His Airness is soaring through the air yet again.
With the Bulls getting ready to begin construction a new office building adjacent to the United Center, the famous Michael Jordan statue in front of Gate 4 has been temporarily relocated 150 feet south of its permanent location. Only the body of the statue has been moved, with the base listing off Jordan's countless accolades remaining in tact.
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The Bulls said in a press release that fans will still be able to visit the statue in its temporary location.
The Bulls begin their first round playoff series Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Check out the moving of the statue in the video above.
The Bulls will enter the fall (winter?) of 2020 fairly inflexible from a roster standpoint. But it's never too soon to look ahead to a loaded free agent class in 2021.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George own opt-outs that offseason. Anthony Davis could maneuver his complex contract situation to free himself up, too. And the class is set to be headlined by soon-to-be two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bulls, for their part, are projected to have a wealth of cap room to toy with — coronavirus complications pending.
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Now, as it stands, the Bulls' rebuild probably isn't at a point to consider any of the above, or other top-line targets, realistic options. But even the shadow of a chance that a player like Giannis might make the trip down I-94 to Chicago is enough to get fans salivating and graphic-designers whirring. Especially on the heels of the summer of "The Last Dance."
This should inspire a bit of buzz, too:
That's right. Giannis' new-born son Liam was spotted in virtual attendance of the Bucks' Tuesday afternoon seeding game against the Nets. And he was clad in a Michael Jordan Bulls onesie.
So, we know where the family stands. Whether dad follows suit remains to be seen. The watch is on.
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The NBA has restarted its season officially as the 22 remaining teams play eight more regular season games and then the playoffs. Jason Goff is joined by K.C. Johnson and Rob Schaefer to discuss their thoughts about the opening round of regular season games. They also discuss: Have the Bucks been exposed? What's up with Zion Williamson not playing? And they debate who should win Coach of the Year.
(1:40) - The "Delete Eight" teams are missing valuable time not being in the Bubble
(10:00) - The impact playing in the Bubble has on the players and their play
(20:00) - Zion Williamson's minutes restrictions
(33:15) - How will the NBA operate next season
(37:25) - Concerns for the Bucks and Lakers
(43:15) - Who should have won coach of the year
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Bulls Talk Podcast
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