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NBA Film Study: Pros and (Mostly) Cons of Chicago Bulls Pressure Defense

What does it mean to be aggressive? As with any adjective, too much or too little can be a detriment. Balance is necessary to ensure productivity and health. On a basketball court, the same can be said for a team’s philosophy. Coachspeak gets thrown around without regard for balance. “We want to be the most…

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Chicago Bulls’ Growing Pains Are Getting Painful

The Chicago Bulls’ start to the season has been __________. Go ahead and fill in the blank with whatever adjective you want because it’s been such a roller coaster ride, virtually any of them work. Promising, frustrating, disappointing, hilarious… Take your pick. Not to worry, though, because what we’ve been seeing is a  team experiencing…

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Will This Be Zach LaVine’s Breakout Year?

The Chicago Bulls are in the phase of their rebuilding where things either start to pay off or they start to fall apart. They’ve won just 49 games in the last two seasons as they rebuild. To take that next step, they’ll need Zach LaVine to go from “player on the rise” to “franchise player.”…

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PODCAST: 2019-20 NBA Central Division Season Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Duncan Smith (@duncansmithnba) of Forbes preview the Central Division ahead of the 2019-20 season. How will the Chicago Bulls’ point guard rotation shake out? Are Cleveland Cavaliers guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland compatible? Will this be Andre Drummond’s…

2019-20 NBA Season Preview: Central Division

The 2019-20 NBA season is just around the corner. After an offseason chock-full of player movement, the title race appears as wide-open as it has been in years. Over the coming weeks, we will examine one big question hanging over each team heading into the season. We’ll continue today with the Central Division, where the…

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Can Wizards Convince Bradley Beal to Stay in Washington?

The Washington Wizards offered Bradley Beal a three-year, $111 million maximum extension on the first day they were eligible to do so in late July, according to David Aldridge of The Athletic. However, Beal has yet to sign said extension, and there’s no indication that he plans on doing so before the Oct. 21 deadline.…

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NBA Frontcourts of the Future: Lauri Markkanen & Wendell Carter Jr.

“The NBA is a guard-oriented league.” Modernized spacing concepts lead to wider driving lanes, making it easier than ever to be a guard. The trends are certainly changing towards skill and versatility over size and strength. So, why are teams still investing in high-caliber frontcourt tandems? This piece is the final installment in a five-part series here…

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Week 24 Fantasy Basketball Notebook: Shutdowns, Shutdowns Everywhere!

Upon getting officially eliminated from playoff contention, NBA teams have begun to shut down players with nagging injuries. While that approach makes sense in real life, it’s brutal timing for fantasy basketball owners who were relying on those guys. On Thursday, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced Derrick Rose (elbow), Robert Covington (right knee) and Jeff Teague…

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