During one training-camp media gathering in October, Bulls general manager Gar Forman strolled through the scrum and asked why there weren’t more preseason stories on forward Paul Zipser. Whether it was out of curiosity or an instance of Forman tooting his own horn for grabbing a then-potential starter in the second round (48th overall) of the 2016 draft was unclear, but bet on the latter. It’s safe to say that Forman isn’t looking to push Zipser stories these days. “Paul is staying positive,’’ coach Fred Hoiberg said Sunday. “I had a good talk with him [Saturday]. He’s still going to get his opportunities.’’
T.J. Warren scored 27 points to lead six Phoenix players in double figures and the Suns handed the Bulls their sixth loss in seven games, 113-105 on Sunday night. Rookie Lauri Markkanen, the former University of Arizona standout, scored a career-best 26 points for the Bulls in a matchup of the NBA’s youngest teams. The Suns had a season-high 32 assists on 45 baskets. Their season best had been 28 in each of the previous two games. “We’re moving from side to side and everybody’s touching the ball,” Warren said. “Everybody’s getting the ball.”