As part of our coverage leading up to the 2016 NBA Draft we will provide profiles of more than 50 prospects, including video interviews with each player, what they're saying leading up to draft day as well as their potential fit with the Bulls.
Gary Payton II, PG, Oregon State
6'3" | 175 lbs. | 23 years old
16.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.5 steals, 34.3 minutes
“Tony Allen, Kawhi Leonard and a little bit of Westbrook. Both Kawhi and Tony Allen (are) defensive minded. Their defense gets their offense going, and Kawhi is becoming a hell of a two-way player. Being real aggressive early on offense and everybody knows he's two-time Defensive Player of the Year, like myself. And then Russell is a do-everything guard."
Fit for the Bulls:
The Bulls haven't had a backup to Derrick Rose with considerable size, length or defensive accumen in some time. Aaron Brooks is unlikely to return to the Bulls, meaning there's an opening behind Rose (E'Twaun Moore, should he return, is more of a combo guard than a pure backup point guard). And though Payton is already 23 years old, he excels defensively, rebounds incredibly well, plays above the rim and has the bloodlines to think he'll succeed at the next level. He may be closer to his ceiling than some of his younger draftees, which is why he's unlikely to hear his name called in the first round. But the Bulls could give him a real look if he's still hanging around at No. 48.
On Friday ESPN revealed that the next film in their award-winning 30 for 30 series will focus on the life of former Bull and Hall of Fame forward Dennis Rodman.
The film—which is titled "Rodman: For Better or Worse" will detail Rodman's journey to becoming a Hall of Famer and five-time NBA Champion. The documentary will detail Rodman's difficult upbringing in Dallas, his dominant run at Southeastern Oklahoma State and his development into one of the greatest rebounders in NBA history.
While Rodman is no doubt one of the greatest talents in NBA history, he is just as famous for his intriguing and oftentimes shocking off the court exploits. Rodman: For Better or Worse will discuss Rodman diving into international diplomacy issues and all of the deeper reasons behind him becoming the interesting character that we know him as today.
The documentary will feature interviews from former teammates and coaches of Rodman's, including Bill Laimbeer, John Salley, Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, and Phil Jackson.
Rodman: For Better or Worse will be directed by Todd Kapostasy.
Kapostasy is a seven-time Emmy Award winner. He wrote and directed 2016 documentary 'Confessions of a Cubs Fan: A Century of Waiting', which focused on the idea that winning isn't everything in sports amid the backdrop of the Cubs winning the 2016 World Series.
“Rodman: For Better or Worse” released on September 10, at 8 p.m. CT
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It's that time of the year when every fan and player loses their mind over arbitray video game ratings that mean nothing.
That is, unless you're Coby White.
The rookie found out his rating for NBA 2K20 in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday and, much to the delight of this author, was pleased with his 76 rating.
"It's solid," White told Ronnie 2K. "Everybody be wanting their grade to be higher than what it is but I haven't played a game in the league yet so I understand why it's a 76. But I feel like after the season it'll be higher."
White said he hopes he can get his rating up to at least an 80 by the end of the season. Bulls fans would be pleased with that development, too.
White also said he was happy with his likeness in the game, which you can check out below.