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Haberstroh believes Bulls 'could be playoff-bound' after strong offseason

Haberstroh believes Bulls 'could be playoff-bound' after strong offseason

Are the Bulls a playoff team in the East? It's certainly a conversation worth having given the young talent, added veteran leadership and state of the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls and that topic got a shoutout in Tom Haberstroh's latest piece. You should read the full piece, which can be found here. But the graf you'll care about is below, on the Bulls flirting with playoff contention after a rock-solid offseason.

Another surprise team in that early stats-based look? The Chicago Bulls, who are projected to be the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Bolstered by free agency pickups Thaddeus Young and Tomas Satoransky, the Bulls have quietly had a strong offseason. Toss in Coby White’s promise at point guard, and this team’s core with Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter and Wendell Carter Jr. could be playoff-bound.

It's certainly possible. The East's Nos. 7 and 8 seeds from a year ago - Orlando and Detroit - could certainly regress, while the up-and-coming Atlanta Hawks may still be a year away. They have similar young talent to the Bulls but don't have the same kind of veteran experience the Bulls have in the wake of signing Young and Satoransky.

It's anyone's guess how the Miami Heat will fare with Jimmy Butler (and maybe Russell Westbrook), while there's a chance the KD-less Brooklyn Nets miss out on the postseason. Remember, they're using $41 million of their cap space on a guy who likely won't play this upcoming season.

So can the Bulls sneak in? They'll need to remain healthy, of course, and get continued progression from each member of their young core, namely Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter and Wendell Carter Jr. Any significant jumps from Coby White, Chandler Hutchison, Daniel Gafford or Kris Dunn would be added bonuses.

For what it's worth, John Paxson joined 670 The Score on Thursday and was asked about playoff expectations entering Year 3 of the rebuild.

"I think, always, when you step on the court as a coach or a player, your goal has to be to win at the highest level you possibly can, whatever your potential is. And so if playoffs is something that we’re good enough to move toward, that’s great," Paxson said. "But like I said, we have to get back to being a hard playing, competitive team. And I think a lot of it is oftentimes is the coach dictates your attitude as a team. I think Jim Boylen brings a toughness and an attitude to our group, which we need."

"I never want to sit here and say, hey we’re gonna do this or that. My thing, we’ve had these two years that have been rough. We can point to a lot of things. We have had a lot of odd injuries that are tough to deal with and it’s difficult on all of us because we sit there at games you watch your fans come in and support you and you’re putting out a team that you know isnt’ at t level that you want them to be,.

"We first and foremost need to stay healthy, we need to come together as a group, I think we have a deeper basketball team…I think we have some depth that we haven’t had in the past, but make no bones about this: our success or lack thereof is going to be determined by the growth of the young guys that we have."

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

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'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.