With all the season long talk about how the Bulls managed their bodies all season, with limit restrictions to Joakim Noah and a careful approach all around, Bulls GM Gar Forman addressed the team’s approach.
Forman appeared on “Bulls Pregame Live” with Mark Schanowski and Will Perdue on Comcast SportsNet Chicago before the playoff opener against the Milwaukee Bucks.
“We meet with our medical staff headed by Brian Cole, Jeff Tanaka, Jennifer Swanson, and again if you look historically there’s not an exact number you can put on it, but there have been enough studies that have shown when you became fatigued you become more susceptible to injuries,” Forman said. “And we wanted to do that with guys who were coming off surgeries.”
There was plenty of speculation after Derrick Rose’s first serious injury three years ago, after a lockout-shortened 66-game season that the compressed nature contributed to the injury that changed the course of the Bulls’ franchise.
So clearly, Forman and Co—whether operating off that careful train of thought or perhaps believing Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau ran his players too hard in seasons’ past, put safeguards in place.
“Derrick was coming off one (surgery), Joakim was coming off one, and Kirk (Hinrich) who’s been banged up off-and-on the last couple years,” Forman said. “Again, the reason for it, our players health is what’s most important and we want to look at our players health as you go through a 6, 7-month season, both short-term and long-term to try and put them and us in the best possible position to succeed.”
The release date of NBA 2K20 is near and as the September 6 release date gets closer, Bulls fans are finally getting a look at the full roster in video game form.
Among the things that stand out in the video from Sports & Gaming Journalist Brian Mazique, the things that stood out the most was the new Zenni patch on the Bulls uniforms, which now has a light blue background to make the patch stand out a bit more.
We had already seen how 2019 rookies Coby White and Daniel Gafford look but Thursday represented our first look at players like new Bulls Thaddeus Young, Tomas Satoransky and the longest-tenured Bull, Brazilian big man Cristiano Felicio.
Young currently sports a short-haircut after having more an afro in the 2019 season, so only time will tell if 2K will update his look before the season kicks off on October 22.
Also fully visible in the video are the overall 2K ratings of all players on the team including Satoransky (75), Young (79), Wendell Carter Jr. (78), Otto Porter (80), Lauri Markkanen (83) and Zach LaVine (85).
Based off of what we see in the video, NBA fans can expect to see the Bulls simulate pretty well in NBA 2K20 as the roster's veteran talent will provide some balance as the young core develops, much like what the Bulls front office is hoping for in real life.
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While it is was fun to see where aging versions of Steph Curry (36 in 2024) and Klay Thomspon (34 in 2024) rank, the most interesting names on the list were the young talents who are projected to stars in the near future. Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen made the top 35, coming in at No. 34 on the list.
In the 2024 season, Markkanen will be 27 years old and theoretically, smack dab in the middle of his prime.
Coming into the 2019-20 season, 'The Finnisher' is on quite a roll. In his age-21 season, he averaged 20.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per 36 minutes and posted a career-best 55.3 true shooting percentage.
The Bulls will need to Markkanen to step up his effort in terms of defense and rebounding, with the absence of Robin Lopez putting more stress on the frontcourt to pick up the slack in that department. Kurt Hellin acknowledged that if he can focus on consistency and commitment to D, the sky is truly the limit for Markkanen.
The question is, can he [Markkanen] reach that ceiling consistently? He’s only 22, but he has yet to come anywhere near that.....If Markkanen can become a more consistent offensive force and better on the defensive end — he’s not a bad defender, he’s okay, but with his length and athleticism he should be a better rim protector — he can take over the role as the alpha on the Bulls
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