Jordan is the NBA’s only Black owner. He purchased the expansion team from Bob Johnson for $180 million in 2010. The team had a net worth of $1.7 billion after the 2021-22 season, according to Forbes.
The addition of Beverley has helped, but coach Billy Donovan is also seeing a group that now understands the moment of a game where adversity hits, and when it’s time to finally hit back.
It took a grimy performance on defense, highlighted by Derrick Jones Jr.’s nasty block on James Harden to seal the victory, but the Bulls pulled out the improbable win in double overtime.
Billy Donovan knows that Ball is facing an “uphill battle” in becoming the first player to have this type of procedure and return to the NBA, but the coach is betting on the player.
The 17 points against the Heat on Saturday were great, but it’s Beverley’s mentality and toughness that continue showing up on a daily basis. The Bulls are 7-4 since he arrived, and he says the record should be even better.
Far too often this season, the Bulls have built a lead and watched it crumble. After being up 27 in the first half, that appeared to be happening again. But the Bulls drew a line in the sand and threw the knockout punch.
Losing his starting job to Patrick Beverley hasn’t helped his numbers, but coach Billy Donovan considers what Dosunmu is going through as just part of the growth process.
It was a “pick your poison” night, as DeMar DeRozan finished with 49 points and Zach LaVine chipped in 39, becoming the highest-scoring duo performance in Bulls history.
Donovan knows that Ball will have a long and tough rehab process after this third surgery since joining the Bulls, but his hope is that all the hard work he’s gone through and setbacks he’s faced will lead to some good things.
The Bulls announced on Thursday that Ball will undergo a third surgery on his left knee in the last 14 months — the fourth of his career — but his recovery time is where it gets murky.
Sacramento guard De’Aaron Fox reminded the Bulls what a late-game assassin looked like on Wednesday, and just so happens to be the Kings’ highest-paid player. If the Bulls really want to see what they have invested in with LaVine, let him start closing games, despite his very shaky history of it.
DeMar DeRozan’s four-point play with 12 seconds left tied the score at 114. But Kings guard De’Aaron Fox responded with a three-point shot with 0.7 seconds left to snap the Bulls’ two-game winning streak.
The second-year guard lost his starting spot when the Bulls signed Beverley, but he’s making the most of the new role and getting valuable lessons from the fellow Chicagoan. “A lot of those little tricks, only someone who’s been in the league 10-plus years would know,” he said.
The new-look Bulls now have eight games under their belt, and the one thing that’s become clear is that Caruso and Beverley have embraced doing the dirty work, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
Realistically, it will likely come down to the Bulls, Raptors and Pacers fighting for the last two play-in spots in the Eastern Conference.
After the addition of Patrick Beverley to the starting unit a few weeks ago, coach Billy Donovan gave a new look to his starting group and his bench. That means youngsters Ayo Dosunmu, Coby White and Patrick Williams have to keep turning up the aggressiveness and energy on both ends of the floor.
It wasn’t easy, despite warnings from coach Billy Donovan, but the Bulls put the clamps on the young Rockets and moved into the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference with 15 to play
White spent the offseason building up his body, as well as studying the art of physicality from Alex Caruso, and the result has been seen on both ends of the floor
DeRozan never likes to compare players to one another, often staying away from such talk. That changed on Friday, when he not only compared Williams to Kawhi Leonard, but also to the “Man of Steel.”
The guard could be facing a third knee surgery, possibly putting part of next season in jeopardy.
While a source said Thursday that the organization wasn’t there just yet, a third surgery on Ball’s left knee was on the table, and it would sideline him for up to six months.
Led by Jokic, the Nuggets were 30-4 at home and chasing history, while the Bulls looked to be fading out of the play-in chase in the Eastern Conference. All the Bulls did was dismantle Denver in a one-sided 117-96 victory.
While the former Marshall High School standout would like nothing more than to stay a Bull beyond the rest of this season, he knows he can only play out the hand that he has been dealt.
There are a number of reasons why the Bulls are where they are with 17 regular-season games left, but all veteran Nikola Vucevic knew was he had to continue believing that the talent would turn it around.
LaVine has been putting on scoring display in the last 10 games, shooting efficiently from all over the court. But the Bulls are only 3-7 in those games. Why?
The Bulls were hoping to have Green moving laterally by now, but coach Billy Donovan said Sunday that he has been slowed in the rehab process.