NEW YORK Reports indicate veteran free-agent center Joel Przybilla will likely sign with the Bulls or the Heat in the near future. The seven-footer is an experienced shot-blocking presence capable of fitting into the Bulls defensive-oriented style, as well as providing insurance behind the teams big-man quartet of starters Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer, and backups Taj Gibson and Omer Asik.
Chicagos entire corps of post players have been banged up to different degrees this season sans Boozer, who struggled with injuries last seasonso adding more sizable depth since Kurt Thomas wasnt re-signed has been in the making since the beginning of the season. But dont expect Przybilla to duplicate what Thomas brought to the table.
While both are solid defenders, Thomas acumen and positioning were his best attributes, while Przybilla relies more on his length and size. Also, Thomas was able to consistently knock down mid-range jumpers, something Przybilla hasnt showcased much over the course of his career.
As far as where Przybilla ends up, one advantage the Bulls have is that he could opt to stay close to his Midwest roots. However, Miami offers the ability to give him more immediate playing time, as the Heat are a lot thinner in the middle.
Regardless of where he ends up, expect the team that signs Przybilla to receive a basket protector on the defensive end, who is at least serviceable on offense. Ironically, hell probably end up having to face the suitor he turns down in the postseason.
The Bulls announced their preseason schedule on Thursday that will feature five games aired on Comcast SportsNet.
The Bulls, who traded Derrick Rose and added Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade during a busy offseason, will debut their new-look roster on October 3 against the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center. They'll also square off against the defending champion Cavaliers on October 14 and will play in Omaha against the Atlanta Hawks on October 20.
Bulls 2016 preseason schedule
Monday, October 3: vs. Milwaukee (7 p.m.)
Thursday, October 6: at Indiana (7 p.m.)
Friday, October 14: vs. Cleveland (7 p.m.)
Saturday, October 15: at Milwaukee (7:30 p.m.)
Monday, October 17: vs. Charlotte (7 p.m.)
Thursday, October 20: vs. Atlanta (7 p.m.)
Michael Jordan has decided to speak out on the country's growing racial and social unrest.
The NBA legend released a statement Monday voicing his concern about the shootings of African-Americans and the targeting of police officers. In the statement, Jordan announced his donation of $1 million each to two organizations involved in efforts to bring police officers and African-Americans together.
"As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well."
“I was raised by parents who taught me to love and respect people regardless of their race or background, so I am saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late. I know this country is better than that, and I can no longer stay silent. We need to find solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers – who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all – are respected and supported.”
As someone who has been known for — and criticized for — keeping a low profile when it comes to social and political advocacy, this is a big public milestone for Jordan.
You can read Jordan's full statement to The Undefeated here.
Doug McDermott is going to have to change his Twitter handle.
McDermott, via his @dougmcd3 Twitter account, announced on Friday that he's switching from Jersey No. 3 to No. 11 for the Bulls next season.
McDermott, who had worn the No. 3 jersey since his days at Creighton and over the past two seasons in the NBA, unselfishly gave up his number to new Bulls guard and future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade, who has worn the No. 3 every game throughout his 13-year career.
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As for what Wade had to give up in return? McDermott hasn't revealed his prize.
"It's in the works," McDermott said via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
McDermott becomes the first player to wear the No. 11 jersey on the Bulls since Ronnie Brewer in 2014.
Other notables to wear No. 11 for Chicago include B.J. Armstrong, Sam Vincent, Lindsey Hunter, Clem Haskins and A.J. Guyton.