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Five Things to Watch: Bulls continue road trip in Denver tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Bulls continue road trip in Denver tonight on CSN

Watch as the Bulls square off against the Nuggets tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Bulls Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

1. Don't stop now, Jimmy Butler. The Bulls' leading scorer was just named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, averaging 27.3 points and 9.3 rebounds. What will he do for an encore 24 hours later?

2. Battle of the boards. The Bulls have been sensational on the boards of late, and now they'll square off against a team with similar numbers. The Nuggets are No. 1 in the NBA at 49.5 rebounds with a league-best +8.3 differential. The Bulls rank second in both those categories (49.0; 7.2). The winner on the glass is likely the winner of the game.

3. Get out and run. The Nuggets are committing 16.6 turnovers per game, third worst in the NBA. Emmanuel Mudiay is the worst offender of the bunch, committing 3.9 turnovers per game. The Bulls should be able to swarm him - and the rest of the backcourt - and turn it into fastbreak points.

4. Can the Bulls win one in Denver? With their annual trip to Denver usually falling on the backend of their West Coast trip, the Bulls have struggled mightily in Colorado. They've lost nine consecutive games on the road against the Nuggets (and 15 of 16). But Fred Hoiberg's group is playing well, the Nuggets are banged up, and Dwyane Wade should be rested after sitting out Sunday.

5. What could have been. Speaking of Wade, the future Hall of Famer was reportedly considering Denver this summer. He obviously chose the Bulls, so it will be interesting to see the kind of reaction he receives at the Pepsi Center.

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Taj Gibson signed with Knicks to be closer to father recovering from heart transplant

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Taj Gibson signed with Knicks to be closer to father recovering from heart transplant

For as long as he's been in the league, Taj Gibson has been considered one of the ultimate good guys.

That reputation won't be diminished in the slightest considering his reasoning for signing with the New York Knicks this summer.

Many expected the Bulls to make a run at Gibson to back up Lauri Markkanen at power forward. But as it turns out, the Knicks were going to be difficult to beat as a landing spot.

Via Marc Berman of the New York Post, Gibson decided to return home - he grew up in Brooklyn - to be closer to his father who recently underwent a heart transplant.

Gibson said he spent a large portion of June - in the lead-up to free agency - in New York as his father awaited a new heart. Gibson agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Knicks on the first day of free agency, just a few weeks after Wilbert Gibson had successful surgery in June.

The entire article is worth a read, but let us also add an anecdote Gibson shared about one of the first calls he received from a familiar voice.

Gibson knew lots of winning in seven seasons in Chicago — mostly with ex-Knicks assistant Tom Thibodeau. A known taskmaster, Thibodeau brought Gibson to the T’Wolves and knew of Gibson’s dream to one day be a Knick.

“Once I signed with New York, one of the first phone calls I got was from Thibs,” Gibson said. “That’s all we ever talked about throughout my time with Thibs — we always talked about New York.

“For it to finally happen, being able to say I was finally a New York Knick was a crazy feeling. We laughed for a minute. Then he was serious. He was like, ‘If anyone is capable of playing in New York, you’re a New York-style player.’ He knows me that I will play hard every night.”

Report: Former Bulls center Joakim Noah will work out for Los Angeles Lakers

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Report: Former Bulls center Joakim Noah will work out for Los Angeles Lakers

Buckle up, nostalgic Bulls fans of the 2010s. There's a chance Joakim Noah teams up with LeBron James.

That's according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported Tuesday that the Lakers plan to work out Noah - along with two other centers - as they search for replacements for the injured DeMarcus Cousins.

As much as it will pain Bulls fans to hear it, Noah makes the most sense of any players listed above. Howard has a bad back that limited him to nine games last season (and we all know about his first stint with the Lakers), Speights last played in the NBA with the Orlando Magic in 2018, and Gortat played sparingly (47 games, 16.0 minutes) for the Clippers last season.

Noah had a resurgence in Memphis last season, averaging 7.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in just 16.5 minutes. He'd obviously be an excellent locker-room presence and high-energy defender for a Lakers team that will need it. We also know that the fire in him hasn't run out. Just ask Devin Booker.

James and Noah have a long history of in-game scuffles, and while they undoubtedly have respect for one another, it'd be weird seeing the two team up in the same uniform.

Then again, James and Derrick Rose played together in Cleveland two seasons ago, so how much weirder can it really get?