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Toni Kukoc accepts advising role with Bulls

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Toni Kukoc accepts advising role with Bulls

Toni Kukoc has been named special advisor to Bulls president and COO Michael Reinsdorf, the team announced Monday.

Kukoc will join Scottie Pippen, who has held the same position since the beginning of the 2012-13 season.

"Toni will work across the organization and his duties will be wide-ranging," Reinsdorf said in a press release. "He will bring valuable perspective that comes with experience to many areas, whether it is relating to the international players on our team or shareing what it means to be a Chicago Bull when talking to partners and fans.

"Toni will be a strong representative of both the team's legacy and its future."

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Kukoc played seven seasons with the Bulls, most notably as the sixth man of the Bulls' three championship teams from 1996 to 1998. He won' the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year in 1996 and has been a frequent visitor to the United Center since he retired in 2006 and resides in Illinois.

"It is a thrill and an honor to again be a part of the team that helped define my basketball career here in the United States and in Chicago," he said in a press release. "The Bulls have become my extended family, and I am really looking forward to the future and being a Bull for life."

Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Getting to know the Bulls Outsiders team; bold predictions for this season

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, the Bulls Outsiders team of Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine join Kevin Anderson to talk about the series premier of ‘Bulls Outsiders’ Thursday night. Hear about how the show came together and what they are hoping to bring to the Bulls fanbase this season. They’ll also share their bold predictions for the season including two potential end-of-season award winners from this roster.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Kris Dunn thinks Zach LaVine could be 'a good defender in this league'

Kris Dunn thinks Zach LaVine could be 'a good defender in this league'

We all know what Zach LaVine is capable of doing on the offensive side of things. But what about his defense?

It's no secret that LaVine has had his fair share of struggles on defense, but Kris Dunn thinks highly of his 23-year-old teammate and what his potential is at the other end.

"On the defensive end I just told him, 'You're as fast as me. You're more athletic than me. There's no way you shouldn't be a good defender in this league. You could be one of those guys who could be dynamic in the passing lanes because you're so athletic and fast.'" Dunn said of LaVine. "And personally, I like to score. If you get in a passing lane, that's a dunk for yourself and because you've got so much bounce that's when you get the crowd on their feet — maybe do a windmill, a 360, something.

"But I think he's been going a good job on the defensive end. It's not going to be easy. We all got to learn and I think we're all trying."

Improving his defense would obviously be a big step forward for LaVine (and the Bulls), and he knows it. 

“I think I had a lot better focus on the defensive end,” LaVine said when assessing his preseason. “I had some mistakes too, but I wanted to go out there and just really hone in on being more focused down there. I felt like I did OK with that. Still some areas I want to get better at, definitely off-the-ball I think I did a lot better than I had before.’’

LaVine and the Bulls travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers on Thursday night in their season opener. You can watch Bulls Pre- and Postgame Live on NBC Sports Chicago before and after the game for highlights and analysis.