What NBA Draft Lottery results mean for Bulls

What NBA Draft Lottery results mean for Bulls

The Bulls didn't have any ping pong balls in Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery, but the results could have major implications for their plans this summer.

The Boston Celtics, who have shown interest in Bulls All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler in the past, won the lottery and will pick first in the 2017 NBA Draft. Would Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge revisit that scenario and consider dealing the No. 1 pick in a package for Butler? 

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CSN's Mark Schanowski joined In The Loop on Tuesday night to discuss that possibility and also examine who could be available for the Bulls at No. 16.

Check out the full video above and listen to the latest Bulls Talk Podcast in which Schanowski and company analyze the top draft prospects.

Many NBA players starting to change their jersey number in honor of Kobe Bryant

Many NBA players starting to change their jersey number in honor of Kobe Bryant

The extremely tragic death of nine people on January 26, including Gigi Bryant and her father, NBA legend Kobe Bryant, rocked the NBA community this week. It is a tough pill to swallow for everyone worldwide that the 41-year old Bryant is no longer with us and there has been an outpouring of heartfelt tributes to Kobe and Gigi Bryant, as well as the seven other victims involved in the crash.

NBA players continue to find unique ways to honor the legacy of Bryant, and the latest is players discussing changing their jersey numbers in honor of the all-time great, starting with Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross and Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, both who wore No. 8.

On top of the usual affection that players league-wide have for Bryant, the ones that grew up in California watching Bryant develop into a Hall of Famer in real-time have taken the tragedy especially hard. Ross is from Long Beach, CA, while Dinwiddie grew up in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, CA. Ross and Dinwiddie are among the initial players to officially change their jersey number in honor of Bryant but the list of names figures to grow.

Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell, a San Diego-native, wore a "Kobe & Gigi" hoodie on his way to Tuesday's matchup against the Atlanta Hawks. Powell, who wears No. 24, also announced that he would be in favor of changing his jersey number as well.

It will be interesting to see how many players follow this trend but it is also important to note that every person grieves in their own way.

Many players will likely keep their jersey numbers as a means of honoring Bryant's legacy. But no matter what manner players choose to honor the legacy of Bryant, it has been beautiful to see the support for him, Gigi, and all of the families of those involved in Sunday's tragic event.

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Coby White focused on development, winning for Bulls, not All-Star weekend

Coby White focused on development, winning for Bulls, not All-Star weekend

On Friday, Coby White will find out if he makes the Rising Stars Challenge as part of All-Star weekend in Chicago.

“It would mean a lot,” White said Tuesday. “Hopefully, I’ll be one of the ones selected. But like I always say, if not, it's not the end of the world for me. I won't let it define who I am. But to represent Chicago in Chicago for All-Star weekend, it would be a big deal for me. It would be a blessing for sure.”

White said he hasn’t spoken to Lauri Markkanen or Kris Dunn about the experience, which pits prominent first- and second-year players in a Team USA vs. Team World format. Both of those Bulls have played in the contest, which is scheduled for Feb. 14.

“We’re just trying to focus on winning right now,” White said.

White has produced several memorable scoring binges this season, although the Bulls drafted him with the No. 7 pick in last June’s draft to eventually play a lead guard role. Coach Jim Boylen said White’s decision-making is “developing,” which is typical for young players.

“I’ve seen some terrific improvement from Coby in his decision-making, his ability to get us organized,” Boylen said. “We all know that he knows he has room to grow there. But he has focused on it, he’s been pounding the film. He watches the film with the assistant coaches and then he watches film with me before every game. We have about a 20-minute spot on game day that him and I sit and watch film, talk about situations.’’