreciate it for that.”

Gafford said his wrist “feels good” after all that rim wrecking because he’s “used to it.”

And somewhere, fellow Arkansas product Bobby Portis is smiling. Not only was there a #freeDanielGafford movement on Twitter, a la #freeBobbyPortis from Portis’ rookie season with the Bulls, but Gafford also dropped a third-person reference. Portis used to do that, too.

“Go out there and play Daniel Gafford basketball,” Gafford said, when asked for his mindset.

Coach Jim Boylen said Gafford plays “with a pure heart.” With 20-20 machine Andre Drummond in town with the Pistons Wednesday, expect Gafford to get more rotational minutes.

And as for that “Do Not Disturb” sign on his phone, it worked.

“I slept good,” Gafford said.

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