Chicago Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. is dedicated to helping the franchise return a winning culture, and says that he is ready to put the team on his shoulders to accomplish the feat of rebuilding a winning culture.
“I’m always up for a challenge,” Carter Jr said, during an interview with Jon Greenberg of The Athletic. “I’m not afraid to fail. If I’m going to fail, I’m going to do it hard. I’m going to go hard as I can in failing. So I feel like that can be appreciated from all the coaches. I’m a hard worker, so I feel like that’s going to translate to the responsibility side of doing whatever we have to do. Put it on my shoulders and I’m going to make it happen.”
“We’re going to bring back the winning culture to Chicago,” he said. “If it’s not make the playoffs and win the championship in the first year, I guarantee it’s going to be a progressive step each year. I can promise that to all Bulls fans. I’ll take that on my shoulders.”
Carter, 19, will be the Bulls starting center as the team opens the season, as announced by head coach Fred Hoiberg.
Bulls’ Kris Dunn Discusses New Offensive Role
The Chicago Bulls have undergone some big changes throughout the course of the 2018-2019 season, from the departure of Fred Hoiberg as head coach, to some drama under new head coach Jim Boylen.
Boylen has worked in a new offensive system, which has Dunn playing a different role to suit their new, traditional half court offense.
Dunn, has remained positive despite the changes.
“Nah. I think I got good listening skills,” Dunn said, according to K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune. “I just listen to what coaches want me to do. I’m never one to disobey Coach’s rules.”
“There have been games where it worked. And there have been games where it’s on us to make shots. We’ve been getting good looks. We’ve been getting downhill from the offense. So it’s on us.”
Pelicans, Rockets Interested in Bulls’ Justin Holiday
Holiday is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019, and with Chicago looking to rebuild, he could fetch some draft pick assets via a trade.
Holiday is averaging 12.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for the Bulls this season.
Bulls’ Bobby Portis Out With Sprained Ankle
Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis will be out of action for the next two-to-four weeks with a sprained ankle, the team announced on Twitter on Thursday.
INJURY UPDATE: Bobby Portis injured his right ankle in the fourth quarter of the Bulls game vs. the Brooklyn Nets last night. An MRI and repeat physical exam were performed this morning, and he was diagnosed with a sprained ankle. Portis will be out two-to-four weeks. pic.twitter.com/MzdSqO7gSp— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) December 20, 2018
Portis has scored 11.9 points per game, hauled in 8.0 rebounds, and dished 1.2 assists per game this season for Chicago.
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