The Bulls are a day away from the first of five preseason games opening up with Milwaukee at the United Center Monday night.
A few more CCI thoughts from this past week:
The free agent contracts dished out to Thaddeus Young and Tomas Satoransky are well worth it on and off the court. Young is a great leader; a leader players will listen to and follow the example of. Young has a solid post game and can nail a long range jumper. He has a tremendous presence about him. Satoransky is a gamer. He loves basketball and approaches each practice as a professional each and every day. I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to have both veterans in Chicago.
The more I see Coby White play, the more I'm convinced the Bulls came away with an elite talent who has a great future.
If both Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine stay healthy the Bulls could be a surprise team in the Eastern Conference.
Kris Dunn is getting after it and it doesn't surprise me. He is a very proud individual and plays with intensity.
It's good to have Denzel Valentine back on the floor. The Bulls need a solid wing player off the bench and after missing all of last year with a foot injury, Head Coach Jim Boylen will need Valentine to step in and contribute immediately.
The Bulls have become more versatile and more athletic. They can put different combinations on the floor and create mismatch problems for their opponents.
The Bulls' new 2019-20 Statement Edition jersey will debut October 28 at MSG at The Garden. The uniform features the pinstripes of the 1990s Bulls. The Bulls are scheduled to wear the Statement Edition uniforms November 22 with a home game against the Heat.
CCI 24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:
Los Angeles Lakers 123, Golden State 101: The Warriors shot 39% from the floor and only 26% from three point range. Anthony Davis had a 22-10 game in just 18 minutes. LeBron James scored 15 points and dished out 8 assists. JaVale McGee registered a double-double for the Lakers. Los Angeles won the battle of the boards with 58 rebounds.
Orlando 125, San Antonio 89: Mo Bamba had an impressive 18-6 game in nineteen minutes.
Indiana 130, Sacramento 106: The second game of a two series preseason series in India. The Pacers recorded eight double-figure scorers.
Utah 133, Adelaide (Australia) 81: Tony Bradley with an 18-10 game in 18 minutes.
The impact Zion Williamson continues to have on the Pelicans franchise and the city of New Orleans cannot be under estimated. The Pelicans drew 10-thousand fans for an open practice Saturday.
Always a pleasure.