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David Robinson: Isiah Thomas shouldn’t be surprised about Dream Team snub

David Robinson: Isiah Thomas shouldn’t be surprised about Dream Team snub

Appearing on the Bulls Talk Podcast with Jason Goff, David Robinson said it was no mystery why Isiah Thomas was left off the original 1992 Dream Team.

In fact, Robinson said no one — including Thomas — should be surprised. 

“If you have a reputation and you take pride in your reputation as a ‘Bad Boy’ it kind of means people aren’t going to like you,” Robinson told Goff. “Can you be that surprised when people say ‘I don’t really want to play with the ‘Bad Boys?’”

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Robinson went on to praise Thomas for his career accomplishments, including winning two NBA titles with the Pistons, but he admitted that the formulation of the Dream Team wasn’t just about putting the 12 best players together. 

“When you talk about putting together a team, chemistry matters. It does,” Robinson said. “You can’t act like it doesn’t matter and for that team it was clear that was a consideration for all the people involved.”

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Team USA, of course, rolled over the competition in the 1992 Olympics, and the practices ended up being more competitive than the games. 

“You couldn’t pull a man off that team and say that it wasn’t some of the most incredible basketball, most intense stuff they’ve ever felt,” Robinson said.

The Olympic experience wasn’t as enjoyable for Toni Kukoc, whose Croatia team lost to Team USA twice in 1992. Kukoc was drafted by the Bulls in 1990, but didn’t make the move to the NBA until 1993.

Robinson said on the bus ride to Team USA’s first game against Croatia, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen had a clear message for how they were supposed to play Kukoc that day. 

“As a team, if two of your teammates come to you and say, ‘Let’s teach this guy a lesson.’ Yeah, OK, let’s do that. I got your back,” Robinson said. “(Kukoc) took some lumps that day, but I guarantee it taught him something. When he came into the league, he had to be that much more prepared.”

Robinson and Goff also discussed Robinson’s time at Navy and with the Spurs, Jordan’s meteoric rise, and Robinson’s relationship with Dennis Rodman.

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2020 NBA Mock Draft roundup: Predictions for Bulls’ first-round pick

2020 NBA Mock Draft roundup: Predictions for Bulls’ first-round pick

Absent from the NBA’s season restart, and with organized offseason activities a question hanging in the air, the next tentpole for the Bulls to hone in on is the draft.

This year’s draft will be an especially important one for the organization. Entering Year 4 of a rebuild and under fresh front office leadership in Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley, the direction the Bulls take with their impending top-10 choice will offer a window into the new regime’s thoughts on the roster and teams’ general standing.

Karnisovas, for his part, disputed the widely-accepted notion that this draft is a weak one at his end-of-season press conference with reporters. The Bulls own the seventh-best lottery odds (yet again), with a 7.5 percent chance at the No. 1 pick, and 32 percent odds of vaulting into the top four. They also own the Grizzlies’ second-round pick (No. 47) by way of some transaction minutia from the Tomas Satoransky sign-and-trade.

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“I like a lot of players that are in our range,” Karnisovas said. “I think we’ve done a lot of work studying. That’s why the excitement is coming from studying those players and interviewing them and looking at the video. So I think we’ll add a good player to our roster next year.”

Wherever the Bulls land, they’ll have a litany of possible needs to address. Though they invested the No. 7 overall pick in Coby White in 2019, the playmaking potential of lead guards LaMelo Ball or Killian Hayes might be too much to pass up if afforded an opportunity to snag them. On the wing, an area the Bulls are thin, do-it-all forward Deni Avdija and 3-and-D prototype Devin Vassell's stocks are rapidly rising, and Isaac Okoro has drawn Jimmy Butler comparisons for his game-wrecking potential on the defensive end. Onyeka Okongwu, Obi Toppin and James Wiseman intrigue in the frontcourt, as well.

All of which is to say, a lot can happen between now and October, when the draft is scheduled to be held. Which direction should the Bulls go? Here’s a roundup of the latest spate of Mock Drafts from across the interwebs:

Rob Dauster, NBC Sports

No. 7: Deni Avdija, F, Maccabi Tel Aviv

Gary Parrish, CBS Sports

No. 7: Isaac Okoro, F, Auburn

Tankathon

No. 7: Tyrese Haliburton, G, Iowa State

No. 47: Elijah Hughes, F, Syracuse

Bryan Kalbrosky, USA Today

No. 8: Killian Hayes, G, Ulm

Matt Babcock, Babcock Hoops

No. 7: Killian Hayes, G, Ulm

No. 47: Paul Reed, F, Depaul

NBADraft.net

No. 7: Onyeka Okongwu, F/C, USC

No. 47: Jay Scrubb, G, John A. Logan College (JUCO)

A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports Boston

No. 7: Isaac Okoro, F, Auburn

James Ham, NBC Sports Bay Area

No. 9: Killian Hayes, G, Ulm

And here’s NBC Sports Chicago’s latest Mock, which saw the Bulls select Okoro. Happy scouting.

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Air Jordan 11 CMFT Lows will reportedly return in spring 2021

Air Jordan 11 CMFT Lows will reportedly return in spring 2021

Sneaker Bar Detroit is reporting that the Air Jordan 11 CMFT Lows will return to market in the spring of 2021.

While a precise release date isn't yet clear, the report listed five colorways for the sneaker: Cool Grey/Medium Grey-White, Black/White-Anthracite-Wolf Grey Black/Gym Red-White, White/Black-Ghost Green-Metallic Silver and Barely Green/White-Black-Barely Green.

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This — along with a litany of other recently leaked impending releases — will be worth keeping an eye on when the calendar flips.

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