Welcome to: The Shootaround for Wednesday, July 24
It’s a light day in the NBA and especially for the Chicago Bulls. There are a few things to discuss though, so let’s just jump right in!
- The Chicago Bulls announced their preseason schedule Tuesday, with five games on the docket. Thankfully they knocked three games off the schedule, I think five games is plenty. The team gets to face Giannis Antetokounmpo, Trae Young and Zion Williamson, assuming they all see minutes during these games that don’t really count. I bet we see a couple “load management” games, right?
- Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, new Bulls forward Thaddeus Young has been invited to Team USA’s training camp roster. I have to say, I was a little surprised. I guess that’s what happens when the stars don’t want to play extra games anymore. It’s hard enough to get them to play a full 82 game schedule, let alone international ball. I think what will happen is we’ll see the continued rise of teams around the globe, prompting Team USA to kick it in gear again, but that’s down the road.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 22, 2019
- Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers was trending due to a video supposedly showing an improved jumper and (gasp!) 3-point shot. It’s cool and all that he’s working on his shot, if that’s what we are going to run with here, but I think we need to see more before we get too excited. I’m a big fan of his, and I truly believe he could be unstoppable if he develops his shot, but he’s not quite there yet.
Ben Simmons putting in work 👀
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 23, 2019
- ESPN’s Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst reported on Tuesday that the league is looking into how NBA free agency went down this offseason. Look, we all know without a doubt that the NBA has looked the other way regarding tampering for years, unless they don’t, i.e Magic Johnson and Paul George. I’m sure the smaller market teams are the ones upset, let’s face it, did the Charlotte Hornets really have a shot at resigning Kemba Walker, with Walker coincidentally flying to Boston at the onset of free agency? Of course, bringing him back could have had crippling effects on the team anyway, but that’s a different topic for a different day. If the league wants to crack down on “player tampering”, they have an uphill battle to fight. For starters, this isn’t the 90’s where everyone hated each other. These days, players vacation together, ride banana boats together and dream up scenarios where they can team up for championship runs. It’s just a different time, and besides, in this post-Jordan era of NBA basketball, the league has never been more popular, due in part to all the player movement and the drama that ensues. Maybe the league should try to enforce their own rules, or they should relax the grip on the fake outrage, considering the current popularity of the league.
- I’ll end with this, it’s quite funny to hear the different opinions on who is truly the greatest of all time. Some valid, some maybe not. Obviously, Michael Jordan is the real GOAT. Let’s just say this, MJ never had to declare himself the GOAT in a barbershop, his game did the talking for him on the court. That is all.
— B/R Hoops (@brhoops) July 23, 2019