Not only does DeRozan think the Bulls have one of the top coaches in the NBA, but he said Donovan might be the best coach he has had at any level.
With seven games left, DeMar DeRozan hopes the Bulls’ 10-6 record in the last month will harden them for not only the next few weeks but the postseason.
Throughout the first half of the season, Bulls coach Billy Donovan went with a point guard-by-committee attack late in games, with LaVine and DeMar DeRozan taking over much of the responsibility. Now that Patrick Beverley has arrived, LaVine and DeRozan can focus on what they do best.
As the Huskies’ Jordan Hawkins put it after blowing out Gonzaga in the Elite Eight, “UConn is back.”
The former Marshall standout was at it again Sunday, whether it was a well-timed Charmin toilet paper ad or letting LeBron James know that he’s “too small” to stop him. It all factored into the Bulls’ win. The team is 10-5 since Beverley’s arrival.
Considering Vucevic only swears in Serbian, it was quite the feat by Brothers to not only understand what was said, but hit him with a second technical and eject him from the Lakers game on Sunday.
He tried to downplay it Saturday, but come the tipoff and the first possession, expect Beverley to go at full speed and intensity until the final horn.
Friday night had all the makings of a take the foot off the gas game for the visiting Bulls, but with so much at stake this late in the season, maybe this roster is figuring it out.
Caruso has two games in Los Angeles coming up, and he’s prepared to hear the comparisons between himself and new Laker cult hero Austin Reaves — comparisons that Caruso finds unfair and inaccurate.
The former Bulls star has gotten kid-glove treatment from the media, despite years of losing. He reportedly is considering a sale of the team.
With just 10 regular-season games left, not only do the Bulls have the 10th-easiest schedule in the league over that time, but they’ll be facing a bunch of teams with key injuries and a losing agenda.
Forward DeMar DeRozan left in the third quarter with a strained right quadriceps and didn’t return. He declined to meet with the media afterward.
“Embiid has it wrapped up this year, in my opinion,” LaVine said during the Bulls’ shootaround Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.