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Bulls’ Kris Dunn Reflects On Tough Rookie Season

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Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn is enjoying his new team and taking advantage of an opportunity with the Bulls.

Since coming over from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler trade, Dunn has made the best of his new position, averaging 11.8 points per game, 4.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds this season.

Those stats are a far cry from his rookie season, when the former 5th overall pick struggled to live up to expectations with Minnesota, posting 3.8 points and 2.4 assists while shooting 38 percent.

“Imagine your family coming to watch you play and you’re always sitting on the bench,” Dunn said in a revealing conversation with NBA.com’s Sam Smith.

“That never happened to us before. It was hard. I was almost embarrassed. All my life, my family looked at me as the one, the star. I felt like I was letting everyone down. It was kind of embarrassing. There were times I couldn’t face them after games because I felt like I wasn’t the person they were used to seeing.”

Dunn’s fresh start and his improved role in Chicago seems to have put his career back on track with what his potential was when he was drafted.

 

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Bulls, Pacers Interested In Jahlil Okafor

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Jahlil Okafor has struggled to stay on the court after an impressive rookie season, and he will be looking for a new home after the Brooklyn Nets are unlikely to bring him back next season, according to The Sporting News’ Sean Deveney.

Okafor worked out for teams while in Las Vegas and is generating interest from the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers.

Okafor has trimmed down, going from 275 pounds to 258 pounds.

 

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Bulls’ Kris Dunn Was ‘Offended’ By Questions of Work Ethic

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Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn hasn’t really capitalized on his potential and the Bulls are hoping that his second season in the Windy City will be much better than his first.

Dunn has been no stranger to criticism, and admits that he was “offended” over questions about his work ethic.

“I was definitely offended by it. My dad worked hard in life” Dunn said, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Shannon Ryan. “My brothers and sisters and me (took) hard work very seriously. It is the only way to succeed.”

Dunn won’t let the talk bother him and is looking forward to getting back to work and improving his game.

“You don’t get too caught up in it. You just keep doing what you do best. I know I work hard. I don’t have to prove it to anybody. I just have to show it on the court. I have no answers for (why the rumors originated). Whoever put it out there, that’s how they felt. Questioning my work ethic? That’s just (not valid). I work hard. If I’m not working, I’m around my family. Absolutely nothing (has changed about workouts or preparation).”

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Bulls, Jabari Parker Agree To Two-Year Deal, Bucks Rescind Offer

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The Chicago Bulls have agreed to a two-year, $40 million contract with Jabari Parker, who was a restricted free agent up until the Milwaukee Bucks rescinded their offer, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Parker averaged  12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists for the Bucks last season, after he returned from an ACL tear in February.

Milwaukee allowed Parker and his agent to work out a deal with his hometown Bulls.

The Bucks commented on their decision to rescind Parker’s offer, via the Chicago Tribune’s Malika Andrews.

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