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Is Bulls' Doug McDermott one step closer to being mentioned in a Taylor Swift song?

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Is Bulls' Doug McDermott one step closer to being mentioned in a Taylor Swift song?

The Doug McDermott-Taylor Swift saga is not over.

The Bulls rookie experienced his "Welcome to the NBA" (or "Welcome to New York" if we're talking "1989" jams) moment when he saw T-Swift sitting courtside in Madison Square Garden during the season opener back in October.

That was just the latest chapter in McDermott's T-Swift fandom that stretches back to March 2013 when a story like this was just in Dougie Fresh's "Wildest Dreams."

[RELATED - Taylor Swift catches the attention of Doug McDermott during NBA debut]

Now, thanks to some creeps "Out of the Woods" hacking into Swift's Twitter account searching for "Bad Blood," we discover there was another page to the story as an image posted online shows McDermott in Swift's DMs around Christmastime (don't worry, the link is "Clean"):

Hmmm...

Looks like this Dougie Fresh/T-Swift connection won't go out of "Style" anytime soon.

[SHOP: Buy a Doug McDermott jersey]

Maybe if he actually wants to fill a "Blank Space" in one of her songs, Dougie should listen closely to "How You Get the Girl."

Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, the Bulls Outsiders team of Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine join Kevin Anderson to talk about the series premier of ‘Bulls Outsiders’ Thursday night. Hear about how the show came together and what they are hoping to bring to the Bulls fanbase this season. They’ll also share their bold predictions for the season including two potential end-of-season award winners from this roster.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Kris Dunn thinks Zach LaVine could be 'a good defender in this league'

Kris Dunn thinks Zach LaVine could be 'a good defender in this league'

We all know what Zach LaVine is capable of doing on the offensive side of things. But what about his defense?

It's no secret that LaVine has had his fair share of struggles on defense, but Kris Dunn thinks highly of his 23-year-old teammate and what his potential is at the other end.

"On the defensive end I just told him, 'You're as fast as me. You're more athletic than me. There's no way you shouldn't be a good defender in this league. You could be one of those guys who could be dynamic in the passing lanes because you're so athletic and fast.'" Dunn said of LaVine. "And personally, I like to score. If you get in a passing lane, that's a dunk for yourself and because you've got so much bounce that's when you get the crowd on their feet — maybe do a windmill, a 360, something.

"But I think he's been going a good job on the defensive end. It's not going to be easy. We all got to learn and I think we're all trying."

Improving his defense would obviously be a big step forward for LaVine (and the Bulls), and he knows it. 

“I think I had a lot better focus on the defensive end,” LaVine said when assessing his preseason. “I had some mistakes too, but I wanted to go out there and just really hone in on being more focused down there. I felt like I did OK with that. Still some areas I want to get better at, definitely off-the-ball I think I did a lot better than I had before.’’

LaVine and the Bulls travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers on Thursday night in their season opener. You can watch Bulls Pre- and Postgame Live on NBC Sports Chicago before and after the game for highlights and analysis.