Bulls aren't shooting threes, but LaVine says that may change soon

Bulls aren't shooting threes, but LaVine says that may change soon

PORTLAND, Ore. — In an NBA landscape where the three-pointer is more important than it’s ever been, the Bulls are going the other way. 

Halfway through the season, Chicago is in a three-way tie with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers for fewest three-point attempts per game with 9.2. They rank 20th in three-point percentage, hitting from beyond the arc at a 34.6 percent clip. The Bulls rank dead last in the NBA in offensive efficiency, scoring just 100.5 points per 100 possessions, nearly three points worse than the 29th-place Cavs.

Last week, they traded one of their best outside shooters, Justin Holiday, to the Memphis Grizzlies. With Holiday gone, the Bulls only have four players shooting above 35 percent from long range: guard Antonio Blakeney (44.6 percent), forward Lauri Markkanen (40.4 percent) and guards Ryan Arcidiacono (39.1 percent) and Zach LaVine (35.3 percent).

“Sometimes you don't have the personnel to become a team that's in the top 10 in three-point attempts and makes and field-goal percentage,” LaVine said Wednesday morning at shootaround in Portland. “I think we can take more, but we'd have to be hunting them and certain guys have to hunt them. But I think we've been doing a good job getting to the paint. We've got to get some more foul calls and get to the line. For as much as we drive the ball, we don't get to the free-throw line enough and that's offsetting it. So if you're not getting to the free-throw line enough and you're not shooting threes, that's where the problem comes.”

Foul calls or no, Bulls coach Jim Boylen has been pushing LaVine and the rest of the team to focus on scoring in the paint and attacking the basket, rather than look for outside shots.

“We need open shots,” Boylen said. “We talk about getting open shots and finishing plays, and we have some solid in-the-paint numbers but our [offensive efficiency] on those possessions isn’t great because we don’t finish or we don’t spray out, or we do spray out and we don’t make it. So it looks like it’s empty, but to me it’s not. I see growth and I see development.”

Now that Holiday, the Bulls’ starting small forward for much of the season, is out of the picture, LaVine plans to look for more outside shots. He has shown proficiency in that part of his game earlier in his career — before he suffered a torn ACL during the 2016-17 season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, he was hitting 38.7 percent of his threes through two-plus seasons in the NBA.

“Trust me, I’ll shoot some 3s now,” LaVine said. “You’re going to find them throughout the game somewhere. I think me and Lauri can both take a few more. But I think we’re doing a good job of playing our game regardless. I’m not somebody who is going to take 10 threes a game. But I think I have to be efficient on the ones I do take. If it’s around four or five [attempts per game, if I can hit two or three of them, that would be incredible. Consistently, if I’m around that 38-40 percent, that’s going to start helping out a lot.”

'Rodman: For Better or Worse' 30 for 30 will debut on September 10


'Rodman: For Better or Worse' 30 for 30 will debut on September 10

On Friday ESPN revealed that the next film in their award-winning 30 for 30 series will focus on the life of former Bull and Hall of Fame forward Dennis Rodman. 

The film—which is titled "Rodman: For Better or Worse" will detail Rodman's journey to becoming a Hall of Famer and five-time NBA Champion. The documentary will detail Rodman's difficult upbringing in Dallas, his dominant run at Southeastern Oklahoma State and his development into one of the greatest rebounders in NBA history. 

While Rodman is no doubt one of the greatest talents in NBA history, he is just as famous for his intriguing and oftentimes shocking off the court exploits. Rodman: For Better or Worse will discuss Rodman diving into international diplomacy issues and all of the deeper reasons behind him becoming the interesting character that we know him as today. 

The documentary will feature interviews from former teammates and coaches of Rodman's, including Bill Laimbeer,  John Salley, Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, and Phil Jackson. 

Rodman: For Better or Worse will be directed by Todd Kapostasy. 

Kapostasy is a seven-time Emmy Award winner. He wrote and directed 2016 documentary 'Confessions of a Cubs Fan: A Century of Waiting', which focused on the idea that winning isn't everything in sports amid the backdrop of the Cubs winning the 2016 World Series.

“Rodman: For Better or Worse” released on September 10, at 8 p.m. CT

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Coby White becomes first rookie in NBA history to understand his NBA2K rating

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Coby White becomes first rookie in NBA history to understand his NBA2K rating

It's that time of the year when every fan and player loses their mind over arbitray video game ratings that mean nothing.

That is, unless you're Coby White.

The rookie found out his rating for NBA 2K20 in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday and, much to the delight of this author, was pleased with his 76 rating.

"It's solid," White told Ronnie 2K. "Everybody be wanting their grade to be higher than what it is but I haven't played a game in the league yet so I understand why it's a 76. But I feel like after the season it'll be higher."

White said he hopes he can get his rating up to at least an 80 by the end of the season. Bulls fans would be pleased with that development, too.

White also said he was happy with his likeness in the game, which you can check out below.