Bulls have revenge on their minds vs. Milwaukee

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Bulls have revenge on their minds vs. Milwaukee

DEERFIELD, ILL. After surrendering a 27-point lead late in the third quarter in a late-November home loss to the Bucks, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau shouldnt have to do too much motivating when Milwaukee comes visits the United Center for a rematch Wednesday night.
I think we all remember it. He doesnt have to remind us, Jimmy Butler asserted after the teams morning shootaround at the Berto Center. We know what we did that game wrong, so we know what we have to go out there and do tonight. We all talk about it, not letting it happen, and it definitely happened that game, so we know how to prevent it.
Thibodeaus focus on the present wont allow him to revisit that gameafterwards, a mild controversy about him underutilizing his bench developed, though that game was somewhat of an aberration, as only Luol Deng and Joakim Noah regularly play heavy minute totals among the startersin which Milwaukees bench improbably outplayed the Bulls starters.
Theyre an explosive team, Thibodeau said. That was a home-and-home, so you can never let your guard down against anybody in this league. That was in the past; weve got to be ready for them now. They played very well last night.
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In their first game after the organization and ex-Bulls head coach Scott Skiles mutually parted ways, the Bucks topped Phoenix, but even with interim head coach Jim Boylana former Bulls assistant for whom this must be dj vu, as he took over for Skiles back in the 2007-08 seasonMilwaukees emphasis remains the same, as the high-scoring backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis are complemented by defensive-oriented role players.
I think great players always figure out how to play with each other and I think when you look at how those two Ellis and Jennings play together, they have great chemistry. But I think the thing thats overlooked with them is they have young, athletic bigs. They lead the league in shot-blocking. Theyre quick, so the blocked shots can lead to open-floor opportunities. They anticipate quite well, play passing lanes, so they have shot-blocking to protect them if they miss and if they come up with steals, again, youre putting them into the open floor, and their speed and quickness comes into play, Thibodeau explained.
Theyre well-balanced. Their defense has been real solid. Larry Sanders is a tremendous shot-blocker, so he protects the rim for them. John Hensons a young, long, athletic guy. Ersan Ilyasova spreads you out defensively. Luc Mbah a Moute is one of the premier defenders in the league; hes back. Mike Dunleavys solid. Its a deep team. They have quality depth.
Butler chimed in: I feel like they play extremely hard, try to get up and down in transition, go for steals, block shots, get up and down, and make you run with them. If we play that type of basketball game, who knows what its going to be, but if we get back and make them play in the halfcourt, I think well be okay.

PHOTO: Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose reunite at Cubs-Dodgers game

PHOTO: Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose reunite at Cubs-Dodgers game

Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose may not be teammates anymore, but that didn't stop them from catching up on the west coast while watching a familiar Chicago team.

The former set of Bulls teammates happened to bump into each other at the Cubs-Dodgers game on Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, where they both work out in the offseason.

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Rose and Butler likely haven't seen each other since the trade that sent Rose to the New York Knicks over the summer.

Butler shared the picture on his Instagram with Rose and his son P.J., capturing a cool moment after speculation of a reported rift during their time together in Chicago never seemed to go away:

three cats at a cubs and dodgers game.

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Dwyane Wade's cousin shot and killed in Chicago

Dwyane Wade's cousin shot and killed in Chicago

On Thursday, Dwyane Wade appeared on an ESPN special for The Undefeated to talk about gun violence. The next day, Wade's cousin was shot and killed in Chicago.

Nykea Aldridge was pushing a baby stroller in the Chicago neighborhood of Parkway Gardens when she was shot and killed. Aldridge was 32 and a mother of four.

Police said she was not the intended target and one person was taken into custody as a result of the incident.

Wade's words during his appearance on the ESPN panel took on extra meaning after Friday's shooting.

"It's important for all of us to help each other, to go back and say 'You know what, where did this start, how did this start? Let's see how we can change there,'" Wade said on ESPN. "It's deep-rooted and this is something that didn't start today. This is something that's not going to end tomorrow. But this is something that we can start a conversation, we can start the work today and hopefully eventually we can stop it."

Wade tweeted after the shooting.

Windy City Bulls fill out roster in D-League expansion draft

Windy City Bulls fill out roster in D-League expansion draft

The Windy City Bulls are beginning to feel more like a real team.

On Wednesday, the Chicago Bulls' new NBA D-League franchise that will play games in Hoffman Estates beginning this season participated in the league's expansion draft.

As one of three new expansion teams joining the NBA D-League this season, the Windy City Bulls were allowed to select 12 players from the other 19 teams in the league. Each returning D-League team was allowed to protect the rights to 10 players on each roster with two players being available to the Bulls, Long Island Nets and Greensboro Swarm.

The Bulls acquired the rights to 12 players as here's the rundown of who they selected.

Round 1: Wesley Saunders, G/F, Harvard (Austin Spurs)
Round 2: Kiwi Gardner, G, Midland College (Santa Cruz Warriors)
Round 3: Ralph Sampson III, C, Minnesota (Maine Red Claws)
Round 4: Booker Woodfox, G, Creighton (Texas Legends)
Round 5: Jerel McNeal, G, Marquette (Northern Arizona Suns)
Round 6: Akeem Richmond, G, East Carolina (Reno Bighorns)
Round 7: Casey Prather, G/F, Florida (Northern Arizona Suns)
Round 8: Jon Octeus, G, Purdue (Canton Charge)
Round 9: Justin Dentmon, G, Washington (Texas Legends)
Round 10: Jamal Jones, F, Texas A&M (Delaware 87ers)
Round 11: Xavier Thames, G, San Diego State (Fort Wayne Mad Ants)
Round 12: Ian Chiles, C, Morgan State (Salt Lake City Stars)

It's important to note that although the Bulls have the rights to these 12 players for two seasons that many of them might never suit up for the team. Many players from this expansion draft group will head overseas to pursue professional opportunities there. If they do end up signing a D-League contract, the Bulls will have right of first refusal, giving the Bulls rights to these players for two seasons.

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Among the notables picked by the Bulls include the 5-foot-7 Gardner, who has had a successful D-League stint in the past as well as some experience in the Saudi Premier League. Local college hoops fans will probably recognize the 6-foot-3 McNeal from his days at Marquette where he played for one season with Bulls star Jimmy Butler. McNeal also has more NBA experience than anyone on the expansion list as he most recently finished out the 2014-15 season with the Phoenix Suns. Former Washington product Justin Dentmon is also a native of Carbondale as the 6-foot-0 guard helped Carbondale High School to a fourth-place finish in the 2004 IHSA Class AA state basketball tournament.

Windy City will tip off the season with a home opener at Sears Centre on Friday, Nov. 11. The 2016-17 D-League schedule was released earlier this week as Windy City will have 24 home games, including 16 that will be played on Friday or Saturday night. 

While the Windy City roster will look very different from this expansion draft list, the Windy City Bulls should help the main Bulls franchise develop young talent in a nearby location as it will be the start of a very intriguing dynamic.