Prediction: Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau won't shed much light upon the status of injured forward Luol Deng when he's inevitably asked for updates on the following the team's morning shootaround in advance of Friday evening's game against the Bucks at the United Center. Another prediction: Deng could return to the Bulls' lineup sooner than later.
Deng, the Bulls' starting small forward, indeed has an eye of returning to the lineup Sunday, when the Bulls take on the Heat in Miami in a much-anticipated matchup. According to a source, Deng "shot a lot" during a voluntary workout session Thursday, confirming reports that his left wrist is improving.
Miami could also welcome back a key injured player to the lineup in the near future. Chicago native Dwyane Wade, the Heat's All-Star shooting guard, could play Friday night against the Knicks and is expected to be available by the time Bulls take their talents to South Beach.
Former NBA journeyman Ryan Hollins made waves on Tuesday, stating that Kobe Bryant or Michael Jordan couldn’t “fill LeBron’s shoes”. Hollins argues that LeBron James cemented himself as the greatest player of all-time with his impact on multiple franchises and his knocking off of the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Hollins doubled down on his argument, saying that the Golden State Warriors would “run laps around that Bulls team”. Shaquille O’Neal brings up the valuable point that whichever team has the upper hand would depend a lot on what rules they played on, the more physical 1990s rules or the more finesses-based and offensive-oriented current rule set. Hollins believes that the Warriors would defeat the 90s Bulls regardless of what rules they played under, and O’Neal simply could not believe it.
“Whoever’s paying him to say all this stuff, I will pay you double to stop it,” said a bewildered Shaq. He knows a thing or two about playing against the 90s Bulls, as he was a key member of the Orlando Magic team that knocked off MJ’s Bulls in six games in the 1994-95 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
With All-NBA level talent Anthony Davis now headed to LeBron’s team, we could be seeing James back in the NBA title picture sooner than later. A return to the NBA Finals stage would add even more layers to the already complex, never-ending back-and-forth over who the true GOAT is in NBA history.