Other than a change at head coach, after the Bulls parted ways with the hard-nosed Tom Thibodeau in favor of Fred Hoiberg, Chicago is coming back exactly as the team had been previously constructed. Does that mean there’s enough talent in place to contend for a title next season? “I think so,” Jimmy Butler told me, during an appearance at Jordan Brand’s First to Fly event in Las Vegas this past weekend. “As I’ve said before though, I think we can’t keep talking about what we’re capable of doing. I think we have to definitely do it. We do have the exact same roster, except for the addition of Bobby Portis, who’s our rookie. I think I like our chances.”
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“It’s been tough at times,” Young said Sunday after his game-winning three-pointer as time expired in double overtime helped his team, Most Hated Players, defeat a team called Problems in the pro-am Drew League at King Drew High. “I still stayed in the gym, still did what I was supposed to do, trying to block out everything and just still have fun. You never know what’s going to happen — especially in free agency when you hear your name in ever rumor and in every trade talk. It feels like Pau Gasol.”
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Bad Boys II? Jackson wore a Bad Boys cap while posing for photos with Van Gundy. What’s the significance of the Bad Boys? “It was an era,” Jackson said. “It’s a mentality. It never can be duplicated but it’s something that I guess is kind of a foundation here and hopefully we can be mentioned one day amongst the ’89 season and those guys, (Dennis) Rodman and Isiah (Thomas) and Joe Dumars, (Bill) Laimbeer and all them. Hopefully we can bring that same style here, physical and all business. We’re here to play. We’re here to compete. We don’t necessarily have to be your friends on the court. We don’t care how you feel about us. We’re here to get a win by any means. I grew up a Bulls fans but they definitely elevated (Michael) Jordan’s game by being who they were and hopefully we can take on their persona.”
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