Chicago Bulls Rumors
KC Johnson: Same drill for Zach LaVine vs. Jazz: Warm up, see how he feels. Says his right thigh is sore.
KC Johnson: Jim Boylen with passionate defense of Tom Izzo, who he said lets players come back at him and invests time with each player to build trustful relationships. “I’m disappointed you can’t coach somebody hard these days without someone making a big deal about it.”
When Markkanen was asked after the Wednesday win over Washington if he could become that “superstar’’ presence that this rebuild will need, there was no hesitation. “I mean my confidence is up there and obviously I have a long way to go,’’ Markkanen said. “I was playing better in February and thinking that I can play like that in the future too, just [more] consistently. I’ve got a ways to go, but my confidence is definitely way up there to be one of those.’’
Markkanen admittedly studied some film to see if he was mechanically off in some way, but found very little wrong. “There was a couple of times I was – and I knew it even before I watched film – that I was fading away and [the shot] was short,’’ Markkanen said. “So just trying to focus on my follow-through and being balance, but that’s pretty much all I did.’’