When production on the movie began in 1995, Michael Jordan had just come back from retirement … so he and Pippen were teammates in the Chicago Bulls again — which had people wondering why didn’t #33 have a significant role??? So, when we saw Pip at LAX on Thursday, we needed that explanation!!! I think I was injured or recovering from offseason injuries,” Pippen said … “I wasn’t able to participate.” If he WAS healthy though, Pippen says he would have agreed to a role in a heartbeat.
The Bulls have an interest in Collison’s backup, Cory Joseph, who earned just under $8 million dollars last season. Joseph could be a starter with the Bulls while 19-year-old Coby White learns the ins and outs of the NBA game, but would he leave a playoff team in Indiana for a contract that averages less than $10 million dollars per season? Probably not. And, that’s the problem the Bulls and most non-playoff teams are facing this summer. They might have to seriously overpay to have a chance at adding players who can help them take a significant step forward next season.
The Pacers have also discussed a trade with the Pelicans for the no. 4 pick in the draft, according to league sources. New Orleans received the pick from the Lakers in the Anthony Davis blockbuster, and I’m told the team is open to either pick-based or player-based trade packages in return for the selection. It has been reported previously by ESPN’s Jonathan Givony that the Bulls, Hawks, Celtics, and Timberwolves have all shown interest in acquiring the fourth pick from the Pelicans.
Last year was such a young draft. The top five picks were 19.9, 19.3, 19.3, 18.8 and 19.1 years old, respectively. That’s the first time in NBA history that the top five picks were teenagers. To put that in perspective, as recently as 2013 — the Anthony Bennett year — there were no teenagers in the top five; Bennett, Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter Jr., Cody Zeller and Alex Len were all in their 20s. “The average age of drafted players is the lowest of all time,” noted one assistant GM. “That probably increases variance.”
Magic swingman Evan Fournier is among the NBA players who have been named to the French national team for the 2019 World Cup, according to FIBA. Fournier will be joined by Jazz center Rudy Gobert, Hornets forward Nicolas Batum, Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina and Bulls guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.
Storyline: World Cup
He loved his time with the Clippers, who, with the potential to sign two free agents to max contracts, likely will be focused on other business first. His toughness, leadership, defense and shooting ability make him a strong fit with several teams, including the Bulls, who own significant salary-cap space. In his words, he’s “open to anything” in free agency. But to say Beverley sounds fired up about the possibility of playing for his hometown team is as much an understatement as saying he persevered to make the NBA.
Darnell Mayberry: Tuesday’s six-man group: Chris Clemons (Campbell) Daniel Gafford (Arkansas) Jessie Govan (Georgetown) Tyler Hall (Montana State) William McDowell-White (Brose Bamberg) Justin Robinson (Virginia Tech)
A whimsical what-if shows NBA superstar Robin Lopez chasing his dream of making a Godzilla tribute film in a new campaign created by ESPN CreativeWorks. Produced by ArtClass and directed by Shaun Collings, a longtime collaborator of the agency, Robzilla: King of the Mascots ingeniously connects the worlds of pro basketball and blockbuster monster movies. Forged by giants of their respective fields – Robin Lopez and Godzilla, Warner Brothers and ESPN, ArtClass and Shaun Collings – the co-branded films broadcasting on ESPN and ABC tied-in to the May 31st release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Fun and funny, with its own bit of cinematic flair, the spots portray Chicago Bulls player Robin Lopez as a Godzilla super-fan and aspiring filmmaker. Robin’s journey to create his movie Robzilla: King of the Mascots features hilarious cameos from ESPN anchors and NBA mascots, and even Robin’s brother Brook.
Darnell Mayberry: The Bulls continued pre-draft workouts Sunday with a group of six prospects: Kenny Wooten (Oregon) Jalen McDaniels (San Diego St.) Matt Mooney (Texas Tech) Sagaba Konate (West Virginia) Terrence Mann (Florida State) Terence Davis (Ole Miss)
Rose recalls taping a recruiting video for the Bulls’ failed campaign to land LeBron James in 2010, and he was upset the Bulls didn’t shoot down reports that he wasn’t interested in helping the bid. While Rose writes he’s not big on “What if?” scenarios — and this probably isn’t going out on a limb — he believes the Bulls would have won at least one title if James had signed with them instead of the Heat.
So far the Nets have added Jeff Peterson and Andy Birdsong as assistant general managers and have several other positions to fill. Brooklyn Nets assistant coach: Fleming, who worked primarily with Rodions Kurucs, left to join the Chicago Bulls as their lead assistant coach. Currently, there are four coaches who could move to the front of the bench alongside Kenny Atkinson, Jacque Vaughn and Bret Brielmaier. 1. Adam Harrington: Assistant coach / director of player development. Since the beginning of the Marks and Atkinson era, development has been an emphasis for the organization, which Harrington embodies.
Storyline: Nets Front Office
Celtics free agent Marcus Morris will have strong interest as a second-tier free agent, with teams such as the Knicks, Kings, Lakers, Clippers and Bulls expected to be in pursuit, league sources said. Morris, 29, had arguably his best all-around season, averaging 13.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game and serving as a versatile scorer and defender either as a starter or reserve. League sources say Morris remains open-minded about returning to Boston, which wants to bring Morris back but has several summer priorities such as Kyrie Irving.
Darnell Mayberry: The Bulls continued pre-draft workouts Monday with two groups of six. First group: Clayton Custer (Loyola), Quentin Grimes (Kansas), Charles Matthews (Michigan), Derek Pardon (Northwestern), Shamorie Ponds (St. John’s), Silvio De Sousa (Kansas)
Storyline: Draft Workouts
Patrick Beverley has become a chic name, partly because he’s a Chicago native, mostly because he’s an incredible competitor. He fits everything this team needs, he has a starting spot waiting for him and a coach who will run through a brick wall for him. The smart play is going best-player available on a cost-controlled rookie contract in June and splurging on a veteran addition like Beverley in July
Storyline: Patrick Beverley Free Agency