ATLANTA The way much-maligned Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer gets criticized by some observers these days, one would think he hadnt won a national championship at Duke, been a two-time Western Conference All-Star or won a 2008 Olympic gold medal alongside the likes of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.The last accomplishment, in particular, is a rarity and something nobody will ever be able to take away from him, but according to reports, Boozer wont have the opportunity to duplicate the feat in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.According to reports, Boozer, along with Pistons small forward Tayshaun Prince, recently-signed Suns sharpshooter Michael Redd and Mavericks veteran point guard Jason Kiddthe latter will reportedly be invited back to serve in some sort of coaching capacity, a role he fulfilled with the gold medal-winning 2010 USA World Championships squad, of which Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was a part of has already been ruled out of consideration for the 2012 team.In fact, besides Clippers power forward Blake Griffin, no players who didnt play on either the 2008 Olympic team or the 2010 World Championships group will be up for consideration to play in London.The Bulls will still be well-represented, as Luol Deng will play for the host country, Great Britain, Joakim Noah will play for France, which qualified after finishing second in last summers FIBA EuroBasket tournament and Rose is a near-guarantee to make the USA team.
The Bulls' franchise is heading in the right direction on the court, and it's doing pretty great off it, too.
Forbes released its annual ranking of the top 50 most valuable sports franchises, and the Bulls are back in the top 20 with a valuation of $2.9 billion.
The Bulls are up from 23rd a year ago, when they were valued at $2.6 billion. They were 22nd in 2017 with a $2.5 billion valuation, and 18th in 2016 with a $2.3 billion valuation.
The Bulls were one of nine NBA franchises in the top 50. That number was one more than last year.
Here's a list of all nine NBA teams that made the cut:
1. New York Knicks ($4 billion)
2. Los Angeles Lakers ($3.7 billion)
3. Golden State Warriors ($3.5 billion)
4. Chicago Bulls ($2.9 billion)
5. Boston Celtics ($2.8 billion)
6. Brooklyn Nets ($2.35 billion)
7. Houston Rockets ($2.3 billion)
8. Dallas Mavericks ($2.25 billion)
9. Los Angeles Clippers ($2.2 billion)
As Forbes noted in the piece, "NBA teams have made the most dramatic moves this decade." Just seven years ago, the Lakers were valued at $900 million and were one of just two NBA teams (the Knicks were the other) in the top 50.
Among Chicago teams, the Bulls ranked second behind the Cubs ($3.1 billion) and tied with the Bears ($2.9 billion). Neither the Blackhawks nor the White Sox made the list.
The Bulls announced their 2019 preseason schedule on Tuesday, and they'll begin their five-game slate by hosting two of the most exciting players in the game.
They'll kick off their campaign on Monday, Oct. 7 with a matchup against reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee was the No. 1 seed in the East last year and signed Robin Lopez in the offseason.
Two days later, No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson comes to the United Center as the Bulls host the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Bulls then hit the road with contests against the Indiana Pacers (Oct. 11) and the Toronto Raptors (Oct. 13). They close their preseason slate at home against Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 17.
All five preseason games will air live on NBC Sports Chicago and the NBC Sports Chicago MyTeams app.