The Bulls haven’t used the NBA Developmental League much, preferring to keep some of their young talent in-house.
But Wednesday will signal a sea of change, so to speak, as they will announce their own D-League team, which will have a home in the village of Hoffman Estates starting next season.
The team will play at the Sears Centre, the team will announce at an afternoon ceremony at the United Center, and the franchise is holding a contest over the nickname of the new team. Several Bulls officials hinted before the season they would be more active as far as the D-League, having been affiliated with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants but rarely using it.
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Now, they’ve taken the next step in taking control of their own D-League team, something other NBA teams have decided to do in recent years. It gives teams the opportunity for more synergy, similar coaching and infrastructure for its younger players.
With the Bulls being such a veteran-laden team the last few years, there hadn’t been as much need or discussion for it, and nothing has truly changed as far as roster makeup.
But the opportunity of developing their own players for the benefit of future use has worked for plenty of teams and the Bulls have finally decided to join the party.
David Schuster, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel.
0:00- Dave Wannstedt joins the panel to discuss the Bears 38-31 loss to the Patriots? Was it a moral victory? Is Matt Nagy crazy to say Mitch Trubisky didn’t play that bad?
13:00- Joe Girardi pulls his name out of the Reds managerial search and Jon Heyman reports that industry sources believe he might wait to see if there’s an opening in Chicago. What are the chances that he replaces Joe Maddon?
14:30- Adam Amin joins Kap to preview the Bulls/Mavericks game and discuss the lack of defense in the NBA.
The NBA season is off to an explosive start, with offense being the theme so far.
NBA fans have gotten to see great offense from all around the league. Rookie guard Trae Young went off for 35 points, the Pelicans scored 149 points in a (no overtime) game and even well-known downtrodden franchises like the Sacramento Kings have got in on the fun, putting up 131 points in a surprising win over the Thunder.
If the pace of play keeps up league-wide, the 2018-19 season will end up being an offensive masterpiece, sure to spark change to defensive systems in the ever-evolving NBA.
With the Golden State Warriors still shaking off rust and the Rockets looking weaker, (relatively) new powerhouses like the Raptors and Nuggets have dominated this very early portion of the NBA season.
You can take a look here to see how the new hierarchy is shaping up in this week's NBA Power Rankings.