FINAL FROM THE UNITED CENTER: Bulls 111, Atlanta 93
LEADING SCORERS: Bulls: White: 29 points. Atlanta: Parker: 15 points.
LEADING REBOUNDERS: Bulls: Markkanen: 11. Atlanta: Len: 11.
LEADING ASSISTS: Bulls: Arcidiacono and Satoransky each with 4. Atlanta: Turner and Young each with 4.
RECAP: The Bulls finished off the preseason slate pounding the tired Hawks who were playing their third game in four nights, all on the road. Coby White came off the bench and provided a spark shooting 10-14 from the field, draining six-three point field goals , scoring a game high 29 points. This young man is going to be a special player. Zach LaVine capped off a fabulous preseason tossing in 23 points. LaVine is ready for a spectacular season. Wendell Carter Jr. was a game time decision with a thumb issue but he did start and contributed with. Eight points and eight rebounds. The Bulls took 46- three point field but shot only 32% from long range distance; most of the attempts were great looks with excellent ball movement. Overall, it was a solid preseason for the Bulls as they now set their sights on Charlotte Wednesday in the NBA opener. The Bulls exciting brand of play is fun to watch and as a fan it will definitely keep you entertained.
STAT OF THE NIGHT: 52 points. The combined scoring output of Zach LaVine and Coby White.
GAME BALLS: Bulls: LaVine and White.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM: "I'm trying to gain confidence and get better day by day. Obviously tonight I had a good game but it's not going to be like that every night. I just got in a rhythm and my teammates kept finding me." - Coby White
Up Next: NBA season opener Wednesday in Charlotte.
Congrats to Luol Deng signing a one day contract with the Bulls, retiring from the NBA. Deng had a tremendous career, a multiple All Star career. More importantly, his efforts to improve not only Chicago but the global needs of others will be felt for generations to come.
24 SECONDS NBA NEWS AND NOTES:
Dallas 102, Los Angeles Clippers 87: Kristaps Porzingis played 23 minutes and posted an 18-13 game. His Mavs teammate, Luke Doncic had 15 points and 13 rebounds but committed nine turnovers.
Miami 107, Orlando 98: Jimmy Butler with 23-6-6.
Milwaukee 118, Minnesota 96: Giannis: 26-14.
Denver 110, Portland 104: Will this be a break out year for Zach Collins of the Blazers? He posted a 13-11 game against the Nuggets.
The Pelicans Zion Williamson will miss tonight's game against the Knicks with right knee soreness. Williamson appeared in four preseason games, averaging 23 points and 6 rebounds.
Washington's Bradley Beal's two year extension for 72 million dollars is a win -win for both parties. Beal is now guaranteed 130 million over four seasons and can become a free agent in 2022, eligible to sign a five year 266 million dollar deal.
NBA General Managers predict the Clippers will win the title and Giannis Antetokounmpo will capture his second straight MVP trophy.
Michael Jordan opened two medical clinics in Charlotte that will provide care to the underprivileged. Outstanding!
Always a pleasure.