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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 Pulling Jabari Parker from Regular Rotation

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It appears that the Chicago Bulls are souring on Jabari Parker, who will reportedly be pulled from the regular rotation, according to ESPN’s Malika Andrews.

The 23-year old Parker came to Chicago via a two-year, $40 million deal during the offseason, and marked a return to his hometown and a chance to re-ignite his career.

Now, it appears certain that the Bulls will decline his option, sending Parker back to free agency next summer.

“Jabari has been great,” Bulls head coach Jim Boylen said, according to Andrews. “He understands. Jabari wants to make it about helping the team win. And that’s what I’ve asked him to do.”

Parker has averaged 15.8 points and 7.1 rebounds for Chicago this season.

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Bulls’ Zach Lavine Meets Privately with Jim Boylen

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Amid the division within the Chicago Bulls organization between new head coach Jim Boylen, who took over recently for the fired Fred Hoiberg, and a number of players on the roster, has taken another turn.

According to ESPN’s Malika Andrews and Ramona Shelbourne, Bulls guard Zach LaVine spoke with Boylen one-on-one following the players boycotting of Sunday’s practice imposed by Boylen, which they felt was excessive.

“You just want to be real with people,” LaVine said, per the report. “There shouldn’t be any clouds. I think of myself as one of the leaders on the team. I just wanted to voice my opinion to them.”

“This is a business, this isn’t a dictatorship. We are all grown men, so everybody has a voice.”

Boylen has said that he has spoken with the team regarding the purpose of the practice on Sunday, but it is clear that the dysfunction runs deep in the organization.

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Bulls Name Jim Boylen Permanent Head Coach

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The Chicago Bulls have named Jim Boylen permanent head coach following the firing of head coach Fred Hoiberg on Monday.

“Decisions like this one are never easy to make, however I felt this was the right choice for our organization at this time,” John Paxson, the Bulls’ executive vice president of basketball operations, said in a statement.

“After a thorough evaluation, I elected to make this move with the overall development of our team in mind. As a team, I believe it is imperative that we make unfaltering strides in the right direction and build the right habits to help put our players in the best position to evolve not only now, but into the future. I want to thank Fred for his dedication and efforts, as well as for his enduring commitment to our team.”

Boylen is signed through the 2019-20 season, paying him just under $1 million annually, according to ESPN.

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