MIAMIThough it was widely speculated that Luol Deng would make his return to the lineup Sunday, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau put an end to that notion before his team took on the Heat.
Luol is out, said the coach. Hes doing more and more, and feeling a lot better. Id say hes very close right now.
You want to make sure he feels good about playing. Hes doing a lot more without contact. We want him to be comfortable, Thibodeau added. As long as hes moving in the right direction, then were pleased with that.
Thibodeau also noted that backup point guard C.J. Watson, who suffered a wrist injury in the Bulls Friday home win over Milwaukee, will also miss Sundays contest.
He is day-to-day, said Thibodeau. Hes a lot better today. Well see how he is tomorrow.
On a more positive note, starting shooting guard Rip Hamilton is expected to play.
While Thibodeau said Hamilton would warm up before it was determined whether or not the veteran would play, Hamilton himself confirmed that hed be available Sunday.
Bulls shooting guard Zach LaVine has had a great and busy offseason. He had some grueling workouts with his father, supported his teammates during NBA Summer League and even took some batting practice with former NL MVP Kris Bryant. But the best part of LaVine’s busy offseason was a very, very cool gift from his parents.
LaVine’s mom and dad gifted him a 1968 Pontiac LeMans, a rare and very collectible vehicle.
Bulls fans were first exposed to LaVine’s love of classic cars last season when he discussed his infatuation with the stable of classic vehicles owned by Jabari Parker.
With his ‘68 Pontiac LeMans now in tow, LaVine is well on his way to amassing his own impressive collection. He has a reputation in league circles for being an extremely hard worker already but there is no doubt that this awesome gift from his parents will serve as a little extra motivation as the 2019-20 season nears.
On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski and Kevin Anderson are joined by SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell
0:50 Ricky on his Top 11 players from NBA Summer League story and why Coby White was 11th
2:45 Realistic expectations for White next season
3:40 Will Kris Dunn be on opening night roster?
4:55 Mark disagrees with Ricky on where White will be in the rotation
7:10 On Chandler Hutchison and his role
9:50 Could LaVine see minutes at the small forward spot?
11:00 On Daniel Gafford and his summer league performance
15:20 On Bulls 2019-20 win total over/under at 30.5
16:55 Which team in the East can the Bulls overtake and make the playoffs?
22:00 Going over the western conference and which teams have realistic championship potential
Editor’s note: Kevin stated he thinks Portland has the best healthy backcourt in the NBA right now completely forgetting about Russ and Harden. He regrets the error.
29:30 The short list of contenders in the East
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